5 Purely Colorado Things To Do May 04, 2016 09:04:23 pm Planning a trip to Colorado? Here are some broad tips to help you plan and focus on what you want to see in the time you have allotted. There are ideas within ideas with something that should stand out for you and make your vacation just a little more interesting.
2 Books That Challenge Your Comfort Zone March 04, 2016 03:52:46 pm Because February and March are focused on African-Americans and women in history, here are two book reviews that cover these topics. Both promise to challenge your comfort zone.
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings January 09, 2016 01:13:22 pm If you are making an effort to read more classic writings and Pulitzer Price winning authors, try The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (not to be confused with J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame). Although aimed at young adults, it is appealing to adults, also.
Website Tips for Artisans and Crafters November 17, 2015 05:27:58 pm It is difficult to think like a business, when you only do crafts on a seasonal basis. If people see your hard work 3-5 times a year at a craft show, is a website really necessary? I guess every crafter must decide that on his or her own. The decision is tied to the question of how you see your work - as a hobby or a business. A business today needs a website and even hobbyists have a presence on Etsy or Facebook. For those who want to improve their overall look here are some website tips for artisans and crafters.
Alan Alda\'s Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - A Review September 29, 2015 07:24:37 pm Alan Alda started his memoir about things he has learned throughout life with the expectation that he would be forthcoming. However, he seemed to gloss over many items about his wife and children and was a little too cautious in his attempt not to step on anyone\'s toes.
How to Choose Yarn for Your Next Project September 29, 2015 05:37:34 pm How to choose yarn for your next project, whether for knitting or crocheting, can be an overwhelming task. Your local yarn shop has a vast array of colors and textures. There must be a logical way to narrow down the choices.
Craft Show Preparation September 08, 2015 07:03:13 pm Signing up for a craft show is the easy part. Don\'t stop after that. Take inventory and think about how to turn your craft show preparation into the lucrative event that you want.
Writing a Woman\'s Life or Biography July 21, 2015 02:10:18 pm Carolyn Heilbrun points out several key things to know before writing a biography or autobiography about a woman, whether past or present. To understand the woman you have to understand the times that she lived in and dig deeply for personal letters and writings that often reveal a good deal more than you might think.
Business Cards for Craft People July 21, 2015 01:42:06 pm Most crafters have business cards to give to potential customers. Here are a few real-life tips about creating the right business card and why your cards may not be working as well as they should.
Jo Nesbo\'s The Redbreast - A Review July 18, 2014 01:04:42 pm Jo Nesbo is the man with the Midas touch and creator of the Harry Hole police detective series set in present day Norway. He is published in over 40 countries.
7 Cruising Lessons - What To Know Before Taking A Cruise June 03, 2014 05:51:04 pm Cruises go to places many love to visit. Cruise companies provide access to places and make all the traveling arrangements for you. But cruising is not for everyone, and it can be an expensive lesson if you are not the cruising type.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - A Review March 03, 2014 07:30:28 pm You don\'t have to like the circus to enjoy this story. It is a fast read with valuable insights on being young in the nineteen thirties and being elderly today. There are romance, greed, grit and class distinctions that bring together many odd and wonderful characters.
Louisa May Alcott by Susan Cheever - A Review February 27, 2014 08:25:00 pm Susan Cheever explores one of the most important writers in America. Louisa May Alcott lived, wrote and intermingled with a group of Transcendentalists that included Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Fuller, Whitman and Hawthorne. This book puts Alcott\'s achievements in perspective, so that readers may admire her personal achievements alongside the characters of her endearing Little Women.
Review of Defending Jacob by William Landay March 20, 2013 04:37:47 pm The reader may come away with mixed feelings about Defending Jacob and maybe that is the author\'s wish. It is intelligently written and begs the question: Are people that blind about their children and their spouses?
The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb November 16, 2012 02:19:50 pm Even though you may have given up on McCrumb as a mystery writer, you have to respect her ability to weave an intriguing story based on fact. So if you enjoy history and genealogy, you will find this book yet another good read.
Iris Johansen\'s Eve Duncan Suspense Series October 05, 2012 06:43:13 pm Iris Johansen is best known for her book series that culminated in the television series Rizzoli and Iles. Although an accomplished author of over fifty books in the area of romance, the Eve Duncan series was her first involvement with the mystery/suspense field. The series takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, which is also the home of the author.
Rachel Maddow\'s Drift - A Review May 01, 2012 04:45:37 pm This is a book about how the United States ended up in several wars at the same time. Specifically it is a history of the political changes concerning the actions and control of the military over the last 40 years. It is not a pretty picture.
