Book Reviews

I typically post between two and three book reviews a week. Please refer to my review policy if you’d like to submit a book for consideration. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to get a summary of my reviews every three weeks.

Book Review: All Waiting is Long by Barbara J. Taylor

Book Review: All Waiting is Long by Barbara J. Taylor

Once again Barbara J. Taylor has NAILED IT with her historical fiction. A few years ago I reviewed her first book Sing in the Morning, Cry At Night, which I really enjoyed reading. She has now released a sequel called All Waiting is Long, which is just as good, if not...

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Book Review: The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan

Book Review: The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan

Ah yes, the psychological thriller. They seem to bloom like dandelions in the summer, don't they? One after the other, it's hard to keep track of where they are coming from, and why are there so damn many of them? They're definitely a trendy genre right now; with the...

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Radio Segment: Saucy Summer Reads

Radio Segment: Saucy Summer Reads

Aside from the fact that I'm using the word 'saucy' way too much these days, I think you're really going to like my latest radio segment. A few highlights you can listen for: I make a crude joke near the beginning of the interview and the host laughs despite himself,...

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Book Review: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

Book Review: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

I don't get the chance to read a lot of Australian writers (not sure why that is...) so when I realized the book A Small Madness, which had been sitting on my shelf for almost a year, was written by an Aussie it spurred me to pick it up. It's also sort of based on a...

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Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

I was recently discussing the trend of 'books about alternative relationships' with another bibliophile, and we both agreed that there is a real appetite for comic as well as literary explorations of this topic. I recently reviewed a book by Zoey Leigh Peterson that...

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#Twitter Advice Needed

#Twitter Advice Needed

What is a hashtag? When is the best time to post something? What does it mean when there is an @ symbol? Is my username stupid/and or cumbersome? All these questions can only mean one thing, I am now diving into the time-wasting pool that is twitter. I know, I'm only...

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What is the First Rule of Book Club?

What is the First Rule of Book Club?

Do you live in Calgary? Have you always wanted to be a part of a book club, but felt that your friends weren't ready to actually commit? Do you want to talk about books with treats readily available? Me too! That's why I've started a summertime book club in...

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In Print Book Review: Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala

In Print Book Review: Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala

I've always wanted to be a book reviewer, but when I was younger I saw this as an unattainable goal, like being a celebrity or something. I thought to myself "who cares what I think about books? Just because I read a bunch of them doesn't mean I'm in any position to...

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Book Review: Mannheim Rex by Rob Pobi

Book Review: Mannheim Rex by Rob Pobi

I was lucky enough to spend my childhood summers next to a lake; I swam in it, lay beside it, snorkeled around it, boated over top of it, and even constructed my own little wading pool on the shores of it. But when I would dive down deep to get a better look at...

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Book Review: The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

Book Review: The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

I'm on a roll with cat books lately, but I promise this one will the last for awhile (until another one comes across my desk, at least). The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee has a lot of similarities to The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker, but this book...

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A Year of Juxtapositions: Come to the 2017 WGA Conference!

A Year of Juxtapositions: Come to the 2017 WGA Conference!

I've spoken a few times about my role as President of the Board of Directors for The Writers' Guild of Alberta. It's a volunteer position that I feel very strongly about, and am so proud to have been a part of this board for four years now (going on five!). One of the...

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Radio Segment: Cats, Cats and More Cats

Radio Segment: Cats, Cats and More Cats

So you've probably noticed that I've been reading a lot of cat books lately. I wasn't just doing this because I REALLY LOVE CATS-I was doing this in anticipation of my cats book segment for the CBC this past week. I feel like book lovers and cat lovers are many times...

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