Archive | January 25, 2010

Monday Monday

I’ve really been slacking this year.  Ok, it’s only 25 days, but still it’s 25 days.  I’ve got this plan in my head, that I am determined to stick to, to have the second draft of Italian Infatuation finished by the end of March.  And now I’ve nearly wasted a month.  All I’ve done is read it and print out the first 10 odd pages. 

I made a bit of a breakthrough today though, and started on some research I needed to do.  All good, except now I want a holiday in Italy.  Maybe I’ll treat myself to a visit when I finish it?!

Jill Mansell commented on my blog on Friday.  Woo hoo.  How awesome is that – someone whose books I’ve been reading for years commented on my blog.  I was saying to the man at the weekend, that having a second actual, successful author (first being Adele Parks a couple of weeks ago) comment makes my dream of being a published author seem a little more possible.  It makes them seem more real – it makes what they do seem more reachable.  They are real people – they’ve taken time out from writing to read and comment on my little blog.  He he. 

Not really much else to say.  I added a post earlier with a book review of The Crush by Sandra Brown for the Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge.  I’m not all that impressed with my review – I think it’s a bit basic.  But then to be able to write something well, you need to read lots of them.  I need to read book reviews to be able to write them.  Another thing to add to the never ending ‘to do’ list!

I’m trying to think, but don’t see anyway I could add any more links in this blog.  🙂

The Crush by Sandra Brown

When Dr Rennie Newton is summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same degree of dedication and composure that she displays in the operating room. And it is this commitment to duty and precision that compels her to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of notorious killer, Ricky Lozada. But it might prove the most regrettable decision of her life …

When a rival colleague is brutally slain, Rennie is cast as prime suspect even though Lozada’s menacing shadow looms over the murder. Not only does Lozada seem to be insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, but the police also seem intent on invading her privacy – particularly Wick Threadgill, an embittered detective with vengeance on his mind and a point to prove. As the stakes continue to rise, Rennie and Wick decide to forge an uneasy alliance – but what they both have yet to realise is that when the killer strikes, they won’t see it coming …

I’d never heard of Sandra Brown until I started researching authors and novels for the Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge I’ve signed up for this year.  It was one of those books I read about and thought, yeah, I’d like to read that.  Randomly a few days later I found it cheap (about a £ or so) in a supermarket – now that has to be fate.  I’m very glad I did.

Virtually from page 1 I was hooked.  Brown really gets into the minds of the characters, at one point I even found myself sympathising with the psychopathic murderer!  And you’re kept guessing what’s going to happen until the very end.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 

I’m off to find more Sandra Brown books…