Feature Interview: Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill

With Reissues of Two of Her Most Iconic Works, Berryhill Comes Full Circle By Michelle Nati  Singer-songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill is about to embark on a new chapter in her life. Two of her most well-known and critically acclaimed albums, Garage Orchestra and Straight Outta Marysville, are being reissued on Omnivore Recordings in August 2019. At the same time, she’s...

Fragments

Short Fiction by Amra Pajalic Srebrenica, July 1992 I threw open the front door and bolted out of the house when my mother’s guttural scream of terror stopped me dead in my tracks. I turned and went back inside. “What’s wrong?”  Mama clutched the wall, her face white with terror. “Stupid girl!” She shook me by my shoulders. “You can’t...

Popular Approval

From social media to marketing campaigns to commercials on TV, popular approval is considered its own endorsement for a product. What more could an author ask for than to see their name or their book trending on social media? It elevates their profile significantly; potentially thousands of people who haven’t heard of them or their work will be aware of...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO BY STEVEN TORRES

Steven Torres uses his skills as a storyteller to use the threads of an investigation to build tension in Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico. From the start, puzzle pieces are introduced that are used to filter all the additional details that arise during the course of the investigation. Torres does an excellent job of developing both the intricacies of the...

Flashback: Harrogate Chat with Simon Kernick July 2006

Nightmares, death threats and the future – and possible end – of Dennis Milne British crime fiction is known for its police procedurals but author Simon Kernick is making a name for himself with fast-paced, action-packed thrillers. I recently caught up with Simon at Harrogate Crime Festival and we chatted about his travels, his plans for the future and why...

10 #OwnVoices, Asian-inspired Fantasy YA Books of 2019

by Margaret Kingsbury This year brings a lot of amazing Asian #OwnVoices YA fantasy. While Asian characters and settings have been a part of fantasy for a long time, often these settings and cultural practices have been appropriated by white authors, and stereotypes abound. That’s one reason why it’s so important for more #OwnVoices Asian authors to be published, and...

Unforgettable Stories

When reviewing manuscripts and short stories I ask myself some questions. One of those questions has to do with impact. Is it memorable? If I set a book, manuscript, or short story aside for a few weeks and can’t remember what it’s about, chances are it either hasn’t gotten to the point where it has that punch for me, or...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Bloomsday Dead by Adrian McKinty

Anyone who murders a member of the Irish Mob in New York will have a target on their forehead, and Michael Forsythe doubled down by not only killing top men from the Irish Mob; he also testified against them. He’s stuck in the Witness Protection Program, working in hotel security, but he can’t outrun his past forever. Bridget Callaghan’s men...

Reflections: John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids Remains As Timely As Ever In Today’s World

In the future world of The Chrysalids (original U.S. title Re-Birth) all cities are believed to have been left in ruin from Tribulation, which God sent to punish the Old People for their sins. In Labrador, people are raised to follow strict rules. Everything must be in God’s image.  Very little remains from the Old People but legends, the Bible,...