Underneath It All by Margo Candela -- A debut novel; chick-lit with an authentic Latina flair.
Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund -- More chick-lit but with Ivy League panache and a wonderful sense of humor.
Somebody's Knocking at My Door by Francis Ray -- I love pretty much anything Ms. Ray writes. Can you tell?
Jump at the Sun by Kim McLarin -- I was initially disappointed because the marketing and blogosphere had me thinking this was a romance. But once I adjusted my expectations, I loved it for what it was -- a moving, thoughtful examination of one woman's relationships.
Black and White and Rucker Park Setup, both by Paul Volponi -- Two great, gritty young adult novels set in New York City and targeted at teen boys but enjoyable for all readers -- Anything with basketball and NYC works for me so these very well-written and thought-provoking novels were tops.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling --What can I say that hasn't been said? Great book and great conclusion. Ms. Rowling deserves her props. Harry and the bunch will be missed.
Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham -- Opened my eyes to the ebb and flow of chapters and scenes through scene and sequel.
Plot and Structure by James Bell Scott -- This one put some of Mr. Bickham's concepts into everyday language.
Telling the Tale: An African-American Fiction Writer's Guide by
Angela Benson -- Gave me a sense of how one might approach first draft and revision in a methodical fashion. The engineer in me, as in Ms. Benson, likes methodical. I'm planning to incorporate a bit of her process into writing my next manuscript.
Almost, not quite...
Just a couple more new-to-me romance authors I read in the last week (I've been devouring them as fast the sugar cookies we made!)
Miracle On Christmas Eve by Shirley Jump --Cute and humorous holiday romance. Like how the humor incorporated the holiday theme.
Cross My Heart by Carly Phillips -- Heard about this for a long time. Should have read it sooner. Fast-paced but not over the top, which I think is hard for a single title. Great characters.
Win, Lose...or Wed! by Melissa McClone --Snappy, fast-paced reality show plot with likeable characters and zany antics.
That's it. My favorites out of 157 reads this year. I'm done!
Thank you one and all for your encouragement in 2007.
As you celebrate this end of year, be safe and make healthy choices. Begin the new year with thanksgiving and hope.
Here's to a tremendous year of reading and writing (much more writing) in 2008!
Happy New Year's everyone!
Peace & Blessings,
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.