Review of Etiquette & Espionage

Pink Panther meets Monty Python–that’s how I describe this fun YA steampunk novel. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Series Book 1) by Gail Carriger SUMMARY (from back): It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more … Continue reading Review of Etiquette & Espionage

Cover Reveal! Book Five in the Andy Smithson Series

Cover Reveal! Hot off my cover designer’s desk, the cover for Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, book five in the ongoing Andy Smithson epic fantasy series is here! After five covers together, Dale Robert Pease and I have become quite the team when it comes to design. I provided him with the following ideas to guide him: The scene to be depicted is Andy and … Continue reading Cover Reveal! Book Five in the Andy Smithson Series

Review of Queen of Shadows

 Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4) by Sarah J. Maas Wow! How’d she do that? These seem the only words befitting this book…It’s that good. A true ride for the emotions… SUMMARY FROM BACK: Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… … Continue reading Review of Queen of Shadows

Robin Williams and My Son

“That poor man!” I exclaimed, peeking from behind the curtain protecting my identity. I could not stop laughing. The unsuspecting trash man had been whistling seconds before. Now, after flinging open the hinged lid of the can, he threw a gloved hand over his nose and doubled over, then peered, questioning, at our house.

Rewind four hours. The warm, sunny, July day had started as uneventfully as a day with a two and four-year-old can. Continue reading Robin Williams and My Son