Books & Brews: The Strangeness of Men / Isley Brewing Company’s Choosy Mother

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Two of my favorite things in the world are craft beer and books. On the last Thursday of every month I pair a story I love with a pint to sip while reading it, under the theory that there is a perfect beer to compliment every book.

I’m kicking off 2016 with a Book & Brews first — instead of featuring a novel, I’m thrilled to share a collection of short stories, flash fiction, and poems! Kim Drew Wright’s The Strangeness of Men is thirty-eight unique stories bound together under one lovely cover (really, look at that cover up there– so gorgeous). Obviously, it would be impossible to give you a synopsis of each and every one of those stories, but what I can tell you is that each one explores some element of humanity– from the mundane (think laundry, cooking, and cleaning bathrooms), to the quirky (a naked sleepwalker), to the unimaginable (life in a quarantined town where people die every day). And each piece leaves you thinking just a little differently about the world around you and the stories everyone carries with them.

Here are just a few things I loved about this book: Continue reading

First Kiss Blog Hop

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Back in late March, this video of 20 strangers kissing went viral.  And yes, I am aware that it ended up being an advertisement, however, regardless of it’s genesis it evoked a lot of emotion (because, hello . . . first kisses!).  My immediate reaction was “what happened next?”   So I was super excited to be asked to write a piece of short fiction for the First Kiss Blog Hop and offer my answer to that very question.  My story is below and you can click here for links to all the others (by some seriously fabulous authors!).   Enjoy!

A Little Uncomplicated Kiss

What was I thinking? I didn’t have to take every job the talent agency called about.  Seriously? They said this was a commercial.  Mentioned that it involved kissing.  Not that it was just kissing.  Like no script, just kissing.  Continue reading