Category Archives: Avid Musings

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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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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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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Denee Cody's Medieval Romances

I was rearranging my bookshelves yesterday for the millionth time and came across Denee Cody’s medieval romances. I bought and read two when they first released: The Golden Rose (1998) and Queen of the May (1997). She wrote two earlier … Continue reading

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A Bunch of Harlequins, Part One

I’ve pretty much figured out that I fail at TBR 2010 Summer Edition.  It’s not that I haven’t been reading, it’s just that I haven’t been reading anything with an eye to reviewing it.  Some books I know I will … Continue reading

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TBR Challenge Today!

Dear readers, Yes, I’ve been remiss with blogging lately especially at this blog. If you are not aware, I am now running two blogs now. One for mystery and one for everything else. I am right now more interested in … Continue reading

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Thank You, Hurricane Alex [Not Really]

Even though Hurricane Alex didn’t exactly make landfall in Texas, the storm did manage to dump a lot of rain just as a hello and to make sure we didn’t feel left out. It took me almost 3 hours to … Continue reading

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Nurse, Nanny…Bride!, Alison Roberts

I’m writing about this book because I can’t get it out of my head since I read it a couple of weeks ago, but this isn’t a review.  Nurse, Nanny …Bride! has one of the most ridiculous backstories I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Favorite Book(s)/Scenes: Almost Heaven

My very first Judith McNaught book that ended up making me a fan of her books was Almost Heaven (1991). It’s a historical romance set in 19th Century England and the sequel to Something Wonderful (haven’t read that one yet). … Continue reading

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Separation in Romances: Does It Work For You?

Separations in romance: does it work for you? Because it most certainly works for me. Only if done the way that I like it and that is it must have two things: 1) a good reason for the separation and … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Melina Marchetta

I have found a new author that I’m really excited about and her name is Melina Marchetta. She’s an Australian author who writes predominately teen fiction and her stories are contemporary and set in Australia. The teens in her books … Continue reading

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