Month: November 2011

Book Review: James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish

Book Review: James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish

How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course?

Posted November 21, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Fern Michaels, Vanishing Act

Fern Michaels, Vanishing Act

Vanishing Act by Fern Michaels Series: Sisterhood, 15 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fifteenth in the Sisterhood vengeance-suspense series revolving around a group of lady vigilantes seeking justice for those who fall outside the normal legal parameters. My Take I know! Who knew I’d ever give this series a “4”. The topic certainly doesn’t hurt. The writing is still juvenile but either the immature bits have been reduced or I’m just so happy about Charles’ professionalism. The whole Keystone Kops routine was o-l-d. Charles and his merry men would do a much more efficient job just not as colorfully or dangerously as the ladies. You’d think that with their intelligence, identity thieves could find a better way to get rich than in destroying innocent peoples’ lives. Ooh, I love the dinner that Lizzie makes for Maggie, Jack, and Harry. A nice blend of homemade and storebought! I gotta try it. The Story Harry wakes up one morning to discover that he owes almost half a million dollars, has beaucoup credit cards maxed out, and the bank is foreclosing on his dojo for nonpayment of two mortgages he never took out. He reckons the only reason he still has his […]

Posted November 18, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Molly Harper, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever

Molly Harper, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever

Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper Series: Jane Jameson, 3 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Third in the Jane Jameson urban fantasy series in Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky revolving around Jane, a former librarian who now runs a bookstore that specializes in vampire topics. My Take I do enjoy this series even though Jane makes me a bit nuts. Admittedly, she has had a lot to cope with over the past year what with losing her job to an idiot and being turned into a vampire followed up by a crash course—almost literally—on being a vampire! I just wish she wasn’t such a doormat. Although, it seems she’s starting to turn that around too with the Courtneys of the world as well as her own sister. Thank you, lord. Oh yeah! I just love how Jane turns it around on the Courtneys!! Then there’s the need for a bouncer for Zeb and Jolene’s birthing day! Even Jolene is starting to get a spine around her family! Woo-hoo!! The Story Okay, this world tour thing is just not working. Gabriel is constantly running off to tend to business or talk on the phone. When he is around, he’s […]

Posted November 16, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments