Top Ten Book Hooks That Work For Me

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday blog post.

(For info on TTT and to join in, check out That Artsy Reader Girl)

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What makes me pick up a book to read?
  1. Title – can’t resist a catchy title. For example: Chose The Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Love that title 🙂
  2. Cover – I’m a very visual person so I like a colorful cover. One of the best ones I’ve seen is The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson (the paperback version). It’s truly a work of art.
  3. Locale – I love to read about far away and exotic places so locales of dreamy islands or Asian countries will grab me (and anywhere in the Carolinas since I’m a newbie Southerner).
  4. Romance – I especially love the enemies to lovers theme with funny banter between the couple while they resist the attraction.
  5. Mystery – I don’t always enjoy books that are only romance. To me they need to include a mystery of some kind (who’s stalking the heroine, who’s stealing company secrets, who murdered the butcher, etc.)
  6. Suspense – Who doesn’t love a little nail-biting suspense? Nothing stirs up those desires better than a little danger to the hero and heroine.
  7. Characters – Of course this is a major element. If you don’t care about the characters you won’t be able to enjoy the story.
  8. Length – This is a lesser element for me except if the book is longer than 350 pages you better have a pace that keeps me turning the pages.
  9. Author – I’m always on the lookout for new authors but with the authors that I know I enjoy, I will definitely try anything they write.
  10. Time period – I enjoy Historical but mainly just in the 1800’s or else the current time period.
So what kind of book hooks grab you?
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Books, Words & Lists – What’s Not To Love?

Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.

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So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!

Be sure to check out previous posts:

TTT – I Need Mooooore

TTT Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.

What do you make lists about?

2019 – A Fresh New Year

Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.

2019 New Year's

Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…

  • I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
  • I created my plot/timeline for book #3. plot line storyboard
  • I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
  • I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
  • I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
  • Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us. North Carolina State Line Sign

Good for you!

Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…

  • I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
  • I want to gain a contract for book #2.
  • I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication). Hong Kong Treasure
  • I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
  • I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.

Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!

2019 New Year's

Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂

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The Great American Read

Are you participating in The Great American Read?

The Great American Read

100 books were chosen for the possibility of becoming America’s Favorite Book. There’s also a 8-part series on PBS where they talk about the books and the influences they’ve had on us. You are encouraged to read as many as you can and vote for your favorites.

To see the complete list, click here.

I am far from done but I’ve read (recently and in my lifetime):              * = Favorites

  1. 1984 George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  4. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie *
  5. The Call Of The Wild Jack London *
  6. Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis
  8. The Clan Of The Cave Bear jean M. Auel *
  9. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown *
  11. Don Quixote Miquel de Cervantes
  12. Flowers In The Attic V. C. Andrews *
  13. The Godfather Mario Puzo *
  14. Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell *
  15. Harry Potter J. K. Rowling *
  16. Hatchet Gary Paulson
  17. The Hunt For Red October Tom Clancy *
  18. The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan *
  19. Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
  20. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  21. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
  22. Memoirs Of A Geisha Arthur Golden *
  23. Moby-Dick Herman Melville
  24. The Picture Of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde *
  25. The Pillars Of The Earth Ken Follett *
  26. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier *
  27. The Stand Stephen King *
  28. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee *
  29. The Twilight Saga Stephanie Meyer

Some of the books listed, I’ve read other books by that same author but not the book on the list.

What books have been your favorites?

Philadelphia, A City Of 12 Firsts – How Many Did You Know?

I love the City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, The City That Loves You Back — Philadelphia, PA.

Philly, PA

That’s probably why my next book takes place in Philadelphia (more about this later).

     Philadelphia’s Firsts:

  1. Benjamin Franklin started the first library in 1731.

  2. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, that opened in 1805, is the country’s first art museum and school.
  3. The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser is the first daily newspaper, begun in 1784.
  4. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond started the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital.
  5. The first university in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania, began the first medical school in 1756 and the first business college, the Wharton School of Business, in 1881.

  6. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first ever American zoo, opening in 1874. Philly Zoo
  7. The first organized protest against slavery was the Germantown Quaker Petition, drafted in 1688.
  8. Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church is the first African American church established in 1794.
  9. First Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.
  10. The Philadelphia Naval Yard was the first naval shipyard in the nation, 1801.
  11. Johann Behrent built the first piano in America in 1775.
  12. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange, founded in 1790.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia? What do you like the best?

