My Review of Caroline Leavitt’s Cruel Beautiful World

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt Book Cover

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Have you ever read a powerful, well-written book that makes you uncomfortable not because it is exposing you to an unfamiliar lifestyle but because one or more of the characters reminds you of yourself? While reading Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt, I didn’t want to look in the mirror, to see myself in some of the characters’ predicaments or contemplate the similarities.

And yet, I couldn’t stop reading this novel because I was desperate to know how Lucy’s, Charlotte’s, and Iris’s journeys would end or even begin again. Or how their choices might inspire new ones of my own. I didn’t want to put it down, and I’m glad I didn’t. Sometimes we need a prompt to reflect on our lives and choices in order to make changes. Sometimes it’s safer to do so while living vicariously through the characters of a novel. I’m not going to go into detail about which ones resonated with me or why, but I’m happy to say that change is in my horizon.

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New in Books Recognizes In the Doghouse!

New in Books Humorous Fiction: In the Doghouse

New in Books Recognizes In the Doghouse

Bow wow! If I had a tail, I’d wag it, but I don’t so instead, I’m smiling beatifically.

New in Books has recognized In the Doghouse as a “book to read if you like humorous fiction.” Yahoo!

And IMHO, NIB is right. Need a laugh, Skip is just the wise and hysterical dog you need.

Happy reading. Let me know what you think, and please consider posting a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Social Media, etc. Your opinion will help others decide if this book is right for their precious time and money.

Thanks for being you,


Announcing the 2019 Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients of Carson High School

Tiger Drive Scholarship

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce the 2019 Tiger Drive Scholarship Recipients from Carson High School. This year’s scholarship is in fun-loving memory of John Langdon Lane and recognizes students who are reaching, learning, and growing beyond their familiar environment.

The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds of my novels, Tiger Drive and In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View. Some incredibly kind individuals also donated to the scholarship, of which, one of them will be gifted with a signed copy of Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. Toler. Pamela, thank you for this excellent work of history and for your support!

And judges–thank you for reading each essay with such care and intention.

The winners are . . .

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Music that Inspires My Novels

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Zoetica Music Inspires My Writing

Have a listen to all of Zoetica’s music. Not only were they great about giving me permission to use Love’s Gotta Look as my book trailer music for In the Doghouse, but all of their songs spark a novel in me. Let me know what you think. On the above, scroll down on the image to see all their songs.

Thanks for being you.


I’m In the Doghouse Today

I’m In the Doghouse Today

Dear Friends,

Today is the day. In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo. I’m celebrating with donuts because donuts are delicious and they play an important role in this book.

From In the Doghouse:

“My grandpa used to swear he could tell what kind of person someone was by knowing their favorite donut.”

Lucy smiles. “With all due respect, sounds like your grandpa was missing a few donut holes.”

“You’d be surprised how right he was. What’s your favorite donut?”

But do you know what, or rather who, played an even more important role in this novel? YOU, dear subscriber, and all of these wonderful people and organizations mentioned now:

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Kirkus Reviews & In the Doghouse

Kirkus Reviews In the Doghouse book by Teri Case

Check out a few excerpts from a review of In the Doghouse by Kirkus Reviews. If I had a tail, it would be wagging.

An “Uplifting romance between the heroine and Skip [a rescued dog].” —Kirkus Reviews

“Case’s decision to have readers view most of the story through Skip’s [a rescued dog] perspective deftly reinforces the pair’s emotional connection.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This novel is a superb choice for fans of contemporary . . . or dog-centric tales.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging story about a woman and her canine overcoming heartbreak as a pack.” —Kirkus Reviews