Author: Lauren Miller

In Print & Online: Announcing Issue 90

Hey all. I used to pretty consistently post these updates but I missed the last couple of issues. Sorry about that. You can catch up on my recent reviews here. Anyway, I am pleased to announce that the November 2019 reviews for The Historical Novel Society are now available online. Check out the full reviews (and great articles) at: The Historical Novel Society. You can find the print reviews in Issue #90 of the Historical Novel Review (HNR). For this issue, I have two reviews appearing, including Lady Takes the Case, (the first in the Manor Cat Mysteries), by Eliza Casey, and The Number of Love (book one of the Codebreakers series) by Roseanna M. White. Between the two, the latter was more my speed, but only because I generally don’t read a lot of crime. So, if you’re a crime reader and you love small British towns, check out Casey’s novel. I hope you find plenty of new favorite historical reads from among the many fine reviews available at HNR. Remember to please support …

Perfumed Mystery

Perhaps I should have shared this as soon as it happened, but, recently I attended mass (not today) and when I received the host in my palm, I noticed a perfume that seemed to be coming from the Eucharist. There was a gentleman behind me in line and in front, and I received it from our priest, not a female Eucharistic minister. It should be noting that neither was I wearing perfume that day. So, I’m confident it wasn’t coming from someone in the queue. This is not the first time I’ve encountered sights or sounds or smells unusual in a church service (Catholic or Protestant), but I thought it worth remarking upon. It was a pleasant, floral fragrance. Edited: WordPress tells me this is my 500th post on this site. What a beautiful coincidence!

NaNo19: It’s begun!

Welcome to November. Somewhere across America, fingers are flying with a frenzied energy as a writer is pouring their soul onto the page in a maddeningly exciting, stressful, and crazy experiment called National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) where writers across the globe attempt to produce a 50,000 word manuscript in 30 days.


I woke up to nightmares and because I spent last night (pre-bedtime) spending time with the BVM, I knew exactly what to say to those demonic influences… “In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind the spirit of [name of spirit] and send you to the foot of the Cross to be judged by Our Lord.” I repeated this as many times as necessary. One spirit, whom I could not name, lingered, and I gave it a withering reminder: “I am a child of the Most High God. I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I walk in a state of grace. You have no power here save what the Father gives for correction because He loves me and desires me to be closer to Him. I am beloved by my Mother, and she has already crushed your head so that I may walk securely.” Did you know? Demons don’t like being reminded about Mary. They hate her. The Rosary has been compared to a rope that when you pray it, you …