Some things that happen in life are simply too– too– well, too something to be used in fiction. They’re too stereotypical, too fantastical, too easy, or too impossible to use for representing anything that will look or feel like reality on the page. Art imitates life – every day, just as it should. But my art […]

Back to the Read-a-Thon!..

Took a little detour of necessity, but I’m back into it with news of the second book assigned to me in my Read-a-Thon of Distraction. Book two was THE LION, THE LAMB, THE HUNTED, by Andrew E. Kaufman. This is not my usual fare, but I can see why Kaufman has such a following. It’s […]

The Long and Faraway Gone, by Lou Berney

So then there’s THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, by Lou Berney. If the title rings in your head like the story might be threatening to put a lump in your throat, then good, you’re paying attention. But this is no sappy, manipulative piece of work. It’s life on pages. There’s a set of mysteries at […]


I don’t know what I was expecting, but certainly I got something other than it with this book. It’s a memoir only a celebrity could get paid for. Adam Corolla thinks he had a bad childhood and a lot of wild times. And maybe he did. I can’t tell. The book is a stream-of-consciousness daisy […]

The winners have been notified. Then they notified me…

Thanks to everyone who entered! I so love this event. The Read-A-Thon of Distraction commences this Friday morning and before I head off to the launch of MONDAY’S LIE at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe the following Friday, February 6th, here’s what I’ve been assigned to read by the winners of the giveaway: NOT TACO BELL MATERIAL, […]