by Elizabeth Goddard
Top of the Morning to you! Happy St. Patrick's Day. I'll be posting more frequently than usual in the upcoming weeks and I also have some book promotion for my upcoming release, TAILSPIN, coming up so today I'm just sharing what I'm reading and working on. Now that I've added Audible I'm "reading" twice as much as before.
As aspiring writers, we're told to read, read, read, then writer, writer, write. So glad I love both reading and writing or I'd be in trouble. A lot of what I read is for research purposes. I love to learn new things as I work on my books.
There are so many great books by some awesome writers out there, deciding which book to read from my TBR (To Be Read) pile is sometimes the hardest decision I make during the day. Well, that's not entirely true, but it's a tough decision.
I'm currently reading A Fool & His Monet by Sandra Orchard. Funny story about this one. I was working on creating a proposal a very similar to this story with an FBI art detective. In fact when I learned that Sandra had already sold this, we talked about it and she had bought the same books as I had for research. All I can think is the old adage, "Great minds think alike." I never submitted that proposal because, well, who needs my story when we've got this one! It's a fun and quirky mystery.
Here's the blurb:
When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather's murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.
With spunk, humor, and plenty of heart-stopping moments, Sandra Orchard gives readers an exciting string of cases to crack and a character they'll love to watch solve them.
I just finished reading, You're the One That I Want by Susan May Warren. Susan is a much-loved author and her books are must-reads if you enjoy drama and falling in love. The story sucked me right in with an adventurous opening--just perfect for this adventure-loving writer.
Here's the blurb:
Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL
Used to being one of the guys, to never relying on anyone, Scotty doesn’t believe in happily ever after―especially with someone like Owen. Her instinct is confirmed when Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, bringing with him a truckload of family drama―and even worse, the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota.
But Owen is more than the sum of his mistakes, a truth both he and Scotty discover when she escorts both brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force. Thrust into an unfamiliar world of family, faith, and fresh starts, Scotty begins to see potential for a happy ending . . . if she’s brave enough to embrace it.
I also just finished reading a book for research. Wildlife Wars: The Life and Times of a Fish and Game Warden by Terry Grosz.
Next on my list to read is A Spy's Devision by Melanie Dickerson. Love this author's stories! I've fallen in love with her fair-tale stories, and now she is also writing Regencies. Isn't
In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.
At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
And for the writing, I just turned in my second book in a series called Wilderness, Inc, set in the Wild Rogue Wilderness of southwest Oregon, where I used to live. I love setting my romantic suspense stories in wild and scenic adventurous settings. This particular story was set on a tiger sanctuary! Loved writing this one. Like many authors, I use a Pinterest board to save images that help me with the writing. over to my Pinterest board on this story setting to get a feel for the place.
https://www.pinterest.com/bethrachg/wild-rogue-wilderness-series/ and look at the tigers while you're there! https://www.pinterest.com/bethrachg/wilderness-inc-book-2/
Two more things to share. Today I have a radio interview over at MotherTalkRadio.com. Be sure to check it out if you have time.
Last but not least, hop over to sign up for my Goodreads Giveaway of my upcoming release, TAILSPIN!
Thanks so much for joining me. Have a blessed day!