Category Archives: Reviews

Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares, Margaret Lesh. Publishing, July 2013, Kindle Edition .99 Margaret Lesh strikes the right note here in her account of the “floating year” she spent going through diagnosis, … Continue reading

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Review: Mrs. Woolf and the Servants

When I read Virginia Woolf‘s Diaries (an experience I recommend to any writer) back in 2011 I remember thinking what horrible bosses she and Leonard were to their hapless, underpaid employees at the Hogarth Press, which they ran out of … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. As a bit of a giggle, I’m posting it for all to see. For a blog that I didn’t tend as often as I should this year, … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Mrs Hamilton

It’s almost the end of December, and it’s time to squeeze out one last book review for the year. After Mrs Hamilton (Kindle, $4.99) is the second novel by British writer Clare Ashton. I loved her first book, Pennance, which … Continue reading

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Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ Strikes a Nerve

‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling, Little, Brown ($35 hardcover); Kindle ($14.99) Joanne Rowling is a woman with a ton of baggage. As her own writer bio on Amazon states, she’s the author of the “bestselling Harry Potter series of … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey – A Quick Take

My friend Shannon Yarbrough has been recapping each chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey on his blog, accompanied by hilarious visuals. Confession: I sent him my copy after finishing with it, wondering what he would get out of it, as … Continue reading

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July Book Review: Building Character by Kate Genet

‘Building Character’ by Kate Genet, 2012, Kindle/Smashwords ($6.99)  The summer months are difficult ones for indie authors, who tend to see sales of their full-length ebooks diminish. A book that came out last month without much fanfare is Kate Genet’s … Continue reading

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May Book Review: Pennance by Clare Ashton

‘Pennance’ by Clare Ashton, 2012, Createspace pbk (8.99)/Kindle ($2.99) When I first came across Clare Ashton’s debut novel on Kindle, I confess I frowned slightly at the title and thought that it was possibly a typo for “Penance.” It’s not, … Continue reading

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Indie author spotlight–Kate Genet

To showcase some of the great indie writing out there, I want to do a occasional profile of writers who are producing impressive work via ebook. Kate Genet is an eclectic and prolific New Zealand novelist who is perhaps best … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on indie authors, and a review

I think every now and then these days about what it means to be an indie author. For me, it’s meant being able to publish a literary novel that I thought was never going to make it into the light … Continue reading

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