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.
The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipmam

The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipmam

The Secret of Snow, Viola Shipmam (Pen name for Wade Rouse), Graydon House – “The Secret of Snow,” written by Wade Rouse under the pen name of Viola Shipman, is a melodramatic tale that aims at three key emotional targets: feminism, grief, and love.

Review: Finding the Right Words by Weinstein & Miller, MD

Review: Finding the Right Words by Weinstein & Miller, MD

Review: Finding the Right Words, Cindy Weinstein & Bruce L. Miller, MD,. Johns Hopkins University Press – When my local pharmacy offered a brain health test, I cringed, afraid the results could land me amongst six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2021study by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Review: Poison for Breakfast

Review: Poison for Breakfast

Poison for Breakfast, Lemony Snicket, Liveright Publishing – Lemony Snicket, best known as a fictional character and narrator of Daniel Handler’s children’s novels, appears as the main character in the extraordinary all-ages, non-fiction “Poison for Breakfast.”

Review: Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons

Review: Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons

Constance, Matthew FitzSimmons, Thomas & Mercer – The protagonist in Matthew FitzSimmons’s futurist novel, “Constance,” has no memory of the eighteen months prior to her death, and then, awakening as a clone.

Review: The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor

Review: The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor

The Other Man, Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Lake Union Publishing – Farhad J. Dadyburjor’s novel, “The  Other Man,” details the struggles of Ved Mehra, a closet-gay man living in India, before India’s supreme court decriminalized same-sex relationships in 2018.

Review: Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Review: Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Her Name is Knight, Yasmin Angoe, Thomas & Mercer – Yasmin Angoe’s thriller, “Her Name is Knight,” begins with a cautionary note from the author: The vivid sexual violence depicted could be a trigger for victims of human trafficking and abuse. 

Review: The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

Review: The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina, Zoraida Cordova, Atria Books – Zoraida Córdova’s tropes are as magical as her fantasy novel, “The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina,” where bargains are made with the unknown and kept secret until ill-fortune spreads like vines, ultimately choking the family tree to death.

Review: Choose Me by Gerritsen & Braver

Review: Choose Me by Gerritsen & Braver

Choose Me, Gerritsen & Braver, Thomas & Mercer – Authors Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver team up to produce a thriller with a Greek mythological twist. Their prose is alluring, and the plot is intriguing.

Review: The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

Review: The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

The Show Girl, Nicola Harrison, St. Martin’s Press – Nicola Harrison’s, “The Show Girl,” is a no-frills but elegant novel in which the author traces Olive McCormick’s life as an entertainer determined to become one of the Ziegfeld Follies, against dramatic odds.

Review: The Receptionist by Kate Myles

Review: The Receptionist by Kate Myles

The Receptionist, Kate Myles, Thomas & Mercer – There are no heroes in Kate Myles’ novel, “The Receptionist.” Instead, her main characters are despicable, greedy and inhumane people whose sole aim is “monetizing the population” by illegally collecting medical data to sell products.