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I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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“the paris key” book review and giveaway!

Posted on September 2, 2015

The Paris Key

If you didn’t get to take the vacation you wanted this summer, don’t worry. The Paris Key will whisk you away to the City of Light – and probably get you booking flights for next year. more »

my interview with author linda castillo – plus a book giveaway!

Posted on July 10, 2015

Castillo, Linda_CREDIT Pam Lary_her last breath

I’m so excited I got to interview Linda Castillo about her new thriller, After the Storm, because I love all her books and pretty much stay up all night reading every time she publishes a new one.

After the Storm is the latest in her Kate Burkholder series, which takes place in Ohio’s Amish country. It’s another nail biter, and the whole idea of terrible things happening in a society that doesn’t even believe in electricity is fascinating.

Read my interview with Linda, then enter to win a copy of After the Storm. more »

“blueprints” by barbara delinsky book review and giveaway!

Posted on June 15, 2015


How in the world have I never read anything by Barbara Delinsky before??

Apparently, she’s written twenty one bestsellers, which makes me very happy since I finished her new novel, Blueprints, in one weekend and now want more. more »

10 must-read books

Posted on March 21, 2015

10 books

I’ve been reading a ton lately, which makes me happy since I remember what it was like to go through that awful “can’t read” period. Despite a ridiculous schedule, I’ve carved out time to read every day and it’s made me a little more sane.

I no longer feel the need to finish every book I start, so if it doesn’t grab me right away, I’m on to the next one without feeling the least bit guilty.

I know that none of you have time for books that won’t hold your attention, so if you’re looking for a great book for a weekend escape — or just an escape from everyday life — here are my recommendations. more »

my interview with anna quindlen

Posted on November 19, 2014

Anna Quindlen Words Alive

My NaBloPoMo post for today was picked up by Huffington Post so I hope you’ll head over there to read and comment.

As I mentioned to you last week, I attended the annual Author’s Luncheon for Words Alive, a local non-profit organization that promotes reading. This year’s headliner was Anna Quindlen, one of my favorite authors ever.

I got to interview Anna, who was as warm and down-to-earth as you would expect. Check out what she had to say, and read about the books that make up her Ideal Bookshelf. You may be surprised at some of her choices.

boxes of books are back for the holidays!

Posted on November 15, 2014

books on counter

When I did this promotion in June, you pretty much cleaned me out, for which Michael thanks you. But, somehow, in the past six months, the book piles have taken over again and it’s time for me to pack them up and get them out to you.

All you have to do to get a big fat box filled with great winter night reading is follow these steps: more »

to quote anna quindlen

Posted on November 14, 2014

Lois and Anna Quindlen

I got to hear Anna Quindlen speak yesterday at the annual Author’s Luncheon for Words Alive, an organization close to my heart.

She’s one of my favorite writers — and I know a lot of you feel the same way.

I’m going to post my Q&A with her next week, along with a feature about the event, but I thought I’d end the week with a few quotes from her that have stayed with me over the years. more »

4 books and a giveaway

Posted on November 2, 2014

4 books

Now that we’ve turned the clock back and it will start getting dark earlier, I can’t think of a better way to spend the evenings than reading! Here are four totally different books that will warm you up on these chilly nights. more »

nablopomo starts tomorrow

Posted on October 31, 2014


Tomorrow is November 1, which means it’s time to begin NaBloPoMo, an event during which I’ll be writing a blog post every single day of the month. more »

garth stein on “the art of racing in the rain” — and the art of never giving up

Posted on October 23, 2014

Garth Stein and me

The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my all-time favorite books, and I was thrilled to meet author Garth Stein last week at a luncheon sponsored by the Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club of San Diego and Warwick’s Books for his new novel, A Sudden Light.

My recap is in the Rancho Santa Fe Review but I want to share one really important part of Garth’s talk just with you. It’s kind of an underdog (!) story. If you’re a writer or are struggling with any kind of obstacle, this just may be the encouragement you need to keep going. more »

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