One of my ongoing gigs is reviewing books for sites like California Literary Review, where I'm the go-to-gal for genre. We were just asked to pick our favorite book of 2009 and my pick was Thomas Pynchon's hilarious and accessible Inherent Vice. It's going to be a gateway book for readers who've always wanted to check him out but have been intimidated by the length of his work. Set in 70s L.A., it's a neo-noir, Pynchon's version of Chinatown. He provided his own narration for the book trailer and it's hilarious. Watch it to the very end.
I'm also recommending Bent Steeple by my friend Geoff (G. Wells Taylor to you). It is a very different kind of vampire book set in the far north of Canada. If you like King or Dean Koontz' character-driven books, you will love Bent Steeple. Geoff's making it easy for you to check it out, offering sample chapter downloads in a variety of formats. The whole book is only $1.99 in e-book format. Well, well, worth it.
It's raining here in L.A. which means it was a soup and chocolate chip cookie kind of day. Savoring a freshly baked cookie, I suddenly remembered I had to post a new recipe over at BellaOnline.com. If you like making candy and you don't have time to futz with candy thermometers, check out my easy chocolate truffle recipes.