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Ok, I’m Not Sure I’m Back-Back, but I’m Back Today! :)

I just won a book on GoodReads, through their First Reads program, and wrote a review and thought I’d post it here too. I’m not really “reviewing” books again, as far as unsolicited donations, but when I do review something either on my own or as a result of being provided with a review copy, I will try to get them up here just to see if anyone out there remembers who I am… :)

Take care!

Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich

My rating of the latest Lizzy & Diesel book, Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel (Lizzy & Diesel)
: 4 of 5 stars

Predictable? You bet.
Formulaic? Indeed.
Did I mind at all? Not a bit…

I find this series to be fun. Pure, simple, unadulterated fun. The books follow a formula. The characters always act, well, in character. There aren’t a lot of surprises. But I don’t mind, because they are just plain fun to read.

If you like your books with hi-jinks ala Lucy and Ethel and sexual tension of the early Moonlighting, Bruce Willis/Cybill Shepherd variety, then these are up your alley. My one series wish is that Lizzy is a bit, well, wimpy – I keep wanting her to amp it up a little, be a little more Stephanie Plum and a little less Miss DePesto (sorry, another Moonlighting reference, and frankly most of you are probably to young to truly appreciate them, but I felt compelled to add them anyway!). But she is who she is, and that’s all good. And my one book complaint this time around is that there wasn’t as much Wulf as I like – he’s too bad to be truly good and too good to be truly bad and I think he adds the one bit of mystery/complexity that keeps the books from being too traditional beach-read romance. Still, as I said, they’re fun books and fun to read once a year when the latest iteration comes out. So check this one out if you haven’t!

Oh, and this was my first ever First Reads win – I never win anything, so thank you – so my copy was generously provided by the publisher, Ballantine.

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Sorry but I’m NOT Reviewing Right Now…

Just to be clear (and I’m sorry if this is a disappointment) – I am NOT taking on regular review requests at this time. I’m sorry, but there just isn’t any time… I know I posted one recently and made a big (for me) splash talking about getting back into the swing of things, but it’s just not working out and I keep getting review requests from very nice people about very interesting books, but unfortunately I simply can’t make any commitments to read/review things by request right now…

I do hope to get back on here and back into reviewing/writing, but I honestly don’t know when I will be able to do that with any regularity so in the interim PLEASE don’t request a review. When I am able to commit again, I promise to let you know – it will be posted on here and elsewhere. I feel bad constantly telling people no and it would save both you and me time and bad feelings if we could avoid that conversation altogether… :)

Thanks and good luck with your books – I do want to read them one of these days!!

Book Review: Division by Karen Wyle

So if you saw the earlier post today, you’ll have noticed that I mentioned Karen Wyle by name.  She sent me an email that sparked me to actually post today, so I’m eternally grateful to her for that.  In return, I want to tell you about her latest novel – which is fabulous and intriguing and thought-provoking as per usual.  It came out in paperback yesterday, so definitely check it out!



by Karen Wyle

*My review copy was provided by the author.

Divisionis another thought-provoking, ethically-challenging and very enjoyable story from a talented author. I met Karen through an invitation to review her first novel (Twin-Bred – a review of which is also available on here, and another book you will want to pick up), which I also thoroughly enjoyed (it’s sequel, Reach, is on my to-read list and the only reason I haven’t read it yet is that the birth of my daughter interrupted my reading schedule, teehee). She crafts clever, inventive, unique stories peopled with very human (even when they’re not!) characters that are real and flawed and complex in all the best possible ways.

Division is a story of conjoined twins – not a subject I ever gave much thought to, honestly, but one which let her explore the ideas of family and self in ways all to applicable, I think, to all of us. The tale of Johnny and Gordon made me think, rage, cry, blush, and laugh out loud – the full range of emotion is here, with a spin I doubt you’ve ever considered but which she manages to handle deftly with sensitivity but not sentimentality. The boys’ struggle to live individual lives is guaranteed to leave an impression – and to make you think about your own concept of what it means to be you and live your life, limits and opportunities all.

Excellent job Karen. If you aren’t familiar with her books I simply can’t encourage you enough to pick them up. They aren’t like anything else you’re reading – in the best possible way.

Yes, I AM Still Alive…

I know it’s been AGES AND AGES since I’ve posted – I swear, I’m still here… Things have been nuts since the birth of The Sprout (she’s nine whole months old already, which seems absolutely impossible) and I haven’t been writing or doing much in the world of *real* work (she said, tongue oh-so-firmly planted in cheek, since this whole mommy thing is way harder than any job she’s ever held in corporate America). That said, I got an email from a writer friend today and had to post as a result (thank you Karen Wyle – this may have been the greatest accidental email in the history of email!). I didn’t want the post about her book to get lost in my “yes I’m still around” message, so I will post that next. First though I wanted to fill you in on a few things and give a few thoughts:

  • I had my first (and only) baby last June.  We called her The Sprout before we knew if she was a boy or girl, and the name has stuck.  No, it’s not her actual name, but it’s the name I will use to refer to her on here.  She is amazing and I can’t believe how she’s changed my perspective on everything in such a short time.
  • This new perspective has included the sad realization that, in the near future, there is going to be a whole lot less of me in my life than ever before.  I have struggled with this a bit, but am trying to accept that for now I have Things To Do that don’t necessarily allow me the luxury of focusing on myself to the extent I have in the B.S. (Before Sprout) era.
  • This DOES NOT MEAN that I am living through the baby or losing myself or stopping being me.  It DOES MEAN that I can’t write like I did before – when the mood struck me, without discipline or schedule, for hours and hours if the words were flowing.  If I’m going to write with a small child at home, I am going to have to learn to do it on her schedule rather than mine.  This is very hard for me and I don’t particularly like it (teehee), but it’s a fact of my new life that I’m trying to learn to deal with (and believe me, it’s harder learning to adapt to this than to no sleep!)…
  • I don’t know when I will return to a regular schedule of posting.  The blog is great and I like doing it a lot, but if I have limited writing time I need to focus on my *real* fiction writing first.  When I can, I will post.  If you have ideas/anything you’d like to see me talk about, please let me know – I write the blog for feedback first and foremost.

I am getting excited about writing again, which is a good thing.  I am self-aware enough to know that alone doesn’t guarantee that I will magically start doing it with discipline though…  Still, it’s a start!  I’m looking forward to hearing from those of you who are still out there again too.  So comment or say something when you can – it helps me a lot to know there’s someone out there…  :)


I Probably Should Have Said These Things Months Ago…

But I am officially saying it now:

(a) I am on book reviewing hiatus;

(b) I am pregnant (and due Very Soon);

and (c) – which shouldn’t have to be said but apparently does because over the past six months I’ve had more emails asking me to do this than I can count – I do not review children’s books even when (a) and (b) do not apply, as stated in my review policy.

I’m hoping to get back to regular posts after the baby is born, but can’t make any promises on timing just yet. I am sorry I’ve been MIA (for those few of you who may have missed me), but it’s been a long and somewhat uneasy-going road and I’ve been a tish distracted. (Pregnancy is, it turns out, a young woman’s game – and at almost-40, I’m not so much a young woman, biologically-speaking.)

The upside (besides, of course, the actual baby!) is that I’ve been doing a ton of reading (since sitting in a mound of pillows is about the only thing I have done even remotely comfortably for some time now), so if you’re curious what I’ve been up to, you can check me out on GoodReads.

I hope everyone out there is doing well and to be back in regular communication soon!

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