Book Review: How to Plot Romance Fiction by Nina Harrington

This book did not come recommended to me, but it showed up in the Amazon algorithm and the price for a hardcopy version was more than reasonable. After reading it, I’m glad that I did not spend more than I did. Overall, the text could have benefited from an editorial review by someone experienced inContinue reading “Book Review: How to Plot Romance Fiction by Nina Harrington”

Book Review: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

When I decided to try my hand at paranormal romance, I knew I’d have to learn everything I could about the structure of a romance arc in order to tell a successful story. In every place I asked for recommendations on romance craft books, the top answer was always Romancing the Beat. It’s a slimContinue reading “Book Review: Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes”

Book Review: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

I’m not a huge craft book consumer, but I wanted to give myself a refresher course on certain topics before I shift genres for my next series. The Amazon algorithms fed me this option, and I snapped it up based on the price point and author. This book is an easy read that I devouredContinue reading “Book Review: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass”

Review: Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton

So far I’ve written a female coming-of-age novel, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, a time-travel book…and those are all in the same series. What’s next? I think a murder mystery is on the horizon, and as a newcomer to this genre, I needed to get back to basics. Writing Mysteries is a solid bookContinue reading “Review: Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton”