Monthly Archives: July 2015

“New York Dolls” Book Club Questions

    New York City could be viewed as a character in the novel. In what ways does “the city that never sleeps” influence Denton’s story?   It’s your first big assignment for Glitter magazine, and at the venue, Amber Donovan stumbles out of a bathroom stall right in front of you. What do you do?   Denton and Josie commiserate about life, love, and all things gossip at Mamie’s. How does the bakeshop impact Denton’s perception of life in the city and the events surrounding the fashion show?   How would you answer MD’s signature question, “Who is you?”   Denton and Chris West enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich […]

The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Olives

It may sound odd to have a recipes based upon a novel where so many characters are starving, but there is A LOT of food within the book. In fact as an author, I find that meal times show so things about the characters and their culture. And as a person, I admit I enjoy food. This is the first of several recipes inspired by the food of The Light Side of the Moon. I will be putting up a recipe each week ending in a menu plan for a meal or party. Let me know if you use any of them. I’d love to know what you think! Excerpt: The Talliers’ butler […]

What’s On the Other Side? Well, let me tell you.

    When Ms. Juanita told me I needed to write a blog post so she could formally introduce me to the 48fourteen family, I was at a loss for words, and for someone as loquacious as I am, that’s a tough feat to accomplish.  I mean, I teach English in a secondary classroom by day, and I write by night–words are sort of my thing. Yet, here I am, writing this post, and I’m still not sure how this will end, so please, deal with me as we journey together down what might be a very, very bumpy road. (But there will be cookies at the end for your patience […]

Why all the politics in The Light Side of the Moon? Because we can’t escape ourselves.

FYI: this is the answer to an early reader question that I received for my FAQ so this is up at the Other Systems Website too. The Light Side of the Moon deals with serious issues that the world must decide is right or wrong.  I feel as a species, we are on a precipice of change as our electronic creations become sentient. We can choose to evolve our morals with technology or not. I look at The Light Side of the Moon as a cautionary tale if humanity chooses not to evolve. If we continue to allow adolescent greed or anger rule how we interact with people. For an example: let’s look […]

The Light Side of the Moon Book Club Discussion Questions

Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. How is The Light Side of the Moon atypical of science fiction? Where was the author successful (or not successful) with genre tropes? How does The Light Side of the Moon mix utopian ideas with dystopian ideas? How can it be a dystopian vision if racism and sexism has disappeared? Right now we have public school, do you believe in a future where no public school exists? How do you think that will change a […]

Rose’s Will: Book Club Discussion Questions

      Hello Bookaholics! Just dropping by to remind you to pick up a few copies of Rose’s Will for your book club. The novel has so many interesting and controversial themes, you might have to take two club sessions to discuss them all. Just sayin’. And to pique your interest, here are the book club questions from the back of the book:     BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: 1. A reviewer noted that any of the three main characters could be the hero. Do you agree? Why or why not? 2. Eli tells us that he loves Rose because he sees a simple goodness inside of her that expresses […]

The Duchess Inheritance: Book Club Discussion Questions

1. The Duchess Inheritance launches into new twists, adventures, and characters from the opening chapters. How did you perceive the pacing of this novel, in comparison to The Duchess Quest? Did you notice any differences or improvements in the writing style or story-telling? 2. How have the revelations about Mac’s character changed the dynamics between him, Jon and Dainy? In what ways did Bos and Mac “swap” roles in Part 1 of this book? Did you find their behavior to be understandable, or out-of-character? 3. Jon Cosmith continues to be a morally complex character, especially as the sequel reveals new – and worse – transgressions from his past. Yet, these […]

The Duchess Quest: Book Club Discussion Questions

The following are ten questions for book clubs discussing The Duchess Quest. 1. The Russian Revolution – in particular, the execution of the Romanovs – inspired the opening prologue and setting of this fantasy tale. What other historical eras or events did you detect in the subtext of the novel? 2. We are introduced to Dainy as a spunky, humble and warmhearted young woman. Do you think her character would have been quite different, had she been brought up as royalty? In what ways? 3. What were your initial thoughts on each of the Duchess’s suitors? For whom were you rooting? Did your preferences change as you read? 4. Jon Cosmith is easily the story’s most flawed character. How […]

Other Systems Book Club Discussion Questions

Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. Discuss the meaning of the novel’s title. If you were Abby, would you have left Earth? Would you have believed the Fleet promises? Why in history have people left home to immigrate to another country. What do you think of the author’s decision to have intermissions between acts of the book? Did you like getting a peek into the Fleet? Did anything surprise you? Compare life on Earth to the promised life of Kipos […]

The Light Side of the Moon: the new ten commandments

Yes, I did rewrite the 10 commandments. If that offends you, don’t read any further. The new commandments were not put into the book as there was no place for them, but these are the rules that the devout live by. Humans and their intelligent creations once stretched towards the stars. By the late twenty-second century, they colonized Luna, Mars, Europa and Ganymede and Triton. They explored deeper into the cosmos with interstellar colonist ships. However, when humans realized they’d squandered Earth’s resources, it became too expensive to send people into space. Fossil fuels ran out, icecaps melted, and oceans became cemeteries of dead organisms. In the twenty-fourth century, the […]