Book Review: Loving the Marquess

Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros is pretty good. It was well written; I only found a few typos. The story line was interesting. It had the requisite strong, troubled hero with a mysterious disease that killed his father and brother and a heroine in financial distress. He needs and heir before he dies and she and her brother and sister need somewhere to live. There were even some characters – his grandmother and her sister – who were a little more fleshed out and fun to read about.

The thing that ruined it for me was the frequent, too explicit sex scenes. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being XXX-rated, I’d give this story a 7. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t like any sex scenes in a Regency Romance. I think some authors – not this one specifically – need to go back and reread Jane Austen. I wish Amazon, Goodreads, etc. would come up with … Read more

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