Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Eldritch Heart

I loved the slow build-up of romance.  The author didn’t throw it in your face.  Rather, you realized it and watched it bloom along with the characters.

This isn’t just an LGBTQ romance.  There is suspense, drama, and amazing world-building.  It is more a fantasy adventure than a romance.

This author has done it again with another amazing story.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Love Where You Live

I received a copy of LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: HOW TO LIVE SENT IN THE PLACE YOU CALL HOME by Shauna Pilgreen from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  It includes a foreword by Randy Frazee.

In many ways, this is a traditional religious self-help book.  It includes quotations from the Bible and explains relations between real life and Jesus.  In other ways, it isn’t.  This book isn’t dry or tedious.  I found myself looking forward to reading another chapter and discussing what I read with my family.

This book came to me at a time when I needed to hear its message.  We’re a three-person family struggling to make due with one pay check thanks to uncontrollable circumstances.  We’re all questioning if this is where we want to be.

The book helped open my eyes.  Being where I am now is okay.  There’s a reason for it.  I find myself going about my day with fresh energy.  

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many Genres One Craft

I’ve read quite a few “how to write” books, especially in my earlier days as a novice writer.  This one is, by far, one of the best.  I enjoyed how it is laid out more as “lessons” than a rambling “how to.”  I read one “lesson” per day, and it felt like I was back in college. (I loved creative writing classes, by the way.  This wasn’t a chore at all!)

The lessons are written by well-known authors.  In particular, Maria V. Snyder jumped out at me.  Each lesson is well-written and thought-rpoviking.  It feels as if the writers are talking to you personally. 

My favorite section involved characters and dialogue.  It worked out well for an area I was struggling with while writing my current manuscript.