Genealogy Mystery Writers for Family History Buffs March 09, 2012 11:54:21 am It is always fun to combine history with mystery. If you are a genealogy aficionado, here are some authors with a genealogical theme to try. Some are cozies and some have written just one book, but all appear interesting.
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson - A Review February 02, 2012 04:15:56 pm This book by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson is a must for understanding American history and the migrating experience in a very personal way. It tells the story of three brave people, the choices they made and the consequences of those choices.
Top Mysteries Picks From a Discriminating Reader January 17, 2012 07:27:30 pm I read about sixty books a year and forget that most readers are good to get through one book a month. So of the 575 mysteries I\'ve read in the last eleven years, here are some of my favorite mysteries and why I recommend them.
Vince Flynn\'s Transfer of Power December 20, 2011 05:32:04 pm The Mitch Rapp series is for those who enjoy political intrigue mixed with a lot of high-tech military acronyms. Vince Flynn\'s photo on the back of Transfer of Power even looks like the star of Burn Notice, which is about a CIA agent, who gets banned from the agency. Bond fans would approve.
A Gift Book For the Whole Family or For Someone Who Has Everything December 14, 2011 06:15:51 pm Books aren\'t going out of style. They are just taking on a different format. Here is a way to give a book and preserve some memories for generations to come. If you ever wondered what to give someone who has everything, this might be the answer.
Kate Wilhelm\'s Death Qualified - Review of a Legal Thriller December 07, 2011 08:02:36 pm If you enjoy legal thrillers with a little fantasy and romance, Kate Wilhelm\'s introduction of attorney Barbara Holloway is sure to capture your interest. The series takes place in Eugene, Oregon circa the 1990s.
5 Popular Legal Thriller Authors November 29, 2011 12:41:41 pm There are so many mystery and thriller books out there that it is difficult to pinpoint what to read. Here are five legal writers, who are not your typical courtroom drama types, along with good reasons to read them.
Popular Mystery Series - Is the First Book the Best? November 14, 2011 07:37:23 pm A mystery series is as engaging as a television series that you cast with your own set of imagined characters. But when a series has 15 or more books, do you want to start at the beginning? Here are some strategies that I use to keep from investing too much time in any one author.
Broken by Karin Slaughter - A Review November 07, 2011 08:01:24 pm Lena Adams is back and so is trouble for the folks in Grant County. The main characters in both the Grant County and Will Trent series unite during the holidays for a final say about the death of Chief Tolliver four years before.
Reviewing Robert Parker, Pulp Fiction of the 1970s October 24, 2011 09:42:04 pm I\'ve read several of Parker\'s later books, and I never understood the attraction. I knew I had to delve into the Spenser series, before I passed final judgment. So here we go.
Popular Mystery Writers - Edgar Award Winners of the 21st Century October 10, 2011 09:49:44 pm Like other awards, winning an Edgar does not guarantee your name will become a household word even to avid mystery readers. Nor does it mean that you will sell a lot of books. So if you are wondering, who the winners have been so far in the first decade of the century, wonder no more.
Lisa Gardner\'s Alone and Hide - The DD Warren Series October 04, 2011 09:11:37 pm Lisa Gardner keeps you guessing and that is not easy when you read a multitude of mysteries. She also writes from an interesting perspective with equal care for both her characters and her plots.
Review of The Quiet Game by Greg Iles September 26, 2011 05:38:24 pm Although lengthy, this book is well written and well plotted. It is the first of four legal thrillers centered upon Penn Cage and his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. His characters draw you in and keep you flipping the pages.
Jeffrey Deaver\'s Manhattan Is My Beat, A Review September 19, 2011 04:07:16 pm I have a lot of time invested in Mr. Deaver, having read seven of his Lincoln Rhyme series and two stand alones. Manhattan is My Beat is one of his earliest books and like all his works, it keeps you engaged and in this one, a little enchanted.
Review of Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott August 26, 2011 09:34:55 pm Finally, a new series by Jeff Abbott has arrived. This one is a thriller with lots of mystery about who are the bad guys and who are good. It seems Abbott has polished his skill with his stand-alone novels to join the ranks of Lee Child and David Baldacci.
3 Laura Lippman Books - Baltimore Blues, Charm City and Butchers Hill August 22, 2011 04:27:23 pm The first three books in the Tess Monaghan series introduces a snotty-nosed Baltimore reporter turned hard-nosed private investigator. If you like Sara Paretsky\'s series, you\'ll probably enjoy this one, too, especially if you are a fan of Lippman\'s stand-alone books.
