Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Overcoming Past Fears

I would have never applied for one of the Amtrak Residency for Writers slots a year ago.

But I did.

The best part was that as soon as I submitted the application, I was okay about it. I didn't spend hours or days thinking I should have done something differently. 

It's a small milestone, but I'll take it.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Tale Dark and Grimm

Adam Gidwitz

I knew I had done well when the Munchkin (age 8) does not want to stop reading this book. She likes to read, but she is devouring this book. In the first 70 pages she said it was awesome at least 7 times.

So this morning, I took a peek.

It is awesome, if yet a little bloody and violent. You know, like the original Grimm Fairy Tales.

I am a fan of the old fairy tales, despite their darkness. So I think I am going to love, love, love this book.

And now I am going to make sure she has the rest of the set. So that she (we) can devour those as well.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Residency for Writers

I have applied to Amtrak for one of their Residency for Writers slots.

There are 24.

I think it is a really cool idea.

Link and more information here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Alex Hughes


As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...

After reading the first novel in the series, Clean, I was lucky to be able to jump right into the next one. Adam continues to be the underdog, not so much with the addiction issue in this one but now functioning with a diminished telepathic ability due to the ending of Clean.

Enter the FBI, more Guild intrusion, and continued hostility from the police department and he just can't seem to catch a break. 

I was just as hooked in this installment, as there were so many elements going on and in the end, they all tied together. Which for me, makes it a real page turner.

I would like to know more about the Tech Wars. As pieces keep trickling out, I find myself to be very curios about reading more about this. Hoping for more exploration of it later or maybe even a prequel...? 

I am fortunate that I have been chosen to preview the next book in the series, Marked. So I can dive right back into Mindspace.