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Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family

Monday, July 29th, 2019
Lizzie
Borden
by
Elizabeth Engstrom
Genre:
Historical Mystery, Thriller
 
Did
she do it?

 

 

A
hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman
stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a
crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.

 

 

A
hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the
imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s
innocence while others vehemently declare that she did it, and that
the murder was justified.

 

 

In
Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the
Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their
parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the
paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family.
Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of
modern times.

 

 

Every
door in the Borden house is metaphorically locked, and each room holds
the terrible secrets of its occupant…Engstrom skillfully and subtly
builds a psychological plot, moving the reader inexorably toward the
anticipated savage denouement.” —Publishers Weekly

 

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Elizabeth
(Liz) Engstrom grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago suburb
where she lived with her father) and Kaysville, Utah (north of Salt
Lake City, where she lived with her mother). After graduating from
high school in Illinois, she ventured west in a serious search for
acceptable weather, eventually settling in Honolulu. She attended
college and worked as an advertising copywriter. 

 

 

After
eight years on Oahu, she moved to Maui, found a business partner and
opened an advertising agency. One husband, two children and five
years later, she sold the agency to her partner and had enough seed
money to try her hand at full time fiction writing, her lifelong
dream. With the help of her mentor, science fiction great Theodore
Sturgeon, When Darkness Loves Us was published.

 

 

Engstrom
moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1986, where she lives with her husband Al
Cratty, the legendary muskie fisherman, and their Duck Tolling
Retriever, Jook. Liz holds a BA in English Literature and Creative
Writing and a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, both from
Marylhurst University. A recluse at heart, she still emerges into
public occasionally to speak at a writers conference, or to teach a
class on various aspects of writing the novel, essay, article or
short story. An avid knitter and gardener, she is on faculty at the
University of Phoenix and is always working on the next book.

 

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Goodnight Kiss, an Interview with author, Ranee` S. Clark

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Ranee, how long have you been writing?
 
I think since I could pick up a pencil. I used to write four and five page stories and then link them all in a series. I had notebook and notebooks full of my scribbles. (Now I just have lots of documents on my computer!)
 
LOL, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
 
I was born in a tiny town in Wyoming called Lovell. Right now, my family is on an adventure! We are living in Fairbanks, Alaska for a few years. (Today it’s almost negative forty degrees! Brrr.)
 
Wow, that is cold. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)

How to endure tragedy with artist Lori Nawyn (for children)

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Love, hope, hugs When Scary Things happens by Christy Monson and artist Lori Nawyn is an excellent  book that helps adults to help children to overcome tragedies. A 5 star review book.

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Lori, where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in Northern Utah and currently reside there. I’ve also lived in Idaho.

I have lived all my live in Utah. When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?

When I was in fifth grade, I first began to dream of writing and illustrating books. It was much later that I finally got the confidence to try both.

How neat…Do you have a drawing routine?

Unfortunately not. I love illustration, but I’m also an author with several new books due out (Fill Your Day With Hope, Covenant, August 2013; Peachy: A Harvest of Fruity Goodness, Familius, September 2013; A Year’s Journey, Covenant, January 2014; The Great American Family Reunion Cookbook, Familius, March 2014). With edits and promotion efforts, I don’t have nearly as much time to spend on my art as I’d like. (more…)

Love, Hugs and Hope When Scary Things Happen a review

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

***** stars for this great book.

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There are not many books that show adults how to help children in case of a disaster or catastrophe, however Love, hope, hugs When Scary Things Happen by Christy Monson and art by Lori Nawin is one of the best.

I enjoyed the beautiful drawings along with the message, so simple and yet powerful, of how (more…)