McKay’s

If you are buying used books in Knoxville, you go to McKay’s. I’m sure there are other options. I don’t know them. I’m not looking for them either. I’ve been a McKay’s fan since my oldest child was a toddler and that is too many decades ago to break a routine. McKay’s used to be […]

not just a mom

“I’m out of books to read. Is this series too young?” “I don’t think so. How have you not read that already?” “When those books came out, I wasn’t reading, watching or going to see anything. I was just a mom.” Please forgive the annoyance of me blathering endlessly about the books I read, the […]

read a book, pass it on

I only sent four books back to NY with Starving Artist. I tried to send five books. She attempted to veto two of my selections. I forced her to take one of the rejections anyway. The Dovekeepers was snubbed without any chance of redemption. Even if the ending of Dovekeepers left me permanently scarred, I […]

putting the book on the shelf

If I finish a book that has a sequel available, I need to start the next book immediately. When I say immediately, I mean in the same breath that I put one down, I want to pick up the next one. If it’s the end of a series or a stand alone book, I can’t […]

Stereotyping publishers

I have come to realize that I handicap books based on the size of their publishing house. I expect the books from corporate giants to be perfect. Errors in spelling, grammar and aesthetics are somehow inexcusable. They are jarring distractions that take me out of the story. I don’t race off to type and snail […]

size matters

Books, like people, come in a variety of sizes. Hardcover books are a great size to read, but their extra cost makes reading in the bathtub an ill advised risk. The majority of the paperbacks in the local Barnes & Noble are traditionally sized, but awkward to read without breaking the spine. Amazon books are […]

Dear writers,

If the adult intimacy scene in your story includes the words “came together,” then you need to delete that section of storytelling. It’s distractingly awful.