Review: Daring to dream

Nora Roberts is a pro. When I picked up this book, I knew it’d be good but I also knew I was in the hands of one of the best writers of romance. Ever. So I paid attention.

Nora Robert’s good. For a lot of reasons.

One, her heroine Margo is outspoken, opinionated and makes a terrible mess of her life. Where I would probably create a woman that no one would like, Nora Roberts makes Margo appealing. She cares about her family, sacrifices herself for them and keeps her dignity by not throwing herself at the hero’s feet.

Josh is the hero and he too, could be disliked in someone else’s hands. He’s born in luxury, is gorgeous, flawless and a lawyer to boot. Again, Nora Roberts waves her magic with Josh and I loved him. He was quietly in love with Margo for years, never once letting her know or sharing his feelings out of respect for where she was at. And he helps her, when she’s stuck, without letting her know he did it. He’s charming, witty and still very much an alpha man.

Nora Roberts has a knack with families and relationships and this book was no exception. Margo has a chance to reconcile with her mother and make amends with her life. Things work out but there are mistakes along the way and realistic challenges that make this story not only realistic but a wonderful tale of fiction.

I particularly loved that the main plot in the story was the love relationship between Margo and Josh. The Templetons were easy to like and so realistic I could hear them talking.

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, I’d highly recommend this one. Personally, I can’t wait to get to the rest of this series.

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Monday Morsel: Holding the Dream

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“She opened her eyes, straightened up from the banister and squared her shoulders. Something about Byron De Witt always made her feel confrontational.” Pg. 43 from Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts.

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Monday Morsel: Daring to Dream

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Josh watched her go, hating himself for being annoyed that she hadn’t been teary and wrecked. Hating himself more, much more, for the undeniable fact that he was, and always had been, in love with her.” Pg. 70 from Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts.

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Review: Command Performance

Command Performance is the 2nd book in the series about Cordina’s Royal Family but can be read as a stand alone. It’s actually the first book I read of the series and it completely hooked me in.

The book reads almost like a fairy tale. There’s a prince and a very normal girl who comes to his castle. There’s danger and there’s a love story.

Nora Roberts does a good job of making the heroine likeable. Eve is no Sleeping Beauty, simply waiting for a prince to kiss her so she can live again. She’s a working, self-reliant woman happy with her life and needing no one’s rescue. Though she’s definitely feisty, she’s not cocky or snobbish or rude. I loved her from the get-go.

Alexander is aristocratic and elegant without being stuffy, distinguished and confident. I had a crush on him from the first page.

Their story is simply beautiful. There’s danger and passion and a happy ending. I have no idea how Nora Roberts can manage to create such realistic characters and satisfying plot in under 300 pages, but she does it.

If you haven’t tried this one by Nora Roberts, I’d highly recommend it. You’re in for a treat.

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Monday Morsel

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“His jaw set, then tightened. “I apologize for interrupting.”” Pg. 8 from Command Performance by Nora Roberts.

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Awesome September books

September in Canada always means beautiful fall colours and a return or cooler temperatures. For me, though there are a lot of books coming out that make this month, something to look forward to.

Here’s a post by the All About Romance site with the upcoming September romance books. http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=12940 They have covers and links so you can check them out at your heart’s content.

Here are a few of the books coming out, to whet your appetite.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is coming out with ‘Heroes are my Weakness’.

Rachel Gibson has her book coming out ‘What I love about You’.

If you’re a Nora Roberts fan, J.D. Robb has ‘Festive in Death’ coming out.

Lorraine Heath has ‘Once More, My Darling Rogue’.

Patricia Briggs has Shifting Shadows.

Thea Harrison has Night’s Honor.

Lisa Jackson has Close to Home.

Nalini Singh has Rock Addition.

Isn’t it exciting? What books are you looking forward to?

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For romance readers

I want to recommend the site All About Romance to you. It’s a huge site and it does mostly reviews but that’s not all it does. It has some really great features.

