Adventure: John McNulty
High-seas adventure with personal development. A look at cultural mixing and exposure to new ideas in a south seas voyage. Earthquakes, a volcanic eruption, and a tsunami are just the beginning. So is the treasure hunt. A 1790s sailing ship finds an island in the South Seas, a la Mutiny on the Bounty. Captain Queege is mysteriously harboring a woman on board, against custom. Contact with the people of the island introduces an indigenous girl who is allowed to board, too. This girl meets the captain and the woman and amazes the crew.
Weird West: Jacquelyn Frost
A Heroine’s Journey where a witch in hiding joins up with a traveling variety act as they travel across the California Trail in the 1850s. Everyone in the troupe has secrets, will they find out hers
Coming-of-Age Memoir: Roberta Robertson
Working Title: “How to Screw Up Absolutely Everything Using This One Simple Trick”
There are some things shy girls just shouldn’t do, and one of those things is abandoning everyone and everything they have ever known on a whim to attend college 1,200 miles away from home. Or perhaps that is exactly what shy girls should do.
Okay, so everyone says college is the best time of your life, but I’m beginning to think everyone is full of it. I’m already halfway through my freshman year and all I’ve managed to do is piss everyone off; my high school boyfriend, who won’t return my calls; my parents, for performing less than spectacularly academically; my roommate, who hates me for reasons I still can’t figure out; and myself, for being a friendless, hobby-less loser. In fact, the only good thing to happen is Andy, my new boyfriend. At least he likes me, I think. Oh well, at least things can’t get any worse, right?
Cozy Mystery: Emily Arnold-Fernandez
Learning to navigate life as a new widow in a village on a remote Scottish island, Morag finds herself drawn into helping solve a murder to save her friends.
Soft-Boiled Amateur Mystery: Bronwyn Emery
Working title: Death of a Douchebag. Chloe Quill’s ex-husband has been brutally murdered and she was the last person to see him alive–in an emotionally charged moment with a deadly weapon in her hand. If she lets her children believe she killed their father, she loses everything, so she embarks on a quest to lead the police to an equally likely suspect with a known history of violence. No surprises when this backfires on her. Desperate to convince anyone and everyone that she didn’t do it, Chloe turns to her secret boyfriend, sociopath best friend, and dead therapist to help her figure her way out of this mess. This book is not a cozy but the cat does help save the day. Because, cat.
Sailing: Heidi Stagg
PRODUCTIVITY POD pilot member; not available for review
Back to the Blog! I posted weekly for three years and then Covid came and killed my creativity and drive. I’m ready to reclaim my writing in earnest as we countdown the days until we leave Alameda for Mexico on our 42 ft sailboat. Vivo O Sonho … Living the Dream!
Parenting: Angel Montgomery
Family travel blog for families of color or families with mixed-race kids in the Bay Area.