The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

William Morrow April 11, 2017 Sometimes the most arbitrary decisions can have the biggest impact on our lives. The protagonist in THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day, , makes one of these seemingly arbitrary decisions. Anna Winger selects Parks, Indiana, as the next city she and her son move to because it has a Dairy Bar, just like the one she worked at in her small hometown in northern Wisconsin. This choice sets her on a path that will put her life and her son’s life in danger. Anna Winger is a handwriting analyst who gets called to assist the Parks sheriff when a little boy and his mother go missing. She reluctantly agrees to help in the...

So I Got a Tattoo Mar07

So I Got a Tattoo

When I created my Bike MS team in 2009, I knew the team was going to need a mascot. Something that would signify the spunk and fight of the Saint Kate’s Fighting Saints team. My husband, Dan, replaced the helmet on the St. Paul Fighting Saints hockey player with the red pigtails from the Wendy’s girl and plopped the kid on a tricycle. Saint Kate’s Cycling Saint was born and she’s been with the team ever since. Last year I did something I had talked about doing since college: I got a tattoo. That’s right a tattoo. The “right” design never came to me. There was never anything I felt about strongly enough to have with me for the rest of my...

Wrestling Inspires The HARDWAY Feb16

Wrestling Inspires The HARDWAY

Let’s get this out of the way—yes, I know pro wrestling is fake. Get a few wrestling fans in the same room and they’ll inevitably share the moment of when they first realized this.  They noticed how the punches being thrown rarely connected, or spotted a heel and babyface (wrestling parlance for bad and good guy) eating together at some diner, when just hours before they were swearing to do violent and unnatural things to each other. But I don’t have a story like that. Much like Spencer, the main character of my novella, Hardway, I always just sort of knew. And just like with Spencer, knowing this only makes me love wrestling even more....

Review of Steph Posts’s LIGHTWOOD

Polis Books January 24, 2017 2017 is barely a month old and LIGHTWOOD by Steph Post has already set the bar mighty high for any other books scheduled to be released this year. LIGHTWOOD explores family dynamics, both in the families we’re born in to and the ones we choose. How far will you go to protect your family? Everyone wants the money the Scorpions motorcycle gang just earned after their huge cocaine score. Before the bikers can get back to the safety of their rural Florida clubhouse, the outlaw Cannon family robs them. The Pentecostal preacher that loaned the bikers the seed money for the cocaine, Sister Tulah, finds out about the...

HAWKEYE #1 with Kate (and Dan) Jan03

HAWKEYE #1 with Kate (and Dan)

Kate: I’m bored. ::throws dart across room. Hits Hummel between eyes:: Dan: I’m cold. I hate the winter. K: We’ve watched every episode of Veronica Mars. And face it dude: your verbal skills don’t measure up to Kristen Bell. D: Huh? Wha? Oh. K: I rest my case. D: ::shrugs:: K: I need adventure! And snappy repartee! And hot California abs! D: ::flexes in mirror, single tear falls:: I don’t have hot California abs, or even cool Minnesota abs, even. But I do have the new HAWKEYE #1 by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero. Kate Bishop takes up the bow and arrow in her first solo series. And believe me, her debut issue has all the adventure and...