Tuesday, January 01, 2008

December Reads

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - 12/02/07
Good - Fiction
Edward leaves and Bella establishes a relationship with Jacob, but he also has a secret.
The sequel to Twilight - I can't wait to read the 3rd one. I'm #6 on the library's waiting list.

How to Write Romances by Phyllis Taylor Pianka - 12/11/07
Good - Non-fiction
How to combine conflict, desire, adventure and romance to create compelling love stories (1988)
Although this book is twenty (!) years old, I think the info is still relevant. It jives with all the other info I have read online.

Open Invitation by Karen Kendall - 12/13/07
Fair - Romance Explicit
Ranchowner needs an etiquette consultant to get him ready for his sister's wedding
This is part of the Harlequin Blaze series. Let's just say I don't think *I* will be writing this sort of romance novel. I debated even putting it on my list here, but honesty won out. :::sickly grin:::

Montana Twins by Charlotte Maclay - 12/16/07
Fair - Romance
Sheriff Eric Oakes finds out he is the uncle of twin baby girls who need a home; their current guardian Laura Cavendish is part of the package.
I could write this.

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerrittsen - 12/20/07
Good - Suspense
A century-old Boston murder comes to light in the present day
This was hard to follow in places, but I enjoyed the story.

Leave it to Claire
by Tracey Bateman - 12/24/07
Good - Inspirational
Claire is divorced and self-absorbed in her career and self-pity; will she hear the Lord's call to forgive her ex and reconnect with her children?
I liked the story, but I didn't really like the present tense narrative. I do plan to read the other 2 in the series, though, so I guess it didn't bother me TOO much.

The Last Noel by Heather Graham - 12/25/07
Good - Suspense
Kat's family is held hostage at Christmas in a snowstorm.
This was interesting. I chose it because it was a Christmas story at Christmas and it wasn't likely to be as sappy as some Christmas stories are.

Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson - 12/26/07
Fair - Suspense
Goldy suspects that the woman who killed her ex-husband isn't dead as everyone thinks, but has killed again.
This was more convoluted than any other Goldy mystery I have read. Way too much exposition and it just seemed contrived.

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Waingler - 12/31/07
Good - Non-fiction
A top romance editor gives you the know-how to succeed as a romance novelist.
I skimmed through this book out of order, but I think I covered all of it.

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