My Bookshelf: Impacted by Benji Carr

Took a departure from my stack of women’s fiction this summer to take a bite out of Benji Carr’s Impacted (pun very much intended). First of all, I met Benji years ago at a fiction writing class we both took at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. Benji was a master of voice then andContinue reading “My Bookshelf: Impacted by Benji Carr”

My Bookshelf: Blind Turn by Cara Sue Achterberg

I was thrilled to receive a copy of Blind Turn from fellow WFWA member Cara Sue Achterberg. It was the perfect book to dive into on a cold weekend with nowhere to go (isn’t that every weekend lately? Never thought I’d actually miss those crazy weekends of kid sports and family commitments and birthday partiesContinue reading “My Bookshelf: Blind Turn by Cara Sue Achterberg”

My Bookshelf: The Bride and Doom by Erin Scoggins

The leaves and the temperatures are finally falling here in North Carolina making it the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book. Okay, I’ll read any time anywhere, but fall provides the perfect excuse for grabbing a blanket and losing myself in a story while the boys in my house watch hours ofContinue reading “My Bookshelf: The Bride and Doom by Erin Scoggins”

My Book Shelf: A Good Neighborhood, Therese Anne Fowler

I read “A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler over the weekend. I am a big fan of Fowler’s “Z” about Zelda Fitzgerald and enjoyed “A Well Behaved Woman” about Ava Vanderbilt and her place in one of America’s wealthiest families. This book is a departure from not only the historical fiction genre she typicallyContinue reading “My Book Shelf: A Good Neighborhood, Therese Anne Fowler”

Tip of the Day: Go to Author Events

I love going to author events. I especially love going with friends, but have no qualms going by myself and often do. Last year, I took my mom to a reading by an author we both love at a bookstore around the corner from her office. As we settled into our seats, she confessed, “I’veContinue reading “Tip of the Day: Go to Author Events”

Learning to Write From my Kindergartner

  Somehow I lost October and November. Sixty-one days evaporated from my calendar. Erased like dust in an etch-a-sketch. There one minute. Gone the next. Between the great kitchen renovation project of 2015 followed closely on its heels by Thanksgiving, two months are a blur of construction dust, paint fumes, shopping and chopping. December easedContinue reading “Learning to Write From my Kindergartner”

Do For You

I remember when my first was born and someone told me about the airplane model of parenting – attach your own oxygen mask first before assisting others. Seemed like a no brainer in that last month of pregnancy, but it wasn’t until I realized I was dashing out of the shower with barely rinsed outContinue reading “Do For You”

High Heeled Mama Reads: The Same Sky, Amanda Eyre Ward

First off, this book reviewing business is harder than I thought. Reading is my go to. My solace. My boredom buster. My company in the quiet moments (what are those again?). So I read. A lot. And there is so much other life happening that it can be hard to find the time and thinkContinue reading “High Heeled Mama Reads: The Same Sky, Amanda Eyre Ward”

High Heeled Mama Reads: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a story of a young Nigerian girl emigrating┬áto the United States for a university education and the promise of a better life. Americanah is a love story of two young lovers separated by distance, pursuing their dreams however they can until disillusionment with the results brings them face-to-face again to face their oldContinue reading “High Heeled Mama Reads: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

High Heeled Mama Reads: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I have a habit of adding books to my list to read and promptly forgetting who recommended it or where I heard about it. I believe I stumbled upon┬áMaisie Dobbs through some sort of NPR list somewhere. But who knows. What I do know is that i added it to my to read list andContinue reading “High Heeled Mama Reads: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear”