Banned Book Week 2014 Sept 21st-27th


I have always been a fan of the banned book. My parents will tell you, if you tell me not to do it, that’s the first thing I want to do. Here is a list of some of my favorite banned reads, in no particular order.

  1. Ulysses-James Joyce
  2. Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
  3. Lady Chatterley’s Lover-D.H. Miller
  4. Go Tell It On The Mountain-James Baldwin
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls-Ernest Hemingway
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
  7. Native Son-Richard Wright
  8. The Sun Also Rises-Ernest Hemingway (it’s safe to say I love everything he’s ever done)
  9. Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut (again, love his entire oeuvre)
  10. Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck

Feel free to add to this list!

Top 3 Reasons Why I Read Romance Novels by Elaine Cantrell (contemporary romance author)


Very true, on all points. I am a romantic at heart, regardless of the razor-sharp edges most people encounter. I love a happy ending because I believe the universe fundamentally sides with Justice and Truth and that’s the way life should be. Sometimes, of course, this isn’t true, and we write to overcome.


her-kind-of-man-500x724Reading is so much fun. If I’m in the mood for a good book, chances are I’ll pick a romance novel. So what’s the appeal of a good romance? Why do some many people read them?

1. I think that first of all, most folks are fighting some kind of battle in their lives. Maybe, like my heroine Kara in Her Kind of Man, they’re in a relationship that went bad, and they’ve lost the one they love. Whether it was by divorce, death, or just walking away, it tears a huge hole in someone’s heart. Maybe the problem is health-related. Someone has to accept that there are now limitations placed on them. Have you ever dealt with unemployment? How do you feed your children with no11168092_det paycheck? True romances always have a happy ending which gives us hope that tomorrow things will be better. We can believe that…

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My latest writing playlist


Pandora is a hellified invention. I’m sitting here working on a new story, something a bit fluffier than I normally do, and I need a musical accompaniment that underscores that. I had one song in mind, and lo and behold, Pandora delivered.

No Such Thing Playlist

Englishman In New York-Sting

In the Air Tonight-Phil Collins


The Scientist(Live)-Coldplay

A Thousand Years-Sting

Crash Into Me-DMB

King of Pain-Police

In Your Eyes-Peter Gabriel

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic-Sting and the London Symphony Orchestra

Moon and Sky-Sade

Space Between(Live)-DMB

And on it goes. This is a brilliant way to construct a story without having to spend hours beforehand tweaking the music.

Truth & Consequences


I’ve been following this story for a minute. The gist is a bestselling author writes a book. Some time later, she’s approached by reviewers (plural) of a different book who tell her the new book is just hers with naughty bits.

Author 1 approaches Author 2, & A 2 weaves together these increasing elaborate lies until final the US Federal Courts are involved.

This article sums up the court situation nicely & makes for fascinating reading.