What I’m Reading 6th June

Happy Monday!

It’s time for another new book, and again, it’s a work read.

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My Last Read

Romancing the Beat

Although I’ve read Romancing the Beat to death, I always pick up something I missed in previous readings. (I made a ton of notes this time around, so I don’t forget anything!)

Unlike other books on story structure that follow the solo hero path, this one understands that both heroes share equal billing in a romance novel–no matter the subgenre.

In the interest of honesty, here’s a heads up for any potential purchaser.

As much as I love what I’ve learned from the book, I have to admit that there are some things I don’t like about it. Things that make it difficult to take in all the superb information.

The tone.

I love conversational non-fiction books, I really do, but this one is a little hard to take–for me, that is. Firstly, the author calls romance novels “kissing books” 🤮

Secondly, this is what causes me to miss so many of the great details, the text comes across as juvenile. With its teenage style, Dr Seuss and niche American references–that don’t really translate well outwith the USA–I find it annoying, distracting and infuriating at times.

But that’s just me; I don’t do cutesy things or peppy pop culture. I like dark things. Murderous things. This book feels very “vampires sparkle”, whereas I’m more of a vampires rip your fucking throat out kind of woman (ah, Lestat 💗).

All that aside, if you like the sugary pep thing or even if you’re more like me, I highly recommend you give it a read. There’s a wealth of excellent information in this book for writers of anything containing a romance plot/subplot.

Romancing the Beat on Kindle (£4.55)

Romancing the Beat on Kobo (£4.99)

This Week’s Read

The Busy Writer’s Self-Editing Toolbox

I bought this book a few years ago and never got around to reading it. Now that I’m editing my novel, I thought it might be the perfect time to read it.

From the cover copy on Amazon:

In this handy self-editing guide, you will discover:

  • How color-coding can give you an instant snapshot of any problems with repetitive phrases, dull dialogue, style and tone, and problems with person or tense
  • Common errors made with viewpoint, and how to fix them
  • Important understandings about viewpoint
  • How to edit and polish dialogue so it sounds natural
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of writing dialogue
  • How “too much” of anything can ruin your story and alienate your readers
  • General tips on building your skills

Self-Editing Toolbox on Kindle (£2.99)

Self-Editing Toolbox on Kobo (£1.99)


What are you reading this week?

Until next time, take care, and happy reading!

Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading 6th June

  1. Chris Hall says:

    Ah… Lestat! I loved Anne Rice’s vampire books.
    Just picked up Margaret Atwood’s short story, ‘My Evil Mother’. Hope for gorgeous prose 🙂

    1. Oh, sounds great! Enjoy 📚

      1. Chris Hall says:

        It was!! A quick read and very funny. If you get a moment, treat yourself.

      2. I think I will! Thanks for the rec. I’m in need of a quick bit of fiction. 💖

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