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“Ben led me to the instant family I was imagining.”

Ben found me on Facebook the day he got out of prison. His message wasn’t expected, yet it didn’t come as a surprise. I hadn’t heard from him in almost four years.Though he couldn’t have known, Ben’s release from prison coincided perfectly with my desperate search for a romantic partner.


In the past I’ve shared my best tips for how to write book reviews and what to include. Today I’m giving you my advice on what not to include.

1. Apologize

I see this more so on Instagram, but occasionally on other platforms too. A reviewer will start with, “Sorry, unpopular opinion…


The pandemic was already teaching me lessons. Then my diagnosis brought it home.

“Okay you’re all done,” the nurse handed over my vaccine card and sent me to the observation room. I stood from the pink plastic chair, nearly dizzy from a flood of relief and dread. I have my first vaccine. The light at the end of the tunnel is now. I…


When someone tells me they don’t like romance novels, I always cringe inwardly (and sometimes outwardly) because I remember when I felt that way. Now I believe that if someone says they don’t like romance, it’s because they simply haven’t found the right kind yet!

When you think of romance…


If someone shares their recent diagnosis with you, you are important. This is heavy, private stuff. Even if you don’t know the person well, it means they see you as a potential safe space

With that being said, this isn’t about you. Keep in mind, the purpose of this conversation…


(Now more than ever!)

I’m not the only forty-something woman who got a big chunk of her early sex- ed from her mom’s Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon novels. Swiping those paperbacks and giggling at the sexy parts was practically a rite of passage in the ’90s. …


Quite often on my blog, I give tips for writing book reviews. I’ve also talked about the importance of the star rating. I’ve covered the how’s when it comes to reviewing, so today I’m going to cover the WHYs.

Readers who find How To posts valuable are likely ones who…


A Book Review

A music filled romance about staying true to who you are.

I finished this book last night and I’m still swooning! A well-written young adult romance makes my heart explode in the very best way.

The Characters

Luke is a British transplant living in Minnesota with his family. The son of a punk rock legend, Luke is passionate about composing songs and has…


On my book blog, I write a lot about the why’s and how to’s of writing book reviews. There’s a lot to consider if you want to write reviews that are useful to readers and authors. But there’s one aspect of reviews I haven’t covered yet.

This is a question…


I’m thrilled to bring you this interview with my dear friend Betsy Gaines Quammen. Her first book, American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, & American Lands in the West, was published in March of this year.

Ramona Mead

Avid reader, writer of true stories, book hoarder, eternal optimist

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