Book Review: Blacktop Wasteland

Blacktop Wasteland 5 stars Genre: Crime fiction/thriller An amazing joyride of a book. I loved the way Cosby builds up the main character of Bug. The descriptions interwoven in the book are both gritty and poetic.  Cosby is able to really shine a light on the intertangled  nuances found across various relationships—with family, friends, and enemies. I’m especially in awe of how he depicts the father and son relationships in this book. A gripping race of a book that … [Read more...]

My Very First Webinar

I'm on the Writers Who Kill blog today talking about a speaking engagement I did all by lonesome. Check out my journey from when I first made a bold step and onward: https://writerswhokill.blogspot.com/2021/04/on-my-own-by-jennifer-j-chow.html … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Taro Cake

Taro cake: a savory cake akin to radish cake One of my go-to dishes at dim sum places is the radish cake. This is a rectangular cake that's pan-fried. The taro cake is the like the cousin to it--except made with the taro vegetable. Since I haven't been able to dine in recently, I got a frozen package of taro cakes. They actually fried up pretty well (although they didn't have such a vibrant purple color when I made them). Overall, a nice treat to have when wanting to dim sum at … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: #StandUpforAAPI

[Read more...]

Book Review: The Tiger Mom’s Tale

The Tiger Mom's Tale (July 6, 2021)5 stars Genre: Contemporary women's fiction/family/Asian American This book was soooo good. I loved the complexity with which Lyn Liao Butler draws the world where Lexa lives. All the characters are very intriguing. I admire how artfully the backstory and present timelines are woven together. I also really appreciate the difficult questions that Lexa reflects on and how they haunt her. This novel is very accurate in how it depicts reality, along … [Read more...]

My Audiobook Journey

I'm on the Writers Who Kill blog today talking about my experience with creating audiobooks. This includes my experience with a royalty share system, a pay for production model, and a venture with a new distributor. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Boba Cake

Boba cake: vanilla cake roll with embedded boba I did a double-take when I first saw this cake. Could boba actually be placed inside a baked dessert (and survive)? This was a really great vanilla cake that had cream inside it flavored with a hint of milk tea. The tapioca balls inside were also quite tender, although not as springy as those in a boba drink. I would give this a thumbs-up as a unique dessert, but for the most part, I still prefer drinking pearl milk tea.    … [Read more...]

Book Review: How to Fail at Flirting

How To Fail At Flirting 5 stars Genre: Contemporary romance This is a novel layered with both romance and the deeper theme of partner violence. Williams does an excellent job of developing the chemistry between the protagonists while exploring Naya’s troubled past and internal turmoil. I really appreciated that domestic violence is addressed in the novel. This is definitely a steamy book (hotter than I usually read), and I enjoyed the lighter intimate connection between the … [Read more...]

Authors Make Me Hungry

Who's making me hungry? That's right--authors! Check out my newest post on Chicks on the Case: https://chicksonthecase.com/2021/02/19/your-book-is-making-me-hungry/ … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Potted Succulents

[Read more...]