Alissa Nutting's TAMPA & Breakfast Tomato Tartine

Tampa is a book that will prompt questions from strangers. As I read on a bus to work, a fellow commuter leaned over: “Did you know what the book was about before you bought it?” When I forgot my copy in the seat pocket of a plane — an error I make with troubling frequency — and had to buy another, the bookstore employee raised an eyebrow at me: “Oh, I’ve heard all about this one.”...more

Star Power

This is day five of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. The fur is flying now. -BDStar Powerby blogdramedyThe small print was explicit:- artisan well water from the hinterland of the Faroe Islands...more

Why the one in the middle always gets the finger

This is day four of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Flea collars are optional. -BDWhy the one in the middle always gets the fingerby blogdramedy“Light. Out. NOW. I’m sleeping!” TwoFluffy jerked the Garfield comforter up in frustration....more

Every hero needs a good navigator

This is day two of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Animal control is on stand-by. -BDEvery hero needs a good navigatorby blogdramedy...more

Hearing is the first thing to go

This is day one of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Yes, I let the dogs out. -BDHearing is the first thing to goby Blogdramedy"Sorry, but we don't think you're rescue-dog material."...more

Book Review: Girls of Riyadh

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The Wanderers of the Water Realm

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Montefiore's Goddaughter

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Walk With Me

It's suggested to know someone you should walk a mile in their shoes....more