Virgin or Seasoned PRO – Details

Each week, I download multiple books to my e-reader. Some I will finish and be excited that I’ve discovered great writing, a new author. Some I will finish because I’ve discovered an innovative plot line.Some I will finish because there is witty dialogue, superlative character development, or the use of literary device that is a struggle for me. Many . . . many, I will not finish. I’ll return them through my Kindle Unlimited – or simply delete from all my devices and take a hit on the cost. Why? Because reading time is precious and obvious mistakes in the first few pages of a book, does not bode well. Sound pompous? Sorry for that, […]

1 – 2 – 3 Tag

2007 RWA’s Golden Heart winner, recently sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing, Marilyn Brant tagged me to play her latest game of what are you reading now. Marilyn knows I’m reading. Anyone who’s perused my blog since the first of the year knows I’ve issued a reading challenge (one book per week — come on, folks, seriously, that’s one skinny little book or not so skinny as is your choice per week.) Simply comment and let me know what you’re reading. Back to Marilyn’s tag, here are the rules: 1. Pick up the nearest book.2. Open to page 123.3. Find the fifth sentence.4. Post the next three sentences.5. Tag five people and post a […]

Yes, I’ve been reading.

Who’s keeping up with the reading challenge? Remember, one new book each week? No specific requirements, no mandatory length, no classical or literary emphasis is necessary — only reading a new book each week. Time marches on and your reading stack (those you’ve read) should be growing — right along with mine. This past week, I re-entered the world of teaching on a short-term, if full-time basis. What’s that mean? Reading moments must be snagged with ruthless zeal. So here’s my list for the past two weeks: Jodi Picoult’s, My Sister’s Keeper John Reynolds Gardiner’s, Stone Fox and finally, Francene Sabin’s, The Courage of Helen Keller Yes, these last two are children’s book. Remember, what […]

Love Texas Style

Yahoo! Kick up your heels and set your lasso to pull in a great read. Love Texas Style, an anthology written by twelve — dare I say, yes, I do — unbelievably talented North Texas Romance writers, is now available through the Wild Rose Press. E-books are available at: The Wild Rose Press Want your own autographed print version? Then check back here or at LA Mitchell’s blog for the latest on book-signings. Oh, and make sure to drop LA Mitchell (one of the greatest new writers of our times) a line and let her know how much you enjoyed her The Lost Highway in Love Texas Style.

Reading on . . .

Been away from the computer, but reading and WRITING on! This past week’s read was Lisa Kleypas’s, Sugar Daddy. Well worth the investment of my time. If you love larger-than-life characters, great detail, and dead-solid perfect Texasism, then you’ll want to read Ms. Kleypas’s Sugar Daddy. Feel free to leave your read for the week.

Keeping up with the reading challenge

Here’s what I’m reading this week. One of my critique partners *Shannon Canard* is published in this collection of short stories. So, it’s definitely been on my ‘TBR’ (to be read) list. BTW Shannon, I read your story first. My only problem . . . I want more than the little tidbit from the short story. Can I have a full length, please? In addition to this book being a great read, the proceeds go to benefit Women’s Shelters. Great romance reading and for a great cause — how cool is that?

Reading Challenge

I didn’t set out to be cutting-edge, but it’s nice to know The Reader’s Digest and I agree on something basic. People aren’t reading anymore. Not nearly enough according to RD’s information. According to a short snippet in The Reader’s Digest, February 2008, A National Endowment for the Arts study found that Americans are reading less and less for pleasure. Why? Are we working more? More than our forefathers (and especially foremothers) who toiled from sunup to sundown in order to work farms, dairies, ranches? Less educated? Not likely. During the 1910s only 15% of those between the ages of 14 and 17 even attended high school. Today, every state has a mandatory stipulation that […]