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 really MUST get a leg up on writing Brunch at Ruby’s. I am having a ton of fun writing A Thin Line, and now that I am enjoying writing again, I want to get back to work on that piece. I know I need to take it apart and put it back together. I am going to start by getting a few craft books and some worksheets and diligently work toward getting them filled out and digging deeper into the answers… REALLY know these characters, their motivations, and the story arc I want to achieve with them. And whether or not all of that can be accomplished with this book, or am I looking at a series? (And if so, what parts do I cut away and not reveal until another book? ) (And am I seriously worried about other books when I can’t get past chapter 6 on the first one?)
So, I picked up two books recommended by one of my fave authors, Roni Loren–Save the Cat and Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I am still reading the Art of War for WRiters but it is more of a mood lifter than a craft book. Admittedly I am not a craft book whore like Roni, so I am going to have to ‘assign’ myself this reading and make sure I finish it so that when I fill out the worksheets, I know what I am talking about.
I do have a synopsis that needs some work. It’s basically ‘here’s what happens’. I’m going to have to smooth that out because if I don’t know what happens and I am the one who writes the thing…………yeah.
Speaking of reading, I reached my goal of 50 books on the GoodReads Challenge and raised it by 25 books. GAME BACK ON!
So that is my Friday Reads report. What are YOU reading this weekend?