‘Poison Pens’ Find Dangerous Cyber Power


By Katherine Sharma

The poison pen letter has been a plot device in some classic murder mysteries. For example, Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night and Agatha Christie’s The Moving Finger featured these cruel communications–anonymous notes sent to the targeted recipient or third parties to humiliate, intimidate and discredit.

A pen and ink letter seems quaint in this digital age. But the malice of the poison pen not only still exists, it has been further empowered by technology. Cyberbullying is one modern manifestation. Hurtful words and images can be unleashed 24/7 with free, anonymous clicks and delivered to large online and mobile social networks. The consequences have been especially devastating for vulnerable teenagers. Statistics show that 15% of high school students reported they were victims of cyberbullies in 2013, and the rising number of highly publicized teen suicides due to cyberbullying has sparked national concern.

splinterSome well-known mystery authors have taken note and incorporated cyberbullying in their plots. Start with Val McDermid’s Splinter the Silence, featuring psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan. The plot centers on the mysterious deaths of several outspoken feminists who were the victims of vicious cyberbullying. It is assumed that the torrent of abuse overwhelmed them and caused them to silence themselves in high-profile suicides. But Hill begins to see something even more sinister at work.



roadside crossesIn Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver, his protagonist Kathryn Dance of the California Bureau of Investigation is called in when roadside crosses start appearing along the highways of the Monterey Peninsula–not as memorials to past accidents but as markers for fatalities to come. After the driver in a recent fatal car crash, a gaming-obsessed teen who’s been the target of cyberbullies, vanishes, Dance’s manhunt takes her into the illusory world of bloggers, social networks and cyberbullying.


boar islandFinally, veteran mystery writer Nevada Barr has penned Boar Island (an Anna Pigeon Mystery). Anna Pigeon, a National Park Service Ranger, finds out that the adopted teenage daughter of a friend is being victimized by cyberbullies and offers an escape by asking them to join her at her new post in Maine’s Acadia National Park, staying in a house on nearby Boar Island. But a cyberstalker follows them, and soon Anna is dealing with a brutal murder as well.

For more information about cyberbullying, read https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/


Katherine Sharma’s family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after her early childhood in Texas, she has moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and makes regular visits to family in India. After receiving her bachelor’s degree. in economics and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Katherine worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. She then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although Katherine still works as a marketing consultant, she is now focused on creative writing.

The Most Ridiculous Romance Covers


When it comes to romance novels, the image of a lion-maned Fabio leaning into a love-struck woman is indelibly embedded in American pop culture. But look beyond the cliché, and each romance cover offers clues as to its contents. In other words, sometimes you can, in fact, judge a book by its cover.

Each cover must distinguish itself from the competition, both in-house and across publishers, while fitting in with a particular brand or series aesthetic—all while reassuring readers that they’re going to get the love story that they expect.

However, sometimes publishers decide the best way to attract the viewer’s eye is to display the most absurd image they can conceive. Shock value, if you will. Here is our collection of the most ridiculous/bizarre/bad/shocking/bold covers we could find. And by the way, these are all legitimate books you can purchase online. Have any other great ones that come to mind? Tell us about them in the comments.

crossing the line

Crossing The Line

Grace Winters is the racing world’s best-kept secret. And now the secret’s out. The up-and-coming chef hopes her newfound celebrity as author of a NASCAR-themed cookbook will give her the financial security she craves. Falling for handsome, much-too-charming playboy Garrett Clark is just a recipe for disaster.

alien hound

Alien Hound Turned Me Gay

Connor is a engineer at the Space Administration in Washington, recently working on the construction of a cage and testing area for an alien beast that was discovered on Mars. This alien hound begins to tempt him though and soon enough his darkest and wildest fantasies are brought to life! 

firefighters woman 2

The Firefighter’s Woman 2

Evan broke up with Marlena and left Forest’s End. She thinks it was because of her weight and her education. Marlena decides she would’ve never had her heart broken if she’d just kept dating her own race. Yeah, right! So she’s dating a sexy black man when Evan returns trying to get her back. Marlena is not having it. Unfortunately, she still loves him. While she works to obtain her degree and runs with the amazing career opportunity that she’s been offered, she has to guard her heart from the sexy firefighter that never gave it back in the first place.

bosses gasses

My Bosses Gasses

When Michael has to stay late at work to catch up after his procrastination, he comes face to face with his sexy boss, Emily. But when they try to leave, their escape is cut short by a faulty elevator. And unfortunately for everyone, Emily is feeling a rumble in her stomach and the repair man won’t be there for almost an hour. There’s more than one thing that Emily wants to get out in the open, but will Michael be able to handle it? 

view to a kill

A View To A Kill

Sachin must make a choice, give up the one woman he knows to be his true mate and let her live in ignorant bliss of what walks among her people, or fight for what’s his, taking it at all costs. A trained assassin…a man even the deadliest of warriors fear. To cross him is foolish. To steal his heart is pure madness. 

spellbound in seattle

Spellbound in Seattle

Petra Field did not have a magical bone in her body, but it did not take a crystal ball to see disaster loomed. With enchanted blood on her carpet, a house full of Merlin-wannabes unable to clean it up, a petulant at, and house guests scheduled to arrive momentarily, she needed a miracle. She got a wizard, a whole lot of unwanted sparks, and a man-sized hole in the living room – a hole into which her feline promptly disappeared.



