From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

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From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

Rants/Raves | September 15th, 2014

Nothing Brings a Stepfamily Closer than Scary Stories by Holly Robinson

Holly RobinsonFour children are not really so many. Plenty of couples have more. But, when I married my second husband, Dan, we brought four children into our new family. Because our kids were so young and close in age—6, 7, 8 and 9—that number seemed exponentially greater than the sum of two and two.

In other words, it was bedlam.

Rants/Raves | September 9th, 2014

The Gift of Cancer by J.S. Foote

J.S. FooteCancer has its benefits. For one, you don’t have to shave. That’s a big one. The sudden disinterest in food also helps. But what is the best thing about having cancer? The inevitable reorientation. What used to matter so much to you, suddenly seems trivial. Now the only thing on your plate is to survive—for yourself and your loved ones. And then having survived, to live a better life.

Rants/Raves | September 4th, 2014

Amazon the Conqueror by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Amazon/Hachette Book Group battle, but in case you’re in the dark, Amazon wants to set the price for Hachette e-books. Hachette believes that the publisher should make that decision, and Amazon has responded by delaying shipment on Hachette books, as well as disallowing pre-orders. So who gets hurt? Hachette authors, of course. Sure, J.K. Rowling and James Patterson can take it in stride. But what about debut authors? As Sherman Alexie said on his Colbert appearance, “Presales determine the sales of a book . . . [without preorders] the book is dead.”

Rants/Raves | August 28th, 2014

Sisters by Karen Harper

Karen Harper

As an author for 32 years, I have often been asked, “Where do you get your ideas for a book?” It wasn’t until after I began to write Shattered Secrets, the launch title for my new trilogy, that I realized it wasn’t just another book to me. I have always wanted a sister. In a way, this new trilogy gave me three of them.

Rants/Raves | August 19th, 2014 | 2 responses

Reading at the Gym…UGH by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie Kimmel

I used to believe that reading was an anywhere/anytime type of deal. I truly enjoy reading and like to read in unusual and unexpected places. However, I am a firm believer that people should not read while at the gym.

Rants/Raves | August 7th, 2014

Putting Pain to Paper by Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife

After my mother read my memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, she didn’t speak to me for a week. The night she finished the book, she sent a melancholy e-mail saying she was upset and would call me soon to talk about it if I was up for it. Although my mother knew about most of the events in the book, she later told me that she felt bad she had pushed these things out of her mind, that she had even forgotten some of them.