Friday Fictioneers: Means of Escape

Means of Escape Fiction; 99 words Mac peered down the darkened tunnel. Afternoon turned to dusk and the lengthening shadows hid a multitude of threats. Fear prickled the skin on the back of her neck. She breathed slow and scanned the area. Adrenaline from the escape had her imagination working overtime. Not every fluttering leaf…

In the Mom Lane: Dream A Little Dream

No, this is not a post about the dreams I have for my children. Nor for my life in the years to come. This is about the literal dreams. Keep reading. It’s funny, I promise. When Big Dude was a toddler, we were gifted a Richard Scarry book: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!…

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray (Sepetys)

Between Shades of Gray Author: Ruta Sepetys © 2011 Publisher: SPEAK (Penguin) Genre: YA Historical Fiction Subgenre: Holocaust, Military, Europe Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Recommended and loaned to me by another busy mom! (But I will be buying my own copy!) Synopsis (Amazon blurb): “Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life–until Soviet…

Writer Meme Monday: There’s No Motivation Like Post-Conference Motivation!

This weekend was the 14th annual James River Writers Conference in Richmond, VA. It starts with on Friday with “Master” classes, small seminar-like sessions on a variety of subjects pertaining to the craft and the business of writing. The rest of the weekend is two full days of panels with authors from the traditional and independent publishing worlds, agents…

Book Review: Another Day in the Frontal Lobe (Firlik)

Author: Katrina Firlik, M.D. © 2006 Publisher: Random House Genre: Medical memoir / autobiography Sub-genre: Nervous system-surgery, Neurosurgery, Medical history & records Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Purchased at B&N.     Amazon book synopsis: “Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one of only two hundred or so women among the alpha males who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige…

#FridayFictioneers: Two, If By Sea

  Two, If By Sea Fiction, 99 words “John? John, I’m home!” Sharon shrugged out of her coat and scarf. A flurry of snowflakes swirled to the tile. She headed for the kitchen in search of her husband, her heels clacking against the hardwood with each step. The sounds echoed down the hall before the…

Coffee Break with Barb Taub: From Chai in India to Fantasy Novels and Back!

Good morning! Or, (I hope I have this right) shubh prabhaat! Today we’re welcoming travel/fantasy writer Barb Taub, author of Do Not Wash Hands in Plates. We talked a bit about her travels to India, then her experience writing about her time there. The “Coffee Break” interviews and posts took a break over the summer but returns ready to whet your appetites…