Taking a Curative

    Aside from watching the 12 (I kid you not) tutorials on how to use a planner book to get my life into full focus, I did not indulge in any throw-out-the-old-bring-in-the-new rituals in that glorious blank space between Christmas and New Year’s.  Okay, I did draw out a Dave Ramsey style debt snowball …

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Poisonwood Bible

Rocky Rates It: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

I read Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible several years ago and decided a re-visit was in order.  I was impressed when I approached it from a reader’s perspective, but from a writer’s perspective, the sheer magnitude of Kingsolver’s craft left me–for lack of a better term–fangirling my way through the novel. Kingsolver lays bare five souls, six …

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Salem's Lot

Rocky Rates It: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

I didn’t even buy a pumpkin this Halloween.  Didn’t decorate.  Didn’t wear a costume.  Didn’t have any trick-or-treaters come knocking at my desolate door.  But do you know what I did have this Halloween?  Vampires!  Loads and loads of vampires! I had frights aplenty with King’s Salem’s Lot.  This tale made it to the big screen …

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Spittin’ Images, Blood Relations, and Mysterious Legacies…the Making of Clemenceau’s Daughters

  Call it fate, or call it the creeps, but the idea behind Clemenceau’s Daughters emerged as I was thumbing through my great-grandmother’s photo album, trying to decide if I had the ambition to digitize a bunch of old photos of people completely lost to the collective family memory.  I felt pretty guilty as I …

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The Emperor's Children

Rocky Rates It: The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

The Emperor’s Children is the most “adult” book I’ve read this year.  Every character is mired in his/her own sense of inadequacies, be they real or imagined.  From the self-possessed Marina who strives for a name beyond that of her famous father to the hapless Bootie, whose idealism threatens his own destruction, Messud presents a …

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Readers' Favorites Medals

Clemenceau’s Daughters Takes Honorable Mention at Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards

  For immediate release: Reader’s Favorite recognizes “Clemenceau’s Daughters” in its annual international book award contest. The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities. Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites …

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Paisley Memories

Rocky Rates It! Paisley Memories: The Beginning of Me by Zelle Andrews

  At times poignant and at times comical, Paisley Memories traces the angst and gaffes of a high school drop-out thrust into the hard-knock world of survival. With her only support system buried and a special needs baby on her hip, an unwed and virtually penniless Tess travels to Florida in a beat-up old Thunderbird …

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The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Rocky Rates It! The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory never disappoints! She is my go-to escape to the Tudor world author and I eagerly await each book. Having read several of her Plantagenet/Tudor novels, I am consistently drawn into the story and fascinated by the level of detail Gregory provides. Meticulously researched, Gregory’s work has the ring of authenticity without the dryness …

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