The Woodcutter

  Summary A fast-moving, stunning new standalone psychological thriller — from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. A knock on…

First Person Vs. Second Or Third Person POV

Have you ever chosen a point of view for your novel, novella, or short story and later realize you’ve chosen the wrong perspective?  Well, a few days ago, that was me. I recognized early enough the story would be more effective in the third person omniscient POV rather than the first-person narrative. Thus, I spent hours backtracking and editing…

Summer Reading List

Writer’s read, and readers write.  This summer, I’m determined to take breaks between writing and catch up on books patiently waiting to be read on my Kindle. Stepping away from my work-in-progress for reading breaks clears my head and helps me forge ahead with my writing and world-building. Below is my summer reading list. Currently,…

Inspiration For Today

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”                  …

Can One Write Anywhere at Any Time?

Recently, a friend, who is not a writer, stated, “As long as you have a laptop, you can write anywhere.”  I raised my eyebrows, ready to retort, ARE YOU SERIOUS, but closed my agape mouth, assuming this is a common sentiment. Of course, one can write anywhere. We see people write in cafes, coffee shops,…

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

  Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage…

Book Review: Once Upon A River

  On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl…

Book Review: Widow Walk by Gar LaSalle

  Widow Walk is book one of Gar LaSalle’s HISTORICAL FICTION SAGA. Told in the FIRST PERSON POV, the story takes place in 1867, a time of high tension in the American PACIFIC NORTHWEST between indigenous native Americans and colonists― conflict roused after the PUGET SOUND’S WAR and the TREATY OF MEDICINE CREEK in 1854. The…

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

This is my second book by Christopher Rice, and I enjoyed this PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER/COMING-OF-AGE story set in contemporary NEW ORLEANS. The mood is ominous, brooding with tightly wound emotions. Homoerotic desires and secrets unravel in unspeakable violence amidst four childhood friends. Seams unravel bit by bit as MURDER and SUICIDE undo four friendships, climaxing with a…