One look at Brawn, and Becca is wondering how he’d look without his clothes. He’s also instantly attracted to her, but has sworn never to touch a human female. They just aren’t sturdy enough for the type of rough sex Brawn enjoys most. When he learns he’ll be living under the same roof with Becca, Brawn simply sees it as a chance to broaden his knowledge of humans. Hopefully he can do so while keeping his hands off her…


Held Captive By The Cavemen

Ellie’s been pushed back in time by her vengeful ex-lover. Now a tribe of frighteningly large, muscular, and very sexy cavemen are holding her captive. And they *all* want a turn. Warning: This short novella contains dubious consent, forced seduction, the threat of real violence, some m/m action, and a four-cavemen-against-one-modern-woman gangbang—not rape. This is not a romance, it’s erotica. 


Slammed In The Butt By My Hugo Award Nomination

When Tuck Bingle receives an email explaining that he’s been nominated for science fiction literature’s most prestigious award, he’s left utterly confused. On one hand, Tuck is a successful writer of gay, science fiction erotic, but on the other, this email is addressed to someone by the name of Chuck Tingle. 

santa claus

Santa Claus Conquers the Homophobes 

Santa Claus is back. And flying beside him is Wendy, his freshly minted stepdaughter, who can peer into the future of selected children and offer them glimpses of the wonders ahead. But with that power come horrific visions of the turmoil and trouble the less fortunate among them are fated to suffer. 

kiss my fist

Kiss My Fist

Chad Winters was a small-time bank clerk – until he was put in charge of the Shelley account. Vestal Shelley was plain, a bitch… and worth over seventy million dollars. No one had ever dared to stand up to her before – but Chad, determined to get his hands on her money, found the perfect way to treat her… and ended up as her husband. But he hadn’t reckoned on failing violently in love with Vestal’s secretary – a ruthless woman who also wanted her share of the fortune… and who cunningly turned Chad’s thoughts to murder…


Evan’s Victory: Wolves of Climax 5

Evan is the first to try and convince Cassidy to stay in Climax, yet he still won’t make a decision without Garret’s approval. To win her back, the Gregor miners must pass Cassidy’s tests of devotion. It will take more than mind-numbing sex and tempting promises. But with a kidnapping in the works, the pack will have to act fast or lose their little human forever. 


Jungle Freakn’ Bride

Everyone’s heard of the mysterious Moon Ghost Jaguars, supposed shapeshifting men who steal women as their brides. What they forgot to mention was that half naked, ripped and oh so delicious, they always came in pairs – and turned into really big freakn’ cats! But Carlie’s not about to let these furry Tarzans dictate her future, even if they seem to have conquered her body. 

my fair dork

My Fair Dork

They say a guy can never be too hung. Well, Harold Jacobs doesn’t know who they are, but they’re wrong. Socially awkward for as long as he can remember, Harold feels his enormous package is just one more thing to be embarrassed about.



There’s Nothing Tender About These Tinder Nightmares



Tinder has officially changed the way the dating game is played. That’s right, this simple dating app is causing changes in human mating and dating behavior, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Tinder is a free, location-based mobile dating app that simplifies the process most dating websites require. You simply download the app to your smart phone, link to your Facebook account, choose up to six photos of yourself, and write a brief bio. Then the game begins. The app shows you photos of singles based on your preferences. You swipe left if you don’t like them and swipe right if you do. If someone you like also swiped right on your photo, the app immediately informs you, “It’s a Match!” and urges you to begin chatting. This is where things get interesting.


In the new book, Tinder Nightmares published by Abrams Image, we get to see the dark side of dating or at least the ridiculous side. Be afraid! This book is a collection of some of the most insane, inappropriate, disgusting, unbelievable and, in many cases, stupidly funny posts from some very outrageous Tinder members, with some hilarious comments from the editors. For every great single person out there, it looks there are at least five creepy or very dumb ones. From men who like to fill up bathtubs with marinara sauce and pretend they are meatballs, to some who want to paint you green and spank you like a disobedient avocado. And the crazy list goes on.

Here are some incredibly idiotic and darkly entertaining examples of the some of the wackiest messages collected in Tinder Nightmares:




You can purchase the book on Amazon here!

