I’ve had this book for awhile. Finally tossed it into the Currently Reading stack and cracked it open. Happy to continue the story of Idlewilde!
This weekend will be full of reading (among other things) since I’ve decided to get back on the Goodreads Challenge horse. My goal will take some effort to achieve but isn’t insurmountable. I’ll have plenty of time during the holiday break to get some reading in. Maybe I should pick up some novellas. Those totally count for me! ;)
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
My first impression of author Ayana Mathis is that she is skilled in the art of showing-not-telling. Her words paint a picture of her world so vivid that I feel like I walk the streets with one and sit in the park with the other and perch on the side of the bed of yet another. I loved the idea of intertwining vignettes of each of her children. Part of the reason I avoid anthologies is because I’m a novel reader at heart. I need each chapter to have something to do with the one before it. This was done perfectly.
The chapters themselves… well I found some of her children wildly intriguing: Six, Bell, Alice… I couldn’t read fast enough. Sala and Cassie’s stories were heartbreaking and riveting. Some chapters I just couldn’t grasp enough of an understanding and I moved on feeling confused and unfulfilled.
This book is why I love John Grisham. He makes a book hard to put down, with fast paced action peppered with high-level, believable detail. This book reminds me so much of the old Grisham. Make no mistake, I’m a diehard Grisham fan however he’s had a few shaky releases in the past few years (I know, I say that every time he releases a new book). I feel like this is a novel that I will read over and over, just like The Client, The Firm, The Associate, The Broker, etc. etc.
This week has been slow for reading, hoping to catch up over the weekend. I’ve been reading Roni Loren‘s Loving on the Edge Series and I just cracked open Melt Into You. I read Crash Into You the day it came out. STEAMY read, but also a well developed story line, two things I love about erotic fiction. Melt Into You goes into the story of Evan and Jace and how they got together. Of course I had to full stop, put everything down on Tuesday because John Grisham’s new book The Racketeer was released and I of course have to read every Grisham the second it comes out! I’m […]
Today’s warm-up is late but at least it’s coming. I was determined to blog today so I’m blogging. I stole today’s warm-up question from the Nanowrimo blog instead of our usual Monday warm-up. To answer both questions simply, I am Dom and I write fiction. I’ve written fanfiction, literary fiction, I suppose what people would call Chick lit, and erotic fiction. Very amateur erotic fiction, lol. I just call it plain old fiction. I have been writing since I was young, making up stories since I was old enough to hold a pen. I would write them in notebooks and a friend would illustrate them. I remember doing this as far […]
I started this blog earlier today but it imploded, and rather than throw the machine across the room, I gave myself a few minutes to settle down so here I am trying it again. 1. Challenges- the 30Write Now challenge is a bit of a bust. I have MAYBE 5 entries for October. I see the prompt, get nothing, don’t worry myself about it and move on with my day.Then my uncle passed away and I spent almost a week in a funk of driving everyone everywhere and I live a good HOUR from everyone else. My dad demands so much of my time when he is here. We have […]
Today should have been a random day like a lot of other days in my life. I do the same things all the time, every day of the week, day in and day out. Wake up, wake up the kid, get us fed, dressed, out the door. He goes to school, I go to work. After work I pick him up from my mom’s and we head home. Today though, I needed to run an errand and I was dreading it. I should have done it before I picked up Ray, but it was homework night and I didn’t want to be out too late. I tucked him into the […]
Note: There was no 30WriteNow post yesterday. Today’s will be coming sometime before midnight and if I can make up yesterday’s I will. I’m trying to get back into regular posting. Fingers crossed, man. Here’s the Monday Morning Warm-Up (as always courtesy Jo Knowles): MMWU: What’s the most helpful tool you use in revision or in creating first drafts? So, I have to admit that I don’t use a lot of ‘tools’. I know they’re available, but I just haven’t got into the habit of using them. I have an account at Evernote, that I’ve made a few notes in, but I wouldn’t say I depend on it to write. […]
Today’s prompt is Sin. Something popped into my mind right away, but I’m on a time constraint today so I didn’t get to develop it as far as I would have liked. However, I’m not going to stress myself out about a daily writing exercise. If I get more, I’ll edit it. If not, I’ll let it stand and move on. This is most certainly getting easier! * Ugly as sin. I don’t know why this is a saying. It doesn’t make any sense. If sin was ugly, no one would want it. It wouldn’t be tempting or fun or appealing. Sin isn’t ugly. It’s gorgeous, beautiful, alluring. It beckons sweetly. It asks […]
Okay, writey people and anyone who is still possibly following this blog. I’m gonna give a month of writing a try again. I’m doing the #30WriteNow challenge and pushing myself to write this month. I joined in late and still haven’t made a post everyday, but I’m making it. I started posting my entries on tumblr but starting today they’ll be cross posted. There’s a daily prompt, given by @NicoleBlades, in case you need a jumping off point. Today’s prompt is SIN and I kind of have something swirling. It’s been nice to get things moving again. Maybe I will be ready to hip my WIP again for NaNoWriMo? I know, […]