The moment I finished writing Running the Asset, I’d promised myself that I’d get back into reading fiction. Not only because I love getting sucked into spy romances, but it’s also a handy way to up my writing skills. But, now that I’m into the editing phase, there is one work-related book that I must read before I get any deeper into the edits. (Don’t worry; it’s a fun one.)
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My Last Read
Cold As Ice
I absolutely loved revisiting Cold As Ice!
What’s not to love? A spy working undercover to kill a psycho billionaire bent on world destruction for the all mighty dollar–think disaster capitalism turned all the way up. And a well-meaning but mouthy lawyer whose only crime is being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A dangerous position to be in when the spy can’t have a living, breathing witness on the loose.
Anne Stuart did a fantastic job on the characterization of Peter (the spy) and Genny (the lawyer). It would be impossible to read Peter and Genny’s story and not fall in love with them.
But, I think she outdid herself with Harry Van Dorn (the billionaire). With every word she wrote about him, he became so fully formed in my head that it was as if I could reach out and punch him with a grenade launcher. 🤣
Plus, there was a quick cameo from the previous book in the series–something Stuart does well!
Cold As Ice on Kindle (£2.49)
Cold As Ice on Kobo (£2.99)
This Week’s Read
This week’s book was an easy choice for me. It’s a light and fluffy work read, but don’t let that fool you into thinking there’s nothing of real value in it. Romancing the Beat was my go-to book when working as a romance editor.
Romancing the Beat
This book is the answer to romance writers’ prayers. It’s like Save the Cat but with romance as the key focus for the major–and not so major–story beats. If you’ve ever wanted a quick but in-depth guide to romance structure, this book is for you.
Romancing the Beats is written in an upbeat, peppy manner, complete with an 80s soundtrack for each of the romance beats.
Romancing the Beat on Kindle (£4.55)
Romancing the Beat on Kobo (£4.99)
What are you reading this week?
Until next time, take care, and happy reading!
2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading 30th May”
If I ever decide to write a romance, I’ll buy that second book!
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It’s such a helpful book; it’s got all the genre conventions in there, and the basic romance structure. It’s great for writing a romance or any of the romance subgenres, but it’s also helpful for stories with a romantic B, C, or D story.
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