Books With Diversity: Cross-cultural Relationships

In this moment when diversity is finally getting the attention it deserves, and publishers and readers are discovering books that represent diverse cultures, I'd like to make mention of young adult novels that feature cross-cultural and/or interracial relationships. My interest in the subject stems from my own work. In my backstory construct of FORGIVEN, I imagined that Kula Baker's … [Read more...]

FORGIVEN Giveaway – Kindle Free Download and Goodreads Giveaway!

In conjunction with my posts about San Francisco in 1906, the setting of my novel FORGIVEN - and particularly for those wonderful librarians heading to ALA San Francisco - I'm running a giveaway for hard copies...and a freebie on ebook copies! Now you'll know what to read on the plane - FORGIVEN, after all, is set in the city by the bay. Please do spread the word about this opportunity. Best of … [Read more...]

The Fires That Devastated San Francisco

In April 1906, following the great earthquake (for more on the earthquake, see my previous post), numerous fires broke out all over the city of San Francisco. The city had recently installed gas and water mains, and these ruptured during the quake, so the combination of explosive gas and no water made for a volatile and horrific situation. One of the first and largest fires was started by a … [Read more...]

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

As you saw in my previous post, Enrico Caruso experienced a devastating earthquake. At 5:12 on the morning of April 18, 1906, San Francisco was rocked by an earthquake estimated now to have been of magnitude 7.8 (the Richter scale was yet to be instituted; this magnitude is the same as the recent initial Tibetan earthquake.) While the main epicenter of the quake was offshore, it is assumed to … [Read more...]