Fiction, LIX

What I Will (And Won't) Read in Bed

You get settled in bed with a shiny new book. Before you crack open the cover you tell yourself you are just going to read a few chapters. You start reading and the next thing you know you've read a good chunk of the book. You avoid looking at the clock, telling yourself that you'll just read one more chapter. And then another. And then another. When you finally tear yourself away from the book it's after midnight and you know you are really going to hate the alarm clock in the morning. Sound familiar? Welcome to my world and the reason why I've had to completely revamp my reading in bed criteria. ...more
I was just thinking about this the other night! Especially now, being pregnant, reading certain ...more

A Bloggy Impasse

I haven't felt like writing about myself very much, lately.  I'm a small business owner – a dayhome operator, so consequently a professional parent.  Writing about myself on my blog permits clients and friends to see so much more of me than I see of them.  My life is laid open for them, in five hundred word increments.  Reciprocity is impossible....more

BlogHer Talks to Bestselling Romance Author Jill Shalvis

I picked up my first Jill Shalvis novel because blogs had mentioned her but I kept reading her books and devouring her backlist because of her writing. Jill writes strong characters and the women in her novels are every bit as strong as the men. She's not afraid to bring some humor to her books and she writes a darned fine sex scene. ...more
Terrific interview.  Thanks!   I love a strong heroine.  I can see I've got some catching up to ...more

Up to No Good

Once Charlie started riding his mountain bike to the warehouse, we took turns giving him a lift home.             The first afternoon Van didn’t pick him up, Charlie’d addressed us. “Now that we have Jeremiah and Hannah,” he said, “Vandalia needs the car more than I do.”             “She’s always had the car, Charlie,” Mark pointed out as he locked the door to the office....more

How to Blog a Novel

The process of blogging  a book lends itself well to nonfiction. However, there are writers blogging fiction and ending up with “blovels,” or novels created based on the contents of a blog. The term “blovel” was coined by blogger Ana Marie Cox in  her novel Dog Days....more
Thanks for the article. I started blogging a YA Novel a few weeks ago. I'm five chapters in so ...more

A Very Middle Grade Summer: 10 Titles Even Adults Will Love!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than letting my imagination run wild while I enjoy glorious summer days and evenings. There are tons of great books out there, but for some reason I still feel like my perfect summer read is an amazing Middle Grade book. Maybe it’s nostalgia for my childhood summers on Lake Champlain, sitting on the dock or the beach and doing nothing but reading. Maybe it’s the way summer always feels magical, like anything can happen....more
I *loved* Island of hte Blue Dolphins, and when I gave it to my 3rd grade son to read, I had ...more

The First Husband: Dare to Dream of a Different Life

When we first meet Annie Adams in Laura Dave's The First Husband, she has what looks to be a fabulous life. She's a travel writer who spends 200 days of the year exploring the world. When she comes home to Los Angeles, it's to her up-and-coming director boyfriend Nick and their dog. She's got all she's ever dreamed of and can hardly believe it. Then she has to go and muck it all up by watching Roman Holiday. ...more
I liked the theme of escape in this book and wrestling through whether Griffin was another ...more

Mr. Bojangles

God, how she loved that cat. She had waited so long to adopt him; visiting the pet store every week for three months, talking to him through the wire mesh, tickling his fur with her outstretched finger. Sometimes the man who worked there would let her take the orange tabby out and pet him, but she was careful not to ask too often. She didn't want to be known as a 'cat lady'. 'Cat lady' implies a certain strangeness, and she wasn't strange. At least she didn't think so. She'd asked the owner of the store to hold him until she could save up the adoption fee....more

On Writing Fiction - 100 Words x 2 + Questions

Résumé: Letters and notes, e-mail messages, newspaper articles, poetry, blog posts and comments, business proposals, promotional material, journal entries, essays, and, when this exercise is complete, 100 words. All non-fiction. I seem to have a mental block when it comes to writing fiction, and in fact have written nothing that wasn't truth (or based on truth) since creative writing assignments in high school. Ancient history. ...more