Crab Spider on Thistle Flower, copyright 2019 by Gunsmith Photo
June Reading List
I’m working on a required reading list for a romance workshop I’m taking in September. Unfortunately I can’t talk about any of the books here but I’ll mention them after the workshop. I also read a lot of other stuff last month. Here are a few that really stood out.Read More
I released a new book this week, Twisted Sister. It’s an experiment for me on a couple of fronts.
First, I love reading romance and I love writing romance but I’ve been focusing on mainly writing and marketing my science fiction for the last two years. I sort of let my romance books hum in the background without giving them much love.
I have a romance series called Romancing the Gods. Each book in that series takes a pairing from Greek mythology and re-imagines the characters in a modern setting. It’s a lot of fun to write and I squeeze it in between my other books sort of like a palate cleanser. I’m working on the fourth book in the series now.Read More
. . .some rain must fall.
It’s a rainy Sunday and I couldn’t be happier about it. The rain is providing a gentle shower for all things green and growing on our farm–the meadow grasses and flowers, the trees, the veggie garden, the lawn and my perennial flower beds. All thirsty and in need of a good cleansing. It’s a good thing, especially since I have weeding to get to and our clay soil dries around the weeds like bricks and it’s impossible to pull them out. The rain softens the soil making them easy to pull.Read More
Killdeer Chick in Shallows, copyright 2019 by Gunsmith Photo
I am so tired of hearing about climate change from people who claim they are spouting facts but in reality don’t have a freaking clue what they are talking about. That includes Mr. Gore whom I blame for raising the subject to one of mass hysteria.
Don’t get me wrong–I believe that mankind is abusing our lovely planet and I’m against it. We need to reign in CO2 emissions to dial back unhealthy smog and the acidity of our lakes and oceans and rainfall. But to blame man for climate change is ludicrous. Climate change is a great big, massive thing that is affected by other great big, massive things like sunspots. Or the lack of.Read More
As usual I read a lot of stuff last month but a few really stand out.
Smooth Talking Stranger, copyright 2009, by Lisa Kleypas. I have to admit that this book hit all of my romance cookies. And I can’t say another thing about it because I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is one I’ll reread again because it was so satisfying.
The Big Sleep, copyright 1939, by Raymond Chandler. I was familiar with Chandler’s work because of Bogart playing his famous private eye, Philip Marlowe, in the film of the same name, but I had never bothered to actually read one of his books. I’m so glad I picked this up. I loved the story, loved the language/slang, loved the slow reveal of the mystery. I’ll be reading more of Chandler’s work now that I know how much I enjoy it.
Raw and Red Hot by Jonathan Shaw Harvard Magazine May/June 2019 A very interesting piece on how science is beginning to link inflammation with almost every chronic disease known.
The Lost Princess Man by John Barnes, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Usually I like maybe half of the stories in an anthology. Mr. Clarke did a fabulous job putting Galactic Empires together. I enjoyed most of the stories in it.
Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold, Galactic Empires, copyright 2017, anthology edited by Neil Clarke. Another great story from this anthology. I liked so many that I’m not going to list anymore titles. I read the stories in between books last month and was sorry to finish it. Pick up this anthology if you enjoy space opera. You won’t be disappointed.