My Review Of The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)The Next Always by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read all three books one after the other. Each book is stand alone and satisfying on its own but read together without taking a break. I discovered that Nora Roberts wove two plot lines through the series which impressed me with her skill. Each book adds new intriguing elements to those arcs. The Next Always The Last Boyfriend The Perfect Hope

I’ve never read a paranormal romance before so I was happy to discover this wasn’t between a human and a ghost. Instead, the ghost in the series has her own story to tell and is a fun cheeky secondary character.

I love how real the characters in the trilogy are. I wanted to hang out with the women, and drool over the men–I can’t though because these books are romances and there were happy endings in all of them. I finished all three in less than a week.

I would recommend The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy to anyone who enjoys stories that are filled with an affirmation of the importance of family, humor, loves stories, a ghost, and a dose of danger, drama, and mystery.

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My Review Of Barefoot Season

Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island, #1)Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A few minutes after noon I sat down with a sandwich and a new story, Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery, to enjoy. I read the first sentence and became the nosy neighbor peering out her window. The words on the page swirled and sucked me into the characters’ world, daring me to figure out who each character was on the inside and what they were hiding and why. I couldn’t get enough, I had to know everything about Michelle, Carly, and Jared. At three in the morning, I read the last page and turned off my bedside lamp and laid there in the dark, my senses trapped between Blackberry Island and real life.

Susan Mallery crafted a story about lost friendships, betrayal, physical and emotional injuries, people put in our life for a season and sometimes for a lifetime. The characters were as real as any person I’ve known in real life. I cheered for them, encouraged them, wanted to alternately shake them and protect them. This book is a powerful story about not giving up, pushing through the hard times even when you aren’t sure who is on your side. It shows how sometimes hard love is the only answer. Woven through the ups and downs of the story arc, Susan Mallery, reminds us how important forgiveness is in our lives. Especially when we need to forgive ourselves in order heal and move forward.

My mom read this book in two days. Be sure you have time to lose yourself in this phenomenal world before you open the book and read the first sentence. When you do, you’ll be glad you did.

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Behind the Scenes of ‘The Fire-Pit’

Until I began writing The Fire-Pit I never thought about what went into writing a novel. At the library or bookstore, if an authors’ name or a cover caught my eye, I read the blurb on the back. If it sounded interesting I took the book home. It was fairly easy to find an entertaining story.

The last eighteen months have been an adventure. Grab a camp chair and join me by the fire.

Research

A great story idea came to me in the shower. Guess I ought to write a book.

Yep, that’s how it started. With an idea. Part of my idea involved a food truck. I spent many hours learning everything I could about food trucks.

I spent days creating my characters. I found images on google. I interviewed each character, asking 40 in-depth and probing questions. I learned a lot about them.

Despite being scared I was ready to write. So I did the research all over again. I repeated this process for six months.

Camp NaNoWriMo

There was a blog, written by indie author Donna B. McNicol, that I regularly read. She announced in July that she was super busy writing all of August’s blog posts ahead of time because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I remember eagerly following the link to discover what this camp was all about. Camp NaNoWriMo is where writers come together and for a month write like crazy. You can do anything, a novel, a screenplay, blog posts, non-fiction, newsletters, or research for an upcoming project. I decided it might just be the kick in the pants I needed to escape this research quagmire I’d fallen into.

I wrote every day for two and a half weeks. On day 17 my characters went on strike citing unsafe working conditions. They claimed boredom had almost resulted in several of them dying. They refused to come back to work until I’d watched a few action adventure movies. I argued with them. They won. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of ‘The Fire-Pit’”

The End Is Near

Just so you know right off the bat, this is not a Chicken Little post. The sky isn’t falling 😉

Plot Bunnies and First Drafts

For the first time in almost two years, I can see that my book will be finished and go on sale! It’s a huge realization. For the first six months, I planned and plotted. But didn’t do any writing because I was afraid. Then Camp NaNoWriMo gave me the kick in the pants to get started. For eight chapters I chased the plot bunnies from one happy scene to another. Then I got bored. Yes, my story bored me.
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So I scrapped it all. I located a new warren of plot bunnies to chase. They were a lot more imaginative than the other warren. They were also more mischievous leading me down twisty, narrow, overgrown paths several times. Still, I’m glad I found them. My story has been greatly improved by chasing plot bunnies all over the countryside. Five months later I had an exciting rough draft. Continue reading “The End Is Near”