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Happy Autumnal Equinox

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To celebrate my favorite season, A Groovy Kind of Love e-books are on sale for 99¢ today, 9/23.


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Remember, if you don't have a Kindle or Nook, you can read Groovy on your phone, iPad, or computer.

Each of the Bibliophile books are stand-alone novels, so feel free to jump right in with A Groovy Kind of Love.




"A Groovy Kind of Love was JUST what I needed…hippies, unrequited love, crazy/high families,  mysterious exes from the past, foreign travel, tragedy. Really, what more could a reader ask for? This book is The Odd Couple meets Beauty and the Beast with a touch of Nicholas Sparks tragedy thrown in for good measure."                  
                                                                       — The Republican Herald book blog 






Catnip for Classic Lit Lovers

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Mrs. Poe
By Lynn Cullen
Gallery Books, 2014
314 pages
Five stars


The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar’s frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .




In her novel, Mrs. Poe, author Lynn Cullen describes Edgar Allan Poe as “catnip” to female members of the New York literati circa 1845. I’m happy to say her historical fiction novel had the same effect on me.

Long have I been a fan of Poe and his macabre tales and reading Cullen’s book sent me straight to my copy of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, not to revisit “The Tell-Tale Heart” or “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” but instead in search of his love poems to Frances Sargent Osgood. Their flirtations on paper and in public caused …

From 'Meh' to Wonderful

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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


One unfortunate side of writing for me is not being able to read a lot. I can’t be completely involved in someone else’s story while creating my own. However, since I wasn’t writing this summer, I had the chance to read some great books and one okay one. I’m still slogging through that damned nonfiction piece about Louisa May Alcott and her mother, but I have a hard time reading some nonfiction for fun. Of course I want to learn things, but they can be such a drudgery sometimes. Maybe that’s why I prefer historical fiction.

I’ll start with the “meh” and work up to the wonderful.

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett had everything I thought I would love — old tomes, a sweet love story, and intrigue — yet somehow I found myself skipping sections wanting to just get on with it already. A portrait that eerily resembles antique bookseller Peter Byerly’s recently deceased wife sends him on a quest in which he stumbles upon quite possibly the Holy Grail of books,…

What I Did on my Summer Vacation By Karen Wojcik Berner

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Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


When I was young, we started the school year on the Tuesday after Labor Day, so I thought it fitting to return to blogging today. Sans pigtails, of course.

My break was dominated by my youngest son’s sports schedule, lots of shuffling him to and from practices (football and lacrosse), like many of you. We traveled to Pennsylvania and New Jersey for lacrosse tournaments. Pennsylvania was fantastic. We stayed less than a mile from Valley Forge. Held on the grounds of a prep school founded in 1799, this tournament had the most gorgeous lacrosse fields I’ve ever seen, truly East Coast lacrosse at its finest, and we Midwesterners were just happy to play with the big boys. We flew out of Philadelphia, so we got to tour Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell as well, which were pretty amazing. Oh, yeah, and Philly cheesesteaks are fantastic.

New Jersey? Suffice to say, the first day of the tournament, while our team finished up its last game, someone stole o…