I’M ON A TREASURE HUNT. I’m tired of hearing people say there are “no good books left.” Yes, the market is inundated right now, but I’m on a mission to find the best literary fiction out there provided by the “little guys.” I’m digging through the muck to find rare gems: meaningful and culturally significant literature that engages and says something more than vampire love.

Today the book market is dominated by Amazon and big publishing houses, so I want to give a nod to the small presses who are fighting the good fight. ALL the books I read here have been published by small presses and (whenever possible) purchased from local bookstores.

You won’t find negative reviews here. The market is too vast to waste anyone’s time with bad reviews. Rather, you will find that I am selective about the books I read, and if I don’t like something, I won’t review it. In other words, I won’t give you the dirt, only the plunder.

I will be posting quarterly book recommendations for writers, avid readers, and anyone who thinks good literature is dead. I will also have "Throwback Thursdays" to show some of my old book collection to promote the preservation of classic stories and the art of beautiful bookbinding.

About Me


I work as a freelance writer with various companies to market their products through press releases and product descriptions. I also edit manuscripts and assist writers with preparing for publishing. I have appeared in the Viewpoints section of The Buffalo News, as second place winner of a flash fiction contest known as Fiction 500, and as a short story writer in R.KV.R.Y. My story “Crustacean” has been nominated for “Best of the Net.”

More of my work experience can be found on LinkedIn.


Title: Shapes of Water
Price: $4.50

At 22 years old, I received a double lung transplant. Ironically, just before I faced the worst of my illness, I completed a poetry chapbook about my “coming of age” with cystic fibrosis. In Shapes of Water, I use a strong lens to examine how having a lung disease has shaped me. Each poem is a tiny piece of my story. Poet and blogger Martha Deed has called the poems “spare, clean, [and] illuminating” and says the book “deserves lots of strangers finding it.”

Title: With Every Breath: stories by and about people living with cystic fibrosis
Price: $5.50

Over 30,000 people in the US have cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Physically, fighting it is a very perilous struggle. Emotionally, coping can oftentimes be even harder. With Every Breath consists of stories by and about people living with cystic fibrosis. Created to motivate, inspire, and generate positivity for those living with cystic fibrosis, this book is something you can open time and time again. 

Designed for all ages, this collection of diverse stories offers unique perspectives from patients, a CF doctor and nurse, and family members of those living with the illness. The stories range from overcoming challenges, understanding the disease, lung transplants, diagnosis stories, and more. The book is filled with fun artwork, uplifting quotes, and photography. Celine Dion contributed the Foreword, and there are chapters by people of all ages and walks of life. This book is sponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, and all proceeds will go to cystic fibrosis research.

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