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A Short Journey to Horror Fiction

I rarely plunge into this genre, but I read and reviewed Priscilla Bettis’s debut work, “The Hay Bale”. First, my review: “The best way to describe this short horror story is that I took a deep breath in on page … Continue reading

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When Supernatural is Believable and Vice Versa

Last week I read two books: Crimson Frost, a Christmas novella by JP Mclean, and Adèle by Leila Slimani. No common denominators between them (fortunately!), except that they were both short reads. For those who like Christmas stories with a … Continue reading

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A Heart-pounding Tale with Urban Rhythm

Being a great admirer of JP McLean’s Gift Legacy, I was eager to read her newest book, Blood Mark. She didn’t disappoint: once again, I was impressed with her rich imagination, her storytelling skills and her ability to build tension. … Continue reading

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From NaNo to Ninny: Downsizing Expectations

I made quite a strong statement a while ago saying that participating in NaNoWriMo was my worst writing decision. It was four or five years ago. At the end of that agonizing November, I had the required number of words. … Continue reading

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A Magnificent Farewell

A five-star review of J. P. McLean’s Wings of Prey, the concluding book of The Gift Legacy.  I was reading the last book in The Gift Legacy with enjoyment mixed with that specific sadness we sometimes feel when the time … Continue reading

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Secret Sky by JP McLean

Congratulations to my friend and fellow author JP McLean on launching Secret Sky, the first installment in her Gift Legacy. It’s available on Amazon (.com, .ca, .uk…) and other major e-book sellers for a promo price that is less than a … Continue reading

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What do readers say?

If you wondered if I’d abandoned my website–I haven’t. I have a valid excuse for my absence. I had a complicated eye surgery, couldn’t read or use the computer for several weeks. That sucked, more than my bloodshot eye. In the … Continue reading

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The Snowman, or, what happened to Jo Nesbø

What is the magic ingredient for a bestseller? Must be luck, for a good story certainly isn’t. And I think I know what happened to Jo Nesbø, but you’ll need to read to the end of this blog to find out. … Continue reading

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Merry merry, happy happy, ho-ho-ho! Happy New Year!

There are a few writing/reading-related things that made 2017 a good year. I had the pleasure of reading three wonderful books written by friends: Betrayal, the fifth installment in the Gift Legacy series by Jo-Anne McLean, One Woman Island, the second book … Continue reading

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A closer look: One Woman’s Island by Susan M. Toy

Like her Island in the Clouds, Susan Toy’s second Bequia Perspective novel, One Woman’s Island is a complex story. On the surface, it’s a crime novel. Mariana, a Canadian woman in her forties, arrives on the island of Bequia running … Continue reading

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