Coming Soon

I am in the process of doing a final edit of my first book. My daughter is designing the cover using the above photo from Pixabay. The title is Unpacking dreams and it is a story of a young woman who has had her love life and career dreams crushed. She returns home to Dallas to…

The Little Beach Street Bakery

I picked up The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan at Half Price Books. I chose it because I liked the title and the cover. Having spent the last several months reading nothing but detective books, I wanted something more lighthearted.  A broken heart, a job loss, limited funds and a search for a…

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd 

Dear Detective Inspector Rutledge, I hope I may call you Ian. When I first read your story, my heart broke. The war to end wars failed because in 2016, we still have wars. Yes, almost 100 years since your war ended, war still rages. Shell Shock is now referred to as PTSD and it sadly…

Why must an author repeat?

I love book series. I love stories which build a history for the characters but I have one complaint. Every author inevitably repeats much of the history at the beginning of the story. This means for those of us who have read the previous books a long repetition of information. Why can’t authors place in…

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Dear Maisie, You came from such humble beginnings. Losing your mother and having your father send you into service at a big house was heartbreaking, but you didn’t let those challenges break you. Your love of learning opened a door of opportunity and you gratefully walked through it. Your loving father, Frankie Dobbs wished he…

Bruno, Chief of Police

Dear Bruno, Your life as a village policeman has me hooked. The descriptions of the colorful residents, the countryside and the details of life in a small French village sound wonderful. Of course it can’t be a mystery without turmoil and your fictional village of St. Denis is no exception. A man is found dead…

Life with a Book

I have had a book blog for a while under a different name. I learned you can not change the name of your blog. If you want a new name, you begin a new blog. So here we are today. I chose Life with a Book because I can’t imagine life without a book. My…