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Published in the Rains County Leader on September 19, 2017:

Kitty in the Light 043016 CroppedA few weeks ago, I shared a list of ways to know if your cat really loves you. After comparing the list with Kitty’s behavior, I decided that she really does love us – sometimes David more than me, but I’m mostly okay with that. Taking my cue from the list, I’ve been responding in a more feline manner, and she has become a little more affectionate toward me.

For instance, when I walk by her and she grabs for my hand, instead of jerking away from her, I now stop and hold my hand still. She will hold it gently between her paws and sniff to see what interesting things I have been up to. Then, she’ll either lick my finger or hold it between her teeth. Sometimes, she’ll let me scratch under her chin a bit, but I don’t press my luck. If I linger too long, she gets frisky and begins to bite. She seems to appreciate the interaction, and she has started following me around almost as much as she does David. Read the rest of this entry »

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Published in the Rains County Leader on September 12, 2017:

David and I recently went to a church pot luck at my brother Jim’s church in Conway, AR. As siblings tend to do, especially older siblings, our conversation turned to memories of our shared childhoods. I can’t remember the thread that led to the subject of nicknames, but at some point I mentioned that, if Jim had been in charge, my name would have been Judy instead of Linda.

Judy_album_cover  Judge Judy

Jim was four years old when Mom was pregnant with me. Wanting to make him feel a part of the process, she and Dad asked him what he thought my name should be. He doesn’t remember where he had heard the name – maybe a cute little girl in his Sunday School class or someone he met at the park – but he immediately suggested that I be named Judy. I think they had already made their choice, but they played along anyway, asking what he thought my middle name should be. Read the rest of this entry »

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About the book:

A member of the wealthy and influential Piermont family is brutally murdered in a public place. Two weeks after the assassination authorities have no witnesses, no leads and no motive for the crime.

The Piermonts hire Nick Borman, a specialist in corporate espionage, to bring the killer to justice. A tangled web of deceit unfolds as Borman discovers greed and corruption at the highest level.

From city hall to the depths of Toronto’s criminal underworld, Nick Borman is in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer.

My review (four stars out of five):

The Borman Factor by Robert Lalonde is a very entertaining read with exceptional moments sprinkled in. It is a bit uneven in the beginning, but the first chapter was very well done – tight, intense, relying on a well-told story rather than gratuitous gore. The next few chapters basically laid the groundwork and introduced characters, mostly through dialogue. Using conversation in such a major role requires a lot of finesse that was lacking in these few chapters. Although I detected some faint Sam Spade undertones, the stilted exchanges were a bit distracting.

Once the preliminaries were out of the way, however, and Nick Borman stepped into the spotlight, Lalonde shifted into a more narrative mode. The pace picked up and smoothed out, and I was able to lose myself in the twists and turns of this fast paced thriller. The Borman Factor is a promising debut into a new genre for the author, and I look forward to Book 2.

About the author:

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Robert Lalonde is the author of The Borman Factor (A Nick Borman Thriller, Book 1).

He is currently writing Jinxed (A Nick Borman Thriller, Book 2).

He lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife Marianne.

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Blessings,

Linda

Published in the Rains County Leader on September 5, 2017:

HR 90th BDMom was born on September 3, so she’s always on my mind during this season. Every year I post a picture of her on Facebook that was taken six years ago on her 90th birthday, her last one on earth, and then I spend most of the day thinking about her. Last Sunday, probably because I was also thinking about what to write in my column, I remembered what a city girl she was in spite of the fact that she spent her first nineteen years on various farms in west Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Published in the Rains County Leader on August 29, 2017:

I am Woman. Hear Me RoarThe first time I read Gone with the Wind, I wanted to be just like Scarlett O’Hara. I conveniently overlooked the needy and manipulative parts of her personality and focused instead on her strengths. To me she was a brave southern woman who stood tall and strong in the face of all adversities and enemies. Compared to her, I had very little adversity and even fewer enemies, but I knew that, if the occasion ever arose, I would be just as brave and fierce as she was as she stared down war, poverty, and more. I was wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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About the book:

When psychologist Joe Richards came home to Pine Haven, he expected to find the same tranquil town he left ten years ago. One that hadn’t seen a murder in decades. One without Grady Perlson or the vicious thing inside him. But when the bodies start turning up and the local sheriff’s department has trouble finding answers, his newest client’s past might explain it all and warn of worse to come. Dark and introspective, The Road Cain Walks explores the consequences of regret as it builds constant tension towards its staggering conclusion.

My review (Four stars out of five):

Matt Kilby is a talented writer and an amazing story teller. The opening line of The Road Cain Walks – “Pine Haven was a town people passed through on their way somewhere better.” – let me know I was in for a treat.

Kilby’s debut novel is a tale of mystery and suspense, fantasy, and horror with an intricate plot and, at times, an overwhelming cast of characters. I have to admit that I sometimes got lost in the maze, but in spite of the occasional lag, the author’s engaging style kept me turning the pages, all 744 of them. Ultimately, though, my persistence was rewarded, and every question was answered. Well, almost every question. There was just enough ambiguity to leave room for a sequel.

Before I commit to another marathon read, I would like to see the author use a strong editorial hand – either his or someone else’s – to tighten up his story, to use fewer pronouns to ensure that the reader knows who is doing what, and to correct a few repetitive grammatical quirks that detract from the story. If the second novel incorporates these changes while maintaining the same level of storytelling, I would have no trouble giving Matt Kilby a five-star review.

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Matt Kilby lives in North Carolina, where he continues to write. His first novel, The Road Cain Walks, is the first book in a series that will span multiple genres and themes.

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Blessings,

Linda

Published in the Rains County Leader on August 22, 2017:

Kitty in the Light 043016Many of Kitty’s fans have been asking about her recently, so I decided early in the week to make her the focus of this week’s column. Before I sat down at the keyboard, I consulted the Internet about the meaning of a couple of her idiosyncrasies I intended to write about. What I found was an article written in 2014 by Modi Ramoson titled “9 Signs Your Cat Actually Loves You.” It provided some very interesting insights into Kitty’s behavior.

1. Your cat brings you their “presents” – When your cat brings you their kill it is actually meant as a present…a love token.

Thankfully, Kitty is an indoor cat, so her presents consist of various toys. Her favorite at the moment is a yellow stuffed elephant. It frequently ends up at David’s feet when he’s sitting on the couch or on my side of the bed when it’s time to make it up. Read the rest of this entry »

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