Review of P.J. Tracy\'s Shoot to Thrill August 15, 2011 09:19:52 pm This is the fifth book in a series with plenty of interesting characters. The Monkeewrench group agrees to open their doors to an FBI agent not long from retirement. With their combined computer skills they track down killers, who use the internet to advertise their crimes.
Sarah Andrew\'s Mother Nature Reviewed August 08, 2011 09:06:18 pm Sometimes you can justify reading mysteries, if you convince yourself that they are educational in some way. Sarah Andrews teaches us a little about Mother Earth in her series with a spirited female geologist. I invite you to explore her world.
Western Mystery Series, 5 Popular Writers Set In the West August 01, 2011 08:37:10 pm Those of us who live between the Mississippi River and California appreciate being represented in the mystery genre. Whether you like legal or psychological thrillers, cozies or hard-boiled officials, here are some mystery series you should consider reading. But be careful, they can be addicting.
John Dunning and Karen Kijewski, Two Authors Worth Reading July 25, 2011 09:32:58 pm Although neither John Dunning nor Karen Kijewski has written any fiction since 2006 and 1998 respectively, that doesn\'t mean you shouldn\'t seek out their books. Both are very fine writers, who should be appreciated for their talents, whether or not you recognize their names. Both were deservedly nominated for mystery writing awards.
Karin Slaughter\'s Undone - A Skillful Molding Together of Two Mystery Series July 18, 2011 06:48:45 pm Karin Slaughter has artfully joined her Sara Linton series with her new series about Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent Will Trent. She has brought the two characters together in Atlanta three years after Dr. Linton left her small hometown pediatric practice. This is a police procedural with some very unique characters.
4 Mystery Writers to Remember - Bland, McBain, MacDonald and Seranella July 11, 2011 04:14:07 pm Like that quiet moment during the Academy Awards, where the film industry pays homage to those who have died in the past year, I wanted to pay tribute to some past mystery writers. Sometimes we forget that there are some great books out there that were written by authors, who are no longer able to continue their stories. Here are four.
Comparing Sara Paretsky and Marcia Muller July 06, 2011 12:38:24 pm If you are a late discoverer of V. I. Warshawski, like I am, I think you\'ll enjoy this tough, yet thoughtful private detective from Chicago. Sara Paretsky and Marcia Muller have each created strong female characters that will give you hours of enjoyment.
Reviewing Amanda Cross, A Feminist Mystery Writer June 21, 2011 02:42:18 pm What was it like to be a feminist in post Vietnam America? Who knew you could get the answer to this question by reading a mystery series? The Age of Aquarius is alive and well at the hands of Amanda Cross.
Review of William Bernhardt\'s Capitol Offense June 13, 2011 12:37:29 pm If you enjoy seeing the law through an attorney\'s perspective and you like a cozier approach to legal thrillers, Bernhardt is your man. This is the 17th book in the Ben Kincaid series set in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Review of Scott Turow\'s Innocent May 31, 2011 05:48:11 pm If you enjoy good legal shenanigans, you\'ll like the behind the scenes tactics of Turow\'s latest courtroom drama. Even though Turow\'s books are not in a series, don\'t let that keep you from enjoying his unique spin on the legal profession.
Review of Two Popular Mystery Series May 17, 2011 03:21:52 pm Start the season with a few belly laughs via Janet Evanovich\'s next Stephanie Plum escapade. On a more serious note Marcia Muller puts a twist on the locked room genre with her latest Sharon McCone adventure.
Review of David Baldacci\'s The Camel Club May 09, 2011 06:52:12 pm If you like political intrigue, smoke and mirrors and quirky characters, this is the book and thriller series for you. It is one of two mystery/suspense series that consist of five books done by Baldacci. Although it starts a little slow, it takes hold of you after the first fifty pages, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Review of Nevada Barr\'s Burn May 03, 2011 05:13:31 pm Burn is a thriller/mystery that takes place in the dark underbelly of New Orleans. Nevada Barr\'s improving style and her unusual characters will keep you turning the pages, despite the uncomfortable nature of the crime. This is Barr at her best.
Review of Rhys Bowen\'s The Last Illusion April 25, 2011 04:55:34 pm Another turn of the twentieth century romp with Molly Murphy, The Last Illusion is an entertaining read. If you aren\'t familiar with Rhys Bowen or this mystery series, I suggest starting at the beginning with Murphy\'s Law.