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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Great beginnings really influence me...and These Boots Weren't Made for Walking!

Let me explain. I don't have a lot of free time. When I pick up a book I want to feel an emotional investment in the story right away. Immediately engaging the reader is a unique skill that many authors struggle with. Some authors just have a knack for it.

Like Melody Carlson, for example. I was going to set her book These Boots Weren't Made for Walking aside for a few months since it doesn't come out until June.) But no-o-o-o-o, I had to keep looking at that darling cover and my resistence broke down. I started reading the story and it was GOOD! I'll have to make myself slow down on reading this one (by leaving it at my office at night) because it's truly interesting. The main character is obsessing on an expensive pair of boots and her thoughts are so realistic and hilarious that I was sucked right in.

I also started Love Letters by Annette Irby. Another good beginning. I am immediately wondering what the deal is with this couple. I'm invested. That's all it takes to keep me reading.

Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini has me quite intrigued. I'm a bit worried about that husband of hers. Why do I get the feeling that all is not well in Paradise there? This is another very engaging novel.

I'm over halfway done with Revealed by Tamera Alexander and it's fabulous. This story reminds me of Redeeming Love except the hero in Tamera's story is the jerk from Francine Rivers's novel. Talk about conflict! Great stuff...

The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen is just plain psycho. He's a guy writer. Need I say more? (Just kidding.)

Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake is also hilarious. I love this heroine. She is the ultimate klutz and a finishing school flunky. I love it already and I've only read three chapters. I hope to plow through this one once I finish Revealed.

The beginning for Lena Nelson Dooley's story A Daughter's Quest is also cute and engaging so far. I love the perpetual blushing and the heroine stumbling into who assume will be the hero. He sounds very buff and quite hot. Nice job!


smac said...

I am really anxious to get your take on Letter Perfect. I have it on my shelf. Love the cover and the premise...but I was having myself a time sticking with it. And maybe it was what I was going through at the time, not sure. It's definitely one I will pick back up later, just don't know when. Like I said, anxious for the review on this one. Don't you think you have to be in a certain frame of mind to get the most from a book?

My mind has been racing for days now. Too much to do, too little time.


Katybug said...

Hey Michelle, it sounds like you've picked some goodies to read. I loved "Revealed", altho' I liked "Rekindled" better. Both are excellent, and I can't wait for "Remembered" to come out in May. I also enjoyed "Letter Perfect" was a fun read, and I enjoyed it very much. The hero's dad is a bit...nope...I'll let you read it & find out! :-) I read most of "Chocolate Beach" and liked the story, but I haven't decided if I'll finish it or not. I'll tell you why after you finish it. I don't want to influence or ruin anything for you, so I'll leave it at that! Happy reading!

Rel said...

Hi Girls - I enjoyed Chocolate Beach - see my review coming out at soon. Will look forward to your thoughts Michelle. Might I say don't know how you do the five books at atime thing - hehe! Good thing I am a fast reader as it is one at a time for me!

Annette M. Irby said...

Hey, Michelle, I gotta get my hands on "Chocolate Beach!" Julie's over guesting on my blog this week. Come take a look. I can't wait to hear your impressions of "Love Letters" when you've finished it. Happy reading!

:) Annette M. Irby

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