Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

Myth And Magic-smallIn Mae Clair’s latest book, Halloween is scorching hot. “I always wanted to write a tale centered on that holiday,” she said. The result is “Myth and Magic,” a romantic suspense and mystery novel inspired by her childhood fascination about a haunted house in her neighborhood. Read the full post »

Should Publishers Partner with Public Libraries in Promoting Books?

Should publishers partner with public libraries in promoting new books?

A marketing expert thinks publishers should partner with public libraries in promoting new books.

Given the diminishing number of bricks-and-mortars bookstores, should publishers partner with public libraries in showcasing new books? A marketing expert thinks it’s a logical and viable option. Read the full post »

Discovering James Salter and the Beauty of “A Sport and a Pastime”

ASportandAPastime2-CindyFazziPhotoI discovered James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime” last year, thanks to my writing critique partner’s recommendation. I don’t know how I missed such a beautiful novel all these years, but better late than never. Read the full post »

Author and Artist Michele Stegman Weaves Art—Literally and Figuratively

Conquest-cover1000Michele Stegman, an author and artist, weaves historical romance novels, as well as fabric. Her passion as a fabric artist is reflected in her writing. “I have never written a scene where material or any clothing is blithely discarded,” she said. Likewise, her genre inspires her art. “I love to paint people in historical costume,” she added. Read the full post »

5 Tips: How to Read More Books You Like

Kidreading-CindyFazziI don’t want to be a quitter, so I used to always finish books I choose to read. However, as my responsibilities grew with marriage, motherhood, and full-time employment, I changed my reading policy. Now I’m more than glad to drop a book I don’t like. Read the full post »

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America: Seattle is Number One

Librarybooks-CindyFazziSeattle jumped from number four last year to this year’s most well-read city in America, according to Amazon.com. Portland, Ore.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C., round out the top five. Read the full post »

After 36 Years, “Mad Max” Returns as a Feminist in a Movie about Women

MadMaxMag-CindyFazziFilm Review: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, 2015

It’s risky to infuse a huge Hollywood film with a political message. It takes a visionary director like George Miller to reboot his “Mad Max” franchise with an unabashed feminist theme. Read the full post »

Erin Fanning Mixes Myth, Needlework, and Paranormal Romance in “Blood Stitches”

Blood Stitches-highresWhen Erin Fanning was learning how to knit a few years ago, she happened to read an article about an Italian woman who occupied herself by knitting when she got trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake. “The story tumbled around in my brain, somehow intersecting with my interest in Mexican culture,” she said. The result—the paranormal romance, “Blood Stitches,” published by Lyrical Press. Read the full post »

How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

Cookbooks-CindyFazziYou can make your novel come to life by engaging the reader using all five senses—sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. You don’t have to be a foodie to indulge your reader’s sense of taste. Read the full post »

Surveys in U.S., U.K. & Canada Show Decline in Authors’ Earnings

Books3-CindyFazziIf you’re a published author and your name is neither J.K. Rowling nor Stephen King, then the results of three recent surveys will confirm what you probably already know—authors are earning less these days. Read the full post »

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