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Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with eight cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband. A proud member of the Scottish Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.

Astrology–A Mystical Art

Astrology is the study of how the motions of celestial bodies influence the day-to-day affairs of earthly observers. If you hold that the Universe is interconnected—everything influences everything else—i.e. A butterfly flaps its wings in China and Taylor Swift falls in love with a football player—then astrology makes perfect sense. In the deep quiet of winter, Fate seems very real and very close. Maybe it’s an ancient recollection of deadly cold and dwindling supplies—a collective memory of times when life […]

Sorchia Reviews: Everything We Never Said by Sloan Harlow

I read all the time and often use reading to procrastinate when I should be writing–I’m halfway finished with Birds of a Feather–just need to murder a couple more people and the draft will be finished. To make all this reading in some way useful, as well as to extend my procrastination even further, I sometimes review books at NetGalley—mostly mysteries and fantasies because that’s what we like here. Today’s book is a YA adventure/mystery titled Everything We Never Said […]

Fake Book Reviews: What We Can Learn

The phrase of the day is “Fake Book Reviews.” We’ve heard the horror stories about authors who discover people have left bad reviews because of grudges or out of a misplaced fear of competition. Fake book reviews can do lasting damage to book sales and worse to the psyche of the author who is the victim. But maybe we can take something positive away from the unpleasant reality of fake reviews. You may be familiar with this recent story—debut author […]

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Sorchia’s Guide to Mercury Retrograde ☿

Here we go again! Aren’t the holidays stressful enough without Mercury Retrograde hanging around for the rest of the year? As for most of life’s little challenges, our two choices seem to be to spend an unhealthy amount of time bitching about it or to carry on. I don’t see why we can’t do a little of both. Mercury Retrograde Astronomy Lesson The innermost planet, Mercury zooms around the sun in only 88 days compared to the Earth’s more sedate […]

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Novel Magic: Furbabies in Books

Furbabies light up our lives, don’t they? So I’m a cat lady–eight of them at the moment–and each and every one of them has inspired some scene or character in my books. My guest, Author Darlene Dziomba, takes her furbaby love seriously as well. Her new book Fire and Dalmation will be out in March. Immortalize Your Loved Ones as a CharacterDarlene Dziomba When I decided to adopt a dog. It was important to me to find a dog from […]

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Novel Magic: The Turkish Affair

The Turkish Affair A romantic mystery by J. Arlene Culiner I know many readers expect a romantic suspense to resemble a television drama with stalkers, a serial killer or two, car chases, shoot outs, terror, gun-packing super heroes and heroines. But I’ve always preferred realistic stories, even in the romance genre. I’m certain that, if I were being threatened by a madman, I’d be so wrought up, I wouldn’t have time to fall in love. Besides, in real life, there’s […]