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4 Women Fiction Books that Will Take You on A Rollercoaster

The women’s fiction genre continues to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster. From family secrets bringing characters back to the town they fought to leave, to mysteries behind disappearances, to secrets behind murder, to the bonding of siblings. Here are four books that are worth being on the rollercoaster.

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The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis

In The Wishing Tide, Lane Kramer runs an inn in Starry Point, North Carolina. A storm comes in along with an unexpected guest, a English professor working on his book. Lane connects with him in ways she never imagined along with the crazy lady on the dunes.

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The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis

In The Secrets She Carried, Leslie Nichols inherits her grandmother’s farm, Peak Plantation and she can’t wait to sell it. Jay Davenport is the caretaker of the farm and wants to keep it. Leslie and Jay delve into the mysteries behind the farm and discover it holds a lot of family secrets.

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Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love is about Annabelle, a woman who looks up to her grandparents and the love they share. Annabelle always does what is right but this time she calls off her engagement and marries an unlikely candidate. Her spare of the moment, love and first sight attitude changes her life.

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Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This says it all:

One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.
It makes you want to read it, right?
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Writing

Four Things I Look for in a Women’s Fiction Book

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On my monthly trips to the bookstore, I do a little surveillance because I am always looking for something new. Having read many books in different genres, I find myself drawn to women’s fiction and mysteries (we will talk about them next time). Each one of these genres provides different emotions and excitement for me as well as helps me since I am currently pursuing writing in both of these genres. However, today I am sharing four things I look for when picking a women’s fiction book for purchase.

Real life issues and problems

Women’s fictions books provide an array of issues and problems seen in real life making it easier to relate to the protagonist or antagonist. The issues and problems range from illness, broken hearts, striving for a better life or having to face the past to have a future. Ex. Second House on the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson or The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan.

Career-Minded Women

Most books in this genre have a career-minded main character or a character that becomes courageous by the end of the book (these are the best). Her determination and workaholic mentality causes some type of problem in her life that she has to overcome. Ex. Remember Me by Cheryl Robinson or Blackberry Summer by Rae Anne Thayne.

Takes you on a journey

A journey is what you are on when reading women fiction. There is an introduction to the character you’ll follow and become attached to throughout the story. You will root for this woman, be angry at her decisions, but will applaud her accomplishments. The emotional attachment as you take the journey with the main character let’s you know your reading a well-written book. Ex. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf.

Other genres can be intertwined

Women’s fiction is flexible so often times other genres want to partner with it. You find a little romance or mystery incorporate with this genre, which enhances the reader’s experience. The main character might have a love interest causing you to try and find out if they will be together, since the man character tries to play hard to get. On the other hand, the main character may have to go back home because a family member has been killed. The character may assist in solving the case. The intertwining of genres or subplots doesn’t become the focus of the book it just enhances the storyline. The focus still remains o the main character.

Women’s fiction is a wonderful genre to read and to write in with strong women as the main character, endless storylines and subgenres that bring a little extra. On your next trip to the bookstore think about the four things I mentioned here to look for when purchasing women’s fiction titles. Let me know how it works for you. Drop a comment to let me know which title you chose.

Until next time,

This is Teresa at Fuzzy Findz.

 

Writing

Four Ways A Writing Coach Can Help You Finish Your Manuscript

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When I started my writing journey, I ran into many roadblocks. Those blocks were writer’s block, time management issues and plan old procrastination. After battling these issues, I finally sent my manuscript to my editor. I started to wonder if having a writing coach would have made my road easier.

OnBeingaWriterCoverI recently attended a workshop presented by Charity Singleton Craig and Ann Kroeker, authors of On Being A Writer. These women caught my interest and both offer writing coaching services. After reviewing their sites, other writing coaches sites and interviewing a few, I was able to pinpoint what my needs were and recognized four ways working with a writing coach would help a writer finish their manuscript.

Let’s review the four ways.

  • Honest Critique-a writing coach will give you an honest critique of your work and with love. The coach’s criticism is to help you grow as a writer and hone your craft. No sugar coating, no lying because it won’t help you if he or she did.
  • Brainstorming-a coach will brainstorm ideals with you, giving positive suggestions to help improve your story. This will help your storyline and may uncover some hidden subplots.
  • Time Management-a coach will help you establish writing goals, create a writing schedule and will check on you to make sure you are staying on track.
  • Accountability-a coach will act as your accountability partner, making sure you complete tasks. He or she will meet with you and do a review or overview of what you have accomplished, what needs improving and will back it up with love and encouragement.

Let’s recap!

The four ways a writing coach can help you finish your manuscript is by providing honest critiques, brainstorming ideals and subplots, putting you on a writing schedule to help manage your time and acts as your accountability partner, making sure you accomplish your goals and complete all tasks. In addition, some writing coaches are editors, who can help you clean up your manuscript, getting it ready per industry standards.

Do you believe you are ready for a writing coach? If you already work with a writing coach, drop their name in the comments, so others may be able to use their services.

 

Writing

Five Things I Look for in a Mystery Book

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Next week I will be sharing four things I look for in a women’s fiction book. Today, I’m sharing the five things I look for in a mystery book. My relationship is a little different with mystery books because I’m looking for specific characteristics.

1)Criminals

2)Heroes (Protagonist)

3)Twists and Turns

4)Challenges

5)Problem Solving

Let’s take a look at each one.

Criminals

A mystery is not a mystery without the bad guy. The criminal is the antagonist who causes all the problems. He or she keeps the detectives, private investigators and any other mystery solving sleuth on their toes.

Heroes

A mystery is not a mystery without someone to save the day or night. the hero or protagonist is the person who contradicts the bad guy and brings him or her down. I look for a strong woman who has overcome obstacles to do her job like in Broken Heart by Tyora Moody. I’m a sucker for the hero who is a private investigator, writer, or librarian (like my character Dotti Wethington). According to the type of mystery, the hero may even be an innocent bystander

Twist and Turns

A mystery must keep me on my toes and this is when the twists and turns come in. I like trying to solve the mystery before the reveal. I don’t like then to be obvious.

Challenges

I really like delving in when the hero keeps getting hit with challenges in the course of solving the case. These are not like twists and turns but are personal challenges. This makes for a suspenseful book and thrills the heck out of me. It also makes me root even more for the hero to solve the case and to overcome whatever obstacle in holding her back.

Problem Solving

A mystery has to have a problem (a murder, kidnapping, theft etc.) that needs to be solved to hold my attention. The problem also will need some subplot issues that has the hero going crazy to solve. I love murder and kidnapping mysteries because those have a lot of suspense and the right amount of drama.

So when I am looking for a mystery, I think of the five things I have shared with you to make sure I am picking the right book. My favorite show is Murder She Wrote, so I am drawn to cozy mysteries (like writers Susan M. Boyer, Terri L. Austin and Lyndee Walker). I also like mysteries featuring small towns and church communities (like the Victory Gospel series by Tyora Moody).

Which type of mysteries do you like? Drop a comment sharing some of the great mysteries you’ve read.

Until next time,

This Teresa at Fuzzy Findz.