Maria K. is a pen name of a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova. An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.
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- Key In Lock
on March 16, 2011
So many in our youth-obsessed culture are convinced that life ends after forty. "Not so fast!" says Rona Altrow through the narratives of her "Key In Lock" characters. There is life. There is dating. Guess what? There is even sex!
If you feel like you are on some sort of birth-school-work-marriage-children-retirement-death time table - perhaps that is because you let someone else set it for you. Regardless of your age, I can guarantee you will enjoy ripping the time table in half, burning the pieces and dancing on the ashes along with the book's narrators.
- The Tower and The Eye: A Beginning
on April 11, 2011
Yes, there will be those who only bother to read the first few pages and declare this book another "Lord of the Rings" ripoff - too bad for them, because they will miss an excellent adventure. For those of us who can indeed recognize a respectful nod to Mr. Tolkien and who love to play the "Dungeons and Dragons"-style role-playing games, this is the stuff of dreams.
Make no mistake, readers, while this tale carries some traditional features of the fantasy genre, it is not your everyday fare. By the time you reach the end of this first novella in The Tower and The Eye series, you had better be in it for the long haul with the characters, because the author makes it clear that things will get much darker before the dawn.
- Giving It Away
on June 06, 2011
Loved, loved, loved everything about it. Some may consider the events described in the story unrealistic. But I hope more will be captivated by the concept and make it more of a reality.
- The Celtic Tree Zodiac
on Nov. 16, 2011
This is far more fascinating than the silly daily tarot and horoscope posts floating all over the social networks these days, not to mention endlessly more intelligent.
Each chapter is carefully thought out, with history, geography, climate and soil information interwoven with legend, lore and subtle humor. Wonderful read and an excellent New Year's gift.