REVIEW: BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill

Growing up, I kinda skipped the YA genre.  For one thing, it was not as prevalent.  For another I was pretty “old” for my age (I still am).  Sometimes I feel I am catching up for my younger self.  I wish this book had been around when I was in 5th or 6th grade, and…

Dispatch from Crossroads Macon 2013

  I’ll write something more in-depth and “professional” later.  Something that highlights the dozens of talented and special people I’ve met and talked to.  Something that properly thanks the hundreds of hours of hard work and the volunteers that make Crossroads work. For now, I need to express my gratitude to the conference goers (patrons…

REVIEW: FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

  Only once before have a read a YA book most of the way through before realizing it was categorized as such. I haven’t got anything against YA per se, but having been 29 for a couple of years now, I am generally uninterested in the adolescent themes they explore. But occasionally (though rarely) a…

GLORIOUS by Bernice McFadden

Glorious is like nothing else I’ve ever read. And I read a lot. Author Bernice McFadden uses sparse language yet still manages to create searing images for the reader. The book opens with the young heroine Easter witnessing a brutal lynching in post -Reconstruction South. This becomes the jumping off point for Easter’s nomadic trek through…

REVIEW: “The Three Lives of Lydia” by Delilah S. Dawson

a Blud Short Story, included in CARNIEPUNK   Full disclosure: I don’t read romance books. They’re just not my thing. I do however love creepy carnivals and some steampunk literature so I was thrilled to see Crossroads veteran Delilah S. Dawson had a short story included in a book called “Carniepunk.” Let’s just take a…

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