Thursday, April 27, 2023

The Southern Billionaire Romance Series

Ms. Pennington's box set is a true delight. 

Four excellent books to read at your leisure and get lost in swoony billioniare stories, each one better than the one before. 
You'll be hard pressed to choose a favorite couple. 

Wonderful characters, clean and wholesome with just kisses, to entice a romance reader. 

This is a collection of four clean romances—three novels and one novella. These are complete stories, not samples.

The Trouble with Billionaires

Charlotte has just moved to the perfect small town to build a new life with her son, Taylor. She wants him to grow up to be a better man than his father, whose rich lifestyle brought her nothing but pain during their marriage. When Taylor's handsome new t-ball coach, Nate Haverton, turns out to be a billionaire, she knows she has to keep him at a distance. But Nate is determined to change her mind.

The Truth about Billionaires

Jill is determined to prove she deserves her position at her father’s consulting firm, so the last thing she has time for is dating. Since her only experience with love ended in heartbreak, she isn’t tempted to break her own rule—until she meets Blake McDaniel. When she’s asked to take a job working with Blake, it’s a great step in her career, but the more time she spends around the attractive, determined billionaire, the harder it is to remember why she wants to stay single.

The Trust of a Billionaire

Hannah is determined to keep her beachfront property, even though she can’t afford to. But it’s her childhood home and she can’t bear to see it plowed down by Carter Ellis, the billionaire investor who keeps raising his offer to buy it. When Carter hires her to be his daughter’s nanny—providing her the income she needs to reject his offer—the irony is not lost on her. However, seeing him as a loving, worried father makes it difficult to enjoy her secret revenge—and even more impossible not to fall for him.

A Tree for the Billionaire

Getting hired as the personal assistant to the intelligent and attractive billionaire Christopher Warren seemed like a fairytale come true for Kate Ryan, but two years later, she hands in her two-weeks notice just before Christmas. How can she keep working for him day after day when she's in love with him? Not even the most beautiful and fascinating women in the world hold his interest, so there’s clearly no chance for her. Unfortunately, Mr. Warren seems determined to change her mind.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Golden Spoon

This book is the perfect marriage between Great British Bake Off and Clue. Brilliant. 

An excellent debut novel by Ms. Maxwell. (At least I think it's her debut novel.)

The minute I heard about this book, I was sold. And it's not my usual genre. But every once in a while, I love a clean cozy mystery. 

The narration was the biggest and best surprise because each character is voiced by a different actor. Supurb talents all around. You will love them. They bring the characters to life with their individuality. I especially liked Stella. 

I could gush, but that would take too long. Listen to or read the book. I hope she writes more like this one. 


Every summer for the past ten years, six awe-struck bakers have descended on the grounds of Grafton, the leafy and imposing Vermont estate that is not only the filming site for “Bake Week” but also the childhood home of the show’s famous host, celebrated baker Betsy Martin.

The author of numerous bestselling cookbooks and hailed as “America’s Grandmother,” Betsy Martin isn’t as warm off-screen as on, though no one needs to know that but her. She has always demanded perfection, and gotten it with a smile, but this year something is off. As the baking competition commences, things begin to go awry. At first, it’s merely sabotage—sugar replaced with salt, a burner turned to high—but when a body is discovered, everyone is a suspect.

A sharp and suspenseful thriller for mystery buffs and avid bakers alike, 
The Golden Spoon is a brilliant puzzle filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you reading late into the night until you turn the very last page of this incredible debut.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

We are the Light

This is my first read by Mr. Quick. 

It's a nice short listen, only six hours, though at the speed I listen to, it took even less. The story is told through a series of letters, which was unexpected, but worked well for the plot. The narrator is excellent. The characters are well formed and presented. 
There's a plot twist at the end, which I figured out early, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. 

Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero―everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas’s backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most importantly, themselves.

From Matthew Quick, whose work has been described by the Boston Herald as “like going to your favorite restaurant. You just know it is going to be good,” We Are the Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned, Quick reminds us that life is full of guardian angels.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Deep Point of View

Ms. Kennedy is very thorough in explanation and examples in this book to help the writer or novelist up their game with drawing the reader into the character's head and experience from their perspective. 

She's candid with a touch of humor. 

This is a useful book to add to your author tool box to up your game and supply your reader with an elevated experience. 

Do you want readers to be so caught up in your book that they forget they’re reading?

Then you need deep POV.

Deep POV takes the reader and places them inside of our characters—hearing their thoughts, feeling their emotions, and living the story through them. Compared to other writing styles, it builds a stronger emotional connection between the reader and our characters, creates the feeling of a faster pace, and helps avoid point-of-view errors and telling rather than showing.

Deep Point of View, writing instructor and fiction editor Marcy Kennedy brings her years of experience into showing you how to write deep POV. You’ll learn specific, practical things you can do immediately to take your fiction to the next level.

Each book in the 
Busy Writer’s Guide series is intended to give you enough theory so that you can understand why things work and why they don’t, but also enough examples to see how that theory looks in practice. In addition, they provide tips and exercises to help you take it to the pages of your own story, with an editor’s-eye view. Most importantly, they cut the fluff so that you have more time to write and to live your life.