My Favorite Tropes

Writers, especially authors of genre fiction, love to discuss tropes. Tropes are those "commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works." One of my author friends is completely hooked on trapped in a cabin during a blizzard with a stranger. Here are some of my favorites: rain/thunderstorms first kisses in the … Continue reading My Favorite Tropes

MJ Monday-Movies: The Women

My husband thought I would like The Women, a 1939 movie directed by George Cukor, who was known as a woman's director. The film is based on a play by Clare Luce Booth and adapted for the silver screen by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin.  There are 130 speaking parts--none of them male. The cast … Continue reading MJ Monday-Movies: The Women


To Die For is the first book in a two-part series Linda Howard wrote in first person. The heroine. Blair Mallory, is a ditzy but savvy former cheerleader who now owns her own health club.  A murder at the health club returns her to the attention of a former NFL star-turned homicide detective she once … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW-LINDA HOWARD: TO DIE FOR

Book Review: Karen Robards-BAIT

Karen Robards is a master at writing romantic suspense, and her 2004 release Bait is no exception. The heroine is an advertising exec going after a big account. The hero is an FBI agent tracking a serial killer. The story includes: a mistaken identity a secret identity a great supporting cast (including a secondary romance and … Continue reading Book Review: Karen Robards-BAIT

MJ Monday-Movies: The Big Sick

The first time I viewed The Big Sick I was with my husband. My critique partners and I watched it again on a recent retreat. It's a good movie. It's a true story that takes the larger issues we in the US are facing today and brings them down to the personal level. It's the story … Continue reading MJ Monday-Movies: The Big Sick