What are you reading?

It occurred to me I don’t often read the stories of people not like myself. Although I recently gobbled up L. Penelope’s Song of Blood and Stone, I blush as I tell you that my bookshelves are filled with the likes of Jane Austen, remains my go-to, and lots of other women, including Ann Patchett, Laura…

Witness to the miracle of reading

A vivacious little six-year-old skips down her school corridors. She stops in front of the bulletin boards, signs and framed sayings that cover the walls. And she reads them. With a sparkle in her bright brown eyes, she reads the words aloud with a touch of awe in her voice. As if it is a…

Reading the RITA winners, Part 1

What makes a book worthy of the Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA award? I wanted to know from a reader’s perspective. So armed with the cover of the September RWA magazine, Romance Writers Report, I started looking for them, the best of all the novels submitted to the annual contest. There are 13, everything…