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The Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Men…

… often go awry.  Oh Steinbeck, how right you are!

Yep, I’m a bit behind on the book (which is why I haven’t posted much this past week). Serves me right for starting a blog and my vacation in the woods with four kids, all on the same day.

Nonetheless, I should be back on schedule soon and posting regularly again.  In the meantime, for my fellow writers (in Canada), here’s the latest news regarding CBC’s “Canada Writes – Literary Triathlon” competition.  It starts July 30.  Worth checking out!

Good luck!

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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