I’m Reading: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Annie Cassidy is obsessed with the magic of happy-ever-afters. When a movie crew comes to her home town to film a rom-com, there's potential for two dreams to come true. She can finally work for a real Hollywood director, and maybe stumble into a real-life love story. I'll be completely honest, I didn't make it … Continue reading I’m Reading: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

I’m Reading: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

As a writer and beta reader, I know it's tough to make your main character's life miserable. They're our friend, after all. We invest in them emotionally and spend a lot of time in their heads. But most really great books require at least some suffering on the part of the protagonist for the sake … Continue reading I’m Reading: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

I’m Reading: Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

(Warning: Contains spoilers). The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was my first Mariana Zapata. It was for a lot of folks as it became the exemplar for slow-burn, enemies to lovers with a fake relationship. I went on to read almost everything in Zapata's catalog, and they continue to be comfort-food favorites I return to … Continue reading I’m Reading: Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

I’m Reading: The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne's 2016 debut The Hating Game is still near the top of many romance agents' lists as the enemies-to-lovers trope done right. Lucy and Joshua are assistants to the two bitterly opposing heads of their publishing company, and the two clash at first sight. Working across from each other in the same office, they've … Continue reading I’m Reading: The Hating Game, by Sally Thorne

Books on Writing: Rivet Your Reader With Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Ever had a reader say they just didn't feel like they were in the character's head? Deep Point of View is a vital key to engaging modern readers with your writing voice and immerse them in your story. In Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View, Jill Elizabeth Nelson gives you a crash course … Continue reading Books on Writing: Rivet Your Reader With Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Roll for Initiative: Keeping Your Characters in Scene

As a reader and beta reader, one of the things that stands out to me is when a secondary character does or says something halfway through a scene and my reaction is, "Huh. I forgot they were even there." We forget sometimes as writers that our readers don't have the benefit of watching a scene … Continue reading Roll for Initiative: Keeping Your Characters in Scene