An Interview with Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You

Almost Missed You begins with an event so startling there is no possible chance you’ll put the book down. A woman named Violet is vacationing with her husband Finn and her little son Bear, luxuriating in the bright beauty of the Florida sun and sand, her mind drifting in lazy, grateful reminiscence. In one of those fantastic meet-cute situations, she and Finn had first encountered each other on a trip to this very beach—thrown together during an emergency in which there’d been no chance to exchange information. In a show of inexplicable cosmic irony, they managed to dodge one another in a series of near-misses over the next few years, until finally the stars aligned and they met again. This

Kimmery's Guide To Costa Rica

Bienvenido a Costa Rica! ¡Pura vida! Here I sit in a paradisiacal jungle, with a cup of strong coffee and a view of the rollicking Pacific Ocean, watching a family of Capuchin monkeys gamboling around stealing my bananas and mangoes. We decided to stay put in one spot -- Manuel Antonio, on the west coast -- on this particular week-long trip, even though Costa Rica is comprised of an abundance of delightful ecosystems. I’ve heard that Manuel Antonio is very touristy, which trust me, is not a negative here. This means there are fabulous excursions within a short driving distance, and anyway, I am, in fact, a tourist who speaks only limited Spanglish. Plus, I don't like roughing it. So my crew

The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth is about a 13 year old boy named Jack Sullivan, whose town and possibly the rest of the world has had a monster apocalypse. For all he knows everybody he knows has gotten eaten, ran away, or got bit by zombies and is now one of them. This is very bad. Jack is no match for hundreds of monsters alone, so he comes up with a plan to go exploring for survivors to build a team. It's not like Jack has no home or anything; he's got a tree house with catapults and video games. (Yes!) But can he survive? I thought this book was so interesting that right after I finished I got the second book in the series. I rate it 5 stars. I was wondering how the monster apocalypse happened af

What Happens When You Write A Book, Part I

T-minus 10 months until my book is published and I am officially transformed from nerdy reader to nerdy writer. (February 6th, 2018! Prepare to party down!) This is enormously exciting to me and about four other people, most of them related to me. But I thought y'all might find a short history of my path to publication interesting, because one thing I have learned since obtaining my book contract is that many, many people dream of writing a book. Or an article. Or a blog. Or even a tweet. And why not? Is there anything more sublime than a perfect sentence? (Okay, maybe a few things.) But you know what I mean: the feverish hiss of intoxication you feel when you're stringing together a garbled

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

I read Stevens' debut novel Still Missing when it was released in 2010 and remember it as one of the creepiest abduction scenes ever (let's just say I decided not to be a real-estate agent after reading it.) Her latest thriller, Never Let You Go, comes out today and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy. When it comes to selecting men, Lindsey Nash has issues. Her husband, Andrew, is a stellar representative of the male gender, except for his frightening control-freak tendencies, and a bone-deep meanness that occasionally lapses into psychotic rage. Needless to say, things go awry and Andrew winds up in prison. Lindsey flees to a secluded island in Canada, making a quiet but comforta

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Well, this book tore my heart in half and then stomped on it, but before we get into that, here’s some background: Theo, Griffin’s ex-boyfriend, first love, and favorite person in the whole world dies, leaving Griffin in shambles. Griffin narrates in alternating timelines, recounting his life after Theo’s death, as well as their shared earlier history. The first story, set 2 years ago, relates how the two came out to each other, with Griffin also sharing his growing struggle with his compulsions, later diagnosed as OCD. When Griffin switches to the present day, he begins to talk to Theo, sharing his struggles in daily life as he tries to come to terms with his grief. Part of this process beg

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