This is a list of books I’ve read during the course, and what I’ve learned from them. (Yep, I’m a fast reader, and I also don’t sleep much.)

24 June 13: How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine. Young adult. A high school girl tries to trade her brains for popularity, only to find that the swap may mean missing out on the perfect guy. Learned about: developing a character who goes through real change.

23 June 13: A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett. Contemporary romance. A woman tries to restart her career by hanging out with her half-brother and filming his hot friends for a reality tv show. Learned about: emotional expression of internal conflict.

22 June 13: The Temptation of Your Touch by Teresa Medeiros. Historial romance. A lord haunted by his past tries to run away from his problems by hiding out in a gothic manor in Cornwall haunted by a beautiful ghost. Will he find true love or death? Learned about: building intrigue, layering back story.

20 June 13: Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas. Historical romance. A beautiful woman falls in love with a man who truly sees her for who she is—yet is her sworn enemy. Learned about: lyrical style, craft.

19 June 13: Lord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath. Historical romance. The third son of a Duke learns to forgive the past and commit to love in the future. Learned about: how to write the emotions of a seemingly cold man.

18 June 13: Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen. “…three generations of brides-to-be discover that love is always better as a family affair.” Learned about: writing from multiple POVs in one story.

7 June 13: Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros. A burned out writer finds inspiration and friendship through a twitter relationship. Learned about: how authors write in different genres.

3 June 13: The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter. A woman finds her prejudice against Cowboys gets in the way of love. Learned about: chemistry in a G-rated romance.

2 June 13: Nobody’s Darling by Teresa Medeiros. Historical Western. A woman goes West to seek revenge for her brother’s death, matching wits and chemistry with the man who allegedly killed him. Learned about: pacing, action and great interaction between H/H. So finely crafted.

1 June 13: Ladies’ Man by Suzanne Brockmann. Action/suspense. A still-healing-from-divorce woman takes a chance on love with the younger man who becomes her protector. Learned about: seamless pacing, storytelling.

31 May 13: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst. Carina catches childhood crush, Max, by growing into a woman he can’t resist. Learned about: how to plot a modern-day forced marriage.

30 May 13: Little Black Dress by Susan McBride. Three women in a family learn how to reconcile after one gets sick. Learned about: how one story inspires another.

29 May 13: The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand. An ingenue learns about love, life and loss while working one summer in a restaurant in Nantucket. Learned about: description and sense of place. Also I could never work in a restaurant.

27 May 13: Something New by Janis Thomas. A woman who’s having a midlife crisis and considers an affair. Learned about: internal dialogue

25 May 13: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, by Sarah MacLean. Lady Pippa wants to experience passion before her marriage. Learned about: character chemistry / tension

24 May 13: A Lot Like Love by Julie James. In order to spring her brother from prison, a woman must pretend to be dating an FBI agent. Chemistry ensues. Learned about: fun dialogue between characters.


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