Monday Book Review: A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L’Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet) Review… Summary: This is not a romance and there isn’t much in the way of a love plot, but it does feature a touching love triangle with a character who I fell deeply in love with as a teenager. Madeline L’Engle writes young adult and children’s books, but does so in a way that doesn’t talk down to children, which makes them wonderful books at any age. The plot of A Swiftly Tilting Planet involves Charles Wallace (from A Wrinkle In Time, now 16) going back through history, inhabiting various lives that connect to Meg’s mother-in-law, who happens to be related to a terrorist threatening them. Charles Wallace is charged with subtly changing the flow of those...

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Monday Book Review: Canyon Mission by Meg Gardiner

Mission Canyon: An Evan Delaney Novel by Meg Gardiner Review… Summary: The main character, Evan, is a plucky, sarcastic jill-of-all-trades who is engaged to a handsome lawyer in a wheelchair, Jesse. The plot of this particular book has the man who ran over Jesse back in town after trying to run from manslaughter charges (Jesse’s friend was killed in the crash). Confusing motives and big corporations with shady dealings soon get involved and Evan plays detective with her many skills and interests. The Good: I’m a big fan of suspense/thriller books. I like that the love story, while there, doesn’t take the main stage. As I’ve said before, books where the conflict comes from something other than the man and woman bickering with each...

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Friday Excerpt: A First Kiss

I’m out in Ohio this week, having a much needed vacation! I haven’t been able to get much access to the Internet, which can be good sometimes! It’s refreshing to take a break from it, though I miss my Internet friends. This morning I’m using my boyfriend’s laptop to bring you a short excerpt from (W)hole. To keep you up to date, I’m working hard on the first draft of Be(Longing), the story of a paraplegic rock singer. It’s going very well and I hope to have it ready for you soon. Word Count: 598 ###  Elizabeth liked the look of his car when they got to it. Though she didn’t know much about brands and types, she could tell that Stewart’s car wasn’t stuffy or pretentious. It was small and blue and had some bumps and...

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Monday Book Review: Paradox by Lee Nilsen

Paradox edited by Lee Nilsen Review… Summary: This is a very special book to me. It is a collaboration that I was invited to participate in. The book is nearly 400 pages long and filled with stories, poems, and musings centered around the “imperfect” hero motif (I dislike the term “imperfect” as I find nothing at all imperfect about these great guys!) The other great thing about this book is that the majority of the proceeds from the eBook go to a charity called LifeRollsOn.org, which helps people with spinal cord injuries to reclaim their lives, particularly through sporting events. The Good: A couple of the stories in here are long enough to be their own stand alone novellas! My favorite is The Best Friend by Annabelle.  She has a...

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Friday Excerpt: Indian Flare

If you’ve read my Dev Dreams, Vol One collection, you may have noticed that two of the stories have Indian main characters and involve Indian culture. Not many people know that I grew up in an Indian based community and that the culture is deeply a part of me. This excerpt is from a free story (that is also in Dev Dreams) and I wrote it entirely while I was in India. Word Count: 500 ### There was nothing Priyanka could do in the bathroom to quiet the fury of nerves in her stomach. In just a few minutes she would meet the man she would spend the rest of her life with and all she knew of him was printed on the back of his photograph that was in her bag. She had spent the nights since she found out looking at that picture and trying to imagine what kind of...

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