team awesome thanksgiving post

Team Awesome Thanksgiving Post

Hey y’all. Lori here. As many of our readers know, today is American Thanksgiving. Many families take a turn going around the table and everyone says what they are thankful for. Fortunately, my family does not do this because I find the answers typical, saccharine, and not very sincere when you compare them to words… Read more »

November

Book Nook — November Edition

I know I’ve been complaining all year about time’s unnatural speed, but seriously? I cannot believe that it’s November and the year is almost over. I have met my Goodreads goal for the year, but I haven’t read nearly as many books as I would have liked, and there’s not much time left. This fall… Read more »

poetry books

Gushing about Poetry Books

Hello, my poetry-nerd friends! Today I can’t help gushing about poetry books I’ve read recently and loved.  First off, I want to talk about the poetry collection What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer. Then I want to delve into a classic book on poetry as a craft, A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver. We’ll… Read more »

Chelsea Cain’s Mockingbird

Not Just Dudes in Tights: Chelsea Cain’s Mockingbird

The good news about Chelsea Cain’s Mockingbird, which had an eight-issue run from 2016-2017, drawn by Kate Niemczyk and colored by Rachelle Rosenberg (an all-woman team! You love to see it) is that off the bat it’s funny, action-packed, explicitly feminist, and it won’t take you long to get through the eight issues.  The bad… Read more »

October

Book Nook — October Edition

Truly, where has the year gone? How is it October? I am not ready for the weather to turn cold. I am a summer gal, through and through. To me, cold weather means seasonal depression, so give me that summer sunshine. Alas, nobody asked me about the changing of the seasons, so here we are… Read more »

modern girl detectives

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: Modern Girl Detectives

In my last column, I talked about classic girl detectives. This time, the modern girl detectives get their chance.  The girl detectives from the late 20th-early 21st century comprise a much more diverse group. But they share with each other and their predecessors the qualities of intelligence, bravery, and grit.  Some of you might notice… Read more »

Rhys Bowen

Interview with Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen has been one of my favorite mystery authors for many years now, starting with my binging of her Molly Murphy mystery series and continuing with the Royal Spyness series. Georgiana (Georgie) Rannoch starts out as a royal who is nowhere near the throne and very short of funds. It’s not easy for any… Read more »

LGBTQ+ history

Why LGBTQ+ Fiction Writers Need to Read LGBTQ+ History

Why Should LGBTQ+ Writers Read LGBTQ+ History? There are so many benefits to reading non-fiction to inform your fiction writing. Not only is history edifying, allowing us to ensure that we’re crafting stories that are accurate and plausible, but reading non-fiction is also a great way to expose ourselves to new ideas. If you want… Read more »

September

The Book Nook — September Edition

It’s already September! The new school year may be starting, but I am still clinging to the last vestiges of summer. Last month was a great reading month for me, despite a beach vacation where I didn’t actually get much reading done. That’s all right though. I had a great time and can’t wait to… Read more »