Book Review: The Rebel

Title: The Rebel Series: Hennings Family Author: Adrienne Giordano Genre: Suspense – Harlequin Intrigue Publisher: Harlequin Release Date: Oct 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 284 Bad to the bone…in all the right ways A brilliant civil lawyer, David Hennings has always been the outsider—at odds with his wealthy family, shunning relationships, defying convention as a sexy leather-jacketed biker. Which is why sculptor Amanda LeBlanc agrees to his request to reconstruct a skull from a cold case murder. The instant heat between them is scorching. But once Amanda takes the job and gets too close to the rebellious attorney, her carefully balanced … Read more…

Staring Down the Evil Thing

What is this evil thing? Book revisions, of course. I’m taking Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel Course. The course is massive! Going through revisions can be a daunting task. Going through her course IS a daunting task, but she promises once you get through the initial pain (your first real revision) it gets much easier. I’ve revised stuff before, but never on this level. In the end, I think it’ll make me a better writer than any “writing” course I’ve taken. I’m supposed to be five weeks into the course. Unfortunately I did the first week wrong and … Read more…

Finding a Genre

I can’t tell you how to find your genre. It’s a personal thing. I can tell you though, it may not be in a genre you actually read a lot. I love reading those cutesy cozy mysteries–you know–the ones about bakeries or bookstores or whatever. However, my attempt at writing them failed miserably. I also like to read romance from time to time, and while I can write decently in that genre, I don’t like what I’ve written. It bores me to death. I’m finding that my best style in is suspense. I’m no expert, but it’s the genre I … Read more…

New Year – New Beginnings – Journey of a Writer

A new year is a time for new beginnings and a chance to reflect back on the year that’s going out. In 2015, I hardly blogged at all. In fact, when I had to change webhosts, I completely deleted my old blog and all of those old writings. It was mostly aimed at freelance writing and that part of my life is behind me. 2015 is the year I took fiction seriously. In 2016, I will start publishing and getting more accomplished with fiction as a business and a career. I did finish 3 first drafts in 2015. While this … Read more…

Cryptic Cove – Building a Fictional Town

Cryptic Cove is the fictional town I’ve created (or am creating) in my first cozy mystery series. I’ve finished writing book one and am in the editing phase now. As I’ve read through the first draft, it’s apparent that although the town is in my head, I haven’t translated it onto the page yet. It still needs development during revisions. It’s an odd little town, perched high on a cliff above a modern, touristy town on the coast of Massachusetts. I have no idea if a small town like this actually exists, but it’s fiction, right? I can put it … Read more…