by Diana Belchase Like thousands of other Americans, I eagerly awaited the release of the movie, A Wrinkle in Time. As a kid’s fantasy adventure, it contained the special effects, star-studded cast, and fast action designed to create a modern blockbuster. A film you waste a couple of hours on and then forget. It’s not the type of film to change anyone’s life, and that is … Continue reading Why “A Wrinkle in Time” Missed the Mark
Today on BookSmart, I’m interviewing historical romance author, Valerie Bowman. Her novels are smart and fun and I’m a big fan. Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the … Continue reading Valerie Bowman Says “Yes” to the … Rogue!
Find out how Greek food became an essential plot element in Joanne Guidoccio’s new book, Too Many Women in the Room. Thanks Joanne for sharing your post today on BookSmartTV.com. by Joanne Guidoccio Gilda Greco, protagonist of Too Many Women in the Room, and I have a special fondness for Greek cuisine. We appreciate the simple and elegant flavors of foods and beverages that can be … Continue reading On a Greek Culinary Journey
Gothic novelist Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. Rely heavily on concrete nouns and action verbs. Nothing conveys immediacy and excitement like the concrete noun and the … Continue reading How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing
Today’s guest, author Heather Balog, gives us a step-by-step guide on the art of how to truly embarrass your teen Warning: BookSmart advises an empty bladder before reading 😉 Kids don’t come with a handbook, so sometimes it’s like I’m back in school. I feel like I’m learning something about parenting everyday. My latest educational experiences have led me to the conclusion that I, as … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Embarrass Your Teen
Author Cleo Bannister reviews The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler. Thanks to her and Cleopatta Loves Books for ferreting out this quirky find. If you are looking for a gift for a bibliophile you can’t go far wrong with this wonderful book that I know I will treasure and refer to for years to come. Christopher Fowler has collated ninety-nine authors who for … Continue reading Christopher Fowler Remembers Forgotten Authors
The fabulous Ellen Byerrum has a great new mystery out. The Masque of the Red Dress — a terrific play on the title of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories. In celebration, Ellen has launched a fun series of fashion tips drawing from her own lifelong love of fashion, research for her character, and advice from the most interesting people. In this clip, … Continue reading Ellen Byerrum is Well Suited
This week’s guest, author Jacquie Biggar talks about what it’s like to release her first audio book and details the process. Congratulations Jacquie! It’s hard to express the feeling I had this week when Audible released Missing: The Lady Said No to audiobook. Hearing your hero speak for the very first time is indescribable. I’ve been waiting for ACX- (Audible Creation Exchange) the company that produces audiobooks … Continue reading Creating an AudioBook WriterTips with Jacq Biggar
The late Jo Beverley sat down in a final interview with Diana Belchase shorty before she died. Her last book was released today and it is the final jewel in the crown of a much loved and lauded author. Continue reading Jo Beverley’s Last Interview
Diana Belchase here: Criminals, police, and bicycles? Mimi Matthews once again regales us with a funny story about mayhem in New Jersey as the law tries to keep up with the newest technology of the 19th Century. Enjoy! Welcome guest blogger, Mimi Matthews: In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case. The case involved … Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase
Author Kathryn Jane‘s very funny take on the vagaries of Vancouver weather. Enjoy! Hello, Mother Nature? It’s me again, Kathryn Jane. Just a quick question. Do you have another rooky at the helm? I mean since the idiot who sent us a snow storm a couple of weeks ago? Um, may I suggest you set your margarita aside, peek out from under your beach umbrella and check … Continue reading Snow joke
Author Mimi Matthews astounds us once again today, not only with her encyclopedic knowledge of history, but with this delightful piece about a proposition to tax old maids of twenty-seven! I know you’ll enjoy. Now, here’s Mimi Matthews: The 1777 edition of the London Magazine includes an interesting letter to the editor in which a gentleman—who signs himself as ‘A Friend to the Community’—has appended a … Continue reading A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!
Congratulations to Manda Collins who has just released another terrific historical. I love blue stocking romances, and if you do, too, I know you’ll love her books as much as I do. Here’s Manda talking about her newest release. Take it away, Manda! Great being here! This is Manda: It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but its even harder (for me) … Continue reading Are You Ready to Go Rogue?
Diana Belchase here: Today I’m super excited to welcome guest blogger Chris Campillo to BookSmart! Chris is the kind of person everyone loves — she’s the girl next door, a gal who always has your back, a phenomenal writer with a great sense of humor, and a stand up comic. When this Texas mom isn’t taking care of her kids, her home, and working … Continue reading Once You’ve Flashed Your Podiatrist … You Can’t Help but Become a Writer
Author Sharon Wray brings us highlights from this year’s YA’LL fest — a Young Adult book festival in South Carolina. Enjoy! Last week my daughter, my mother, and I held fast to one of our favorite traditions: Going to Charleston, SC for YA’LL Fest, the largest annual Young Adult Book Festival and book signing. With over forty authors and their publishers, publicists, and book store owners running the … Continue reading YA’LL Fest: Where All the YA Fans and Authors Meet Up!
A chance to win a $25 gift card just for adding your Christmas wish list below. Who would pass that up? Thanks to author Chris Campillo whose fantastic book, “Then He Showed Up,” is out this week! Hysterical. Take it away, Chris! by Chris Campillo, Guest Author Do you remember when you were a kid and this was the most exciting time of the year? … Continue reading All I Want For Christmas
Diana here: Today one award-winning author interviews another! Join me in welcoming Lena Diaz as she interviews Gil Malloy, whose newest book, Blonde Ice, is heating up bookshelves everywhere. 😉 Don’t forget to leave a comment on the KissAndThrill.com website to be entered for a free copy of Blonde Ice! Take it away Lena Diaz! Meet Crime Fiction Novelist R.G. Belsky and the newest installment in the … Continue reading Move over Jack Reacher…Enter Gil Malloy!
Hi everyone! Diana here. Today’s guest is Abbie Roads whose new, and fantastic thriller, Race the Darkness is out, TODAY! I got a chance to see it early as a reviewer, and I will say you’ll be up all night turning pages. She does an incredible job of meshing unforgettable characters, bound in their own pain, with gripping atmospheric settings. Against this eerie landscape, good … Continue reading Abbie Roads Does it Backwards
Diana here: One of my favorite recurring features is Author on the Couch by Abbie Roads. A mental health counsellor by day, she writes incredible thrillers by night, and interviews authors on her cyber-couch in her spare time. In this post, she’s interviewing my Golden Heart sister and wonderful romance author, Nan Dixon, for the second time. Abbie, who is also a Golden Heart sister, really knows how to ask the … Continue reading Nan Dixon on the Couch
Author Mimi Matthews guests today, writing about the tragic life of the seamstresses who made those wonderful gowns we salivate over in historical romances. For those of you not familiar with Mimi Matthews’ blog, it’s one of the best researched historical fashion and culture websites out there. I’m a huge fan. Keep reading to see why. Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley … Continue reading Death at the Needle