“I walk through people’s lives and I steal what I find. Their bodies, their time, their money, their friends, their lovers, their wives—I’ll take it all, if I want to.”
Kepler has stolen many lives.
A ghost, born of a violent death centuries earlier on the streets of London, Kepler has the ability to transfer from body to body—jump from body to body—with just a simple touch. Over the centuries, Kepler has been a Russian aristocrat, a powerful ...
I live in the South where I, as a parent, can see the end of the school year in sight. Here in Tennessee, we’re finished with school around the end of May. That means that right now schools are administering our state’s achievement tests. These are timed assessments that measure skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students’ results on these tests are reported to parents, teachers, and administrators.
And these results matter—in lots of ways. But ...
It’s always a bit problematic to say “spring is here” in Wisconsin, because snow has been known to fall in May. However, signs are good that warm weather is here for the season, and we are enjoying apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils.
For romance readers in this part of the country, spring tends to be fruitful in other ways as well, and this year has brought some really fun events to the Midwest.
I had the pleasure of meeting a ...
Many, many years ago, I was born in a little place called Chicago. As such, I have always been fascinated with the way the city is portrayed in stories ranging from the Fey-and-Demon-infested Chicago of the Harry Dresden novels, all the way to the version standing in for Gotham in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. With all the crime and politics, there’s almost always that hint of corruption just below the surface in Chicago.
C.O.W.L. looks at Chicago ...
Tracey Baptiste photographed by Latifah Abdur Photography
You often hear the phrase “plucky protagonist,” but Corinne La Mer, the 11-year-old main character of Tracey Baptiste’s newest novel for children, The Jumbies, has pluck quite unlike any you’ve seen, given the obstacles she faces.
Jumbies are the spirits of Caribbean folklore: Douens are the spirits of babies that have died before being christened or baptized. A churile is the spirit of a woman who has died in childbirth, though the baby lives. A La Diabless is ...
This summer, theatergoers will be inundated with a steady stream of crowd-pleasing films, or so Hollywood hopes. Regardless of whether you like what you see on screen, you might be discerning enough to spy the seeds of good story ideas in even the worst megahit. The problem is, how do you know where to go for further exploration of those cool ideas? For starters, use the following handy guide to direct you towards books that include the themes of some ...
Tom Nolan photographed by David Strick
In a 1965 magazine essay, Ross Macdonald—who had by then published a dozen novels starring his increasingly empathetic and psychologically sensitive Los Angeles private investigator, Lew Archer—said of his protagonist: “He is less a doer than a questioner, a consciousness in which the meanings of other lives emerge.” Thirty-five years after Dashiell Hammett brought San Francisco snoop Sam Spade to life in print, a quarter-century after Raymond Chandler introduced readers to another LA gumshoe, Philip Marlowe, and ...
BOOK REPORT for The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Cover Story: Double Trouble
BFF Charm: Nope
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Classic Soap
Bonus Factor: Twins
Relationship Status: Just Friends
Cover Story: Double Trouble
I actually like the cover—it gets the twins point across without being a Big Face cover, and the rainy night and flashing lights evoke the scene of the accident.
Twins Maddie and Ella are as different as Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield: one ...