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Kim Michele Richardson resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky where she is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. She is the author of "Liar's Bench" and also the author of the bestselling memoir "The Unbreakable Child".

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Pack-Your-Suitcase Reads

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Four beautiful, pack-your-suitcase worthy reads for summer vacation.

My Sweet Vidalia, by Deborah Mantella is a most memorable debut set in rural Georgia in the '50s, the novel is interestingly narrated by a mother's still-born child, Cieli Mae. The author has weaved an...

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman is Easy to Fall in Love With

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 8:54 AM

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut about family, race, and eugenics is a haunting coming-of-age novel. It's a significant and timely work which delves into humanity and the exploration and dark underbelly of the Toneybee Institute's dark 1920s secret experiments.

Lonely, living in apathy and feeling a division from her rural all-white...

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Favorite Things, Favorite Reads, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 3:49 PM


A few of my favorites of 2015 to read, gift, and visit during the holiday season.

Lovesick, James Driggers

This Ordinary Life, Jennifer Walkup

At the Water's Edge, Sara Gruen

Ruby, Cynthia Bond

The Paris Architect, Charles Belfoure

Where All...

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Getting Rid of Haunted Objects

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:37 PM

When the mister bought me an early birthday present last week, something I'd been wanting, I should've been happy. He certainly was pleased with himself after this last gift. After all, it wasn't like the (I kid you not) outhouse that he'd built me for my last birthday. The one...

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Precious Fall Book Selection

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 11:58 AM

This week I talked to Gwyn Hyman Rubio, bestselling author of Icy Sparks and The Woodsman's Daughter about her next novel Love & Ordinary Creatures. The release of this anticipated novel also marks the anniversary of her father, Mac Hyman's 1954 novel, No Time For Sergeants, a military satire which...

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Epic Inspiration From Hollywood Icon

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:26 PM

2014-07-23-JBruck1GregWilliamsPhotoColor.JPG Courtesy of Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Three weeks ago my husband took me to a signing for producer Jerry Bruckheimer's book, When Lightning Strikes -- Four Decades of Filmmaking. No matter how long the line, there was never a question we wouldn't enjoy every...

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Fall Into Reading With These Shiny Apple Picks

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Looking for Me is the latest novel from best-selling author Beth Hoffman -- and is a compelling journey about young antique restorer and Kentucky farm-girl Teddi Overman and the mysterious disappearance of her brother. Looking for Me draws us into the complexity of finding love, hope and redemption amidst crushing...

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Finding Your Paradise Vacation and Fine Cuisine on the Backroads

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:02 PM


Sometimes we find diamonds in hidden places -- treasures so unique, unspoiled and deliciously gorgeous -- we want to keep them secret and not share. Then again, wonderful jewels kept in darkness never dance with the light or bring joy to anyone. I stumbled...

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Three Graves Full of Glowing Accolades

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:38 PM


There is something to be said about a writer who can craft prose of macabre beauty and wit and weave it into a masterpiece mystery. So it is with Jamie Mason's debut, Three Graves Full. From the opening line to its clever...

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Teen's Garden Will Coax the Hallelujah From Your Lips

(16) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 12:17 PM

I've always felt closest to God, or whomever you perceive God to be, when I'm among nature's splendor. And always, I've gained a powerful understanding of spirituality when I'm immersed in landscapes, whether standing on a mountain, dipping my toes in a cold creek, sitting in a Morning Glory and...

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Summer's Sizzling Southern Fiction

(14) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Summer has me thinking of tea-sipping days under the shade of a blooming, pink-cotton-puffed mimosa, and the plethora of Southern literature that I treat myself to. Don't get me wrong, I'm eclectic about my reads, diving into anything, whether it be the classics, memoirs, mysteries, thrillers, dystopian and more. But...

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NYC Second Avenue Subway Sinatra Says Don't Die With Your Story Unsung

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Photo by Jan Nebozenko

Like millions of others, I first learned about the NYC Second Avenue Subway Sinatra, Gary Russo, on August 1st 2011 when the Huffington Post ran an article, and then I saw him on Good...

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Catching The White Horse Pandemic

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Alex Adams' debut, White Horse, is the first in a brilliant trilogy which will no doubt be ranked among the great fantasy novels. Weaving together complex and intriguing characters and exquisite prose, the author skillfully draws you into a world turned ghastly by the White Horse pandemic.


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A Habit Forming Mystery Series

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 9:35 PM

It's been over a year since we first met, Giulia Falcone, the innocent and charming nun who jumped the convent walls. She is author, Alice Loweecey's, heroine in the Falcone & Driscoll Investigation series. The author's first book was FORCE OF HABIT, a mystery where Giulia adjusts to...

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Sacred Teacher and Student Trust in a Fairy Tale World

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 5:30 PM

The Kingdom of Childhood, by Rebecca Coleman, is a gripping novel, full of suspense and psychological insight into a woman's first adulterous behavior, laddering up to statutory rape, and finally the shocking decent into insanity.

Kindergarten teacher Judy McFarland's life is slowly unraveling. She and her husband no...

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Simplicity, the Greatest Gift

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Recently I took a train excursion. An adorable farm couple seated themselves across from me. Both seemed a bit uncomfortable, wore shy smiles, and spoke quietly as we passed through the mountains together.

I could gauge that the farm woman had probably insisted her husband spiff-up in his "Sunday Best"...

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Penn State, Citadel in SC, Syracuse Univ.: The Emperor's New Clothes, 2011 Edition?

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Now, it's Syracuse University coming under fire for allegedly failing to act on reports of suspected abuse by a coach (Bernie Fine).

A few days ago, it was The Citadel in South Carolina facing the same criticism.

Before that, of course, was the horrific...

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New Children's Book Put Tears and Stars in My Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 2:12 PM

Starry Night, Hold Me Tight by Jean Sagendorph (author), and Kim Siebold (illustrator), draws you in first because of its eye-catching illustration; its colors glow, serene and calming. What holds your attention is the simple, warm, loving and heartfelt verse. "Starry Night, hold me tight. All is calm, all...

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A Proposed World Wide Registry for Catholic Clergy Predators

(35) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 1:40 PM

Recently, the Boston Archdiocese released a list of accused clergy.

A good first step. A move in the right direction. But also mind-boggling is the number of Catholic clergy predators in one town.

Hopefully, one day soon, we'll see more lists from all around the United States,...

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Catholic Church Reform Should Start With 'I'm Sorry'

(15) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 10:12 AM

The Vatican has given the world's Catholic bishops one year to set policies for handling allegations of child abuse, including reporting to police where required by local law. And on Wednesday (May 18), the U.S. bishops released a 300-page report on the "causes and context" of the abuse scandal here...

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