Archive for May, 2012



May 28, 2012

Although it might not be official, in my book, summer’s here! Bring out the white jeans, the tanning oil (whoops, I meant sunscreen), and the nostalgia.

One of my favorite summer memories involves a rainy day in Michigan at a tiny cottage my family rented for two weeks every year. Sunny days were spent in the lake or sitting on a dock reading Archie comics, but the rainy days weren’t bad either. I’d find myself curled up my bunk-bed reading the scariest, most exciting book I’d brought with me. As cold rain pelted the old tin roof overhead, I’d get lost in Amityville Horror or some other haunted house that came alive on the page.

In honor of the summer read, I salute the thriller. I don’t read many of them anymore, so my list involves oldies and classics. Enjoy the horror!

The Shining   

Eye of the Needle

Silence of the Lambs

Are You in the House Alone?

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


In Cold Blood

Andromeda Strain

War of the Worlds


Count of Monte Cristo

Silence of the Lambs

And then there were None

A Time to Kill

The Stand



Marathon Man

The Hunger Games



May 17, 2012

You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.  -Deepak Chopra

Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it… – Michael Crichton

If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you. –Natalie Goldberg




Book Review Time!

May 10, 2012

The following book review is written by Maddy O’Malley, and eighth-grade student and voracious reader.

Do you like action, suspense, romance, and most of all, a good conflict or plot? If you answered yes to all of these questions then Blood Rose is the book for you. Filled with action packed suspense and heart thrilling romance, this book will make your heart skip a beat until you get to the end of page 406. Andrea Cremer has out done herself in her ending to the trilogy of the Night Shade series.

Surrounded by an upcoming war and two boys who both adore her and fight for her, Calla doesn’t know what to do. Calla is the main character and the alpha in her group. She is very strong and also very kind. All Calla wants is what is best for her pack. She puts her love aside and focuses on the battle ahead. But when the battle is over, what does Calla do?

I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me hanging on to my seat with each page I turned. I just couldn’t put it down no matter how hard I tried.  I promise you Andrea Cremer won’t disappoint.

So? What are you waiting for? Get off the computer and go buy this book!!! (but make sure you read the first two books if you haven’t done so already.)



May 3, 2012

“You’re a blockhead, Charlie Brown!” When you read or hear that phrase, what comes to mind? A bald little boy sporting an ugly mustard shirt doing something that’s not quite right. And yet, who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? His goofy insecurities make us cringe when he can’t kick the football or direct a play, but there’s something about Charlie Brown that makes us cheer him on.

Writers need to build believable characters, but hopefully they can create a main character that readers will follow. By giving readers a reason to understand the character’s problems, the reader and the character can connect. The relationship that’s formed will keep the reader moving forward, finishing, and hopefully recommending your book.

If your character is a psycho teenage bitch, give us a reason to hope that she’ll change, or at least become tolerable by the book’s end. A main character can be bad, horrid even, but there needs to be an endearing flaw or a reason for their behavior.

We may still roll our eyes at Charlie Brown, but his intentions, however nerdy, resonate. There’s a bit of Charlie in all of us, even if we don’t admit it. In the end, we want to believe that there’s hope and possibility for growth.

Give us a blockhead we’ll love.