Double-Duty Description

I struggle with description. I'm not a visual person. In fact, sometimes I have to pull up a bunch of images or videos online to serve as a guide when trying to really evoke a person or place. So when I encounter description in a book, the question of "how much" description to use is … Continue reading Double-Duty Description

Writing Polish: Going Off Subject

I'm getting back into the grammar weeds today, based on common problems I'm seeing in beta manuscripts. In this case, I'm talking about the subject of a sentence, and making it clear to your readers which character is acting at any given time. Sentence 1: Chris turned around.We have a basic simple sentence here with … Continue reading Writing Polish: Going Off Subject

I’m Reading: Verity by Colleen Hoover

If you're a fan of the classic gothic romance Rebecca, this modern Indie romantic suspense will give you all the steamy thrills and chills you're looking for, with polished, sophisticated prose and sympathetically broken characters. Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling author who travels upstate to the gloomy home of Verity Crawford, a famous author who … Continue reading I’m Reading: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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

I’m Reading: The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, by Brandy Colbert

I don't usually read YA, but when I was browsing through the library's new acquisitions in romance, this caught my eye. I might technically call The Revolution of Birdie Randolph romance, but its breadth and depth defy genre. It reminds me of the tarot card The Lovers. While the story is about relationships both physical … Continue reading I’m Reading: The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, by Brandy Colbert

I’m Reading: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

It's on every shelf and every agent wishlist, and for good reason. Red, White & Royal Blue had me laughing out loud one minute and leaking happy-sappy tears the next. My partner kept giving me concerned looks from the corner of his eye. The last third of the book required chocolate with my tissues. In … Continue reading I’m Reading: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’m Reading: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

(contains spoilers) The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez has been taking the Romance world by storm, and for good reason. It starts with the perfect meet-cute involving an adorable lost puppy, and fulfills all our sighs and yearning for a solid romance from there.  The biggest reason this should be in your TBR … Continue reading I’m Reading: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

I’m Reading: Saddled, by Linda G. Hill

I'm finding myself more and more drawn to light, uncomplicated, wholesome reads. When everything around me is bleak, I want my fiction to be escapism. That's why Saddled was such a refreshing read, both as a beta reader and a purchaser. A woman executive at a condom manufacturing company falls hard for a new temp. … Continue reading I’m Reading: Saddled, by Linda G. Hill