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A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

Classical statues and Renaissance statues of the human body, like Michelangelo's David, were modeled on well-toned bodies of athletes. However, their genitalia was portrayed under-sized as artistic depictions of penises of normal size, even flaccid, distracted from...

Authors 18

I have joined a wonderful group of writers, Authors 18. We all have books coming out in 2018. Here is the first group of covers. My book, A Different Kind of Fire, is an orphan child without a cover or a release date, but all that is in...

The Gross Clinic and A Different Kind of Fire

My book, A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE, is about an eighteen-year-old woman who goes to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). I will be blogging about some of the paintings and artists she encounters while at school. As as former physician, I have always been fascinated by The Gross Clinic, so of course, the painting had to be featured in the book. 

A Different Kind of Fire Publication Update

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. They have picked up my second novel, as yet unnamed, for 2019. Set against the Gilded Age of America, a time when suffragettes fight for reproductive rights and the...

2016 Gival Press Novel Award

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, was a finalist for the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award, judged by author John Domini.

A Different Kind of Fire & RWA Wisconsin

News from the WisRWA Fab Five contest: A Different Kind of Fire placed third in the Wisconsin Romance Writers in the women’s fiction category. 

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Book Review THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by Kimmery Martin

Kimmery Martin's debut novel, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, is engrossing, from the medical setting to the cast of characters. There are some marvelous one-liners and three-year-old Delaney steals the show with her dialogue and actions. The story is told in two points of view...

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Book Review of THIS I KNOW by Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna Edwards’s new book, This I Know, will be published by Kensington April 24, 2018, A truly remarkable story about clairvoyance, faith, and self-acceptance, This I Know's protagonist, Grace Carter has the Knowing, a type of clairvoyance which allows her to talk...

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Interview with Kimmery Martin, author of THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

SS:Kimmery Martin, author of the upcoming February 13, 2018 release The Queen of Hearts, is a physician, book reviewer, author interviewer, travel blogger, obsessive reader, and general all-around literary nerd who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband...

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Book Review of Indecent by Corrine Sullivan

Indecent by Corinne Sullivan begins with a rather idyllic look at the privileged teenaged boys attending a private boarding school, a view akin to Old School by Tobias Wolff, which is also mentioned in the book (as is Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Interview with Amanda Stauffer, Author of MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN

With great pleasure I am interviewing the author of Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer. Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of her book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile.

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Interview with Melissa Bennett, author of HIDDEN THORNS

A belated happy book birthday to Melissa Bennett. Her novel, Hidden Thorns, came out yesterday, January 22, 2018. To celebrate, I’m interviewing her. She credits her southern upbringing for turning her into a die-hard romantic. Her debut novel, Hidden Thorns, is a romantic suspense story, strongly influenced by her Christian faith. 

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Interview with Carrie Nichols, author of THE MARINE’S SECRET DAUGHTER

Today I’m interviewing Carrie Nichols, the author of The Marine’s Secret Daughter, a romance about forgiveness and second chance. Carrie  is a hardy New Englander transplanted to the deep South, where two inches of snow can bring a city like Atlanta to its knees. She loves to travel, is addicted to British crime dramas, and knows a Seinfeld quote appropriate for every occasion.

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Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of THE NIGHT CHILD

A writer and teacher, Anna owns The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and texts, including Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology, 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology. Anna’s first novel, The Night Child, was acquired in a world rights deal by Blackstone Publishing, and will be published Jan. 30th, 2018.

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A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

Classical statues and Renaissance statues of the human body, like Michelangelo's David, were modeled on well-toned bodies of athletes. However, their genitalia was portrayed under-sized as artistic depictions of penises of normal size, even flaccid, distracted from...

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