Monthly Archives: September 2013


Monday Warm Up- That Thing You’re Writing, Why’s It Awesome?

Posted 30 September, 2013 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments

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Monday Morning Warm-Up, tell me: Why is that thing you are writing awesome? 

Question courtesy Jo Knowles

This is a tough question to answer. Not because I am modest, but because my WIP is still in its infancy and so it’s not yet awesome. It’s… okay. I don’t think it’s terrible. It’s just stuck in the mud and no matter how fervently I spin my wheels, I feel like I am more and more stuck in that mud. I don’t know how to reverse out of it. I don’t know how to push myself out of it. Just stuck and sinking deeper.

Enough of that whining. Why’s it awesome, then? Because it’s my story. It’s my story that hasn’t been told because it came from my imagination and my heart. It’s awesome because it’s inspired by some wonderful women who’ve listened to my ranting and given me feedback and one even offered to read what I have so far and give her thoughts. It’s awesome because I’m writing it.

And I still promise myself that even if it’s a steaming pile of crap on March 25, 2014, I will have finished a draft of this novel. I’ve told myself to stop messing around and get moving in October, then do a big push in November to get a lot of words written. I’m not doing NaNo, but I do hope to get a big chunk written while everyone else is furiously writing. Misery loves company, or so I hear.

I also want to have more writing updates than book reviews here. We’ll see….I read a lot of books! ;)



Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan [Review]

Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan [Review]

Ya’ll know i don’t do summaries in my reviews, so I won’t bore you with details you can look up. I will just say… Zora needed her butt beat. BAD. BAD! Frankie had absolutely zero going for him when she met him, and frankly there was nowhere to go but UP, but… dawg. Chica. Lady. Friend. Shoulda listened to your girls. And I know it’s hard, when you think about not having anyone to keep the bed warm at night, and wanting to be a ride or die kinda chick. This novel SURE opened my eyes to the mistakes that we can make when we think we need to be all in. At some point you gotta keep hold of yourself.



Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan [Review]

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan [Review]

I was looking forward to reading this book but didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t unforgettable.

I’ve not read a lot of Terry McMillan so perhaps I wasn’t up on what to expect. I do remember that Getting to Happy (the last McMillan book I read) had multiple view points. Who Asked You had MANY POV’s and to me, was overkill. It muddled the story to me and made it much less enjoyable to read.



Detained by Ainslie Paton [Review]

Detained by Ainslie Paton [Review]

Detained by Ainslie Paton Published September 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing Summary: Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names. They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace. Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth togethe Review: My rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this page-turner of story by Ainslie Patton! I heard about her book on twitter, read a few blogs about it, it seemed interesting so I snapped it up. I should say, first off, that I wasn’t overly impressed with our hero Will. He’s sneaky and standoffish, really underhanded and uses his passion and money to distract Darcy. Time and time again, she is screwed over,  thrown under the bus, pushed away. Time and time again, she comes back for more. She is persistent, I must say that for her. It must be some rule that heroines in romance novels have to dig in their heels and fight for their man, even when he’s being an absolute boor and only concerned for himself, his reputation and his money. I don’t want to spoil this story (to which there are so many twists, turns, and levels, including a kidnapping, a prison riot and solving an old murder case) so I won’t go to deeply. I will say that this story has a sufficiently satisfying ending (if you like that sort of thing) that really seems kind of pat and ‘well isn’t that nice?’ but it’ll do. I find endings particularly difficult and sometimes my opinion of an entire […]



Run To You by Rachel Gibson [Review]

Run To You by Rachel Gibson [Review]

Yet and still, I was excited to read Run to You, sight unseen. It’s rare these days that I get a book and read the entire thing in one day. For one it has to be a shortish book and for two it has to be just that engrossing.

Stella Leon is a the second heroine penned as a bartender who ran away from home, especially when home tends to be the place where the money is. I guess the running theme right now is women can be and are completely self sufficient– that message is coming through loud and clear.



Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster [Review]

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster [Review]

Rowdy Yates is your typical grouchy, big-as-a-bear curmudgeon with a heart of gold that he doesn’t want you to see. Avery is your run of the mill spitfire redhead who runs her own life and doesn’t like to be told. Mix the two and you get your standard ‘two strong people that butt heads but are actually perfect for each other, go through a dramatic situation together and come out of it in love.



#FridayReads – Furious Cool, Disappearing Acts (+tiny writing update)

#FridayReads – Furious Cool, Disappearing Acts (+tiny writing update)

  I feel like all I ever talk about here are books. I DO actually write. Just not that often.  I write in a pretty limited interest box and I figure people don’t care. I mean, I honestly don’t care when people say they write steampunk or HP fanfic or death metal poetry. So if you’re wondering how the writing is going……….eh. I haven’t written a single additional word on Brunch at Ruby’s. I’m back to wondering if it’s crap and if I should just dump the idea. [Insert whiny rambling about that here. I’m tired of listening to myself complain.] Hoping that reading helps kick up my creativity  I can still READ, so this weekend I’m going to be less ambitious than I have been in the past. I normally pick like three books for the weekend and only end up getting through one, if that. I started Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan. Very early in the book but it’s good so far. I also got a pre-release copy of Furious Cool, by David Henry and Joe Henry ( I don’t know if they’re brothers but I assume so, and since I am too lazy to look it up, we’ll go with that), a third party memoir, if you will, of the Great Richard Pryor. Looking forward to reading it, though I am typically not a fan of memoirs. This one came to me via NetGalley. Setting up a pretty easy weekend for myself! Hope you all enjoy your reads!



Deadline by Sandra Brown [Review]

Deadline by Sandra Brown [Review]

Deadline by Sandra Brown This book will be available for purchase on September 24, 2013 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary:  Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he’s privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson’s career one in which he has a vested interest. Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson’s ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia’s nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself.   My Review: I was furnished an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. I was excited to read this book because I’ve recently rediscovered Sandra Brown’s work. Having realized that I liked all of the material I’ve read so far, I’ve been trying to collect all of her titles, especially those being re-released as ebooks. Deadline, however is a new Brown title that will be published September 2013. Deadline started out very slow– I had a hard time connecting with the male lead, Dawson Scott– and perhaps this was on purpose. He’s written as a man that doesn’t let people get close to him, pictures himself a loner. Dawson’s Godparents(Gary and Eva Headly) are like his actual parents and they dote on him and take care of him. Their entry into the story is where it starts to pick up. […]




#FridayReads- The Residue Years & Getting Rowdy (+1?)

#FridayReads- The Residue Years & Getting Rowdy  (+1?)

Welcome to another edition of Friday Reads  here at The Sweet Escape, where I chat about what I’ll be reading over the weekend!   This week I started two pretty good books: The Residue Years–   switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart. Quite good, so far, except for the omission of quotation marks, which is artsy but irksome. I’m hoping to complete this book this weekend and get in a review. Getting Rowdy– Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.   Avery spends her nights working for tips…and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found…and the passion she’s always wanted. Since I started reading Sandra Brown, I find I like the Romantic Suspense sub-genre. It works okay in this novel, though there is a lot of ‘inner dialogue’ and explaining of thing. Detracts from the story but there is enough of a mystery to keep me interested. Will finish this one as well and review it for NetGalley. It releases September 24th. Thennnn… I […]