Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday Reads and Going Slower

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #27

Dates read: May 31-June 11
Title: Lovely, Dark, and Deep
Year of publication: 2014
Author: Susannah Sandlin
Genre: Romantic suspense
Series:  The Collectors #1
# of Pages: 306
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Purchased from Author
Blurb from book: When biologist Gillian Campbell makes an offhand comment about a family curse during a TV interview, she has no idea what her words will set in motion. Within days, Gillian finds herself at the mercy of C7 a secretive international group of power brokers with a dangerous game: competing to find the world’s most elusive treasures, no matter the cost, in money or in lives. To save her family, Gillian teams up with Shane Burke, a former elite diver who’s lost his way, navigating the brutal “death coast” of the North Atlantic to find what the collector seeks: the legendary Ruby Cross of the Knights Templar, stolen by Gillian’s ancestor and lost at sea four hundred years ago.
My thoughts: It was an entertaining read, and definitely a romance, but not near as suspenseful as I’d hoped. But if you like books with divers and lost treasure, this is a good one to read.

I’m taking this class (on-line) on how to write effective, pithy blurbs for books (to sell or pitch to an agent). 55-68 words long. That’s it. You really learn how to just look at one distinct part of your book so you can sell it. Well, at least I hope I learn it. I’m still struggling with the word count. Writing books are much easier!

But hey, maybe I’ll share some of my “outtakes” later on. That should be fun.

So… Do you find you read slower this time of year? I am. Or maybe I’m just too busy with writing, editing (yep, Biting the Curse is back in my hands), and taking classes to get busy reading. I’m so behind in my goal, it’s pathetic. I need a vacation now so I can get caught up. Which is silly because I’m technically semi-retired—I should read at home!

Happy Reading!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well, there's just much more yard work, plus other activities, that everything has slowed.
I can write short! It's length that hinders me. Although that class sounds helpful. Is it free?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - No, the course wasn't free. My RWA chapter is running it and I never even THOUGHT about posting it on my blog (because you don't have to be a member to register). Bad me! I will remember to do so from now on (since it seems to be a thing our chapter is doing now).

Maria Zannini said...

I definitely read more in the winter. There's just too much to do when the weather is nice.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'm not much of an outdoor person, regardless of the weather. But I do go to baseball games and concerts when it's warmer out. Yeah, summer is definitely busier.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

I normally don't read any less in summer. But this year I am, mostly due to being so darn busy with the upcoming move. I also read less around the holidays due to having so much more to do.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Moving can really mess with all your schedules! I get a lot of my reading done on cruises. Good thing I got two coming up this year. Maybe I'll catch up then. :D