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An Author’s Flawed First Attempt

I “won” a copy of this book and promised the author’s publicist an unbiased review. The Kitchen Dance is not the kind of book I’d read ordinarily since it falls into the romance genre. It is the author’s first novel and as such includes flaws that first novels often embody, starting with the unnecessary and […]

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C.N. Lesley’s Darkspire Reaches Earns Four Stars

Darkspire Reaches is a fantasy novel written by a wonderful story teller. Lesley’s alternative world of First Born peoples, Angressi, Samara maidens, wyvern/drakken, et al, is inventively imagined. Her characters, even when their motivations are not well explained, are distinctive and compelling. The main plot––a young girl searching for her identity––while not original––is originally handled. […]

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Yes, Barbara, Rejection is Good for the Writer’s Soul

Barbara Rogan is correct in her recent In Cold Ink blog post: “Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?” when she states self-publishing writers produce less than excellent work in large part because there are no gatekeepers that prevent them from publishing before their work has achieved the standard of the traditionally published works they compete […]

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Introducing Retired Albany Police Detective Jake Barnes and my 4th novel, In the Game

It’s 1999. Robert “Jake” Barnes has been forced to retire as detective on the Albany (NY) Police Department due to health issues only months after his wife died of cancer. Rather than work in his garden or take up golf, however, Jake still yearns to be a useful member of society. Then, the name of […]

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