What is "Greensleeves"? "Greensleeves" is a traditional English folksong from the 16th or 17th century. You might better recognize the tune as the Christmas carol, "What Child Is This?" Trajan et Hadrian, Fair Use License. The lyrics are as follows: Image courtesy of Pinterest You can listen to an instrumental guitar version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wARiOb80Zr0 Who Was … Continue reading Who was Lady Greensleeves?
Happy New Year! As always, last year was full of great reads. While I'm not keeping up the blog so actively anymore for individual book reviews, I'm still tracking my reading and excited to discuss the stories I've enjoyed. While I read mostly non-fiction last year, I did make time for 25 novels in various … Continue reading Fiction Read in 2021
I'll start by saying I did not just recently discover John Green. I'd known about him since his guest appearances on PotterCast (going back to around 2008? 2009?), the NerdFighters, and The Fault in Our Stars, which I read and reviewed in 2013. I'd just never kept up with his other works. I'm not exactly sure … Continue reading Book Review: An Abundance of John Green
Image courtesy of IMDb My 9-year-old son and I loved the first 2 acts of Amazon's 2021 Cinderella adaptation. It was funny, colorful, upbeat, and lighthearted. However, the movie completely fell apart at the end. It’s like the writers threw their hands up and said, “Never mind!” and just decided to abandon all conflict and … Continue reading My review of amazon’s cinderella (2021)
I'm so proud to announce that my YA fantasy novel, WHISPER, received Honorable Mention in the 2021 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Contest in the Holiday Fiction category! Thank you to everyone at Readers' Favorite for their support. #ReadersFavorite#yafantasy#indieauthorsView all 2021 Winners: https://readersfavorite.com/2021-award-contest-winners.htm Get the book: https://bit.ly/whisperckbrooke
My new novella is now available! Cover art by Dragonpen Press Designs “‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense…" At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her … Continue reading New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)
To all aspiring writers: Have you always dreamed of writing a book but aren't sure where to start? Do you know there's a story or message inside you, if you only had the tools to uncover it? Do you want to be an author but doubt whether you're talented, educated, or qualified enough?Anyone can write a … Continue reading Anyone Can Write! ✒
THE LAST EMPRESS, the prequel to my Jordinia saga, is now a free audio book on YouTube!This YA Fantasy/Romance is narrated by Leah Casey. Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXbg3iEOqZk
As the publishing industry is ever-changing in this increasingly digital landscape, we writers must adapt to new ways of sharing our words with the world. Earlier this year, an innovative app developer reached out with an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’m eager to announce that my newest historical romance, The Poet Bride, is now available exclusively … Continue reading My Newest Historical Romance, The Poet Bride, is FREE Exclusively on Readict!
As some of you know, in addition to writing, reviewing, and publishing many novels, I am also a certified editor with over five years’ industry experience editing for small publishing houses and indie authors alike. Oftentimes, I’m asked about the most common, frustrating or egregious mistakes I come across while editing novels, particularly romances, since … Continue reading The 4 Mistakes Your Editor Can’t Fix in Your Romance Novel
I am delighted to announce that my novel, Marian, Princess Thief, has won the 2020 BiBA (Best Indie Book Award) in the Young Adult category! I want to extend my gratitude & thanks to everyone at the Best Indie Book Awards. I'm very excited about this win and am happy that so many people are … Continue reading Marian, Princess Thief is a 2020 Best Indie Book Award (BiBA) Winner!
*This review contains some mild, non-specific spoilers. The Twin by Natasha Preston is a dark teen novel published in March 2020. My local Barnes & Noble in Shelby Twp, Michigan had signed copies sitting out on a table in the YA section, and the opening pages intrigued me, so I purchased it. With the creepy-twin … Continue reading Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston
Pure by Catherine Mesick is a 2014 indie-published YA urban fantasy novel. It is Book 1 of the Pure Series by Catherine Mesick. I think I found it on BookBub and was drawn by the absolutely gorgeous cover art. Also, it was free, so that didn't hurt! I found the opening chapters intriguing with the … Continue reading DNF: Pure by Catherine Mesick
Ah, these characters are going to stay with me for a while, I know it. A Thousand Questions (HarperCollins, October 2020) by Saadia Faruqi is one of those books where I so wished I could spend more time with the characters after the pages ran out. Mimi and Sakina are two seemingly very different eleven-year-old … Continue reading Book Review: A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
All-American Muslim Girl is a 2019 YA novel by Nadine Jolie Courtney. This book was one of my random Barnes & Noble finds while perusing the shelves in the store the other day. (Don't worry; I didn't stay long and I had my Scholastic "I ❤ Reading!" mask on.) One fleeting glance at the blurb … Continue reading Book Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
As a lifelong lover of "Clue" (both the movie and the board game) and, more recently, a big fan of Knives Out, I was surprised I'd never heard of a little 1978 Newbery Medal winner called The Westing Game. I downloaded it on my Kindle and couldn't stop reading until the end. The Westing Game … Continue reading Book Review: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
🎉 It's Release Day! 🎉In the mood for Fantasy, Romance, and a spooky Christmas tale?Get lost in my newest book!Available in ebook & paperback:Buy NowAdd to GoodreadsThank you for helping Whisper reach #1!ABOUT THE BOOK:Featuring an exclusive interview with the author! Kestrel Rosemont just wants a place to belong. An artist at heart, stuck with a prim, practical family that doesn’t … Continue reading Whisper Release Day!
Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria HallAuthor: Katie AlenderGenre: YA Horror/SuspensePage Count: 336 pagesPublisher: Scholastic PointRelease Date: August 30, 2016 Publisher’s Summary: Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females -- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant … Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Title: ObsidianAuthor: Jennifer L. ArmentroutSeries: Lux (Book 1)Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance/Sci-FiPage Count: 400 pagesPublisher: Entangled TeenRelease Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher’s Summary: Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and … Continue reading Book Review: Obsidian (Lux: Book #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: The TestingAuthor: Joelle CharbonneauSeries: The Testing TrilogyGenre: YA DystopiaPage Count: 355 pagesPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher’s Summary: It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The … Continue reading Book Review: The Testing (Book #1) by Joelle Charbonneau
Title: The Ransom of Mercy CarterAuthor: Caroline B. CooneyGenre: MG/YA Historical FictionPage Count: 258 pagesPublisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRelease Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher’s Summary: Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated … Continue reading Book Review: The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney
Title: Where the Forest Meets the StarsAuthor: Glendy VanderahGenre: Adult Contemporary Fiction, Romantic SuspensePage Count: 328 pagesPublisher: Lake Union PublishingRelease Date: March 1, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
Title: Where the Crawdads SingAuthor: Delia OwensGenre: Adult Fiction, Women's FictionPage Count: 379 pagesPublisher: G.P. Putnam's SonsRelease Date: August 14, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Title: Genesis Begins AgainAuthor: Alicia D. WilliamsGenre: MG/YA Own Voices Contemporary FictionPage Count: 385 pagesPublisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy BooksRelease Date: January 15, 2019 Publisher’s Summary: There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and … Continue reading Book Review: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Title: What I Saw and How I LiedAuthor: Judy BlundellGenre: YA FictionPage Count: 300 pagesPublisher: ScholasticRelease Date: February 1, 2010 Publisher’s Summary: National Book Award Winner | When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than … Continue reading Book Review: What I Saw and How I Lied (*National Book Award Winner) by Judy Blundell