I was recently asked to beta-read the first chapter of a new book. I understood going in that this was a rough draft, so I wasn’t really expecting perfection, but it had several glitches that got me thinking about GPS.


Okay, bear with me.

I’ve rewritten and paraphrased some of what I read, but here’s the gist of it. Continue reading “Recalculating”

Featured Book: Lies of the Dead

Lies of the Dead
by Shauna Bickley
Available from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

How well do we know those closest to us? When Liam kills himself, his older brother Tom needs to know why suicide was the only solution.

Tom and his sister Andi search for answers but don’t know who they can believe. Are Liam’s friends and associates the people they claim to be? Tom and Andi are propelled into a world where their ideas of right and wrong don’t exist, and where people demand what neither of them possesses.

Liam’s legacy of deceit is dangerous, and when Andi and her twin daughters are threatened, Tom realises that truth may have too high a price.

Cute Pictures of Puppies and Kittens

Jeeves! Where the devil are my bath salts?

Every once in a while I see someone bemoaning the fact that nothing they do on their Facebook page gets any attention unless it’s a cute picture of a puppy or kitten.

You can put a lot of fanfare into a book announcement, post an opinion poll, ask for help with something, and all you get is the sound of chirping crickets. But post a picture of a cute little animal, and whammo – near instant virality.

I have a theory about this. It seems to me that the appeal of puppies and kittens cuts across the lines that otherwise divide people. Race, age, gender, and income level just don’t apply. You don’t have to live in a certain part of the planet, speak a certain language, do a particular thing for a living. Continue reading “Cute Pictures of Puppies and Kittens”