WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner

WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner

Joy, the main character and first person narrator of this comedic romance mystery, set in the fictional town of Spavinaw Junction, Oklahoma, is accused of trying to hang herself when she falls from the roof of the old Talley house where she has lived all of her life. Joy is […]

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Four and one-half stars for this reflective and spiritually didactic fable.  This book is a lesson in valuing time.  Through the lessons each of the main characters—Sarah Lemon, a lovelorn teenager; Victor Delamonte, a wealthy and fatally ill man in his eighties; and their instructor Dor (Father Time)—learns, the reader […]

Great Skin: One Sheet at a Time

Great Skin: One Sheet at a Time

Sheet masks have gone from being novelty to a beauty staple in millions of households. What was once considered a special beauty treat is now part of the regimens of skin care enthusiasts around the world. Popularized in K-Beauty, sheet masks work by infusing the skin with a potent serum, […]

THE EAGLE TREE by Ned Hayes

THE EAGLE TREE by Ned Hayes

This is literary fiction complete with conflict, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, falling action, etc. Set in Olympia, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest, the main character and first person narrator is fourteen-year-old March Peter Wong, a brilliant, teenager whose favorite activity is climbing trees.  March, the name by which he […]

ABOUT THE NIGHT by Anat Talshir

ABOUT THE NIGHT by Anat Talshir

Five stars for this well written premier novel of forbidden love between an Arab and a Jew.  Lila was a Jew born and raised in Istanbul. Later an adult, she moved to Jerusalem. Elias Riani was an Arab, whose family has lived in Jerusalem for over a hundred years. In 1947 Elias and […]

Point… Click… Beauty!

Point… Click… Beauty!

Cue the chorus for ‘It’s a Small World’… These days the world of beauty can easily be condensed to the size of your smart phone or computer monitor. An increasing number of companies have caught on, and gotten down to the business of curating the best beauty products from around […]