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*Trending on Twitter*: Happy Birthday Dorothy Dandridge!

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Trending on Twitter today for #ThursdayThoughts is a montage of birthday wishes and Hollywood memories in honor of the late actress Dorothy Dandridge.  Dandridge came through Hollywood during a time when roles for black actresses were limited to only supporting characters who were in servitude positions and often portrayed in full stereotypical fashion.  But Dandridge was different than her contemporaries because she refused to accept this was all that she could be in Hollywood.  Many consider her the “black Marilyn Monroe,” but she was so much more. Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Jean Dandridge began her career as part of a singing duo with her sister, The Dandridge Sisters, performing at the Cotton Club, the famous…

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ThrillerFest Debut Author Susan Alice Bickford Holds Her Readers Captive in ‘A Short Time to Die’

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Thrillerfest 2017 Susan Alice Bickford A SHORT TIME TO DIE

Meet today’s #ThrillerFest 2017 debut author, Susan Alice Bickford, and her new novel of suspense, A Short Time to Die. Read on to find out who some of her favorite authors are, as well as how her main character would kick the bucket! BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? Susan Alice Bickford: Given that death row in my state (California) is indefinite, I would commit to read all the series and authors I love: Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter (this list goes on and on). If my date with the executioner really did catch up to me, I’d re-read my own debut novel, A Short Time to Die, to…

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What to feed the book club: Past life in Germany inspires the Reuben sandwich

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In The Pieces We Keep (Kensington, 2013), Kristina McMorris tells a modern story with a connection to the past. Twenty-first century widowed single mother Audra must get to the bottom of what’s troubling her young son, Jack. From night terrors to eerie drawings that his schoolteacher doesn’t approve of, the boy’s life seems fraught with turmoil. But when Audra suspects that her son may be having memories from a past life, her suspicions cause even more trouble for her small family. Audra discovers connections between Jack’s memories and the WWII-era relationship of London-based Vivian and her former lover, Isaac. As a German Jew, Isaac is determined that his family be rescued at the outbreak of the war; he abandons Vivian, who flees…

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Did I say “I do” to this?

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Raise your hand if you know the difference between dating and being married. Now raise your hand if you knew this on your wedding day. Fewer hands in the air, I suspect, on question number two. Why is this? The answer is pretty straightforward. Unless you lived with your spouse before you got married, you simply didn’t know any better. In my novel, A Changing Marriage, protagonists Karen Spears and Bob Parsons meet in college. They attend parties together. They have philosophical discussions. And, when their roommates are elsewhere for an afternoon or an evening, they have sex. It’s a neat, clean, fairly compartmentalized, mostly uncomplicated relationship. Next they move through the blissful engagement period. Next comes the well-planned and executed…

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