Weekend Reading

I enjoy reading books about writing because though I have written a few books, I feel like I always want to keep learning the craft. That’s the beauty of writing, you can always find something new to apply to your work.  In the top books, Take Your Novel To The Next Level, Marjorie Reynolds and Bring Your Fiction to Life by Karen Wiesner the reader is shown new skills to really power up writing.
In Bring Your Fiction To Life, you learn how to:

  • Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element.
  • Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world.
  • Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality.
  • Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease.

In Take Your Novel To The Next Level, Marjorie shows us how to engage the senses while writing, placing the reader in a very believable and also keeping in mind subtext, dialogue, and so much more.
Every single book about writing imparts new wisdom and even if you are a seasoned novelist, you can get some gems from reading these two books.

This book is getting great reviews and I look forward to reading it soon. I am loving suspense novels lately! I can’t get enough. Here’s what you need to know about Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton:
Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime. Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all…
When I skim through reviews and see words like “compelling” and “atmospheric” then I know this is going to be a five-star story!

You might know the author from his amazing series, Mad Men! Now Matthew Weiner brings us a short book called Heather, The Totality. It’s essentially about a wealthy family in New York City whose daughter, Heather, becomes the subject of a stalker. Creepy and a little dark!
The plot is cloaked in secrecy, here is the only thing you can find about it: The tale of a family and a psychopath.
It’s more than that, the book tells how the parents met and fell in love and about Heather too. I’m very curious what other readers think of this story!
This one isn’t out until 2018! So mark your Goodreads list and add Flat Broke With Two Goats for next year. I enjoyed this memoir about Jennifer McGaha’s adventures in living in an old cabin in the mountains, trying to make sense of her life after she and her husband were forced from their home and into a whole new way of living.
Just as the Great Recession was easing in some parts of the country, Jennifer McGaha experienced an economic crisis of epic proportions. Her home was in foreclosure; she had $4.57 in the bank; and worst of all, she had recently discovered that she and her accountant husband owed four years of back taxes to the state of North Carolina and the IRS. And then things got really bad…
Flat Broke with Two Goats takes readers on a wild adventure from a Cape Cod-style home in the country to a hundred-year-old, mice-infested, snake-ridden cabin in a North Carolina holler. With self-effacing humor and unflinching honesty, Jennifer chronicles the joys and difficulties of living close to nature, and in the process, she comes to discover the true meaning of home.
As I read Jennifer’s story, I couldn’t help but imagine myself in her shoes and honestly, I don’t think I could do it. But its amazing what you manage to live through when you have no choice!


I am currently reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, it’s very good and enjoyable to learn about female spies during World War 1. Click here to read about this book!
If you are looking for a quick weekend read, here is my novel called Here If You Need Me.
I am so excited to share with you the news that my Young Adult book, The Blondes of Bel Air will be published this September! It’s a fun suspenseful story about two spoiled teens who witness the death of a friend and concoct an elaborate ruse to cover up the possible murder.

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