Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG Wednesday


The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts.

The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

This month's reviews:

MOMENTS WE LOVE by Balroop Singh

Poignant is the best word I can use to describe this author’s writing. She writes evocatively about the feelings locked up inside of us. Some we set free. Some we don’t. Her verses on nature are delicate and precise enough to feel the warmth of the sun or a breeze teasing your face.  If you enjoy poetry or just need to unwind, I highly recommend this author and her writing.
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DEADLY VINTAGE by Elizabeth Varadan

Fun and Fascinating

The author took a fascinating subject—wine forgery—and turned it into a fun, and just as fascinating, mystery.  Carla Bass, an interior decorator, finds herself smack dab in the middle of a murder investigation when on an outing to a local wine shop in lovely Braga, Portugal she discovers a body. In spite of strident protests from the local police and her husband, Carla’s sleuthing genes kick in. Not only does Carla have a nose for murder, she also has a weakness for shoes. A combination that makes for a delightful protagonist.

If you enjoy a light-hearted, well-written cozy with beautiful detail, I recommend you try this book.
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BRIGHTNESS by Rob Horner

This book is outside my normal genres, but I’m so glad I read it. It was extremely well-written and held my interest from start to finish. The storyline is about parents who learn their children are special, and are on the front line of the fight against evil, and what they as parents must do to keep them safe. The father while trying to protect his oldest daughter makes one mistake after another before he discovers how to fight the forces working against them.

Not only will parents be able to relate to this work, but those that love thrillers will no doubt be as hooked as I was.

Best of all… I discovered a new North Carolina author.
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41 comments:

  1. Cool you found an author you like in your home state.

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    1. There's also a sci-fi writer in NC I'm pretty impressed with. Wink. Wink.

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  2. I agree that first drafts just have to be written :)

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    1. Sometimes it's like slogging through mud, isn't it, Rachna?

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  3. I like the concept of Deadly Vintage. I also like wine!

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    1. It's an excellent read. I too like wine:) Heh.

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  4. I am SO glad you reviewed Elizabeth's new cozy. I really want to read this one set in Braga, where Elizabeth herself often stays. I like your take on first drafts, too!!!

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    1. I highly recommend it. I loved it and think you would too.
      Hope you're feeling okay today.

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  5. Those new books sound great, I especially like the sound of 'Brightness'. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. It was well written and held my attention. If you read it, let me know what you think.

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  6. Definitely agree that first drafts don't need to be perfect. Neither do second drafts. ;)

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  7. It looks as if you've been one busy reader! Thanks for taking the time to review for us.

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    1. Entirely my pleasure, Lee. So glad you stopped by.

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  8. Those books sound good, particularly the one about parents fighting for their children. I’m glad you found a book that’s outside of your comfort zone that you enjoyed anyway.

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    1. It is a good one.
      It comes down to how well written the book is, regardless of genre doesn't it, Astrid?

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  9. Thanks for sharing the review of my poetry book Sandra. I am delighted to hear that you could catch the nuances shared through the verse. Love and hugs.

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    1. I love your writing, Balroop. Your verses flow like a brook sparkling in the sun.

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  10. Interior design and wine. I could get into that!

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  11. More books to ignite my booky lust?
    Thank you.
    And yes, if there is nothing written there is nothing to edit, to improve, to publish.

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  12. The authors must be happy to be showcased on your blog and they sound quite good. I love that badge--how true

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    1. They are good.
      Glad you like the badge.
      Hope you are feeling healthy.

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  13. Deadly Vintage looks fun! "Not only does Carla have a nose for murder, she also has a weakness for shoes" cracked me up. 😁

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  14. Sounds like you found three great ones indeed. Just get it written for sure.

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  15. The words are there, maybe not great, but there.

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  16. Hi Sandra - excellent about the new local author ... great you'll be able to follow their path with their stories and publications. Thanks for the recommendations ... and yes ... just do it - get it written. Cheers and hope all well on the family front - Hilary

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    1. Yes, it was the first book I've read by Rob but it won't be the last.
      The family is good. Thank you.
      Cheers,

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  17. Thanks for the nice review, Sandra. I appreciate it. The other two books sound great, too. Have a great day. I like the reminder about first drafts, too! I'm in the middle of one and this motivates me to get busy on it and stop procrastinating. :-)

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    1. Good luck with crossing the finish line on your new book.
      I enjoyed Deadly Vintage immensely.

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  18. I've a bit of reading to catch up on by the looks of things! :)

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  19. The whole, "One sentence starts an avalanche." speaks to me here. Great post. Happy IWSG!

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  20. All of these books sound wonderful!
    I love that quote at the end! Big Hugs!

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