How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

  I’m a bit more conservative than most authors.  Gorgeous guys on book covers are not my personal style.  Still, this gorgeous cover for Gwen Hernandez’s Blind Fury, the first in her Men of Steele series, really has me thinking.  Do I really need to be that shy about my heroes best physical assets? I was once asked to contribute a photo of a hot hunky … Continue reading How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

Why “A Wrinkle in Time” Missed the Mark

Originally posted on TOP SECRET WASHINGTON:
Like thousands of other Americans, I eagerly awaited the release of the movie, A Wrinkle in Time. As a kid’s fantasy adventure, it contained the special effects, star-studded cast, and fast action  designed to create a modern blockbuster. A film you waste a couple of hours on and then forget. It’s not the type of film to change anyone’s… Continue reading Why “A Wrinkle in Time” Missed the Mark

Valerie Bowman Says “Yes” to the … Rogue!

Today on BookSmart, I’m interviewing historical romance author, Valerie Bowman. Her novels are smart and fun and I’m a big fan.   Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the … Continue reading Valerie Bowman Says “Yes” to the … Rogue!

On a Greek Culinary Journey

Originally posted on sisterhood of suspense:
Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be traced back to Ancient Greece. Here are ten milestones from Greek culinary history: Feta cheese is said to be about 6,000 years old, making it one… Continue reading On a Greek Culinary Journey

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing

Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time.   Rely heavily on concrete nouns and action verbs. Nothing conveys immediacy and excitement like the concrete noun and the … Continue reading How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing

Top 10 Ways to Embarrass Your Teen

Today’s guest, author Heather Balog, gives us a step-by-step guide on the art of how to truly embarrass your teen  Warning: BookSmart advises an empty bladder before reading 😉   Kids don’t come with a handbook, so sometimes it’s like I’m back in school. I feel like I’m learning something about parenting everyday. My latest educational experiences have led me to the conclusion that I, … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Embarrass Your Teen

Christopher Fowler Remembers Forgotten Authors

Author Cleo Bannister reviews The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. Thanks to her and Cleopatta Loves Books for ferreting out this quirky find. If you are looking for a gift for a bibliophile you can’t go far wrong with this wonderful book that I know I will treasure and refer to for years to come. Christopher Fowler has collated ninety-nine authors who for … Continue reading Christopher Fowler Remembers Forgotten Authors