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Strawberry Season

I love strawberry season. I like picking the berries and I like eating them, too, which is a good thing. This year, we went picking three days before vacation and had to eat and/or use nearly nine pounds of them before we went away. Yeah, not the best planning, but…strawberries. Here’s what we did with…

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Review: Defenders by Will McIntosh

A few of my reviewing friends had very good things to say about Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh. So when Orbit dropped the price of McIntosh’s newest release, ‘Defenders’, to $1.99 (ebook only, courtesy of the Orbital Drop newsletter), I figured it was a good time to take the author for a test drive.…

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Sexy Times

As someone who writes stories with strong romantic elements, I often end up on this side of a potential sex scene. By this side, I mean: the characters are about to go there. I then have to decide if I want to go there, too. Sometimes I close the door. What happens behind that door…

The herb garden. We put flowers in the front. Not sure what that purple thing is.

Post-apocalyptic Gardening

You know what someone needs to invent? Grass that grows to a certain length and then stops to provide a lawn of perfectly trimmed and perfectly green beauty. I’d buy it. Not that I hate mowing; I don’t, not really. That hour twice a week (one hour out front and another for the curb, side…

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Review: The Herald (The Sundering, Book VI) by Ed Greenwood

This is it; we’re at the end of a long road. We are at ‘The Sundering’. Set during the Era of Upheaval, ‘The Sundering’ is a multi-author event chronicling the adventures of Faerûn’s heroes, from those just Chosen to some of the Realms most enduring characters. The Herald, by Ed Greenwood, rounds out the series…

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Book Expo America 2014

One of the perks of being a reviewer is a ticket to Book Expo America. You can attend as a reader or blogger; in fact, they have a convention just for you, BookCon on Saturday. I prefer to go on the professional days because it’s a little quieter. New York’s Comic Con fills my yearly quota…

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Aggressive Thrills

Did you know they now call rollercoasters “aggressive thrill rides”? I didn’t either, not until confronted with the sign posted just inside the cattle corral that wound back and forth in front of Skyrush, the  tallest, fastest and longest coaster at Hersheypark. Completed in 2012, Skyrush towers over the park, the large golden arch demonic…

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The Impatience of Age

I remember thinking—a few years back, eyes glazed by the million-mile-an-hour flash of a Hello Kitty DVD—that life had picked up too much speed. It wasn’t just me feeling my age, that downhill journey where you tumble faster and faster, days blurring, one into the next, until suddenly you’re at the bottom and there’s a…