THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross, HARPER TEEN, ARC Review

Description: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of … Continue reading THE QUEEN’S RISING, by Rebecca Ross, HARPER TEEN, ARC Review

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, by A.J. Finn, William Morrow / HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS, ARC REVIEW

Description: What did she see? It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she … Continue reading THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, by A.J. Finn, William Morrow / HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS, ARC REVIEW

HITLER, STALIN and I, An Oral History, Heda Margolius Kovaly and Helena Trestikova, Translated by Ivan Margolius, DOPPELHOUSE PRESS

Heda Margolius Kovály (1919–2010) was a renowned Czech writer and translator born to Jewish parents. Her best-selling memoir, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941–1968 has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her crime novel Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street—based on her own experiences living under Stalinist oppression—was named an … Continue reading HITLER, STALIN and I, An Oral History, Heda Margolius Kovaly and Helena Trestikova, Translated by Ivan Margolius, DOPPELHOUSE PRESS

ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS, By Jennifer Chiaverini, Penguin Random House, Dutton, ARC REVIEW

Description: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron’s daughter, the world’s first computer programmer, and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung. The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of … Continue reading ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS, By Jennifer Chiaverini, Penguin Random House, Dutton, ARC REVIEW

NEGATIVE REVIEWERS ARE NOT HATERS

You know it's a sad day when I'm emailed about a vlogger taking to the airwaves to condemn reviewers with this comment, "negative reviewers are haters." Being an author is one of the hardest things to do. Being independently published or traditionally published, writing books take time, energy, sleepless nights and traveling a lonely road … Continue reading NEGATIVE REVIEWERS ARE NOT HATERS

THE PRINCE AND THE FROG, by Olly Pike, A Story to Help Children Learn about Same-Sex Relationships, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Description: One day, Oskar and his sister Caroline meet a prince who was turned into a frog by an evil wizard. Only true love's kiss can break the spell - both Caroline and Oskar want to help, but which of them will be the frog prince's true love? This brightly illustrated, heart-warming take on a … Continue reading THE PRINCE AND THE FROG, by Olly Pike, A Story to Help Children Learn about Same-Sex Relationships, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST, by Sarah Hampson, Kass Reich (Illustrated by), Hachette Book Group, Kids Can Press

Dr. Archibald Coo, an erudite big-city pigeon, is tired of the way people treat him and the other pigeons. They're always being shooed and swatted, and they're never admired the way the other birds are. As Dr. Coo tells his pigeon friends: ?It wasn't always this way.? In ancient times, pigeons were known to accompany … Continue reading DR. COO AND THE PIGEON PROTEST, by Sarah Hampson, Kass Reich (Illustrated by), Hachette Book Group, Kids Can Press