Thursday, January 8, 2015

How I Write

Are you a writer who wants to know how to progress in their manuscript?  If you are I have the book just for you!  How I Write Secrets of a Bestselling author by Janet Evanovich, Ina Yalof, and Alex Evanovich.  This book is constructed from the many questions on Janet’s website in the Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ.   I did not realize how in depth or what kinds of questions were submitted to Janet.  They are enough to create this informative book.   

This book is divided into eight parts.  The topics are:  Creating Great Characters, Nuts and Bolts, Revising and Editing, Getting Published, Bits and Pieces, The Writing Life, and the Quick Reference to the resources for this book.   In each section a question listed and Janet answers with Ina Yalof providing creative writing insight.
My Thoughts: 

I found this book to be a great reference point for my writing.  I also know that it will help others.  When assessing a book such as this I look for something that I can take away that might be different or unique from other resources.

I found the information about publishing process once the manuscript was submitted very informative.  She also discusses what a writing advance means in regards to sales and how the royalties will translate into profit for you the writer.  

One aspect I might copy and keep for myself is the chart for editing the manuscript once it is finished. 

The only part of the book that seemed to not interest me some topics were repetitive.  Always to take what benefits you as the writer the most.     

This book to be very useful!



Please visit Janet  and Alex on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How Well Do You Really Know Someone?

This is the question that Jane Green answers in her latest novel Saving Grace.  Thank you to Tandem Literary and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book exchange for an honest review. 


Grace has had a difficult childhood.  Her mother had Bipolar disorder and she  swore that she would be nothing like her mother.  Although she has found an adopted family over time in England, she has lost touch recently.  Does she really have everything she could ever want?  Her marriage to famous author Ted Chapman has had its ups and downs over the year.  The old assistant Ellen has helped to keep things running smoothly between Grace and Ted.  One problem she is leaving to take care of her ill mother.  Who will take her place?  Enter Beth McCarthy the dream assistant. Is she really?

My Thoughts: 

An author writes what she knows. This is definitely case with Saving Grace.  I hope that you were able to see the videos posted previously where Jane discusses the experiences that led up to this book.  She always has a way of creating memorable characters.  Story is told through Grace the main character.  I very much felt for her in the beginning of the story.  I found it hard to turn the pages initially because of what Grace experienced.  Once the climax in the story occurred I wanted to find out what the conclusion would be.  Beth seemed a little predictable to me initially and I felt that I had some idea of where the plot would go.  I was wrong of course. 

The plot was not as predictable as I thought. 

 Another great novel by Jane Green!



Please visit Jane on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up and Giveaway winner

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest boards for  Book Deals, Giveaway, posts on Writer's Corner.  

 Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (If you do, Please leave a link for me to stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:


 What I'll be reading next:

 Current Giveaway:  

 Giveaway Winner:

The winner of the Jane Green books Tempting Fate and Saving Grace is Josy Hererra. You have 48 hours to claim your prize.