Coffee Break with Padma Venkatraman

The Coffee Break Spotlight this month goes to none other than Padma Venkatraman, author of Climbing the Stairs, A Time to Dance and Island’s End. I had the pleasure of meeting her and listening to her speak at the James River Writer’s Conference in Richmond, VA this past October. She gave the welcome address and spoke on many panels,…

Book Review: Climbing the Stairs (Venkatraman)

Climbing the Stairs Author: Padma Venkatraman Publisher: Speak Genre: Young Adult Subgenre: Historical Fiction; Military; Lit & Fiction Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Purchased at writer’s conference Synopsis: Life for fifteen year-old Vidya holds tremendous promise. Despite living in British-occupied India during the 1940s with a rigid caste system in place, she aspires to attend…

Book Review All Fall Down (Weiner)

All Fall Down Author: Jennifer Weiner © 2014 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Genre: Literature & Fiction Subgenre: Women’s Literature, Domestic Life, Family Life, Contemporary Fiction Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Purchased at book fair     Synopsis: Mother, domestic engineer and paid blogger Allison Weiss has the picture-perfect life. She left full-time work to stay…

Coffee Break: Happy Holidays 2016!

Happy holidays and welcome back! I’m wrapping up 2016 and the monthly author spotlight “Coffee Break With…” by inviting authors who had a spotlight earlier this year to return for a little holiday cheer and share what’s on the horizon for 2017. I’m delighted to welcome back Margaret Locke, whose third book A Scandalous Matter, hit the…