First, the obvious one. If you’re looking for a book, odds are it’s in All About Romance’s review archives. It’s moving slowly but surely into the indie market and has some reviews for books that are ebooks, so that’s an area of growth for the site. But if the book is in print, odds are, it’ll have it. Here’s the search engine.

AAR is also open to reviews. Under the reviews button, you can go to ‘Want your book reviewed’.

AAR reviews two books a day, every day except Sundays. So it’s a great way to hear what is happening to your favourite authors and their books. If you’re wondering how Nora Roberts is doing with her new series or J.R. Ward, this is a great place to come.

Under reviews, it has a section for upcoming reviews. So, you can see what books are going to be reviewed and consider buying them or not. It also has a section called Desert Island Keepers for those books that were outstanding. If you’re looking for a sure thing, that’s a great place to go. Look under the search for the ‘DIK Searches’.

Under the Features button, you’ll find the links. Those are links to the authors they’ve reviewed, to publishers and even other review sites.

It’s also a blog, so the reviewers speak out and have not only interesting posts but very enlightening ones. Here‘s their take on the series Outlander.

It’s easy to navigate and–best of all–only reviews romance. Only. Isn’t that absolutely the best? 😀

Final tid bit. The site is www.likesbooks.com. Easy!

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Still reading…

I just read the four Chesapeake Bay saga books by Nora Roberts. One after the other. Problem was, when I was done, I just couldn’t face the ending…so I started on the MacKade Brothers’ series by the same author.

It’s all I’ve done. Just reading. All day. My eyes actually feel stiff, my back feels tired, my legs are numb from not moving.

It’s delicious.

I highly recommend it. Go. Get a row of yummy books, books you can’t put down and start. Just read. Until your eyes hurt. Man alive. So good.

Life does continue around me. We’re getting freezing rain tonight (of course) coupled with snow (for variety) and ice pellets (to finish off). The dogs are filthy and I have work tomorrow…which means I won’t be able to read…which means I better finish this post so I can finish these books tonight.

I should be writing or working out or doing something productive but…hey. It was my birthday this weekend, so I got some books and read until my eyes hurt.

There are worse ways to spend a day. 🙂

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A real gem

I’ve been doing nothing but reading all day. True, I did have to take my car in to get fixed–but I brought my book with me–and yes, I had to eat and get dressed and go–but I also did most of those things with the book in one hand.

The funny thing is, it was a book I had already read. I knew what’s going to happen. I knew the twists and turns, the conflicts and even some of the lines the characters would say.

I still couldn’t put the thing down.

The book in question is Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.

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(credit: amazon.ca)

Do you have books like that? That you read and read and then read again? Aren’t they the most amazing thing? Ever?

I’m literally in love. Again.

On editing

I’m editing. And it’s hell. I don’t think I’m alone when I curse and grumble about it. But, really, let’s just say it. Editing sucks.

All those wonderful chapters that seemed written by Shakespeare only days ago, have magically turned into a mess. I blame my brain. Back when I wrote them, I had my Creative Brain on and I thought the stuff was pretty good. Now, with my critical Editorial Cap on, it’s just awful. 

I have to re-read it, change words, then ask myself what the sweet heavens I was trying to say in that convoluted, unending, tongue-twister of a paragraph. Somehow, I have to transform that soup of words into actual English so people will want to read it and not burst into tears. I curse, grumble, pray for inspiration and write away. I cut things, add words, change adverbs and add plurals when needed until I can read it. Until it flows and it says what it was supposed to say. With pizzaz.

Then, I go to the next one.

Today I chomped my way through an entire chapter. But most days it’s one scene at a time. The worst is coming though. I know I’ll have to go through this process a couple of times before the book is remotely to my standards. Perfectionism sucks.

Then I had a thought: What would it be like to write perfectly? What if we could write without having to edit? Do the Greats manage that? Does Nora Roberts type flawlessly on her computer in one endless, grammatically-perfect, flowing example of immaculate fiction? Wouldn’t it be wonderful? Just imagine…no editing…Ahhh.