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Because I constantly have my nose in a book, people often ask me what I’m reading. The answer is never easy because usually I have five books going at one time: commercial fiction, literary fiction, interesting non-fiction, self-help non-fiction, something on the writer’s craft. And, of course, at night I read fiction for the dirty mind!

This book list will constantly change, so keep checking in. If you have a book you think I just have to read, there is a contact form at the bottom of the page.

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Literary Fiction

January 29, 2020

Luxurious Writing Takes Me To Russia

This book is simply a joy to read. Towles writes like silk sheets -- you just want to hunker down, surround yourself in his words and in the Count's world. This is a book that should be read out-loud. His writing is lyrical and his themes transcendent. For example ... "But then, as every child […]

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My Dirty Mind Fiction

February 6, 2020

A Perfectly Dirty World for Fantasy Building

Lexi Blakes' Masters and Mercenaries series is not for the cozy romance crowd. These books are down and dirty. Don't judge me!

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Non-fiction for Fun

January 29, 2020

Do You Ever Talk To Strangers?

I've read Gladwell's Blink and Outliers and The Tipping Point. He manages to make intimidating subjects accessible. So I'm giving Talking To Strangers a shot. I am listening to it and I love how he uses the real voices throughout. For example, when speaking of a speech by Clinton, he plays a clip. I'll let […]

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Non-fiction for Self

Non-fiction for Writers

January 29, 2020

Frey Has More To Teach Me

I read the first How to Write A Damn Good Novel and learned so much that I simply had to learn more.

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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