• Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

    Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

    Title: Freefall: A Divine Comedy Author: Lily Iona MacKenzie Publisher: Pen-L Publishing Publication date: January 1, 2019 Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor Summary: Nearly 60, installation artist Tillie Bloom reunites with her three friends: Sybil, Daddy, and Moll. They converge on Sybil’s vacation home in Whistler, British Columbia after spending years apart, letting time and distance get in the way of their friendship. Faced with turning 60, they reflect on their coming of age in the ’50s and ’60s, discover what each has been up to over the years, and come face to face with a bear and survive, more or less, to tell the tale. As their reunion closes, Tillie manages to convince them to travel…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 23

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 22

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 16

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 15

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 14

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • National Chips and Dip Day

    Today is Chips and Dip Day. But…I don’t like dip. I like the purity of my chips. Just give me the chip and I’m happy. Instead, I’m going to celebrate a variation. Chips and DIBS. It’s just a letter different… Has anyone here eaten those Dips ice cream bites? Those little bits of ice cream coated in chocolate? (I think I like chocolate too much…No! No such thing!) Chips and Dibs was something of a thing with my best friend and me back in college. We went to different colleges, but were only about a half hour away from each other. One night, my roommate and I were not getting…

  • Two Easy Ways to Dress Stylish as a Mom by Becca from The Mini Apartment

    The Lily Cafe is pleased to present Becca from The Mini Apartment! “A little place for a lot of life.” After spending the past 6 years living in 6 different places in 2 states, Becca has realized it is not the size of a space or where you are in your life that brings contentment, but what you do with it to cultivate your own happiness that really matters. The Mini Apartment exists to inspire, encourage, uplift, and help you through your own endeavors as you learn how to live vibrantly, stay happy, and stay sane  as you make the transition from wife to mother. Through marriage, motherhood, and learning to embrace all seasons…

  • The Lot of a Nobody by Dave Johnston

    Title: The Lot of a Nobody Author: Dave Johnston Publisher: self-published Publication date: March 22, 2017 Genre: YA, Fantasy Summary: Lot Nobody is a nobody. He’s practically invisible and not even his teachers seem to know he exists. Until Ethan, the new boy in school, who immediately started talking to Lot, and never stopped, and witnessed Lot’s mysterious disappearances, sans clothes, including his underwear! It’s the strangest thing; one second Lot is there and the next he’s naked on a beautiful tropical island, where the native people are occasionally gifted with people from the outside world. While trying to figure out why this is happening and his place on the island, Lot and…

  • The Twelve Stones by R.J. Johnson

    Title: The Twelve Stones Author: RJ Johnson Publisher: Smashwords Publication date: January 15, 2012 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Book one in The Twelve Stones series, The Twelve Stones  introduces the reader to certain stones that have certain magical properties it can bestow on its bearer. At the beginning of the book, we meet two friends, Alex and Scott, who discover a strange rock that ultimately saves them, and is then taken into Alex’s father’s possession. Years later, Alex returns home, much different as an adult with scars from his time in the military. His reunion with his father, who returns the stone, is short lived as his father is killed by Rupert Kline, a man…