It’s been an eventful month for me, but the nice thing about reading is that it can take you away from the daily stresses and transport you to a world in which things are beautiful and serene – or where the characters’ problems are so bad that yours seem minimal in comparison. My list this month includes only one digital book – the rest take up room on my over-crowded wooden bookshelf. Take a look!
From This Day Forward by Dana Ransom
Dana Ransom is one of the pen names used by prolific author Nancy Gideon. Nancy is a fellow member of my local RWA chapter and when this title went on sale a few years ago I grabbed it, but didn’t read it until this month. I’m a fan of Dana/Nancy’s historical romances, and I was happy to find this contemporary romance. I’m assuming this is one of her earlier works, as the point of view was difficult to follow at times, but the overall story was gripping. I began to wonder if either Kyle or Robyn would ever heal from their emotional wounds and manage a life together. Great story-telling!
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman
I haven’t read this book from cover to cover, but then it’s a reference book, so it’s the kind that one uses only the bits you need, when you need it. Several of my fellow authors have recommended it (and other reference books in this series), so when I got stuck narrowing down the inner conflict for a few of my characters, I took advantage of the Amazon Prime Day deals and purchased it. I immediately located the event that caused my character’s emotional wound, and discovered two full pages describing how this event would manifest itself in the character’s goals, actions, and relationships.
Verbalize by Damon Suede
One of the advantages of belonging to a writing group (at least the two I belong to) is listening to experts in many fields, including writing craft. This past spring, my RWA chapter shared a video presentation by Damon Suede, who is gaining national recognition for his ability to explain how to improve our writing. In the presentation I watched, he demonstrated how the use of specific verbs could help us with the “show, don’t tell” dilemma we as authors often face. I purchased two of his reference books, and used this one to find action verbs for my characters that show the fears, joys, and heartaches they face.
Cajun Gold by Cliff Madison
I ordered this book when Cliff appeared on this blog as our hound’s guest. It’s a nice, thin volume, perfect for a road trip. I slipped it in my purse to read during my flight to Louisville last week. What a fun read! I found myself giggling aloud, and the young lady next to me probably wondered what kind of loony grandma she got stuck with. While Bernard is not unhappy with his life, he certainly doesn’t complain when a huge chunk of gold falls out of the sky while he’s hunting – on someone else’s land. He and his buddies get into all sorts of misadventures – first transporting the chunk to his own property, keeping the IRS out of his hair, and then outwitting the real landowner, who demands that Bernard return his property. Of course, there’s a happy ending for almost all.