Recommended Reading List: September, 2021

It’s been an interesting reading month. I started reading a book on West Side Story, which looked truly interesting. It was unbelievably boring, but I finished it anyway. I’m not usually that completist. I think it simply points out how tired I am and how unwilling I was to look for something new. I read a lot of court cases and stuff in Spanish. I […]

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An Amazing Achievement

Our small publishing company pulled off the impossible so far in 2021. Through July, they have published 91 books. (With 50 or so scheduled for the second half of the year.) This is a wonderful achievement. All of the books are well designed and properly promoted. Allyson Longueira and her small team accomplished that on the one-day-at-a-time model. I’m so impressed with them. And that […]

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2021

I’ve had a bit more time to read in July than I had in June, although it has truly been crazy around here. I’m hoping that August won’t be quite as insane. I read a favorite author who is known for twists as we moved. I could only read a bit here and a bit there, and I got lost a lot. I realized that […]

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Recommended Reading List: June 2021

We had a surprise move in June. We found a wonderful place and decided to go for it, just like most of America, it seems. So we spent a few weeks shuffling things around. I ended up reading bits and pieces of novels, unable to concentrate. Really didn’t finish much, which is on me. July is already better. Here’s what I liked. June, 2021   […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2021

Got more reading in during April than expected. Thank heavens. March was a bit parched. I started the month with The Best American Mystery Stories 2021, and was greatly disappointed. Most of the stories, while very good, could have been published in 1970 or 1950. They were noirish or hardboiled, almost always about the man, even when they were from a woman’s point of view. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Nutball Season

According to Officer Nick Mantino, Nutball Season runs from Halloween to Christmas.  This Christmas season, he sees more than his usual number of nutballs. Like the geezer who thinks he has been cast in Miracle on 34th Street. And Mrs. Billings, who tells everyone she will shoot Santa if he lands on her roof. Mrs. Billings’ threats scare the local children, so Nick must investigate. […]

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Recommended Reading List: November 2020

For years now, I’ve kept up the reading list throughout the month, but that proved impossible in November. So I’m writing this introduction—heck, the whole list—on November 30, because I had zero time to do it otherwise. I did manage to get a lot of reading in, more than I expected given the fact that Dean and I were glued (almost literally) to the TV […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2020

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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A Reader’s Holiday

As I write this, we have a little under 2 days left on the WMG Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter for 2020. I really do think that this Spectacular will help all of its subscribers get through the stay-at-home Zoom holiday season that’s coming up. We have three Calendars of Stories in the Spectacular. The one I focus on is the winter holidays section, because it is […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2020

What a month of distractions. The election, weather weirdness, an actual run!, and so much more. It’s been tough to find the time to read at times, just because the days are so full. Still, I managed. I tried very hard to read a book by a writer whose work I adore. The book had what we call anti-reader cookies for me. A plethora of […]

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