I promised that I’d be sprinkling in mini reviews going forward, so here is my latest batch! I hope you enjoy!
Title: Heart of Fire
Author: Bec McMaster
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Blurb: The old eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes, and steal away fair maidens.
Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.
Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so, he must take mortal form.
It’s the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon-hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he’s never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?
I was really excited to read from a different series by Bec McMaster, as we all know I am absolute trash for her London Steampunk and BlueBlood Conspiracy series. My Mom bought me Heart of Fire for Christmas last year and I wanted to read something quicker, after my epic Lightbringer reread, where the average book clocked in at 700+ pages.
Heart of Fire was perfect to mix it up! I hadn’t read a romance in a while and I think it’s going to make me read some more here in the future, because I just missed reading from that genre. McMaster has a way with writing steamy scenes and I enjoyed it immensely, even if I didn’t fall completely head over heels with it, like I have with her steampunk romances. But, I definitely plan to continue the series, especially since I am very intrigued about the couple we will be following in book two!
Title: Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction
Author: Mike Klaassen
Blurb: Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about scenes and sequels. Scenes and sequels are the one-two punch of a story that make it page-turning fiction. If you don’t know what they are and how they work, how can your tale reach its potential? Writing fiction isn’t easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understanding of scenes and sequels will fall flat. You can learn about scenes and sequels in three ways: (1) just start writing and hope you figure it out over time, (2) read lots of books and attend a bunch of seminars, or (3) study a book devoted entirely to the subject. Mike Klaassen has already read the books and attended the seminars. Combining his copious notes with his own writing experience, he’s clarified and expanded the concepts of scenes and sequels. Save yourself a ton of time, money, and frustration with one comprehensive, concise book. Inside “Scenes and Sequels,” you’ll discover: practical definitions of scenes and sequels, the components of scenes and sequels, how scenes and sequels compare to other passages of writing, the nuances of using each, practical examples of how to use scenes and sequels, prototype scenes and sequels, how to control the pace of your fiction, how to troubleshoot a manuscript with scene-and-sequel analysis, and much, much more. Why spend countless hours doing your own research? “Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction” is a treasure of straightforward, practical information that you can use immediately. Unlock your full writing potential with “Scenes and Sequels” today!
This is one of the first craft books I’ve read in a while. It’s something I need to work more on and read more of (I even own a couple!), as I’d love to continue to elevate the craft aspect of my novels, while still continuing to challenge and expanding my own narrative storytelling. This novel was recommended to me by my editor and I found it to be okay. I really liked the premise of it and the idea of breaking down your novel into main scenes and then sequel scenes, but I found the tone to be a bit condescending and the actual implementation not exactly what I was looking for (actually, just talking through these ideas with my editor made ten times more sense and was more helpful than this novel, so….).
All in all, not a bad read, but not exactly my favorite, either.
Title: Forever Your Earl
Author: Eva Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Blurb: Eva Leigh makes her Avon debut with the first book in her smart and sexy Wicked Quills of London series!
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.
But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.
I have another romance author that I adore, YAY. I was drawn to this because it featured a writer as our female lead and there is no surprise that I was quite stoked for that. I really loved Eleanor’s independence and her personality and Daniel was an interesting character with a heartwarming motive (even if I was a bit confused at first and it took a little more clarification later to understand exactly what was going on). The sex scenes were fire and this book definitely kept me up until almost 2am, as most romances I enjoy are want to do. I may have also already purchased the second one in this series, as I need some more romance in my life always, because especially now, in the year of our Lord 2020.
And that’s a wrap for my latest bit of mini-reviews! Thanks for reading and I hope you’re finding good books to escape within and let yourself take your mind off things.