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Fuzzy Findz: Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

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My first Fuzzy Findz of September is a deal of a book, I purchased from Half Price Books. I can never pass up their percentage off sales. I also got this book because it reminds me of why I never joined any sidity sororities or socialite clubs.

Character

I really related to the main character, Sarah Walters. She is a fun character who wants to be a Carmellias and enjoy her privileged life. The Carmellias is a socialite group of the wealthy and is important to be asked to join. Carmellias are women of many generations so it is a big deal if you are a part of the group. What makes me love Sarah’s character is that she has a tendency to make decisions that are out of the norm. She also not always polite about what she is doing, saying or her views.

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This book starts with a young Sarah and carries you through to adulthood. It takes you on a journey where as the reader, I was able to learn as the main character you can never shake the environment you were raised in. Everyone you encounter and everything you do will affect you in every aspect of your life. It was great to discover this as Sarah starts realizing it as the story unfolds.

Therefore, Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch is my first fuzzy findz for September. I will be sharing the second fuzzy findz later this month. Stay tune!

If you would like to know more about Katie Crouch or would like to purchase a copy of Girls in Trucks visit Amazon.com.

 

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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.

 

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My Fuzzy View of Broken Heart by Tyora Moody

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Josephine Reed-Powell is a detective, who after a year brought down a serial killer. It would seem to be an outstanding accomplishment but the limelight passes once Josephine is called to a new crime scene. She feels it’s a deja vu situation because everything seems so familiar.

This can’t be true she tells herself and her partner, Pete McConnelly as they start their investigation. The two partners questions witnesses, possible suspects and the closer they get the more Josephine feels it has Jeffrey Maddock written all over it. She knows he is behind bars but these things just can’t be that similar. Josephine tries to concentrate on the case as the reality of her home life test her patience. She is not only a working woman, mother and wife but being a cop is in her blood.

Bryan Powell, Josephine’s husband comes clean about his affair with a co-worker. He wants to work on their marriage but he is tired of competing with his wife’s job. Bryan also tries to consider their son in the dysfunction of a marriage that to him seems one-sided.

As the mystery unravels throughout the book, you find yourself rooting for Josephine and Bryan’s marriage. In addition to being a well thought out mystery, Broken Heart also has spiritual element that even though it doesn’t overtake the plot it fits right into place in it’s given area of the book. Having read previous books by this author, this new series definitely catches your attention with strong characters, everyday problems and a consistent storyline. The mystery element is just a plus.

To learn more about Tyora’s work visit her on the web at http://tyoramoody.com/

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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.