Monthly Archives: January 2011

In Memory of Historical Novelist: Diana Norman

Diana Norman, who died Jan 27th, was my favorite writer when it comes to historical fiction. She had a way with words that no one can ever emulate. Her research, from what I’ve read, was meticulous. The way she used … Continue reading

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REVIEW: One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia

The year is 1968 and the novel follows three young black girls from Brooklyn, New York. Their father flies them out to Oakland, California to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile Johnson, who’s a poet. “One Crazy Summer” won … Continue reading

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Saved by the Monarch — Dana Marton (Harlequin Intrigue)

Recently at Dear Author, Jane led an discussion about “arranged marriages” and questioned why there aren’t very many of them written in a more positive light. In the comments, Sally gave recommendations of some titles she thought best exemplified the … Continue reading

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The Bellini Bride – Michelle Reid (Harlequin Presents)

In “The Bellini Bride” by Michelle Reid (2001), you have a rich, sexy, Italian hero and his mistress, who’s a beautiful, penniless English “nobody” with a scandalous past. Can love transcend money, class and family expectations? Why, yes, it can. … Continue reading

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What's on my Buying List for 2011?

Here are the books that I plan to read in 2011 and it’s not very many. 1) The Night Season by Chelsea Cain. This is an ongoing series that started with Heart Sick in 2007. Cain can write suspense really, … Continue reading

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His Son's Teacher – Kay Stockham (Harlequin Super Romance)

All the talk about categories made me impulsively buy this one. I’d never heard of this author but I’m told she’s a popular author for this line. His Son’s Teacher by Kay Stockham (July 2008) has a rather interesting dedication … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Nothing written by Janne Teller and translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken

Danish author, Janne Teller has written a book that’s provocative in its ideas and philosophy. The story is self-described as a modern day Lord of the Flies. “Nothing” is a psychologically disturbing story set in Denmark, in a fictional place … Continue reading

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Movie: True Grit (2010) – written by Charles Portis, adapted to the screen by the Coen Brothers

Just got back from watching Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, True Grit (opens with music), written and adapted for the screen from a Charles Portis novel. Here are my brief thoughts: I’ve never seen the original movie with John … Continue reading

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