Walking into a new life

This past week has been one of turmoil, not all of it good. I find myself at a place on the map marked: here there be dragons. I feel unhinged, displaced. I feel astonished, humbled. I find myself staring into the distance and wondering how I arrived here. Life is a journey. Yes. It is. And sometimes it’s bewildering, sometimes exciting, sometimes all those things. So much of my life these past 12 years has been about…

The End of an Era

It is with deep regret I write today to let all of you know I’m shutting down Five Rivers Publishing. Well, mostly. This is not a decision I’ve made easily, or lightly, and has taken weeks of deliberation and deep concern. John Lennon allegedly penned, life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. Which, it seems, is exactly what’s happened. Three weeks ago my elderly inlaws came to live with us, likely for the rest…

Great 4-stars for A Tangled Weave

LibraryThing reviewer gives four stars to Michael Skeet’s second novel in The French Intrigues series, A Tangled Weave. This is a highly enjoyable romp through the lives of French aristocrats, smugglers and the poorest of Paris during the 17th century. The impoverished protagonist, Mlle. Victoire de Berenguer from a noble family, has found a way to smuggle fanciful dyed cotton into the City. She earns an income using her entrée into the highest levels of society and an…

Alison Lohans shortlisted for 2019 Prix Aurora

Alison Lohans’ engaging YASF Timefall has been shortlisted for the 2019 Prix Aurora Award in the Best Young Adult Novel category. Timefall has captured praise from peers and readers alike not only for Alison’s clear, insightful writing, but because of her plucky female protagonist, Katie. Being a single mom at 15 is tough! Biking along the creek, all Katie wants is a few moments peace away from her teething baby, her bratty brother, her nagging mom, and…