Award-winning authors abound in Kansas, Oklahoma

The Midwest has a strong history of writers who are from or have lived in the region. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Langston Hughes and Rex Stout all have come from or lived in Kansas. This proud tradition still continues today, with Kansas and Oklahoma home to multiple best-selling and award-winning authors. […]

Johnson’s ‘Honor Redeemed’ a well-drawn story of love, loss

Christine Johnson’s “Honor Redeemed” is a story of love, loss and redemption set in the 19th century in Key West, Florida. Prosperity Jones travels to the island after her mother’s death to find her fiancé, Lt. David Lathem, who is stationed there. When she arrives, she learns Lathem has married […]

Time for weeding: Dwindling space on new bookcases exposes truth

While this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me — or those who helped me to move earlier this year — it’s time to admit I have too many books. (I can hear my family members gasp as they read that sentence.) Now let me be clear: […]

‘Jaws’ set mark that no other shark film can hope to reach

The dog days of summer seem to have arrived — what better time to talk about the cult classic film “Jaws?” The movie was scary enough to cause a generation to question if the water was safe. Even baths were difficult after hearing that iconic theme music. Those two notes […]

Harris’ ‘Missing’ fast-paced, tension-filled mystery

Lisa Harris’ “Missing” is a fast-paced, complex mystery surrounding a woman who disappears after an attack on her home. Once again, Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force Special Agent Nikki Boyd is sent to investigate. While this is the second in a series, it works as well a standalone — although […]

Mystery series that you can binge-read

I absolutely love mysteries, especially ones in a historical setting and those written in the “golden age of mysteries.” Long before Netflix made binge-watching my favorite television shows a Tuesday night affair, a good mystery series was — and still is — my poison of choice. There are tons of […]

Constantine suffers in television form after film success

I want to talk about “Constantine” — this time, the short-lived television series. First of all, it isn’t really anything like the Keanu Reeves movie. Sure, there are exorcisms and demons fighting against the greater good, but things are not the way you expect them to be. Chaz is alive. […]

‘An Elegant Façade’ completely delightful

Kristie Ann Hunter’s “An Elegant Façade” was such a delightful read that I can’t wait to go back and read the first novel in the Hawthorne House series. The novel is set in 1813 and it follows Lady Georgina Hawthorne as she embarks on her first London season. Georgina is […]

‘Riverkeep’ a delightful symbiosis of Gaiman, ‘Oz’

If L. Frank Baum and Neil Gaiman wrote a book together, it’d be Martin Stewart’s “Riverkeep.” I know some people hate to compare books to big-name authors and initially, when the hype around this book started, I doubted it would hit the mark. However, now that I have completed this […]

‘Beyond the Rising Tide’ an interesting look at afterlife

Kai met Avery only once — in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he’s not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery’s life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the […]