C: Three More C’s To Hook Me Onto A Great Story

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Last year I posted a similar article to this one entitled The Four C’s To A Great Book and A Successful Review From Me. To follow suit, here are three more C’s that I want when I real a book:

Chaos
A little chaos goes a long way. I don’t need stories I read to have something crazy happening at every turn of the page, but I like when something is going on. A good issue that throws the characters into a bit of a frenzy. The issue or driving force.

Confidence
This actually falls in two places: the characters and the writing. I really hate reading a character who is deprived completely of any kind of confidence. There is something in this world that makes people tick, keeps them going… find this in a character. It is hard to find common ground with a character who is just a true Eeyore. The only time this works is if there is another character to balances them out. That being said, it is difficult to read about a character who just doesn’t care about anything. This rarely happens in anything I’ve read and I hope it stays that way. If there is some sort of spark or passion in a character, this usually helps balance out the story. Dark, dramatic literature would be the only place this could be brushed away.

Another important sector where confidence is key is in the author’s writing. Tentative words and hesitant sentences drive me crazy. Short, choppy phrases and dialogue with no direction except for filler make me feel that the writer isn’t confident in the story. Trust yourself. If you don’t, find someone who can really help your story find a strong step. A story that has direction and knows it’s foundation keeps me hooked until the very end.

Closure
I’m just not a fan of books that don’t give me something to breathe about. If I’m really into a story and it just ends on a huge cliffhanger without taking some of the tension away, I’m bound to become more frustrated with the story. It is usually very obvious when an author is relying on that cliffhanger ending to drive readers to the next book and promote sales instead of honing in on a great story. In some ways, I feel like this technique can diminish trust in your reader and push them away. I know I’ve stopped reading series due to unnecessary extensions in stories.

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B: Book Boys and Lady Loves

So, I figure I can go with something a little more fun for this post and utilize two of my very popular posts. This post is from my Book Blog Writing Month challenge and I’ve also linked book boyfriend and lady loves post from a while back.. I should probably go in and update it.

I love to read about strong, well-developed characters… but then there are those characters that come along that really make an impact. Some of

Book BF 2them inspire you to be better, some make you realize that your problems aren’t so bad, and then others make you drool. I’m a married woman, but I have a whole lot of book beaus and babes.

It’s always really exciting for me to find these characters, the ones that make you swoon. But I despise when they’re put in a story for that purpose alone. I like a character to have substance. I don’t find a character woo-worthy if they are stereotypical jerks, thugs without a cause, are Book BFviolent, or don’t respect women/children/animals/other people. A bad boy can be “bad” on the exterior, but there needs to be some kind of promise in him.

I also won’t read a book solely for the purpose of a “hot guy.” No 50 Shades for me; though no judgement to anyone who has read it. To each their own. That’s just not my own.

Who are some of your favorite book boyfriends and lady loves? What draws you in to their character?

A: An Announcement or Two

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I am participating in the A To Z Challenge again this year. I did this last year when I was first taking off with my blog, so what better way to get back into the swing of things than to hop on board the alphabet train again? Today’s letter is A! So I have a few announcements to kick this all off.im back doctor

Get back into the swing of things? Well, some of you may have noticed that I went from posting all the time to suddenly being very MIA since the new year started… Well… I’ve got a really good reason… Baby Announcement

Luckily, I’m getting back into the swing of things. My energy is coming back and I’m reading again. (I know! It was so strange going so long without really reading a book for pleasure.)

96d90-into2bthe2bfire_final_highI also finished editing another book for Michele G. Miller: Into The Fire. It is so freakin’ good. I swear. Her books just keep getting better! Best yet, it released this weekend, so you can get a copy of your own!! I will post a review in the next couple of days, but definitely head over to Amazon, B&N, or anywhere else you can get awesome books and pick this one up. You won’t regret it!! Here are some order links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EOdct4
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1zMsSK8
B&N: http://bit.ly/1Fe6hgv
Kobo: http://bit.ly/18KvWR8

 

So, since it’s been a while… Let’s kick things off on the right foot… or the left if you’re a marching band geek like me…

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Show Some Love Blog Hop and Giveaway

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Today I am showing some love to Michele G. Miller, the author that I’ve been working for in the last many moons first on her street team and as a Beta, and then as her editor. Jeesh, I love her books. She plays around in so many genres and isn’t afraid to try a new style. The ideas that are swimming around in her head are really exciting to see come out on the page. And hey, she’s given me the chance to do a dream job.

It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite of her books. Perhaps I could go with The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series because of the young adult, fantasy awesome it entails. Her leading man is pretty great, too. (Mmmm, Xander. *sigh*) Or maybe I will go with The Last Call series because she jumps into the New Adult world and, well, yay Aussie bartender. But I’m currently stuck on the From The Wreckage series. I got to read the first two books as a part of her street team and absolutely loved them, then hopped in to edit the last book in the series, her most recent release.

All of Michele’s books can be found on the various book buying sites, my go to being Amazon. So, do yourselves a favor and jump in on the love. Visit Michele’s blog page and find buy links to all of her books.

GIVEAWAYS!!!

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Visit the other blogs in this hop and show them a little love, too.

Blog Name Blog URL
We Love Kink Http://welovekink.com
Lucy Felthouse http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk
Victoria Blisse http://victoriablisse.co.uk
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/
Lily Harlem http://www.lilyharlem.blogspot.co.uk
The Brit Babes http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog http://fictionalrendezvousbookblog.blogspot.com/
Jen’s All About Books http://jensallaboutbooks.blogspot.com/
The Conley Corner www.anneconley.com
Livre It To Me Book Blog www.livreit2me.wordpress.com
KissinBlueKaren http://kissinbluekaren.com
Mama’s Dirty Little Reads http://mamasdirtylittlereads.blogspot.com
Romance Readers Book Blog https://romancereadersbb.wordpress.com/
book bangs http://www.bookbangs.com/
Nicely Phrased http://nicelyphrasedbookblog.com/
Perusing Princesses http://www.PerusingPrincesses.com
deal sharing aunt http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
Bitten By Love www.bittenbylovereviews.com
I am a book addict…and proud of it http://romanceinthehighlands.blogspot.com/
Love Bites and Silk http://www.lovebitesandsilk.co.uk/
Author Amanda Bretz http://amandabretz.tumblr.com/
Ariel’s World http://arielstorm.blogspot.com/
Mama’s Dirty Little Reads http://mamasdirtylittlereads.blogspot.com

Time For Books – 2015 Review Team

2015 Review TeamI can’t believe how quickly the year has come to a close, but here we are! It’s hard for me to believe that it will almost be a year since I first posted on this blog and, yet, I don’t feel like I’ve done enough. I’ve decided to sign up for this awesome challenge on Jo Michaels Blog challenge. The commitment levels are pretty intense, but I’ve decided to go with Starving! I read so much typically that this shouldn’t be an issue, and I think I’d like to see myself take this blog even further.

Commitment Levels:

SNACKER – 1-10 books
RUMBLING – 11-20 books
HUNGRY – 21-40 books
STARVING – 41-60 books
INSATIABLE – 60 or more books
To sign up for the challenge, click on the image above or follow this link. Reviews from all participants will be posts HERE, so check back frequently to see what everyone has been reading and reviewing.