After 10 days in South Australia catching up with friends, food and wine, we’re back in West Australia and life returns to normal. Well, as close to normal as my life ever gets.
It’s been hard to get back into writing again – I’d been going so hard on edits for Fairway To Heaven before we flew interstate – but good author friends are helping me find my writing mojo.
Very quickly, I wanted to talk about three books I read while on holiday. The first two are published by Escape Publishing (my publisher of His Brand Of Beautiful). These were Hearts on Hold by Gracie Macgregor and Hindsight by Sarah Belle.
Both these books were lovely. Hindsight really captured my attention. It is the first chic-lit book I’ve read in a very long time. From the minute Sarah Belle began, I loved her voice, and I loved her story about a dedicated career woman forced to make choices between business and family.
This is a paragraph I highlighted on my Kindle from Hindsight:
The smell of oldness is released upon opening the envelope; the musty smell of time that sits in the back of your throat, stains my fingers. I unfold the letter, and the perfect penmanship of yesteryear is revealed in neat rows of cursive script, slanting to the right in black ink. My heart races and a slight tremble overtakes me as it sits in my hands, willing me to read it. Suddenly, all strength escapes me and I move to fold it up and bury it back in the drawer, deeper this time so that its cries won’t be heard quite so loudly. But what would be the use of that? It will still be there, hanging over me like a noose.
How amazing is that?
Hearts On Hold is a beautiful story too. Lots of suspense, and given I like the archeological/mythical scenario (it takes me back to my early Indiana Jones crush), there was lots in the Maltese island of Gozo to keep me entertained. This book also has an absolutely be-jizzling sex scene slap bang in the middle that made me want these two to get over their various hang-ups and jump back in the sack!
And Alison Stuart’s Gather The Bones. What can I say on this one? Wow. Wow. Wow. I am not even halfway through, but I am completely hooked. I remember reading one of this author’s blog posts about how she mixes genre, and the pros and cons of this for an author. Gather The Bones is historical, with a paranormal twist, and it’s absolutely stunning.
Holidays brought back one of the great strengths and advantages of a Kindle – the ease of transporting multiple titles without breaking my luggage allowance. Unfortunately, with two children, I didn’t do much reading on the plane. But I made up for it on dry land, in between a game of golf (for research purposes on Fairway To Heaven you understand) and multiple glasses of wine!
Whatever you’re reading right now, I hope you’re enjoying it.
As for me? I’m back to the edit cave!