Book Review – Out of Sync

Life is full of surprises. It is so nasty sometimes that you’ll get ‘out of sync.’ Belinda Nicoll’s memoir, “Out of Sync,” details exactly how topsy-turvy one’s life can be. One moment you’re up, the next moment you’re down. It’s a never-ending cycle that will refuse to halt, until maybe in your final days. I found this 320-page book, available in ebook and paperback format, on the Novel Blogs reading list. A new life with a new husband in a new land is simply something worth a read, especially … [Read more...]

Author Interview – Belinda Nicoll

What made you decide to write Out of Sync? My book might seem like a 9/11 portrayal in essence, though it's really an expatriation story with a wide view that explores the impact of personal transformation and global change on relationships. Spanning ten years, the story is set in post-apartheid South Africa and post-9/11 America. What started as an opportunity to profit from a new romance at age forty, an exotic adventure abroad and professional opportunities aka the … [Read more...]

Book Review – Dog-Ma: The Zen of Slobber

Barbara Brunner’s Dog-Ma: The Zen of Slobber is a memoir written by a dog lover for dog lovers. It is a collection of dog stories, 30 years in the making—from 1980 when the author and her husband’s first dog was welcomed home to 2011 when this book was published. I found this title on the Novel Blogs reading list. It's summary says that the stories will tickle the funny bones at times and touch the heart the other times. As a person who never tried to connect with animals in the same level of … [Read more...]

Author Interview – Barbara Brunner

What made you decide to write this book?  My first dog as an adult was a doberman named Kashi. She was as much a child to me as my daughter and when she passed away from cancer at the ripe old age of seventeen, I began formulating her story in my head. After almost twenty years and eight additional dogs, my own brush with cancer, it was time to put thoughts to paper and share all of the hilarious stories that had entertained our friends for many years. No one could even begin … [Read more...]

Book Review – Bad Luck Cadet & Bad Luck Officer

A humorous memoir at its best, Bad Luck Cadet & Bad Luck Officer tells the story of Suzie Ivy and how her midlife crisis turned into the realization of her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. All at the age of 45. I stumbled upon this in the Novel Blogs reading list. This is a two-book bundle that may or may not be complimentary to each other.  

Bad Luck Cadet

The first book, Bad Luck Cadet, details the start of everything—from the main … [Read more...]

Author Interview – Suzie Ivy

What made you decide to write this book?  What is your relationship to the person, period, or events you have documented? I became a police officer at the age of forty-five and discovered mid-life, when children leave the nest, is the first step in your “me” future. My book is a testament that regardless of age or gender, you can do anything you set your mind to. I wrote Bad Luck Cadet & Officer to encourage others to take life by the horns and achieve their … [Read more...]

Cover Reveal – Bad Luck Cadet & Bad Luck Officer

What did you do on your forty-fifth birthday? Suzie Ivy, an overweight, out-of-shape, mother of three, decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. With grit and determination, she refused to take "no" for an answer and defied the odds, challenged the status quo, and became the first female officer in her rural Arizona town. Suzie writes about her true-life humorous adventures on her … [Read more...]