“Seven Minutes in Devon” by Catherine Gayle

Even though I like romance novels, I prefer drama and thriller type books. With that said, I do read romance, on occasion, but it’s not my “go to” genre when I am book shopping. However, I do have my favorite romance authors and I think I’ll be adding Catherine Gayle to that list!

Seven Minutes in Devon” was wonderfully written. It drew me in from the start and kept me hooked throughout the book. The characters were easy to understand and relate to. I found myself rooting for the main character and her love interest right off the bat.

You often hear that characters need to be “three dimensional” so readers can get to know them better. Nobody likes a flat character that simply ‘exits’.  Emma and Aidan were richly written and their road to love was twisted and complex. I loved this about this book!

Seven Minutes in Devon” is the first in a series of the Cardiff siblings and I can not wait for the next book to come out! This is one of those books where you are so vested in the characters and their story that you don’t want to let them go at the end.

If you like romance, you’ll love this book. If romance isn’t your “go to” genre, give it a read anyway – I think you will be pleasantly surprised!



Book Reviews

As Indie authors, we all need a little help, right? We have poured our everything into a novel that we want people to read. Not only read, but enjoy. It may have been a story that we’ve carried around in our minds for years, or something inspired by a single moment. We have put words to paper and went over those words time and time again. We have edited, revised, trashed, revised, rewrote and edited some more. We have had our friends and family read it (and hopefully a beta reader or six). We have polished it to the point of absolutely shining.

Now what?

Some authors go the “mainstream” route and send query letters to agents (drillions of query letters, with about as many rejections), hoping to hook just one into taking a look at our “baby”. For those authors, I say, kudos to you!

Others of us take the “new” route and self publish. In the year 2012 and beyond, authors can skip the whole query/agent/editor process. With a plethora of tools at our disposal, we can have our polished masterpiece up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble in a flash.

But, again, now what?

Marketing. (that should so be a four letter word!). We tweet, post, blog, hold local author meetups and any other thing we can think of to get the word out. More often than not, our book just sits in cyberspace hoping to catch the eye of a reader or two. We pray that those few people will love it and tell other people about it. Maybe even leave a review for other people so they, too, get inspired to read it.

I am just one person (and an Indie author with a WIP), but I would love to help! I would love to review your novel on my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon/Barnes and Noble. Every little bit helps, right?

How it works: contact me on my blog (leave a comment below this post), DM me on Twitter, or email me at christi(dot)leaverton(at)yahoo(dot)com. I will give you my mailing address so you can send me a final version of your book. I will read and review. Easy, peasy.  **we will discuss timeframe upon initial contact, which depends wholly on the amount of books already in my review queue, my writing schedule and how many ‘adult responsibilities’ I have coming up.

Happy writing!

Stuck! Gah!

I started my new novel around mid November and was writing like a champ. Go me! I got right at 25,000 words in just a few short weeks. Words were flowing out of me in waves. I was patting myself on the back and thinking, at this rate, I’ll have my first draft down before Christmas!

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Real life stepped in and derailed my writing for the last ten days. The holidays, Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, laundry, house cleaning. You know, the adult responsibilities we all have.  I have not opened my manuscript since December 1st. That was, until yesterday.

I finally had some time, yesterday, to do some writing. I opened Scrivener, read over my last few paragraphs, poised my hands over my keyboard. And froze. Nothing came. Notta. Zilch. Zero.

I was at a very profound scene with a lot of conflict and knew the general direction I wanted to go, but my mind was blank. The problem was, over the last ten days or so, when I would get a wee bit of time to write, I knew it wasn’t enough to devote to the scene I was getting ready to tackle. So, I didn’t write at all. In doing that, I completely derailed my writing; stuck in the ditch. In about two feet of snow. And ice. And mud. (from spinning my wheels and all).

Yesterday, when I had enough time to sit down and justly devote to the scene, I had a sudden case of writer’s block. Being a ‘linear panster’, I can’t move on to the next scene. Being OCD, I can’t go back to the beginning and start reading in order to get into the story again.  I will start editing and get completely consumed with fixing everything – and end up stuck in the same exact place I was already stuck in. Trust me, I’ve tried this.

So, doing what a lot of my writer friends do, I jumped on the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums and yelled for help. As usual, the folks on there came to my rescue and offered tons of great ideas to help get me pushed up out of that ditch.

I ended up getting 883 words written yesterday. While not magnificent (in any stretch of the imagination), it was words and all words count. (at least until the edit and revision) And, I have made a new goal: to write something every single day. Even if it’s just a sentence or a paragraph, something has to be written every day. It’s the only way I know not to let the flow of the story run off downhill and land me smack in a ditch.

Anybody have more suggestions for getting “unstuck”?