The Whispers of Valentine’s Day, 2024

Valentine’s Day can be hard. My husband, Jeff, and I understand. We buried our sweet little girl, Jackie, thirty-nine years ago today. She lived only a day.  And though the decades have been good to us, the memory of her lingers like a soft whisper. A quiet breath you hear but can’t make out, so … Read more

Mad Honey by Picoult & Boylan

Rating:           9.5 General Rating:  Mad Honey is a book for the soul. It coaxes compassion and empathy from its readers. While fiction, its storyline is pertinent in today’s world and a widely important theme. I wish everyone would take the time to read. Skip factor:  0%. That’s how you know it’s a good one. I … Read more

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Rating:           9 General Rating:  If you enjoyed Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, you’ll also like The Book of Lost Names. Seventy-six percent of over 28,000 readers rated this book five stars. Skip factor:  Nothing. Who should read:   If you love good writing or World War II stories, this book is definitely for you. Most heart wrenching line: … Read more

Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause

Rating:                              9.0 General Rating: A wonderful story that jumps between the lives of thirty-something Valencia and eighty-something Mrs. Valentine.   Skip factor:  0% I skipped nothing. This is the second book I’ve read by Krause and I’ve skipped 0% in both. Simply, I love her writing. Who should read:  Women who like good writing and unique stories, … Read more

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Rating:           10 General Rating:  If you’ve ever wondered how a girl could find herself in an abusive relationship, read Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us. Skip factor:  1%. Only a little at the beginning when I thought it was a romance novel. Who should read:   Women and girls of any age. Summary:  I’ll admit this begins … Read more

Do You Have a Friend Story to Share?

Happy April Fool’s Month! Who’s that friend who makes you laugh the most? Email your funniest friend experience to [email protected], and I’ll e-mail you a free e-book copy of one of my chick-lit books—your choice! I’ve heard from lots of women about friend mishaps since I wrote the first story of Nikki’s unquenchable thirst for … Read more

Have a Book Fetish?

I do. I can’t stop buying books…old books, new books, paperbacks, ebooks…it matters naught to me. If one sparks my interest, I’m whipping out the credit card or pressing the “Buy Now” button. And those old Library Book Sales? OMG! Dont’ let me go. I used to take ten dollars but ended up scraping change … Read more

Short Stories of Kids with Gifts: The Dream Diaries

(Above are: Sonnie, Annie, Rachel & Chase)  Ever thought of someone, then they called? Had a Deja Vu feeling as if you’ve been somewhere you couldn’t possibly have been? Felt like someone was watching you? If so, you’ll like my new book of short stories, The Dream Diaries about extraordinary kids with intuitive gifts. Though fictional, readers … Read more

An Author’s Life

Want to be a writer? Um, maybe you don’t.    I’m in a hostage situation. See that view in the window? (Yes, I have my Jack pants on.) That’s me. Every morning. At 5 am. Scratch that, 4 am. Okay, scratch that, too. Truthfully, I’ve been up between 2:30 and 3 am every day this week, … Read more

Three Sisters by Heather Morris

Rating:           8 General Rating: A World War II story about the perseverance of three sisters, whom survived Auschwitz and Birkenau. Who should read:  Those interested in touching stories about holocaust survivors. Sisters. Women who have survived similar atrocities, and certainly survivors and children of holocaust survivors. Skip factor:  8%. I skipped more than a little between 60% … Read more