A Visit to the New York City Library

by Diana Belchase How much do you know about the NYC library? You know, that massive building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, adjacent to Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan? How about these facts: It took 16 years of planning. The cornerstone was laid in 1902. After nine years of building, the library finally opened on May 23rd, 1911.  The library was the largest building … Continue reading A Visit to the New York City Library

Book Review: Polymer Clay for Beginners

Emily Chen’s new book from Quarto/Walter Foster Publishing, $19.99, Art Makers Polymer Clay for Beginners delivers exactly as promised. Filled with simple instructions, step-by-step photos, with close up details, it appears impossible not to repeat her stunning results. I am so often let down by art books, that this is a welcome surprise. Chen’s projects are often aimed at kids — fake cookies and sparkly … Continue reading Book Review: Polymer Clay for Beginners

A Norwegian Town with More Books than People

By CAILEY RIZZO at Travelandleisure.com For travelers who wish to escape humanity, there’s a remote village in Norway that officially has more books than people. Mundal, in western Norway, is an introverted bibliophile’s dream. There are only 280 people but more than 150,000 books. In fact, the country often refers to Mundal as “The Norwegian Booktown.” Between secondhand shops, roadside stalls and bookshelves along the coast … Continue reading A Norwegian Town with More Books than People

In The Beginning, There Was Bond

Looking forward to the newest Bond installment. Here’s a review: by Darryl Keeping, Guest Author. A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. Forever and a Day is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera, taking readers into the very beginning of … Continue reading In The Beginning, There Was Bond

SEAL Camp from Suzanne Brockmann

Today on BookSmartTV.com, Romantic Suspense author, Jacquie Biggar reviews Suzanne Brockmann’s latest book, Seal Camp. Hold on to your seats! Take it away, Jacquie. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jim “Spaceman” Slade’s got a problem. A SEAL Team is only as fast as its slowest member—and right now, thanks to his battered knees—that’s Jim. He reluctantly takes medical leave, but he’s a SEAL, so he spends his … Continue reading SEAL Camp from Suzanne Brockmann

How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

by Diana Belchase I’m a bit more conservative than most authors.  Gorgeous guys on book covers are not my personal style.  Still, this gorgeous cover for Gwen Hernandez’s Blind Fury, the first in her Men of Steele series, really has me thinking.  Do I really need to be that shy about my heroes best physical assets? I was once asked to contribute a photo of a … Continue reading How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

Why “A Wrinkle in Time” Missed the Mark

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

Valerie Bowman Says “Yes” to the … Rogue!

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!

On a Greek Culinary Journey

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

How I Do It: Anne Rice on Writing

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