Digital Publisher Seeks Manuscripts for New Publishing Platform

ReadershiponScreen-CindyFazziAre you ready to show your manuscript to the world? Readership, a crowd-sourced digital publisher, is open to submissions. It recently launched a new publishing platform that allows readers to decide which manuscripts will get published through a voting system.  (more…)

Tana French’s “Broken Harbor”: Murder & Madness During Economic Downturn

"Book in Garden" photo by Vincent Fazzi

Photo by Vincent Fazzi, 2014.

Book Review: “Broken Harbor” by Tana French, published by Penguin Books, 2012

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the Dublin detective with the best solve rate in Tana French’s books, is assigned a vicious case in her latest thriller. Patrick Spain and his two young children have been murdered in their home. His wife, Jenny, is barely alive. (more…)

Alan Furst’s “Midnight in Europe” Takes the Road Less Traveled in the Spy Genre

Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst

“Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst

Book Review: “Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst, published by Random House, June 2014

Alan Furst’s “Midnight in Europe” has all the essential elements of a spy novel: an intrepid hero with an active love life, a femme fatale, arms smuggling, and political intrigue that spans from Paris to Gdasnk to Odessa. At the same time, the novel deviates in a number of ways. (more…)

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities: Did Your City Make the List?

Salt Lake City photo by Vincent Fazzi

Salt Lake City is Number 14 on’s top 20 most well-read cities. (Photo by Vincent Fazzi)

Alexandria, Va., is America’s most well-read city for the third year in a row, according to Miami was second, and Knoxville, Tenn., came third. Salt Lake City—my adopted city—was ranked Number 14. (more…)

Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Book Review: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

I don’t know much about Galveston Island or Texas. But after reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, it’s almost as if I’ve been to Galveston—with the added bonus of being dramatically swept back in time. (more…)

Debut Author Priscille Sibley’s Advice to Writers: Not so Fast

Image courtesy of Priscille Sibley.

Image courtesy of Priscille Sibley.

As the famous writing motto goes: Write what you know. Priscille Sibley, a neonatal intensive care nurse, certainly knows the subject matter of her debut novel, The Promise of Stardust. (more…)

I Went to Florence Because of E.M. Forster

The Duomo in Florence

The Duomo in Florence

Is there a book that has made you do something you wouldn’t do otherwise? For me, it’s E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View. I went to Florence in 2013 because I promised myself I would—that was more than 20 years ago, when I first read the book and then watched the James Ivory movie of the same title. (more…)