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Burning, by J.M. Gregoire
Wow! Short but enticing! I can’t wait to read the rest and find out what happens!
While there’s not a whole lot of content to this prequel (it’s short), it really gets to the point and I found myself instantly connected to the characters. Gregoire does a great job of drawing you in, especially in a short space.
I highly recommend this short story, and am looking forward to reading the whole series! 5 Zs!
In the Nick of Time, by Sylvie Fox
Well, I have to admit this book was a bit more emotional than I was expecting. I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to finish it, to be honest. I’ll try not to give too much away as I explain.
Holly is sure of one thing – she wants commitment. She was marriage, a baby, a house, the whole shebang. Then Nick waltzes into her life and everything goes out the window. They are drawn to each other immediately. At least, until Holly gets pregnant. Nick, only 26, isn’t sure he’s ready to be a father, but Holly is overjoyed. It’s everything she’s ever wanted, but will Nick come around before he loses everything?
The story starts off fairly slow. There’s a lot of sexy scenes to keep you going but I did find myself wondering where we were headed. Then Holly gets pregnant. That’s when things got emotional for me. Ms. Fox does such a good job connecting you to Holly that for someone like me, who was abandoned when she was pregnant… Let’s just say I had very deep sympathies for Holly, and at one point last night I was so upset at Nick and identified so deeply with Holly that I was sure I was not going to be able to finish the book. It was just too upsetting. BUT! I will say this – I am so happy I did finish it. I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the end.
Overall I’m going to give this book 4 Zs. It was really well written, the characters were real. I love the small details that really made Holly’s and Nick’s families come to life. There were a lot of cliches used, but I think that as Ms. Fox develops her writing style, she’ll become more comfortable with her voice and those will disappear. Great book! I’m adding Sylvie Fox to my list to read more of!
Last week I encountered an author who had delayed writing her book for an entire year. “Writer’s block!” she exclaimed. It is real, writer’s block does happen. Because of it this author’s frustration had grown so much that she allowed the process of her book to come to a screeching halt. Most of the writer’s I’ve heard from have experienced this phenomenon in one way or another, but it’s really up to the author how they will go about handling it. One should never allow writer’s block to be an excuse for not writing.
The key is to leave your computer, pen or paper behind, but keep your mind in that writing mode. Allow yourself to have a break from writing, while engaging yourself in activities that will stimulate and shape your writing process. This writer explains 23 tips that don’t involve writing that will do just that—give you a…
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