Dec 12

Best Books of 2016

Is it just me or has this year flown by? Seriously, I feel like I have whiplash. Probably because this year brought a lot of happy changes. I have a literary agent now, my first cozy mystery is officially on submission, and my husband and I are preparing for the arrival of our new family […]

Jan 08

New Year, New Books!

It’s a new year, which means a whole new year of spectacular reading! I’ve made a goal to read 60 books this year. Now, this is less than the last couple years, but that’s because I really want to savor each and every book I read without having to worry about meeting a number. I […]

Dec 21

Favorite Reads of 2015

2015 is almost over. In some ways, it feels like it just began, but in going through all the books I’ve read this year, I can tell that time has marched steadily past. I’ve read 70 books this year, and there were some real gems among them. Not to mention a refreshing variety–a healthy dose of […]

Aug 24

Fangirl in the Fall

I love this time of year. The early morning air is turning crisp and cool, the garden is making its final push before the last harvest, and all the kiddos in the neighborhood are trekking back to school. Ah, back to school. I remember the excitement, feeling so full of hope at all the possibilities the […]

Jun 01

May Flowers and June Books

It’s been a rainy spring in Colorado. Between storms, I snuck outside and discovered beautiful flowers blooming in our backyard. What amazed me most was that despite being pummeled by rain, hail, and even snow, they found a way to thrive. I find this to be incredibly inspiring, but maybe I’ve been playing with metaphors […]

Dec 15

Best Books of 2014

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King I once heard that Stephen King reads 70-80 books per year (which ironically doesn’t seem too far off of how many books he writes per year). Which means I’m in […]

Dec 02

On Book Reviews

Since I started taking my writing more seriously, I’ve become a more critical reader. Whenever I finish a book, I challenge myself to pinpoint what I especially like or dislike about a story. And I LOVE doing this. I absolutely love reviewing books. Dissecting the craft, analyzing different narrative styles, seeing the way a story can be […]