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: The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers

I like to support museum gift shops, and this was an easy buy at the Met Cloisters in New York City where I saw one of the unicorn tapestries referenced in this book. (I’ve also seen the unicorn tapestries in Paris at the Musée de Cluny, which was equally a treat.) I did not actuallyContinue reading “Review: The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers”

Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This is the sort of book that gets put into print and then quickly discounted and delegated to the clearance section of a big name bookstore (which is exactly where I bought it). It’s not a strictly historical text, it’s not a feminist treatise, and it’s not going to tell you anything new about theContinue reading “Review: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie”