Summer 2017, a few books on my list

Summer, 2017

I read in a variety of genres from historical romances set in various time periods: Regency England, Tudor England, Medieval, Italian Renaissance and modern day, to psychological suspense, memoirs, true stories, literary novels and anything else that catches my attention. I use the website Bookbub.com to find new, discounted, e-books to read on my iPad.

Here are a few of the books I’m planning to read this summer. I’d love to know what’s on your list! There is a place to comment at the bottom of every post.

The Unquiet Daughter, A Memoir by Danielle Flood. This is a sequel to Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and tells the story of a young girl and her dysfunctional mother.

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney. A minute-by-minute account of the life of a sous chef in a popular restaurant owned by a famous chef.

Notes from an Exhibition: A Novel by Patrick Gale. From the Amazon … Read more

I love Regency Romances

I have a secret passion that I’ve only told a few people about.

I love to read Regency Romances.

Did you just say, “Huh??” with a puzzled look on your face? Yep, this serious-minded woman loves a good escapist novel.

Don’t know what a Regency Romance is? Think Jane Austen, the best-known author in the genre. If you have read her books or seen the movies based on them: Sense and Sensibilities, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan, you have experienced the Regency era.

So, what was the Regency Era?

King George III was the British king that colonial Americans fought in the American Revolution. He’s the king that raised the taxes on tea imported from Great Britain so high, that the people of Boston threw the shipment into Boston Harbor creating the first “Tea Party.” … Read more

What method do you use to write a novel?

fountainpenI recently read this question “What method do you use to write a novel?” on Quora and thought I would share my answer with those of you who might be interested.

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Do you create an outline and then fill it in until a novel takes shape? Do you sit down and write organically? Also please include some things you like and dislike about your method.

When I’m writing a novel, I use a mixture of organic writing (or free writing) – just letting the story unfold as I type away – and outlining. My outlines are not detailed but I use it to figure out where a scene will work the most effectively. I use specific outlines when I’m writing non-fiction.

The biggest change I’ve made – and it has made a huge difference – is I bought the … Read more

Are you an introvert?

I was reading some of the web pages I’ve saved in Evernote and came across this article. I thought I would share it with you. Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians are often introverts. I am very much an introvert and especially relate to Myth #9.

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Let me tell you about introverts.  This is a genetic characteristic of a small percentage (15%) of the population and an absolutely essential one to moving the human race forward.  Besides, there are some important differences between the brains of introverts and extroverts.  You can’t change.

All about Introverts

1. We choose our words carefully so others don’t have to wade through a river of words to understand what we are saying.

2. We have imagination and rich inner worlds.

3. We are more likely to access our innermost thoughts and creative ideas because we embrace solitude.

4. We are capable of great focus, which comes in handy when completing pretty much any task … Read more