This week has been an okay writing week. I wrote three book reviews. It’s been a tough week in general. One of my cats, whom I had for 15 years, died Monday morning, and that just didn’t start the week well at all. Several of my coworkers had personal and family issues this week, too. On the bright side, my parents are in town, to celebrate the one year anniversary of my nephew’s open heart surgery (he was three months old for the surgery).
I had a productive writing week. This was my last week at my old job—leaving after six years is hard. Despite that, I wrote three book reviews, my June reading post, and my best books I read in June post. I’m hoping to do some fiction brainstorming early this week (I took a short break before starting the new job.).
I wrote three book reviews this week, and did several lessons in the hope writers course. I’m hoping that when I start my new job in a few weeks, I’ll be able to reinvent my writing schedule/find my fiction motivation—but I know now is not the time to try anything new. Too much stress already.
This has been a tough week. I’ve decided to change jobs, and the stress from putting in my notification really drained me this week, so I didn’t get much writing done. Two book reviews, and several videos from the hope writers class. I’ll be re-doing my weekly routine with the new job, so I’ll have to figure out the writing/book review thing all over again.
It’s been an excellent writing week! Six book reviews + my May reading post and also a post about the best books I read in May (Spoiler alert: there were several.). No fiction. Things are very up-in-the-air at work, and I’m also working through a course from Hope Writers.
Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.
But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.
With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?
The level of snark and witty back-and-forth in this novel was fantastic, and I truly loved Kara. Her friendships and her relationship with her family made her a well-rounded character that I enjoyed reading. Ryan…not so much. His personality was a bit too over-the-top for me, and what he did was unforgivable in my eyes. But that’s just me. This was a really fun read.
Kate Bromley was a preschool teacher. Talk Bookish To Me is her debut novel.
(Galley courtesy of Harlequin/Graydon House in exchange for an honest review.)