For more fun facts about Philadelphia, check out the following sites:

 

 

The Weekly Rewind: June 24, 2018

I’ve just recently discovered this gem of a blog. Highly recommend to other romantics 🙂 Thanks Ari.

The Romance Corner

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Hey guys!

July is here and so is the arrival of humidity. My hair has basically blown up and it has a mind of its own, lol. In other news, I’m really proud of myself because I’m all up to date on ARCs and reviews and I even have two weeks worth of posts already scheduled. I’m hoping it stays that way for the rest of the year. *fingers crossed* 

Anyways, let’s get to my week in blogging!

Let’s get started!

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I read a total of three books and for the most part I enjoyed them. It Takes Two was an okay read and would recommend it if you’re in the mood for a cute summer read. I really enjoyed Sarina Bowen’s YA debut and hopes she writes more in the future. The Upside of Falling has me so pissed the fuck off and I need the…

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Add A Little Scare To Your Romance

Halloween is creeping up on us so in the spirit of the season, let’s add a little scare to our romances.

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4 Books To Terrorize The Romance Out Of You:

  • Darkhouse by Karina Halle – There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts.
    Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance.
    Her uncle’s haunted lighthouse provides the perfect catalyst and backdrop for a horrific mystery that unravels the threads of Perry’s fragile sanity and causes her to fall for a man, who, like the most dangerous of ghosts, may not be all that he seems.
  • The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James – London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she’s been murdered at one of her own sĂ©ances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
    Ellie doesn’t contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can’t refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria’s secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
    As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria’s life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria’s circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it…
  • The Hollow by Nora Roberts – In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse.
    Twenty-one years later, Fox O’Dell and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times – every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town’s folklore.
    A boutique manager from New York, Layla Darnell was drawn to Hawkins Hollow for reasons she can’t explain – but the recent attacks on her life make it clear that it is personal. And though Fox tries to keep his professional distance, his interests in Layla have become personal too.
  • Seduced By A Stranger by Eve Silver – Destitute and desperate, Catherine Weston accepts the summons from her childhood friend Madeline St. Aubyn to attend her at Cairncroft Abbey, a place of secrets, lies and murder. Madeline’s health is in a poor state and she is terrified of her cousin, Gabriel. But Gabriel has quite a different effect on Catherine, stirring longings and desires she believed long-buried.
    Gabriel St. Aubyn is haunted by the horrors of both his past and his present, horrors he conceals behind a remote, unapproachable facade. He is drawn to Catherine, but is determined to protect her from the tragedies that yet have claws sunk deep in his soul.
    Then a young woman is found dead, and Madeline’s ravings point to a link between this horrific crime and Gabriel—and Catherine must decide if he is a man worthy of her love or a sinister stranger determined to make her his next victim.

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4 Movies To Watch With Your Loved One:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • A Chinese’s Ghost Story – In this martial arts film, Ning Choi-san (Leslie Cheung), a traveling tax collector, takes shelter for the night in an abandoned temple. When he meets the lovely maiden Nip Siu-sin (Tsu-hsien Wang), Ning immediately falls for her. Unfortunately, Ning later discovers that she is a ghost who is forced to serve a cruel demon, and he resolves to save her from the evil spirit. Enlisting the aid of Taoist warrior Yin Chik-hsia (Ma Wu), Ning ventures into a supernatural realm to save Nip’s soul.
  • Crimson Peak – After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas’ alluring sister and protector of her family’s dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.
  • The Mummy with Boris Karloff – A team of British archaeologists led by Sir Joseph Whemple (Arthur Byron) discover the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian prince Imhotep (Boris Karloff), along with the legendary scroll of Thoth. When one of the archaeologists recites the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life, but escapes. Several years later, Imhotep has taken on the guise of a wealthy man, as he searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann).

This is just a taste of what’s available. What books or movies would you add to the list?

Here’s wishing you all a very romantic, scary Halloween!

*Book blurbs courtesy of Amazon.com & movie blurbs courtesy of Google and http://www.imdb.com