My Reading Challenge continues.
This past week, I finished Geralyn Dawson’s newest HQN release, THE LONER. This novel is another powerful love story that features a number of the characters from her Bad Luck Brides series. If you’ve grown attached to this cast and crew then you’ll not be disappointed with her latest entry into larger-than-life Texas history. Ms. Dawson always takes some tidbit of historical past (this time one of the earliest flash floods in Texas history and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to add that wonderful touch of realism to her stories. It is as though she takes that one snippet of the past and weaves a tale around it — reminds me of Paul Harvey’s ‘And the rest of the story . . .’ (for those of you who listen to talk-radio).
As a writer, I’m always impressed by Ms. Dawson’s ability to motivate her characters — not with just a single event but by the collective experience of their lives. These are real people, with real problems, and as a reader, I root for them from page one.
Ms. Dawson revealed during a writing seminar, which she taught, that she doesn’t plot out every last detail and sometimes the characters manage to write themselves into a corner that’s tough to get out of. Perhaps, she sprinkles a little magic pixie dust over her characters, because she never fails to conjure up the perfect blend of goal, conflict and motivation. However, she does it — I’m in awe.
Thanks, Ms. Dawson, for another great read.
What are you reading this week? Still on track?
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Don’t forget to drop by my back porch anytime. I always have a glass of sweet tea cooling in the fridge.