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‘Flight of Arrows’ a stunning conclusion to Benton’s Pathfinders series

Lori Benton’s “A Flight of Arrows” is a stunning conclusion to the Pathfinders duology. This novel picks up right where “The Wood’s Edge” left off. Benton’s tale is thoroughly engrossing, leaving readers turning the pages to try to figure out what will happen next. The characters are all wonderfully developed […]

“Firefly” nostalgia stirred up again by animated teaser … trailer?

Fellow Browncoats, we might have a light at the end of the very long tunnel we’ve been surviving in for the last 14 years. Since the end of “Firefly” and the heartbreak of “Serenity,” we’ve had no hope for the continuation of one of the best sci-fi universes that ever […]

Ed Vere delivers more childhood magic with ‘Max at Night’

If you combine the magic of “Goodnight Moon” with the adventure of “Where the Wild Things Are,” you will get Ed Vere’s “Max at Night.” This is a delightful story about a cat who can’t find the moon when it’s time to say goodnight. So off he goes in search […]

DeMarino’s Southold saga reaches fitting conclusion in ‘To Follow Her Heart’

Revell released “To Follow Her Heart,” the concluding novel in Rebecca DeMarino’s The Southold Chronicles, in July. First off, I have to admit that I arrived late at this party. I had no idea when I requested this novel that it was the third in a series. That said, it […]

Eason’s ‘Without Warning’ a fast-paced adrenaline rush

Lynette Eason’s second installment in her Elite Guardians series, “Without Warning,” is a fast-paced adrenaline rush. The story revolves around wealthy restaurateur Daniel Matthews, whose life is put in a tailspin when an unknown person starts attacking his businesses and his life. Enter Katie Singleton, a member of the Elite […]

Wilder leaves behind legacy of comedic genius, cancer awareness

“Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three…” Gene Wilder died this week. While many members of my generation might not know who he is without some kind of reference, he helped to shape and mold the comedic world in the 1970s. Wilder had not been in anything substantial […]

Music festival, car show, Arkalalah among upcoming autumn delights

Perhaps last week’s weather is the culprit, but I cannot wait for autumn to come to Arkansas City. Soon the weather will be cooler. Cold winds will swirl around the tall downtown buildings and we will welcome the sun’s presence. In two short weeks, the Walnut Valley Festival will begin. […]

Ladd adds dash of historical suspense in ‘Dawn at Emberwilde’

Sarah E. Ladd’s “Dawn at Emberwilde” was a thoroughly enjoyable historical romance, featuring a dash of suspense. Isabel Creston is stunned to learn she has living relatives looking for her who wish to take her in. However, when she and her sister arrive at Emberwilde, not everything is as great […]

Nonfiction books I simply haven’t had time to read yet

I have a confession — I love nonfiction books about history. While it’s not hard to tell from the majority of the books I review that I read a ton of historical fiction, what is less apparent is my love of well-written nonfiction. Luckily, there is a plethora of amazing […]

‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ fun, but raunchy

In recent years, zombie movies have become quite popular. Since the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” the mainstream popularity of zombies has skyrocketed. And with the release of the British comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” also in 2004, a new kind of funny zombie movie was introduced. Zombie […]