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Book reviews
November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

Political drama. False identities. Forbidden romance. David Rocklin’s new novel, The Night Language, contains all of these, but is at its heart a quiet — and unexpected — love story. After all, there aren’t too many novels starring black men in the court of Queen Victoria — let alone two… read more

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level my enjoyment: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1985) “I hunger to commit the act of touch.” * For… read more

Cake Time gets a review in ZYZZYVA -- Plus see you at six October events

Cake Time gets a review in ZYZZYVA — Plus see you at six October events

One of my first fiction publications was in the west coast lit journal ZYZZYVA a few years ago. That story’s included in my novel-in-stories Cake Time published a few months ago, and a few days ago, ZZYZZYVA reviewed Cake Time so I feel like the world’s come full circle: For… read more

September book reviews: Zhang, Rhys, Khong, Walls, Gray, Maum plus two guys with two-syllable names

September book reviews: Zhang, Rhys, Khong, Walls, Gray, Maum plus two guys with two-syllable names

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level my enjoyment: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny, 2017) “All I had wanted for so long was to be part of a… read more

My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I'm such a picky eater

My latest quest for a Happy Gut, or why I’m such a picky eater

It’s true — I’ve become one of those gluten-free, dairy-free L.A. women who drinks green smoothies for breakfast and owns two different spiralizers for zoodles. I wasn’t always this way. In fact, I have a distinct memory of eating powdered milk on a semi-regular basis as a kid — spooned… read more

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

September giveaway: Isadora by Amelia Gray

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Isaly in Fort Worth, Texas! *** I’m one of those people who don’t function well when there’s a lot of drama going on in life, yet I often find myself pulled towards it, and to people who go out of their way to seek it… read more