Book Series Explores the Pain, Passion and Power of Friendship

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If you’re looking for a series of books you can fall in love with, take a look at Elena Ferrante’s best-selling, four-book series of Neapolitan Novels. We noticed that the last book in the series, The Story of the Lost Child, made a lot of “Best Books of 2015” lists including NPR, the New York Times and O Magazine, so we decided to take a look for ourselves. The books also made our list of favorites. You’re in for a treat!

Here’s a summary of each book for you:

book1My Brilliant Friend is the first book in the series and it’s a modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors. My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

book2The second book, The Story of a New Name, the two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts.


book3In the third Neapolitan Novel series–  Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay – Elena and Lila, have become women. Lila married at sixteen and has a young son; she has left her husband and the comforts her marriage brought and now works as a common laborer. Elena has left the neighborhood, earned her college degree, and published a successful novel, all of which has opened the doors to a world of learned interlocutors and richly furnished salons. Both women are pushing against the walls of a prison that would have seen them living a life of misery, ignorance and submission. They are afloat on the great sea of opportunities that opened up during the nineteen-seventies. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by a strong, unbreakable bond.

book4Book Four, The Story of the Lost Child, made many of the top “best books of 2015” lists. For Elena and Lila, life’s great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women’s friendship, examined in its every detail over the course of four books, remains the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up—a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos. Elena married, moved to Florence, started a family, and published several well-received books. But now, she has returned to Naples to be with the man she has always loved. Lila, on the other hand, never succeeded in freeing herself from Naples. She has become a successful entrepreneur, but her success draws her into closer proximity with the nepotism, chauvinism, and criminal violence that infect her neighborhood. Yet somehow this proximity to a world she has always rejected only brings her role as unacknowledged leader of that world into relief. For Lila is unstoppable, unmanageable, unforgettable!

Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, this story of a lifelong friendship is told with unmatched honesty. Lila and Elena clash, drift apart, reconcile, and clash again, in the process revealing new facets of their friendship.

The four volumes in this series constitute a long remarkable story that readers will return to again and again, and, like Elena and Lila themselves, every return will bring with it new discoveries.


Mysteries Close to Home: Los Angeles Noir

Detective interviewing a young sad woman in his office, film noir scene.

By Katherine Sharma

It’s a rainy winter day in Los Angeles, courtesy of El Nino, and a great time to stay at home with a good mystery. Since Los Angeles is the recognized home of “noir” police procedurals and “hard-boiled” private eyes, I’m gathering together my favorite “L.A. noir” authors.

Start with Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye; in post-war L.A., iconic private investigator Philip Marlowe is dragged into a cesspool of dangerous lies after befriending a drunken, scarred vet with a rich nymphomanic wife who turns up dead.

Then go neo-noir with James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia, the first in his quartet of novels about corrupt police and depraved post-war society, inspired by the gruesome, unsolved 1947 Elizabeth Short murder.

Moving forward in L.A. history, there is T. Jefferson Parker’s Edgar Award-winning The California Girl, set in Orange County’s suburbs at the time of Vietnam, hippies and LSD, when three brothers (a cop, a reporter and a minister) collide over the decapitation murder of a teenage beauty queen.

I also love Michael Connelly’s maverick homicide detective Harry Bosch, and I’d recommend starting with the Edgar Award-winning The Black Echo. It’s the first entry in the Bosch series and introduces Bosch as he fights enemies within the police department and his conflicting urges for justice and vengeance.

For another tough PI, get to know Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer; The Underground Man has it all–a fire in the hills, a missing child, and Southern California’s special brand of moral ambiguity.

I’m also a fan of Jonathan Kellerman’s child psychologist sleuth Alex Delaware, who helps the police root out the evil hiding under So Cal’s sunny glam. A good starting point is the Edgar Award-winning When the Bough Breaks, in which Delaware tries to unlock the memory of a 7-year-old girl, the only witness to the murder of a fraudulent, sexually manipulative psychiatrist.

Finally, for a very different angle on L.A, get to know Easy Rawlins, Walter Mosley’s African-American sleuth. In the series debut, Devil in a Blue Dress, watch Rawlins transform from Watts day laborer to private detective. For more L.A. noir gems, see Jonathan Kellerman’s recommendations at http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/mar/31/jonathan-kellerman-top-10-la-noir-novels


Katherine Sharma’s family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after her early childhood in Texas, she has moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and makes regular visits to family in India. After receiving her bachelor’s degree. in economics and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Katherine worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. She then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although Katherine still works as a marketing consultant, she is now focused on creative writing.

Books for Novice and Expert Cooks in Your Life

Housekeeper with cookbook and mixer

By Katherine Sharma

My holiday gift shopping list always includes cookbooks for the foodies in my life, but cookbooks are good gifts all year long. The list of possibilities is so huge that I scour the Internet for recommendations.

