Review: A Slow, Cold Death

A Slow Cold Death by Susy Gage This book was sent to me so I could provide a prepub blurb. What does that mean? Take a look at this… Yup, that’s my name on the back of the book. You know what? It’s just about as exciting as having my name on the front of a book. This book was a lot of fun. It’s a murder mystery set in an academic university. I’ve never read a book about the crazy world of PhD researchers, though I know a little bit about it from my friends and family who are academics. The story takes place in a physics department and one of the things I most loved about it was the kooky cast of characters. Particularly Lou, who was paralyzed in a car accident fairly recently and it comes to light that his accident may not have been...

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Book Reviews

I’m going to be cutting back on doing the book reviews.  Reviewing other people’s books is too often a losing situation for me. I do it because I want you, my readers, to know what to expect when you pick up a new “wounded hero” story. I want to let you know if the depiction of disability is accurate or absurd. I want to help you find out about new books you might like and which you might want to avoid if your standards are anything like mine.  However, so many novels with disabled characters do the disability part poorly. From inaccurate to insulting, reading books too often makes me cringe.  I want so much to warn you about these books, but then it reflects badly on me. It makes it seem like I’m trying to harm my competition (when...

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Monday Book Review: To Hear You Smile

To Hear You Smile by Gina Rossi Review… Summary: Olivia is ready for some time away from London. Her job and the upcoming Olympics are making things too stressful. So she leaps at the chance to dog sit for a friend in the small village of Chapel Hill. Her friend tries to mention the cute boy who lives down the road, but Olivia is off men and not interested in hearing about him, not even to get the warning that Ruth tries to give about what she really ought to know about Zac. When Olivia does meet Zac, he comes across as gorgeous, but creepy. There’s something odd about him that she just can’t put her finger on and by the time she realizes what it really is, she’s already knocked him out with a teacup to his head. The Good: The writing is...

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Interview: Lorrie Kruse

I’m so thrilled to have author Lorrie Kruse with me today to talk about her book A Life Worth Living, which I reviewed last week. I’ve rarely been so curious when I was reading to know more about the author! So let’s dive right in to satisfy my curiosity… 1) The first thing I notice about this book is that it is the most accurate portrayal of paraplegia I’ve ever read in a fictional book. Do you have personal experience or is that purely research? Thank you. It was all purely research. When I first wrote the book, I just wrote whatever sounded logical. Then, I discovered you can’t just make it up. It’s a fictional book, a made up story, but I couldn’t make up ALL of it? Actually, I’m glad that’s the case because I found out sooooo...

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Monday Book Review: A Life Worth Living

Monday Book Review: A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living by Lorrie Kruse Review… Summary: Matt Huntz is a construction worker in a family business and engaged to a beautiful young woman when he has a car accident and wakes up in the hospital with damage to his spinal cord. The book follows as he works on getting function back, goes to rehab, tries to go home and deal with family and a crumbling romantic relationship. The whole time there is a question of exactly what happened the night of the accident, because Matt cannot remember. The Good: I really enjoyed this book. The first thing that really impressed me was how accurate all the details were. This is an author who definitely knows a lot about SCI (and when I interview her, I’m going to ask her about that!) From how the insurance...

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Monday Book Review: Vittorio’s Woman

VITTORIO’S WOMAN (The Vittorio Series) by Kimberley Reeves Review… Summary: Lilly is a physical therapist, but she doesn’t do it for money, she just really likes helping people. She gets a call from the sister of a man she saw once at a party and developed a huge crush on, Simon Vittorio. The sister says that Simon’s had an accident and he’s in despair. He needs a tough physical therapist to pull him from his depression and get him inspired to walk again. Simon has also been blinded by this accident, the characters hope temporarily. Little does Lilly know, Simon remembers her and has also been longing for her as much as she has for him. But he’s driven away other psychical therapists and he’s going to do the same to her...

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