• Books

    Book Review: Every Single Secret

    Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter, book cover, a book review by Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/10/02/every-single-secret/ #books #EverySingleSecret #EmilyCarpenter #novels #bookreviews

    Last night I stayed up late and finished Emily Carpenter’s outstanding new novel Every Single Secret. It’s a psychological thriller set in Georgia that focuses on an engaged couple, Daphne and Heath, who both have damaged, dark pasts. Heath has violent nightmares, she has anxiety. In an effort to curb his nightmares, Heath suggests they visit an eccentric therapist in the mountains who has an excellent reputation but non-traditional methods. For instance, you check into his mansion for a week…

  • On France

    Paris at Night — in a Technicolor Dream

    Paris in a Technicolor Dream - Paris at Night, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/19/paris-at-night #Paris #France #photos #SaadSharif

    The photographer Saad Sharif has an amazing ability to capture Paris at night or dusk, setting him apart from other photographers (me included) who’ve photographed Paris. But his work isn’t only special for capturing a dark city but how he brings out the bright hues. There are pinks, blues, and oranges contrasting with the black skies and trees and signs. The streets, the people, the walkways, the buildings all have an almost out-of-time glow. I love meditating on these photos.…

  • Inspiration

    Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure

    Lightbulb, Might and Main Monday: Outlook on Failure, Karen Hugg, Photo by Drew Thomas, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/17/failure/ #ThomasEdison #failure #rejection #writing #books

    The other day I was researching famous American inventors and came across this quote about failure from Thomas Edison. It struck me as perfect for a writer. We often submit our work for publication only to be rejected again and again. In other words, we fail all of the time. If we’re experienced, we get better at not taking the sting of rejection so personally. In fact, we can use the failures to change and better our writing. We can…

  • Books

    Death in Provence, a Fun Mystery Romp in France

    Death in Provence, Serena Kent, Deborah Lawrenson, Karen Hugg, Death in Provence, a Fun Mystery Romp in France, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/12/death-in-provence #book #novel #mystery #SerenaKent #DeborahLawrenson #mystery #France #Provence

    The book Death in Provence by Serena Kent (a.k.a. Deborah Lawrenson) offers a fun mystery romp set in France. It centers on Penelope Kite, a British divorcee, who buys an old country house with dreams of renovations and dinner parties but instead finds a dead body in her swimming pool. A former forensics doctor’s assistant, Penny embarks on solving the case of why her neighbor was killed while avoiding being killed herself. A Cast of Colorful Characters Early on, we meet…