Author Archives: Marie B.

Invention in fact and fiction

by Gabriel C. While most of us will never create a brilliant new machine that will change the world in our garage, I think we can all appreciate the thrill and excitement of the inventor. I love reading stories about the process of invention, whether they are true histories or invented themselves! 

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Beyond Bestsellers: Armchair Travel

By Marie B Whether you enjoy reading someone else’s real life exploits, immersing yourself in a locale by way of a great story, or simply looking at the pictures, books can take you where you want to go. This month for Beyond Bestsellers we’ll look at books with a focus on places other than home.  […]

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Appetite for Mystery

by Marie B. Here we are at the tail end of another year. I don’t know about you, but time seems to fly faster and faster as my own odometer ticks upward. Never mind, because this is one of my favorite times of year. I love the frosty mornings, the skeletal remains of the deciduous […]

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What’ll You Have?

by Marie B. My first job, not counting babysitting, was waiting tables in a truck stop in Philippi, a rural West Virginia town.   Philippi was (and is) a small town with a big heart.  One can still ask, “Does anyone know what happened at the stoplight in Philippi” without causing undue consternation as to which […]

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Once Upon a Crime

by Marie B. September has just begun, but fall is already on the horizon.  What comes to mind for you when you think of autumn?  Perhaps it’s crunching through piles of colorful leaves, or the first frost.  Is it enjoying (or avoiding) pumpkin spice everything?  For my part, I think of hunkering down with a […]

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Don’t Know Much About History

by Marie B.  I was a not a good student when the subject was history.  Oh, I passed those classes in high school, but not due to any fervor on my part for the subject matter.  History always seemed so dry.  In fact, it bored my socks off.  If only my teachers had assigned a […]

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Murder One

by Marie B. Confession: I love murder and mayhem. I’m not a murderer or perpetrator of mayhem myself, I just enjoy reading about these things. In fact, I read suspense, thrillers, and mysteries almost exclusively.  I blame my mother.

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Highland Flings

By Marie B. Spring has finally sprung, the heather is in bloom, and, naturally, thoughts turn to romances featuring men who (probably) wear kilts.  Well, my thoughts do. Perhaps you think romance is not your cup of tea.  As a die-hard fan of mystery and suspense, that is exactly what I thought.  But…

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Blurring the Lines: The Hebrides in Fact & Fiction

By Marie B. Have you ever found yourself reading a novel and thinking, “What/where/who is that?” This happens to me all the time. I usually read at night, and my favorite works of fiction have me turning pages and reaching for my computer for some impromptu research long after I ought to be sleeping. The […]

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Sail Away with Whidbey Reads 2018

By Marie B. I consider myself lucky to live in a place where I can get to the beach in just five minutes. It’s a bonus to live on an island nestled between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Even though the world just outside my door is so wonderful, I sometimes escape into a […]

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