Romance: Two Best-Selling Plot Types

I've been thinking about the romance genre lately, trying to explain what it is that "happens" in a romance story. Obviously, it's about a couple finding each other (or realizing that they already know each other) and reaching their happily-ever-after moment (whether it does or doesn't last is another matter entirely, but unless you write … Continue reading Romance: Two Best-Selling Plot Types

The Best Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

I frequently get questions from fellow readers for fantasy book recommendations. I have well-known favorites (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit) but then my list goes off to books that are less known, so I wanted to share the best with all of you. These have been picked based on the … Continue reading The Best Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts

I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy! Name: Clayton Barnett Genre: Romance-Horror-SciFi Title: Cursed Hearts Original Blurb: Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Cursed Hearts

Blurb Coaching – Heartburn

I've been sharing the blurb coaching series from A Writer's Path Writers Club, and this is the next in the series. To learn more about how your blurb can be coached, click here. Enjoy!   Name: Felicia Denise Genre: Women's Fiction Title: Heartburn Original Blurb: Ten years ago, Quinn Landon never saw divorce in her … Continue reading Blurb Coaching – Heartburn

Book Review: Poet of the Wrong Generation

Title: Poet of the Wrong Generation Author: Lonnie Ostrow Genre: Literary, General Fiction Book Blurb from Goodreads: “It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.” Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while … Continue reading Book Review: Poet of the Wrong Generation

Book Review: The Courtship of Jo March

Title: The Courtship of Jo March: A Variation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Fanfiction Book Description from Goodreads: Set in the early 1870s, this re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is for all who have ever wondered how things might have worked out differently for the beloved March sisters - the life Beth … Continue reading Book Review: The Courtship of Jo March

Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

So today I wanted to talk about relationships. No, this isn't just for Romance books. This is about all relationships--your antagonist and his second-in-command, your hero and her best friend, and even the protagonist and the antagonist (chances are, if they're fighting each other for any length of time, they have a relationship, albeit a … Continue reading Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

A to Z 2017: Reunions

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Reunions

Book Review: Mercer Street

Book Description from Goodreads: Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time … Continue reading Book Review: Mercer Street

Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?

I've been thinking about characters and their appearances in preparation for the "Characters in Costume" blogfest for the end of October, and I've also been reading some of the classic Disney stories to my two sons. As a result, I've been thinking about the way Cinderella's stepsisters come across in the books and film. Anastasia … Continue reading Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?