#FridayReads – 4 Books with Powerful Emotional Content

Books can be many things – escape, entertainment, education. They can make you giggle and they can make you grimace. Today I’m spotlighting four of my favorite books that can, at turns, elicit all of those responses. They share what I refer to as the Beauty in the Beast quality. The content is often sad and emotionally dark, but there is beauty in the telling of the story. There is a poetic quality to the Read More …

#MondayBlogs: My Favorite Fiction Reads of 2015

I read a total of 110 books throughout 2015 – 34 nonfiction and 66 fiction. Today I’m sharing my top 12 fiction reads. These are in no particular order. Sorting my top 12 was challenging enough. Listing them in order of preference is an impossible task, given the uniqueness of genre and the differing preferences of my fickle moods. Best Fiction Reads of 2015 This is dark, twisted, psychological suspense at its finest. Richard Thomas Read More …

#BookReview: A BLOSSOM OF BRIGHT LIGHT by Suzanne Chazin

In award-winning author Suzanne Chazin’s stirring new novel, Latino police detective Jimmy Vega must strike a precarious balance between the local immigrant community and his hometown’s most powerful and privileged citizens during a dangerous murder investigation… A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a disturbing case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The cold-bloodedness of the crime and the innocence of Read More …