Wow, you are ALL in, Ala. I love it. Seeing you excited is just beautiful.
And, oh Lord, that title. I'm not sure I woulda picked up a book with the title "Beauty and the Beefcake," but I sure woulda snickered at it.
Yea I started out judging these books pretty harshly by the titles and covers alone. I'd pick and choose books based on my snobbery and eventually realized I was being dumb. So I picked up the first in Pippa Grants official "Pippaverse" (all of her books are interconnected) and vowed to read every single one regardless of title or bare-chested covers (because I stumbled on one of her books early on and LOVED it). And BOY am I glad I did because I read things I never would've touched with a ten inch pole and am so much better for it. Happier. Because sometimes brain fluff is more than meets the eye.
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2022 17:52:35 GMT -6 by Alatariel
I don't think I'll make my goal at this point because the rest of the weekend will consist of Thanksgiving dinner (Saturday since my husband had to work today, real Thanksgiving) and working on the podcast to be released on Tuesday. SO....that's where my limited free time will go. Cleaning, cooking, and podcast editing.
Ah well. I'm not giving up, of course, but kinda disappointed. I'm gonna see if MAYBE I can get 30 pages done by the end of the month but we'll see.
I just finished a romance novel (on my kindle) that I ADORED. It was perfect and exactly the vibe I'm trying to write. It's the FIRST one I've read that follows the construct I want to write in my novels. It's done by a bestselling author and is very popular so I think people are ready for romance novels to evolve.
Things I loved about it:
1) NO BLACK MOMENT!! The couple did not break up near the end, instead they COMMUNICATED and worked through their fears/anxieties/trauma together. When she asked for space to process new information, HE RESPECTED HER and asked how he could better support her and then she asked him the same thing! And they followed through and kept their promises.
2) No grand gesture Since there was no break-up there was no need for a stupid grand gesture. Yes, she still expressed her love in a sweet meaningful way because he was a romantic at heart and she was not, so she planned a romantic date for him and it was adorable and perfect.
3) Open honest communication!!! No miscommunication trope The female love interest (Daria) had been left at the alter five years earlier and she was bound and determined to stay single forever. Even had a popular radio show helping people choose themselves over romantic relationships and she wrote a book declaring she was never going to be in a relationship ever again. The male love interest (Theo) was a "love expert" AKA a relationship psychologist who helped people find their "soul mates" and have honest, open, fulfilling relationships. All he wants is to find love himself and get married. At first they fight a lot (they both have radio shows at the same station and for the sake of the story they have to work together on a new show as co-hosts in order to bring in more revenue and help the station from going out of business), but then they start to listen to each other and CHANGE and GROW and EVOLVE. I loved that. They both realized they were too caught up in rigid labels and strict definitions, they both find what they actually need in each other and help each other become the best person they can be. It's utterly beautiful.
I highly recommend this book if anyone wants to dive into contemporary romance without the worst parts of contemporary romance. It's called Radio Rival by Kathryn Nolan (very spicy scenes, Theo is the consent king)
So....this book showed me that what I'm trying to write can be done! And it's not boring! I was worried I needed some added conflict to keep readers interested but personal growth is hard enough and can be enough conflict on its own.
pelwrath: My break and dinner at work will be busy with first read throughs.
Aug 21, 2023 11:27:43 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: I'm so bummed! I was trying to get an entry in, but inspiration didn't hit until the last minute, and I just wasn't satisfied
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:28 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: So instead I will read all the amazing entries and wish y'all luck
Aug 21, 2023 14:17:40 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: First look at all the Photograph entries makes for an amazing read. Gonna have a tough time voting, that's for sure.
Aug 22, 2023 11:03:09 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New Rolling Weekly just dropped! Check it out and enter HERE
Aug 27, 2023 10:55:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Whew, back from vacay, and I'm exhausted. No rest for the weary, though. I've got a lot of critting to catch up on.
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:39 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: And a new Weekly! Yay!
Aug 29, 2023 11:51:49 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Ooo! A great prompt word too! aaaaaOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Aug 29, 2023 11:52:46 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if there are any members from Florida but please be safe as that hurricane bears down on you.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: I like that prompt as well.
Aug 29, 2023 19:07:35 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER THIS WEEK'S ROLLING WEEKLY.
Sept 1, 2023 11:45:54 GMT -6
Mazulla: I am too excited, just got a copy of Fairy & Folk Tales of Ireland by W. B. Yeats!
Sept 1, 2023 17:09:08 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: New 100 Weekly just dropped! Come submit your entry HERE
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:17 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Apologies for the delay. Holiday weekend has my head on upside down
Sept 3, 2023 21:04:40 GMT -6
pelwrath: My mind has finally settled on what stories/books I want to start writing. A werewolf story with witches, warlocks, and other along with Sundowners 3.
Sept 4, 2023 9:56:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: I’ll pat myself on the back. I posted a link to a recent review of my first book in the boasting thread in the Accepted thread.
Sept 6, 2023 7:28:20 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: 6 HOURS LEFT TO VOTE
Sept 9, 2023 14:59:10 GMT -6
pelwrath: An FYI but ball parking my score, looks like 4th place for me. No surprise there and I do hope Raveneye does consider her entry in the W,P, and S even if she was the host.
Sept 10, 2023 1:18:59 GMT -6