Posts in category "Books"

Blog Hop: Why do you write?

Welcome to my first blog hop! While I may be a creative type (a writer, a blogger), I’m also still a nerd at heart (a CPA and a lawyer) and I will, therefore, follow these blog hop directions to a T (pushes glasses up nose). Here we go. STEP ONE: Acknowledge the person & site... Read more »

The Book that Changed My Life

Once upon a time, on the island of Manhattan, two young, professional women took a lunch break. They sat outside, on the steps leading up to the World Financial Center, eating take away sushi. They talked and talked and confided and commiserated. “I can’t explain it.  I don’t feel like this is my life’s work,”... Read more »

Behind the Book: Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes

I haven’t read a young adult novel since Sweet Valley High and, oh my, the times they have a changed. From what I remember, Jessica and Elizabeth were never confronted with college parties, drunk driving, a social climbing mother and issues of social justice. Which is why Sweet Valley High was nothing but a snoozefest and... Read more »

Behind the Book: Highlighting Chicago Authors

What is Behind the Book? Fern Ronay (yes, me) and Bethany Clark, both lawyers and book lovers and writers themselves, host the show where they interview Chicago area authors about their books. The hosts read the author’s latest book before each interview and ask questions related to characters and plot and sometimes craft questions too,... Read more »

Killing the Angel: A Writing Must

My Inner Angel: You can’t do that. My Inner Writer: Why not? Angel: A book about a lawyer who wants to be a housewife? Are you kidding me? Writer: No.  Not kidding. Angel: What will people think? Writer: Who cares? Angel: What lawyer would actually not want to work and stay at home in A-line... Read more »

Kim Strickland discusses Down at the Golden Coin

In the spirit of Roses, many thanks to ~ 1/ Kim! (A City Mom) 2/ The Book Cellar 3/ my fabulous fellow co-host Bethany Clark and Bill from Chicago3Media for making us all look so good! Stay tuned for Behind the Book next month when we interview Deno Sandz, author of Blood Plantation at City Lit... Read more »

I Sweat the Small Stuff

Some people think because I write Stop and Blog the Roses that I must be really good at keeping things in perspective. Uh, nope. I sweat the small stuff. Big time. But, it’s blogging the roses that helps me, after a ‘crisis,’ to see things from a different perspective, to be able to pull something... Read more »

Review of Memoirs of a Mom on the Edge: Martinis & Menopause by Elizabeth Loan

When I was asked to review this book, I had the following questions: 1. I’m not a mom, so will I find this interesting? 2. I’m not going through menopause, I only act that way, so will I find this interesting? 3. Elizabeth Loan knows about menopause?! What?? She looks my age. Very interesting. Answers/Commentary 1.... Read more »

Love, Loss and What I Wore - Now in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse

  I saw it last night – opening night – and I don’t remember a thing. As I was exiting my 4th row seat – after 1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission – WHACK!  Note to the lawyers for the company that manages the property at Broadway Playhouse: You might want to do something about... Read more »

Bridget Jones 3?

I recently attended a webinar where a literary agent declared that chick lit was dead.  Her exact words were that it ‘died a hard and horrible death.’ I thought that was a little depressing because, not only am I trying to sell my own chick lit novel (Oh great, I write the last chapter just... Read more »