Book Reviews

Book Review: Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

I am not going to lie. I was excited for the next installment in what has to be my favorite female lead character series. Gin Blanco runs the best little barbeque pit in Ashland. An Elemental Assassin trained by the best, she has faced many enemies but none that have challenged the bond that Gin has taken for granted. Since taking down Mab, Gin finds herself as one of the leading powers in Ashland but not even her silverstone knives can save her from the heartbreak of betrayal from one of her own.

Interviews

Interview with Heather Manning

Q: Could you tell us a little about your books?

A: My books are the first two in a trilogy called Ladies of the Caribbean. Swept to Sea is about a young lady who stows away on a pirate ship to escape her abusive fiancé. She meets a handsome pirate captain who is trying to seek revenge for the death of his wife and the two find romance on the high seas. Carried Home is about a young lady who gets stranded in the Caribbean after going on a mission to rescue her best friend. Eager to get back home to her little brother, she accepts an invitation from an insecure new captain to take her back to London. The two face pirates and hurricanes on their journey home.

Surviving the World of Events

Surviving the World of Live Events

When I look back now, I realize that writing a book is the easy part of being an author. It’s what comes after that can make you pull out your hair and scream. Unfortunately, I walked in blind, never considering marketing and promoting my book as a necessary step that I needed to take. I wrote it, so people were going to buy it – right? Not so much. I had a small group of readers who claimed to love my books, but no real plan for the future. One of those supporters was a friend of mine from grade school. She believed in the story I had to tell and introduced me to the land of trade shows and festivals, offering to let me use a side table in her tent at an event where she was vending. She sold candles and clothes. I had my books and an appetite eager for success.

Features

May Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You’ve been feeling disconnected lately from your fellow man. Don’t let your independent nature alienate you from your community. Your strength and assertiveness are powerful assets to mend yourself and your world. Reflect upon your own life by looking out into the world. Read Ghettoside by Jill Leovy.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You’ve got romance on your mind. Don’t let it distract you from the more nuanced parts of life. Take time to appreciate minor joys and relish in the brevity of the moment. Keep your feet grounded but let your head linger in the clouds. Read The Convalescent by Jessica Anthony.

Unique Lives

A Curiously Distorted Lens on Life

Our culture is a paradise of individualism – or so they say. Looking at all the blue hair and niche music, it’s tempting to believe it. But what defines an individual? To twist a quote for a second, all people are different but some are more different than others. And those who yell rebellion can be the most conformist of all.

In my forthcoming interview series, Unique Lives, I cast my eye on authors and characters who truly are unusual. Some were born that way; others were created or self-made. Their bold choices and skewed perspectives create a new lens to look at ourselves. By encountering what we are not, we realise what we are, and extend the repertoire and depth of our humanity.