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March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choices?
My writing and reading genres are a hundred and eighty degree opposites. I read most genres as long as they are well-written and hold my interest, but my favorites: enthralling YA fantasies and page-turner thrillers. What I write: westerns and western romances. A bit different, hey? And to add to the oddness, while all my protagonists pack heat and are proficient with their weapons, I'm a gun control advocate, though I prefer the term gun safety advocate. Do you think my alter ego is a gun toting badass?😀
AND...February/March Reviews in no particular order.
LIFE IS LIKE A
BOWL OF CHERRIES by Sally Cronin
I've read several of Ms. Cronin's works
and enjoyed each and every one, but this particular set of shorts and poetry is
definitely my favorite. When it opened with a story about artificial
intelligence not allowing the protagonist to order sweets because she was on a
diet, I knew I was in for a treat. The characters are warm and believable. The
world building spot on. Before you know it, you're in the middle of each and
every story. So grab a cuppa, some cookies, put your feet up and enjoy. Amazon.
STOLEN by K.A. Woodford
This story is a remarkable blend of an
edge-of-your seat crime thriller and a heartwarming romance. The author nailed
police procedure and her research on the subject shines through. Her characters
are well-developed and her descriptions detailed. I especially loved the
epilogue. It ties the story up with a bright red bow. I'm looking forward to
more page-turners by K.A. Woodford. Amazon.
NIGHT ZERO by Rob Horner
Science goes awry in this zombie thriller.
A virus is accidentally released that
makes people violent and once they die turns them into the undead. While this
isn’t my normal genre, I have found that the category isn’t that important as
long as the story is well-written and this one definitely is. It’s obvious the
author has a medical background and this knowledge adds layers to the story. NIGHT
ZERO is definitely a well-crafted tale. If you like horror or zombies, get
ready to keep turning pages. Just leave the light on. Amazon.