Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla is an author, poet and artist. Her book, Apples Rot on the Ground (May 2020), is a collection of gut-wrenching poems detailing the racism and bigotry that existed for Hispanic families in early New Mexico & Wyoming.
Review: Tears of Amber by Sofia Segovia

Review: Tears of Amber by Sofia Segovia

Tears of Amber. Sofia Segovia, Amazon Crossing – You may have vowed not to read yet another war novel on human suffering, but Mexican author Sofia Segovia’s new book will change your mind. Segovia’s compelling “Tears of Amber,” focuses on females — mothers, left alone with their children to navigate war horrors.

Review: The Truth and Other Hidden Things by Lea Geller

Review: The Truth and Other Hidden Things by Lea Geller

The Truth and Other Hidden Things, Lea Geller, Lake Union Publishing – Lea Geller’s, “The Truth and other Hidden Things,” portrays a desperate mother and housewife who becomes addicted to “likes” on her gossip column with a grandiose idea she will soon get a “book deal.”

Review: The Other Emily by Dean Koontz

Review: The Other Emily by Dean Koontz

The Other Emily, Dean Koontz, Thomas & Mercer – Dean Koontz’ forthcoming 2021 novel, “The Other Emily,” is so terrifying it’s impossible to set aside until the conclusion unfolds.

Review: Lana’s War by Anita Abriel

Review: Lana’s War by Anita Abriel

Lana’s War, Anita Abriel, Atria – Anita Abriel’s novel, Lana’s War, riffs on dark history, during a time of genocide of Jewish people by the Nazis during World War II. 

Review: Do No Harm by Christina McDonald

Review: Do No Harm by Christina McDonald

Review: Do No Harm, Christina McDonald, Gallery Books – Christina McDonald’s novel, “Do No Harm,” is a vexing story that pivots around parents who resort to nightmarish measures to fund medical treatment for their dying son. 

In 60 Stories About 30 Seconds by Bruce Van Dusen

In 60 Stories About 30 Seconds by Bruce Van Dusen

In 60 Stories About 30 Seconds, Bruce Van Dusen, Post Hill Press – The richness of Bruce Van Dusen’s book, “In 60 Stories About 30 Seconds,” springs from his perspective of key events that dramatically changed the production of television commercials during his forty-five years as a TV ad director and producer. 

Review: Make Them Cry by Smith Henderson & Jon Marc Smith

Review: Make Them Cry by Smith Henderson & Jon Marc Smith

Make Them Cry, Smith Henderson & Jon Marc Smith, Harper Collins – Can private military contractors hired by the United States to stabilize violence in Afghanistan by taking over the country’s heroin traffic use the same tactics with Mexican drug cartels?

Review: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker

Review: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish, Tori Whitaker, Lake Union Publishing – Tori Whitaker’s “Glenn’s Last Wish,” fails to excite, with what turns out to be a tedious plot line. If that’s not enough, toss in Roe vs Wade, and add religious overtones.