Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Those of you who have followed my blog since its inception know of my great and abiding love for the works, and for he himself, the late, great Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya, and particularly, today's literary choice of Zia Summer. Rudy, as he was affectionately known, was not only someone I admired greatly, he was … Continue reading Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of the "Cooking The Books" podcast just dropped, so give it a listen! We're talking the Godfather of Goth literature and my own literary boyfriend, Edgar Allan Poe, his unique and fever-dream style of writing, the Spanish Inquisition, and trying out a tasty Spanish-inspired pork dish in an Amontillado-cream sauce, so check … Continue reading Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Well, it's Valentine's Day so really, what other tale of star-crossed love, murder and suicide could I possibly blog about on this day of hearts and romance than Romeo and Juliet? Seriously though, during my recent move, I finally found my huge book of Shakespeare's plays which had been … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Episode 13 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking The Books" just dropped! Lucky #13 and we're taking on the King of horror literature himself, talking about the book that is arguably his masterpiece and the equally iconic film version, and making some good comfort food that will get you through the winter at a haunted hotel, … Continue reading Episode 13 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I will probably get a barrage of hate mail when I say this, but I kinda thought Wicked by Gregory Maguire sucked. I can't really say why, other than I've never really thought of The Wizard of Oz as a fairy tale. It was, I don't know, too American somehow? For me, the trappings of … Continue reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

It's rare for me to find a book that I love on as many levels as I do Johannes Cabal The Necromancer. It's got a hero who sold his soul to Satan in order to gain knowledge of the occult and how to bring people back from the dead. It's got an evil, yet hilarious, … Continue reading Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

Episode 11 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking the Books" just dropped! We're taking on one of horror literature's greatest and most classic novels of all time, discussing the nature of hauntings and the concept of home, and sharing this delectable and unusual recipe for chicken with plums, so give it a listen at: http://www.anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/The-Haunting-of-Hill-House-and-the-Spooky-Joys-of-Chicken-with-Plums-and-Radishes-em1dbo https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/The-Haunting-of-Hill-House-and-the-Spooky-Joy-of-Chicken-with-Plums-and-Radishes-em1dbo

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

No, I didn't read this book out of any type of name ego toward the title......ok, maybe I did a little. But that quickly went by the wayside as I traveled deeper into this very hard read. This book takes on the concept of what it truly means to be a victim in our society. … Continue reading My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Strange Highways: The Black Pumpkin by Dean Koontz

October is such a great month, isn't it? The brutal heat of summer is over and the crispness of autumn is upon us, we're getting ready for the holiday season, and it all kicks off with the creepy fun of Halloween. Being a former Goth chick, I still have a fondness in my heart for … Continue reading Strange Highways: The Black Pumpkin by Dean Koontz

Episode 9 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Online!

The latest episode of "Cooking the Books" Podcast just dropped, and it's a good one! We're talking green chile, blue corn, witches and mysticism, one of my exes and his hilarious dislike of the writer, and the author himself, my friend, the late, great Rudolfo Anaya, so give it a listen! https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/Bless-Me--ltima-and-the-Spiritual-Bliss-of-Blue-Corn-Cakes-ejm5qp