We've finally come to the end of another month. They speed by when you're busy, don't they? So I'm going to get these out and start up a new challenge or set of challenges for February. Also in February, I'm planning to share the first Indie Author Interview with Robin. I wanted to start off with the author who I wasn't able to interview back in November. Her work is perfect for February, though. Stay tuned and you'll see what I mean. :)
For now, let me share my challenge responses!
This week, I have two more contemporary romance novels for you, but they're by the same author. I enjoyed the first one enough to check out the next one in the series, but... Well, let's just get to the reviews.
As January progresses, I find my time is dragging by. I've been able to get some decent work done on Surge and a side story based on another character from the book. I want so much to get short stories out to my newsletter subscribers. What's stopping me? Properly editing them. I can't stand getting a free "book" only to find multiple typos and style issues which keep me from truly enjoying it. So I've been trying to work on two things at once to get at least one short story ready to send out. If you want in on that, scroll to the bottom of any page on my website and you'll find the newsletter sign-up section.
With business out of the way, let's take a look at this week's challenges!
This week, I've got a couple of reviews on contemporary romance novels. Sometimes, I just feel like these types of stories are so rushed. Am I the only one? I sometimes wish for more info on the characters and their reasoning, or more about the area they live in, or a little more plot depth. I realize romance novels don't necessarily need these things to qualify for their genre. ... But does anyone else think it might make the stories more lasting?
Enough questions... On with the reviews!
Time to tackle week 2 of the writing challenges. What are we waiting for? *If you caught this before 11:30, you have my sincerest apologies. Check out the end of the post for reasons once you scroll through the updated photos and information.*
As you know by the title, I've got two cowboy romances for you this week. I hope you'll see something that helps you find a new book to read or add to your shelves.
With a new year comes new challenges and new changes. I'll continue working to refresh the look of my blog, but that's going to be slow going probably over the course of this month and next. I've got three writing challenges on my plate this month, as well as setting myself an editing challenge. I'm probably going to restructure the blog to be more specific to what I share. This page will still be home to my writing challenges, but I hope to also share more about what I'm actually writing and how that's going for me. I hope to create a new page on which to share book reviews. We'll just see where that all goes...
On with the challenges!
I'm glad my reading goal went so well in 2019. This leaves me a nice cushion for sharing the reviews. However, this year, I'm going to try to slow down a bit and read one book each week. I'm almost positive I'll exceed the goal because my husband and I are still reading together on longer drives. But I definitely want to put more of my energy into getting Surge published this year. Yep, you heard correctly. Chronologically, this book must come next in the series, so Over Land & Under Stone will be shelved for a while. I'm considering some serious rewriting for it, especially at the beginning.
On to the book reviews!
Time to finish up the December writing challenges and embrace some more writing challenges or editing challenges in January. I'll be working on Surge so I need to try to find a challenge that'll work with where I am in that project. But before then, I need to finish up the last few days of the December prompts.
Happy New Year! I'm welcoming 2020 at Robin Takes the Scenic Route with two book reviews of a couple of awesome non-fiction books I enjoyed during 2019. Technically, I've been enjoying one of them since probably 2016, but... XD
On with the reviews!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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