This week, I discovered a character who has absolutely no problem speaking her mind. Actually, quite a few of them. I started reading a few books from Paranormal Women’s Fiction, a collective of authors dedicated to publishing a new line of books that combine—well, the Women’s Fiction and Paranormal genres. They’re ridiculously fun books, filledContinue reading “A Sweet-Talking First Line Friday”
I’ve written before about how much I love food-focused fiction, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak up about my love of food-focused nonfiction as well. Food is universal—obviously—and that means there are an awful lot of people out there writing about it. From critics tearing down and propping up restaurants to foodies reminiscingContinue reading “Bad Food for First Line Friday”
While I like to think that I read broadly, I definitely have my comfort zones, which has led to some gaping holes on my bookshelf. For instance, while I love romance novels, I’m rusty when it comes to historical romance—you know, that massively popular publishing powerhouse of a subgenre. So lately I’ve been branching outContinue reading “A Regency Favorite Lines Friday”
For some people, parties are stressful—especially when you have multiple groups of friends colliding for the first time. What do you talk about? Plop someone into a new group and they might have nothing to say. That’s why it’s always good to have a solid icebreaker waiting in your back pocket. Though as today’s FavoriteContinue reading “A Favorite Lines Friday Icebreaker”
Jon Ronson is a dangerous author. Any attempt to read a few pages of one of his books before bed will almost certainly result in closing it around the same time the sun comes up. It’s his gift—to the detriment of my sleep pattern—as a storyteller. And this skill is on no better display thanContinue reading “A Dangerous Favorite Lines Friday”
Sometimes you just can’t beat a good opening paragraph—though it’s something so hard to get right. Not only does it have to immediately grab your attention, but it also must set the stage for everything that comes after. Somehow, some authors strike gold. And so for this week’s Favorite Lines Friday, I’m highlighting a snippetContinue reading “First Impressions and Favorite Lines Friday Are Everything”
Sometimes an author begins a chapter with a sentence so surprising that I have to read it twice—sometimes even three times. For this week’s Favorite Lines Friday, I’m highlighting one of my favorite examples of that.
Every once in a while I read a book with a character who has a special talent and I think, “Well, I wish I could do that.” In many cases, it’s something that’s completely achievable. When I was in high school, I read The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood and fell in love with aContinue reading “A Talented Favorite Lines Friday”
Books shows us a world outside of our own, but they can also hold up a magnifying glass to our own circumstances. And there’s something genuinely rewarding about finding characters who you instantly connect with. For this week’s Favorite Lines Friday, here’s a passage that showcases a character I think most of us can relateContinue reading “A Relatable Favorite Lines Friday”
Cleaning? Who has time for that? In a world where new book releases lurk around every corning, sometimes vacuuming and dusting just have to wait. This week’s Favorite Lines Friday, though, shows that not everyone is impressed with loose housekeeping.