La La Land of Musicals

Happy New Year, everyone! Twenty-seventeen is certainly off to an interesting start. Given the unpalatable political climate hogging the airwaves and social media, I thought I would write about something positive and cheerful. As it happens, I've been on a musical kick the past few months. Actually, I've always enjoyed musicals from West Side Story (1961, have also seen the Broadway stage…

I Did Not Vote For . . .

. . . Hillary because she is a woman. . . . Hillary because her last name is Clinton. . . . Hillary because she is a Democrat. I voted for Hillary Clinton because she was the best candidate – in my opinion, I feel compelled to stress even though this is my blog and…

GONE GIRL

I know I'm late to the Gillian Flynn party, but better late than never to have read at all. GONE GIRL, published by Penguin Random House in 2012, is Flynn's most recent work – not including her short story THE GROWNUP, originally entitled “What Do You Do?" as part of George R. R. Martin’s ROGUES (already added to my reading shelf). It's tricky…

SILENT NIGHT

We're five days away from Christmas, and I want to share with you one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. It's a 2002 Hallmark Production entitled SILENT NIGHT, starring Linda Hamilton. The movie is based on a true story, set on Christmas Eve in 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. Hamilton plays a German…

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

Anthony Doerr's ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (published by Scribner in 2014) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and received the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Clearly, you do not need my recommendation for a novel with two of the most distinguished awards in literature, but I'll give it to you anyway. In one word,…

STATION ELEVEN

EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL is the New York Times best-selling author of four novels, including the outstanding dystopian STATION ELEVEN which was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist & Winner of the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Mandel is originally from British Columbia but now resides in New York City with her husband. Her other novels are: Last Night in Montreal (2009) The…

THE MISREMEMBERED MAN

Christina McKenna is a best-selling author from Northern Ireland and is best known for her four novels all set in a small Irish village in the county of Derry. The Misremembered Man is the first in the series, followed by The Disenchanted Widow, The Godforsaken Daughter and The Spinster Wife (which I have not yet read so…

BOOKS FOR THOUGHT

Outlander fans everywhere are always looking for ways to entertain and amuse themselves during the harrowing dry spells. While we all love pictures of our Jamie and Claire – or mainly Jamie (admit it) –talking, tweeting and blogging about Outlander, I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce new novels I've recently discovered, especially those by…

All Souls Con

For Outlander fans who are also fans of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, I decided to share with you the fun I had at the first (fan orchestrated) All Souls Conference held in Beverly Hills on Saturday, September 12. This is not a comprehensive report, by any means. It's merely a sharing of my favorite moments.…

Jane Eyrë: Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics

The new Writer’s Digest publication of the classic, Jane Eyre, includes annotated notes by K.M. Weiland. Weiland is the award-winning author of the non-fiction best-sellers: Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. When she's not working on her own writing projects, she's mentoring authors through her website: Helping Writers Become Authors. Before reading a single savory note by Weiland, the…

Win a Copy of Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre: Writer's Digest Annotated Classics, with notes by K. M. Weiland, will be available for purchase July 24, 2014. But Weiland – best-selling author, writing mentor, and creator of the Helping Writers Become Authors website – gives us a fun sneak peek into her upcoming release in her blog post: 10 THINGS WRITERS CAN LEARN FROM JANE EYRE. Even…

If only . . .

Love at First Sight was the second post I wrote. It told the true tale of a young man enamored of a pretty grocery store clerk in the market where I frequently shop. Recently, the lovely and talented Caitriona Balfe shared a link with us from The Philosophers' Mail entitled On the madness and charm of…