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What I'm Reading Now: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins - November 17, 2011

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins I thoroughly enjoyed Higgins' latest, but then again, I always enjoy her books.  And I always know what to expect - nice-girl heroines who are just a little bit quirky, handsome heroes who are bit rough around the edges and often underestimated, and a cute pet sidekick, usually a dog, set in small town New England.  The combination is positively charming.  It's no wonder Higgins has already won two Rita Awards.  I al... Click Here To Read More >>

Book Updates - Nov 2011 - November 17, 2011

Well, it’s been about two months since I made my last update, so I thought I should fill everyone in on what’s happening.  Production on Lady Darby Book 1 is now in full swing. The Copy Department at Berkley Publishing has written some lovely copy for the book, as well as come up with a fantastic title – The Anatomist’s Wife. I love it! It’s something I probably never would have come up with myself, but it’s absolutely perfect, and ever so... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell - November 10, 2011

The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell Until I heard about this novel, I didn't even know the historical figure Jane Lane had existed.  I knew of the Royal Miracle, King Charles II flight from England after his disastrous loss at the Battle of Worcester, but I never knew the details of his escape, or that a simple gentlewoman helped to make it possible.  It took tremendous courage, and a little bit of wrecklessness on her part, but without her extreme sacrifice and ... Click Here To Read More >>

Writing Tip: Keep It Simple - November 9, 2011

A common mistake made by new writers is that they must use lots of words. They think that the more complicated the sentence, the bigger the vocabulary, the more detailed the description, the better the story will be. Alas, that is not the case. It is much more difficult, but far more effective to write fewer words. You should never use two words when one will do.  One reason that many beginning writers think they need to be so longwinded is because they were taught to d... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: Shadows in Scarlet by Lillian Stewart Carl - November 8, 2011

Shadows in Scarlet by Lillian Stewart Carl I recently stumbled upon Lillian Stewart Carl thanks to the suggestion of a fellow author, and, I must say, I'm thrilled to have a new talented writer to glom.  She writes in several genres, including romantic suspense, as seen in the novel highlighted here.  Shadows in Scarlet is a ghost story, among other things, a sub-genre I rarely read because it can be difficult to handle well.  Stewart Carl handles it with aplo... Click Here To Read More >>

Writing Tip: Leave a Little Mystery - November 7, 2011

One of the things I had the most difficulty learning, but made all the difference in the world to my writing, was to leave a little mystery to my characters. I wanted to info dump, telling the reader everything about my characters—who they were and what they wanted—at the very beginning. I couldn’t seem to grasp how boring this was to readers, like reading an encyclopedia entry. It also takes away a great deal of the suspense.  You want readers to be asking... Click Here To Read More >>

Writing Tip: The Power of POV - Choose Wisely - November 2, 2011

Point-of-View - it’s an element of writing that authors are hyper-conscious of, and, if done well, of which the reader is not even aware. First-person or third-person? Omniscient or limited? A single POV or multiple POVs? One POV per chapter or “head-hopping” through the scene? Every story an author writes they must make these decisions, for there isn’t one right answer. There are opinions on what the “correct” way to handle POV i... Click Here To Read More >>

Writing Tips: Write What You Love - November 1, 2011

Write what you love.  I know it’s been said before…many, many times. And every time I hear it, it seems like it should be obvious - knowing what you love. But it wasn’t for me.    I certainly had an idea. I knew what I liked to read. But I didn’t know what the exact cocktail of elements was to fit my voice and my imagination.   Fortunately, when I first returned to writing after college, I didn’t fall into the dangerous ... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander - October 29, 2011

A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander Alexander is one of my favorite authors of historical mysteries.  Her plots are always intelligent and interesting, and her locations often exotic.  In her latest installment in the Lady Emily series, she returns us to London and throws us into the whirl and intrigue of British high society.  This, her 6th book, is an excellent addition to the series, and could certainly stand on its own - but why would readers want to miss out on al... Click Here To Read More >>

What I'm Reading Now: The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene - October 19, 2011

The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene Nazi-occupied Paris comes alive in Sheene's debut novel.  The story is gripping and touching, filled with details I never knew about the sufferings of Parisians during WWII.  If you like Paris, World War II, or just a good story of transformation and survival even in the darkest times, you will enjoy this book.  May 1940: Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting an... Click Here To Read More >>

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