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5 07, 2016

Writing a Novel About Your Hometown Without Offending (Too Many) People

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |4 Comments

root petal thorn book coverPlease welcome Ella Joy Olsen who’s visiting Luxury Reading to talk about her latest novel, Root, Petal, Thorn!

Writing a Novel About Your Hometown Without Offending (Too Many) People

I live in Utah and I wrote a book based in Salt Lake City. In realizing location will nuance story, what do you think my book is about? Come on…say the first thing that pops into your mind.

Now with that subject in your head, let me say this: I’m not Mormon. Now what’s my book about?

When I told friends I was writing a book based in my neighborhood, many groaned and said, “Please tell me it isn’t another Mormon exposé?” It’s not.

28 06, 2016

Guest Post: Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, author with Finding My Way Books

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

vera lynne stroup-rentier head shotPlease welcome Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, author with Finding My Way Books!

First Impressions

By Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier

On a very hectic Monday a couple weeks ago, my daughter missed her bus. She is attending summer school at her new high school where she will be a freshman. As a result of her missing the bus, we arrived to school earlier than the bus did. So it was up to myself and her brother to find her classroom, as her ability to direct us was somewhat limited in such a big building.

When we walked in the classroom, there were at least eight adults milling around the room getting ready for the day. No one greeted us, no one said “MyaGrace you are early”, so after a few seconds I said “MyaGrace missed the bus, so she is early today”. At that time, one of her teachers said, “MyaGrace come over here, I’ll get you something to play with until the others get here”. At that point, her brother and I kissed her goodbye and left.

I left the school with a heavy heart that day because that was my first impression of what her experience at high school would be like. I had such high hopes for her high school experience to be more positive than her middle school experience was. First impressions are important. Not just for my family but for every family.

I know that I will have other positive experiences with the staff at my daughter’s high school. This would be true for many reasons. Her brothers attend that same school, I had positive experiences with schools throughout my school career and I come from a family of educators. What about other families who haven’t had those positive experiences with school?

8 06, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Vanishing Time by Katharine Britton

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |10 Comments

vanishing time book coverPlease welcome Katharine Britton, author of Vanishing Time, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about her decision to self-publish her latest novel. 

Katharine is giving away 5 copies of Vanishing Time–don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

The Tale of a Digital Immigrant on the Road to Self-publication

I’m a digital immigrant. There I’ve said it. I did not grow up with computers, cell phones, apps, or the Internet. I was not even in the first wave of adopters during the digital diaspora. I resisted emigrating as long as I could, and still sometimes think longingly of “the old country,” those simpler times when cultural norms were familiar and I understood the language.

30 05, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

By | May 30th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |12 Comments

9781501100789 (1) (1)Please welcome Kim Wright, author of Last Ride to Graceland, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about what inspired her latest novel. 

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

by Kim Wright

Each of my books comes to me a different way.  Some of them are slowly and painfully assembled in pieces, sort of like a mosaic, while others arrive in the world quickly, with the idea fully formed.  My latest novel, Last Ride to Graceland was one of the easy births.

It started on a rainy Sunday morning when I was lying in bed flipping through my hometown paper, The Charlotte Observer and a headline in the local section popped out at me: Last Ride to Graceland.

28 05, 2016

Review: The Fine Art of Murder by Emily Barnes

By | May 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |5 Comments

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the fine art of murder book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you’re a woman of a certain age, you should love Katherine Sullivan. You could love her even if you’re not a woman of a certain age. She’s a feisty, sensible and sensitive retired Chief of Police, a grandmother who has learned from life the lessons we all need to enable us to pay attention at various times of our lives.

Her husband had also been on the police force, and was killed during a bank robbery gone wrong.  Katherine stayed on the force for a while, then retired, determined not to settle into being the stereotypical old lady. Trust me, she’s anything but that!

17 05, 2016

Review: No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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no one knows book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

When J.T. Ellison’s No One Knows opens, we learn that Aubrey’s husband Josh has been declared dead after being missing for five years. Aubrey is a teacher who was recently released from prison after she was exonerated from any wrong-doing in relation to the disappearance of her husband. Now, she is left to pick up the pieces of her life, dealing with people’s negative perceptions of her, and forced to watch as her mother-in-law plans to contest Josh’s life insurance policy.

In the pages of this novel, we are taken back and forth through time, watching present-day scenes as Aubrey continues to adjust to life without her husband, including meeting a handsome man named Chase that reminds her of her husband. We also are taken back to the days leading up to Josh’s disappearance, and

1 05, 2016

Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

By | May 1st, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |2 Comments

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curious charms of arthur pepper book coverReviewed by Alysia George

In The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick, we meet lonely widower Arthur Pepper, who has been stuck in a bit of a rut since his wife passed away. As he faces the difficult task of finally clearing out her things on the one year anniversary of her death, Arthur makes a discovery that will take him on a life-changing journey. Tucked in an old boot, he finds a charm bracelet he doesn’t recall ever having seen before. As he studies the bracelet, Arthur ponders the meaning of each of the charms; they seem so personal and significant that he is quite surprised he knows nothing about them and what they meant to his wife. One phone call later and Arthur is off; not only to find the hidden

16 04, 2016

Review: Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

By | April 16th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , |4 Comments

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most wanted book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

Marcus and Christine Nilsson were a normal couple living in suburban Connecticut. They led active lives and loved the work they were doing. Life was idyllic except for the fact that she could not become pregnant. After many years of trying they found sperm donor “3319” and after fertilization Christine became pregnant within two months. The only thing they knew about this donor came from a brief biography and two pictures of him–one as a child and another as an adult.

The day Christine was leaving her job to become a full time mother she saw a brief news clip on CNN about someone who was just arrested for killing a woman in the Philadelphia area and possibly in two other states. She wouldn’t have thought twice about it except when she saw his picture on air a chill went

11 02, 2016

Life as a Full-Time Writer by Leigh Russell

By | February 11th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |6 Comments

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journey to death book coverPlease welcome Leigh Russell, author of the new book, Journey to Death!

Enter the giveaway below – open to US residents

Life as a Full-Time Writer by Leigh Russell

About five years after my first book was published, I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to give up my day job. It was just as well, as writing had all but taken over my life, leaving time for little else. Anticipating settling into a new routine, I quickly discovered that being an author is far from a nine to five job. Working with two publishers, there are frequent meetings – often over lunch or dinner – as well as literary festivals to attend, and other talks, panels, interviews and book signings. In addition to the physical world promotion, there is social media,

27 01, 2016

Review: The Lady Chapel by Candace Robb

By | January 27th, 2016|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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the lady chapel book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Lady Chapel is the second book in the Owen Archer mystery series and I enjoyed reading this one just as much as the first! The story transports you back to York, England in the 1360’s and helps you understand what it was like living back then.

It has been a little while since the previous adventure, and now Owen and Lucie are married. They are running Lucie’s apothecary and Owen is still her apprentice. Owen is feeling a little bored when a summons comes from the Archbishop. He is both intrigued and annoyed. He is secretly looking forward to a change of pace, but on the other hand he hates being beholden to the Archbishop (or anyone for that matter) and expects more time than he cares for will be