by Angelo DiGangi
Readers of all ages understand how attached we can become to the books we love. We hang on to them for decades, rereading them over and over again whenever we feel the need to reconnect with old friends or glean inspiration. Even in this day of online reading and tablets that can store tens of thousands of titles, there’s just something about a physical hard copy of a book that feels like home.
by Tess Mize
This review was inspired by a list of movies coming out in 2014 that are based on books. Having seen a few trailers for the movies on the list, I saw Winter’s Tale and thought, “That seems like a nice, romantic story–perfect to review in time for Valentine’s Day.” Based on the movie trailer, I expected an easy read, with sentimentality to rival any Nicholas Sparks books and a dash of fantasy. What I got was a 768-page mammoth of a novel by Mark Helprin that proved a very challenging, and at times frustrating, exercise of the mind.
by David Kulczyk
Quite possibly the first hippie in California, eden ahbez, better known as Nature Boy, was born on April 15, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, but according to ahbez, he was adopted by a family from Kansas when he was nine years old. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1940s, where he hung out at the raw-food restaurant and health-food store Eutropheon, on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
by Jesus Ibarra
Richard Kadrey, best known for his Sandman Slim urban fantasy series, enters the world of YA fiction with Dead Set. Not a completely unexpected thing, as YA fiction has become an incredibly popular genre, with almost every popular urban fantasy author writing a YA novel. However, Dead Set strangely does not read or feel like a YA adult novel. It doesn’t focus on a lot of the current YA tropes such teenage romance, someone finding their destiny and or trying to save the world. Kadrey avoids these trappings by making Dead Set all about dealing with grief– specifically the grief of the teenage character, Zoe, who is still mourning the loss of her father.
by KRL Reviewers
KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!
by Carol Upton
Lony Ruhmann is one of those rare people who decided to nurse an adopted pup with distemper back from the brink. Lony’s first dog, Juve, was that pup. Many people would have given up in the face of such a deadly disease, but Lony chose not to do that. Instead, he spoke, read and sang to Juve, sending reassurance that no one was going to give up on him. “Seventy-five percent of puppies diagnosed with distemper do not survive”, says Lony. “Juve did.”
by Tom Sims
Clovis is a special place. Walk down the streets of Old Town and you will catch a sense of the spirit of the village-city. The business community is vibrant and connected and there is expectancy, excitement and an array of events and opportunities for meeting people and exchanging great ideas. Much of this is due to the hard work of the members and staff of Clovis Chamber of Commerce. Most of their success is because they have employed and deployed Beth Bridges as Membership Director and Chief Networking Officer.
by Lynette Endicott
Animals know things. Long-time animal lovers and owners sometimes take this for granted. Since I came to animal ownership late in life I am awed every time it happens. How does Ollie know?
by Lee Juslin
Sue Halpern and her mixed breed dog, Pransky, started in pet therapy because Sue felt Pranksy needed a job. Knowing what a great people dog Pranksy was made pet therapy a good bet. But, along the way, Sue, like most of us in pet therapy, learned there were lots of lessons for her as well.
by Lauryn Crum
School is starting and what better way to prepare than by reading about the end of the world, as you know it? The “Collapse” series by Summer Lane will have you rooting, crying, gasping, laughing and needing to know what happens next. Although I know you won’t pick it up just because I’ve told you to, here are some reasons to read the series!
by Lorie Lewis Ham
I have loved pet rats for many years now, so when I ran across Malcolm at Midnight, even though it was a children’s fiction book, I had to pick it up and read it because Malcolm is a rat.
by Jessica Ham
The Great Gatsby is a book that almost every high school student has had to read. Most of the time students hate the books they are forced to read in school, but I can guarantee you that The Great Gatsby is not one of them. I read it my junior year of high school and although I knew nothing about it, the description sounded intriguing. I got a couple pages in and I was hooked.
by Lorie Lewis Ham
We were able to catch Kate Noble after her talk for the Yosemite Romance Writers in Fresno and do a video interview. She chats with us about her latest book, here work on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and future book and web series projects. Check out a more in depth print interview with her and a review of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries here in KRL.
by Jessica Ham
Romance and web series writer Kate Noble will be speaking at the next Yosemite Romance Writers Meeting in Fresno on April 20. Kate Noble is the author of “deeply romantic historicals” and collaborator on the awesome Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. She is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series, earning starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly for Follow My Lead, a spot on the Best Romance List from Kirkus Reviews for The Summer of You, and a RITA nomination for best Regency Historical Romance for Revealed. Her April 2013 release, Let It Be Me, has already been chosen as a Romantic Times Top Pick.
by Summer Lane
Lexi has a controlling mother who’s obsessed with beauty pageants, her sister is a brat, her dad is distant, and Lexi herself is in a rut. She doesn’t think much about herself, and she’s consigned herself to live apart from the “Beautiful Ones” at school, deliberately putting no effort into her appearance to defy the stereotype of the standards of teen beauty. But when she and her best friend Benny make a bet, she gets glammed up for one week at school. Things kind of go off the rails from that point onward.
by Sunny Frazier
Small publishing houses work for me because I can’t seem to resist the urge to put my two cents in on how the publishing house works. I’m sure Simon & Schuster or Random House could care less about what I think on the way they run things, but I’ve had two publishers now who value my opinions. Let me tell you, it’s a heady feeling.