What happens when the bookstore closes? Of course I knew I’d miss handling all those books on a daily basis, but who knew I’d miss all those wonderful customers who would listen to me talk about my latest find? Bookin’ with Sunny seems to be the perfect fix, and it’s my hope that this site will give you who stop by the same kind of enthusiasm and knowledge you would expect from a community bookstore. Our book reviewers are here to help you find books to love.

Meet Our Book Reviewers & Contributors

Sunny Solomon
Sunny Solomon holds an MA in English/Creative Writing, San Francisco State University. She is a book reviewer for “The Clayton Pioneer” and her poetry and other writing has been published in literary journals, one chapbook, In the Company of Hope and the collection, Six Poets Sixty-six Poems. She was the happy manager of Bonanza Books, Clayton, CA and Clayton Books, Clayton, CA. She continues to moderate a thriving book club that survived the closure of the store from which it began. Sunny currently lives next to the Truckee in Reno, NV.
Jacqueline Smay
Jacqueline Smay holds a BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from Vassar College. She has been proofreader and editor of Lost In The Grooves, Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed and Swordfishtrombones of the 33 ½ series. She is acquisitions editor for Plus One Press, San Francisco, where she has worked as editor on the JP Kinkaid mystery series, the latest Sarah Tolerance novel, and on piano... Nicky Hopkins! The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man, and Sam the Bat. Her writing is included in Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed. Out of economic necessity she also does database management and scientific MS copyediting at UCSF. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Dan Erwine
Dan Erwine holds a BS in Telecommunications, San Diego State University. Dan recently retired after four decades in radio broadcasting. His background San Diego stations KFSD and NPR's KPBS, and KUNR, Reno, NV. Over the years, Dan has produced and hosted a number of talk shows and interviewed over five thousand writers in almost every genre and career, from such notables as David Brin to Seamus Heaney, Allen Ginsberg, Judy Collins, Charlton Heston and Wally Schirra. Dan is a comic book aficionado and has a special interest in film, science fiction and mystery. He lives with his wife in Reno, NV.
Ann Ronald
Ann Ronald is a retired English professor from the University of Nevada, Reno. Author of dozens of reviews, she’s also written a number of books about the American West. They include literary studies such as The New West of Edward Abby and Reader of the Purple Sage, cultural studies such as GhostWest and Oh, Give Me a Home, and nature writing such as Earthtones: A Nevada Album. Her latest is a work of fiction, Friendly Fallout 1953. Since retiring, she’s been reading vociferously, so “Bookin’ With Sunny” is giving her a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts about her favorite new discoveries.
Aubrey Siino
Aubrey Siino holds a BA in English Literature and two minors, Spanish and Women's Studies, University of Nevada Reno. She is a content writer for HerWeddingFavors.com. Aubrey is currently working on three of her own children's picture books. She lives with her family in Reno, NV.
Joanne Mallari
Joanne Mallari holds a BA in English (Writing) with a minor in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently teaches preschool at St. John’s Children’s Center. Her interests include poetry, shower recitals, and dancing at random. Joanne lives in Reno, NV.
Neal Ferguson
Neal Ferguson is a self described Anglo-phile. After studying for a PhD in British history and doing research for a year in various British archives, he came to the University of Nevada in 1970 to teach. Soon he found himself in administration where he remained until 2003. After returning to full-time teaching a decade ago, he decided to concentrate his teaching energies on Medieval British history and various global aspects of World War II. Dedicated to Ambrose Bierce’s proclamation that the purpose of war is to teach Americans geography, Neal insists that his students accompany him (in class) to sundry east European rivers and steppes, African deserts and jungles, south-east Asian mountain ranges and peninsulas, and small islands and coral reefs in the Pacific. Currently he is writing a book about the ups and downs of General Douglas MacArthur’s military reputation.
David Hartzheim
From the country comforts of rural Wisconsin, David's family, seeking even greener pastures, moved west during the “second gold rush” - the California building boom. We all know how that turned out. Barely escaping high school, David spent his final teen years and early adulthood singing and playing music. By ear. And by the seat of his pants. Soon after, it was writing, fiction and poetry being published in various obscure lit mags, screenplays placing in Hollywood contests and being optioned by independent production companies bent of taking big chances. Then there was the coupon copy in countless automotive service and parts mailers. Today, David reads, watches movies, plays seven-card stud and does token workouts in the gym at the Senior Center, Renton, Washington.
Vivienne French
Vivienne French was born in New Zealand and grew up a voracious reader, much to the thanks of her “Mum” and fourth grade teacher, Mr. Sanders. Her short stories and articles have been published in women's magazines, specialty magazines and her hometown newspaper. She has been a resident of Reno, Nevada for twenty-nine years and has worked professionally for a number of nonprofit service organizations. She currently teaches grants writing at Truckee Meadows Community College and serves on the board of the Friends of Washoe County Library. She looks forward to getting back her favorite pastime, reading for the love of reading.
Susan Cornfield
Susan Cornfield Dugan holds education degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the retired Director of Federal and State Programs for the Lyon County School District. During her tenure as an educator she had a textbook and numerous articles published. She began writing young adult fiction as a teacher, often using caricatures of her students as jumping off points for her stories. She finds young adult literature fun and interesting to read. Susan graded Nevada Writing Proficiency Exams for over 20 years, but retired to focus on her writing. She is currently writing a young adult science fiction series. She lives in Sparks with her husband, two cats, and adorable Terrier, Hailey; who listens with great interest to Susan's stories and loves them all!
Brandy Burgess
Brandy Burgess holds a BS in Speech Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She was born in Arkansas and grew up living there and parts of the east coast before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1997. She works as a freelance writer, and moonlights as the creative muse behind BrandyDanielle.com. She is currently writing for ComicBookDebate. Brandy resides in downtown Reno, Nevada.
Sheila Sobell
Sheila Sobell is an award-winning journalist and the author/co-author of three health books. Ms. Sobell was honored with the Penney-Missouri for Excellence in Journalism, as well as by the San Diego Medical Society. As chair of the education task force for the San Diego chapter of NOW, she wrote the slide show “The Girl in the Primary Reader,” an expose of the way in which girls and women were depicted in school textbooks. Her work has been featured on the covers of publications like Parade, Woman’s Day, Health, American Way, and Self in addition to her syndicated health columns for Copley News, and reporting for a wide range of the Weill Cornell Medical Center health newsletters. Her travel journalism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Ladies’ Home Journal, the Oklahoman, NewsOK and syndicated for Creators News Syndicate. She also taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.