2020 Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist!

I am pleased to announce that The Stars That Govern Us was selected as a Finalist for the 2020 Wishing Shelf Book Award in the Adult Fiction category. You can check out the full finalist list here. ‘A character-led historical novel, intelligently written and with plenty of pace. A FINALIST and highly recommended!’ The Wishing Shelf Book…

Dead Reckoning by M. Ray & T. Vannier

Dead Reckoning (a great title) is a novella-length story about an incredible and terrible accident that occurred off the California coast in September 1923 involving several Clemson-class naval destroyers. I picked up this book because I like historical fiction, and I like stories set at sea. It’s also always great to get to read about…

76 & the Odd 93 by Paul Jameson

This is my second novel by Paul Jameson (I also read and reviewed his novel, Nightjar), and I’m now confident in saying he is equal parts a masterful storyteller and a marvelous crafter of words. (And I say that as someone who doesn’t usually read either folklore or horror.) Grim, gritty, and atmospheric (the author…

Knight in Paper Armor by Nicholas Conley

First, let’s start with the title. Every good novel needs a good title. Not enough attention is paid to good titles. (I’m especially looking at you right now, traditional publishers.) But “Knight in Paper Armor”? That’s a title I wish I had come up with myself. Kudos to the author for coming up with a…

Creating Cinderella (Anthology)

“Creating Cinderella” is a collection of twelve short stories all based on the traditional Cinderella fairy tale. I have never actually read the original “Cinderella,” but I am familiar with the fable and the 1950 Disney film. As a “fresh take” on Cinderella, this story collection included a variety of point of views, including the…

Books on Heart Surgery

The history behind the story… These are some of the books I found invaluable in researching my novel, The Stars That Govern Us and which are mentioned in the book’s Historical Note. For readers who would like to learn more about the science and history behind the novel, I highly recommend these reads. The links…