Pages of Inclusivity: Exploring PFLAG Fresno’s Queer Book Club

by Molly Eide Marquez

In a world where representation and inclusivity are crucial, community initiatives like PFLAG Fresno and its Queer Book Club are beacons of hope and understanding. Kings River Life had the opportunity to speak with Brittany Carpenter, Jen Licón, and Drew Harbaugh, key members of PFLAG Fresno, to delve into the significance of their book club and their goals of shaping a more inclusive Fresno. Listed below are highlights of the conversation.

A Love of Words

by Kathleen H. Brown

I’m Texas author Katherine H. Brown and it is a pleasure to introduce myself and my cozy mystery books to you. I’ve been a word-lover since I was a little girl. As a kid, I used to write itty bitty stories and create cardboard book covers for them, practiced newsletter writing and formatting in elementary school, and sold them to my parents for fifty cents each (they had to buy separate copies even though they were married and we all lived in the same house, lol).

KRL Staff Favorite Books of 2023

by Cynthia Chow, Terrance McArthur,
& Sandra Murphy

It’s that time of year again, a time to look back at the books we reviewed here at KRL over the past year and share with you some of our favorites! We reviewed a LOT of books last year. All of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5-10ish favorite books they reviewed in 2023, except for me. To find my list click here and you can also enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

Special Christmas Mystery Giveaway!

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This week we are having a special Christmas mystery giveaway! We are giving away copies of A Nutcracker Nightmare by Christina Romeril and Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacqueline Frost! Below are their Amazon descriptions, and after those, details on how to win a copy of both books and links after each book to purchase them (if you had ad blocker on, you won't see the Amazon links).

Thanksgiving Mystery Special Giveaway!

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This week we are having a special mystery giveaway for Thanksgiving week! We are giving away signed copies of three books in Catie Murphy's Dublin Driver Mystery Series! The winner will receive signed copies of Dead in Dublin, Death on the Green, and Death of an Irish Mummy! Below are their Amazon descriptions, and after those, details on how to win a copy of all 3 books and links after each book to purchase them.

Mystery Coming Attractions: November 2023

by Shawn Stevens

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner, and as temperatures begin to dip, our cozy sweaters come out from hibernation, and the allure of curling up with a good book grows stronger. This November, why not indulge your love for reading by exploring these latest releases? Find that perfect spot to kick up your feet, unwind, and immerse yourself in the enchanting worlds waiting within the pages of these November treasures.

Queer Mystery Coming Attractions: November 2023

by Matt Lubbers-Moore

Recently I was at a book festival representing my publishing company. There was a mix of bookish people; authors selling their own books, cover designers, used booksellers, independent booksellers, and artsy people selling bookmarks, posters, and other literary pieces of art. I had a great time talking to people interested in the books published by ReQueered Tales and wandering around the booths to see what else was being sold. I may have snapped up quite a few interesting art pieces, books, and information regarding the other dealers.

Murder in an Italian Village By Michael Falco: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sharon Marchisello

Having spent some time in Positano and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, I was excited to read this debut cozy mystery set there. The author did a wonderful job of immersing the reader in the location as well as the Italian lifestyle, focusing on food and family. There are quite a few Italian words sprinkled into the dialogue and narrative, which might annoy some readers. But I’ve studied Italian, and my husband is fluent, so I enjoyed the challenge. Most of the words and phrases are explained well enough in the context, and there’s a glossary in the back of the book (which I didn’t find until I’d finished).