I’ve found that the Food Network has a good list of cookbooks for a range of tastes (from foreign gourmet dining to down-home BBQ to gluten-free believers) and a range of skill levels, from novice to expert. While TV celeb chefs are perhaps overrepresented, there are many listed books that I found recommended by multiple other sources, such as gourmet magazines, book reviewers and lifestyle editors.

The books that seemed to be getting the biggest buzz for 2015 include: Lucky Peach, a 101 easy Asian recipes from the independent foodie mag; Nopi: The Cookbook, a collection of Asian-meets-Middle-Eastern recipes from the famed London restaurant Nopi’s Head Chef Ramael Scully teamed with author Yotam Ottolenghi; Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, featuring Israeli cuisine from the Philadelphia restaurant of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov; Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread by New York artisanal baker Zachary Golper; Milk Bar Life featuring new savory recipes from Christina Tosi, author of Momofuku Milk Bar‘s creative sweets; Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel offering 120 vegetarian dishes from the personal collection of award-winning food blogger Heidi Swanson; Gjelina, the first cookbook inspired by Travis Lett’s Venice Beach-based California-Mediterranean restaurant; The Nomad Cookbook with sweet and savory creations from New York’s popular The Nomad restaurant menu, plus bonus cocktail recipes; and, finally, Mexico from the Inside Out, a debut cookbook from Chef Enrique Olvera, combining the sophistication of his Mexico City Pujol restaurant with family home cooking.

For many more cookbook gift ideas, go to http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/photos/cookbook-gift-guide.html


Katherine Sharma’s family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after her early childhood in Texas, she has moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and makes regular visits to family in India. After receiving her bachelor’s degree. in economics and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Katherine worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. She then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although Katherine still works as a marketing consultant, she is now focused on creative writing.

Goodreads Announces List of Top Books of 2015

The readers have spoken and they loved Go Set A Watchman. The voting readers of Goodreads, the free website where readers share their reviews and recommendations with other bibliophiles, picked Lee’s prequel to To Kill a Mockingbird as the best fiction book of 2015. Readers cast more than 3 million votes for their favorites in 20 categories for the annual awards, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, cookbooks and children’s picture books. Here are the results:


watchmanGo Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.



Mystery and Thriller

girl trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.





Historical Fiction

nightgaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. 




triggerTrigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. 





confessConfess by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.



Science Fiction

goldenGolden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. 





saint oddSaint Odd by Dean Koontz

Two years after the cataclysmic events that sent him journeying into mystery, Odd Thomas, the intrepid fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, has traveled full circle, back to his beloved home town of Pico Mundo and the people he loves.




why notWhy Not Me by Mindy Kaling

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.




modernModern Romance by Aziz Ansari

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of thepleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.




Memoir and Autobiographical

workA Work in Progress by Connor Franta

In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far.




History and Biography

deadDead Wake by Erik Larson

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. 



Science and Technology

beneathBeneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove

Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities. 




Food and Cookbooks

pioneerThe Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime is a beloved collection of all the scrumptious supper recipes that make their way through my kitchen in regular rotation, from main dish salads to satisfying soups to hearty casseroles to comfort food classics .


Graffic Novels and Comics

sagaSaga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe.






dogsThe Dogs I Have Kissed by Trista Mateer

Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer’s second collection of poetry.



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Coming to Big Screen

pride and prejudice and zombies1“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” This is one of the witty lines you can find in the 2009 parody book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies written by Seth Grahame-Smith. After several unsuccessful attempts, it now looks like the big screen film adaptation of the popular novel is finally getting a green light.

Hot British actors Lily James (Elizabeth Bennett) and Sam Riley (Mr. Darcy)  have been set to lead the film that mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. James is best known for her role as Lady Rose on Downton Abbey and Riley for his role in Maleficent.

Principal shooting will commence in September, unless of course the zombie apocalypse happens first.

Official Trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey


The trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey film has finally been revealed, giving fans a first look at Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on screen.

The film, which has been directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, sees Christian Grey played by a youthful Jamie Dornan with Dakota Johnson in the role of college student Anastasia Steele.

The anticipated movie has been co-produced by Fifty Shades of Grey writer EL James, and has been timed for a Valentine’s Day release in 2015.

Yes, there’s fleeting glimpses of some of the racier material from EL James’ best-seller – although those expecting a sizzling page-for-page re-enactment may well be disappointed, following reports the sex scenes have been toned down for the screen.

A source previously admitted: ‘It’s less racy than the book,’ while those who viewed early footage of the film back in March declared it ‘surprisingly tame’, with suggestions that the focus was more on romance than raunch.

*UPDATE In the week since Universal and Focus Features premiered the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2 1/2-minute promo has become the biggest online trailer launch in history, the studio said. Universal scored more than 100 million views across all platforms in a week. That is about the number of books sold globally.

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