Interview with Claire Cook, author of bestselling ‘Must Love Dogs’ series

Claire Cook, author of the bestselling "Must Love Dogs," (which was made into a movie with Diane Lane and John Cusack) is filled with optimism about the year 2015. She just published the third book in the MLD (Must Love Dogs) series, "Fetch You Later." And exciting New Year news? The first book in the … Continue reading Interview with Claire Cook, author of bestselling ‘Must Love Dogs’ series

‘What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs’ by Cat Warren

Rating: 4 stars Cat Warren knows what she's talking (or writing) about. In "What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs," she describes why she began working with her dog, Solo. He was an "unruly" puppy and needed a way to harness his energy in a positive manner. Warren did her homework … Continue reading ‘What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs’ by Cat Warren

‘Whatever After: Fairest of All’ by Sarah Mlynowski: Fantasy fun for girls

Rating: 4 stars "Whatever After: Fairest of All" is the first fairytale retelling in the "Whatever After" series by Sarah Mlynowski. And it's not all "meet the prince and live happily after." There is, however, a happily ever after -- after all, it IS a fairytale. But readers will find the fairytale protagonist, in this … Continue reading ‘Whatever After: Fairest of All’ by Sarah Mlynowski: Fantasy fun for girls

‘Firefight: Book 2 in The Reckoners’ by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5 stars It all started with "Steelheart" and Brandon Sanderson continues the epic adventure and excitement with the second book in the series, "Firefight." The first book ends with a satisfying closure, but the High Epics, those humans granted super powers, continue to harass and kill those less powerful than they. From Newcago (the … Continue reading ‘Firefight: Book 2 in The Reckoners’ by Brandon Sanderson

Interview with author Steve Ulfelder of ‘The Conway Sax’ mysteries

Steve Ulfelder, author of "Purgatory Chasm," his first published novel and a finalist for an Edgar Award, loves to talk (among many other subjects) about his pets. And although he has cats, his new love is his rescued greyhound, Bonne (short for Bonneville -- like the race course). Ulfelder is so enamored with greyhounds that … Continue reading Interview with author Steve Ulfelder of ‘The Conway Sax’ mysteries

‘The Iron Trial: Magisterium Book One’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Rating: 4 1/2 stars Harry Potter, step aside. There's a new kid on the block, and his name is Callum Hunt. He's a very different kind of protagonist in "The Iron Trial," the first book in the new series, "Magisterium," by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Callum Hunt has grown up an outcast at his … Continue reading ‘The Iron Trial: Magisterium Book One’ by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare