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Tampa, Books, and Coffee!

Regular readers know I love coffee. My morning always starts with three mugs of black coffee and some days, more. Not surprisingly, coffee features prominently in my books, too.  Judge Willa Carson from my Hunt for Justice Series loves Coffee Con Leche, and understandably so. You would caffeinate aggressively too, if you were a busy […]

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Science Says… Go to the beach.

Have you gotten to spend any time at the beach or near a body of water this summer? As a snowbird, I’m fortunate to live near the water at my home in Michigan as well as my home in Florida. It’s great not only for kicking back and sipping a glass of wine as the […]

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Happy Thank You Note Day!

On Thursday I was wishing you a Merry Christmas. Now, I’m wishing you a Happy Thank You Note Day. It’s an actual thing — I’m not making this up! See? So, are you a thank you note writer? This week we did a #tbt to days of yore re-visiting Plant’s Palace. In that vein, let’s harken […]

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When One Book Closes, Another Opens

When I was writing earlier this week about how Dominick Dunne went from novelist to investigative journalism, it reminded me that my friend, Lee Child, worked in television production at Granada Television before becoming a novelist. Lee was a fan of crime novels, but had never been completely happy with the ones he read. He once […]

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One Of The Coolest #Coffee Shops in Florida

What’s your favorite place to get a caffeine fix? Your kitchen? Starbucks? Or some other spot? FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar, like Jack Reacher, will take coffeee wherever they can get it. Usually it’s a diner, or some office building where they’re meeting someone for an interview that they learned would be […]

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Cursive Joke

Why We Need Cursive

Should we require kids to learn cursive writing in schools? It’s a hot button issue for sure. Many schools have removed cursive writing from their curriculums. In the U.S., it’s not included in State Standards anymore in 45 states. There is a lot of debate about this, but I’m on the side of keeping this […]

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Survey Results! (Your biggest reading pet peeves)

Thanks to all of you who responded to my survey question: What’s your biggest reading pet peeve? The Fussy Librarian conducted a similar survey of his subscribers and I wondered how you felt about the same questions. I’ve tallied up your results — each and every one of them, whether you commented here on my blog, […]

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Would Jordan Fox Plagiarize?

Would Jordan Fox plagiarize? Surely not, right? The star of the Hunt For Truth Serial is a hardworking journalist, and honesty is her middle name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines plagiarism as the act of stealing and passing off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. But 17-year-old author Helene Hegemann might have a bone to pick with those […]

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Lee Child Key West Literary Seminar

Suspense In Key West

“There are books that make you miss your stop on the subway and books that don’t.” -Lee Child The creator of Jack Reacher is, as the Brits say, brilliant, isn’t he? I had the pleasure of joining my friend Lee Child at the Key West Literary Seminar last month, where he made the above remark […]

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