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The Night the Lights Went Out in Venice

Oct 15, 2020 by Valerie Taylor
The Night the Lights Went Out in Venice
Readers often choose books by setting—whether imagined (think Game of Thrones), or real like Boston and Venice in What’s Not Said.

A Book Reviewer is Born

Oct 14, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

A Book Reviewer is Born

Blog post by Valerie Taylor on 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News

Book reviewing became a new passion of mine in 2019, quite by chance. After I signed the contract with She Writes Press for my first novel, What’s Not Said, I began my search for a publicist.

Are you a latchkey adult, like me?

May 01, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Once I was a latchkey kid, now I’m a latchkey adult.

You’ve heard of latchkey kids, right? You may have been one yourself, either by yourself or along with your brothers and sisters. After school you went home, unlocked the door, went inside to an empty house without adult supervision.

Three Reasons I Loved Mama Mia Again!

Sep 19, 2018 by Valerie Taylor
I cannot tell a lie. I saw Mama Mia! Here We Go Again during its first showing at a local theater this summer. Actually, I ran to see it; well not really ran, I drove, but you get the picture.

Planning for retirement. One cotton ball at a time.

Feb 23, 2018 by Valerie Taylor
When I moved from the east coast to Seattle in 2006, my new employer paid the relocation costs. I knew when I retired and returned to the east coast, I’d be paying the freight. Literally.