What scares me most as an author is boring readers.
I can hire out for proofing to mitigate my horrid grammar skills.
There are plenty of people to help me design covers, write catchy blurbs and son on and so forth.
But as far as keeping readers interested…that’s on me. And one of my pet peeves is wasting anyone’s time with a boring plotline.
Life is too short for boring books.
When I’m starting (and for that matter, in the middle) of a book, I want it to grab my attention. I want to want to know what happens to these characters.
There are occasional exceptions for this.
For example, reading Anna Karenina has been on the to-read list for some time. At the beginning of this year I decided it was time to take the plunge. Honestly, if I’d known it was a thousand-page tome (I read it on my kindle), I might have put it off for several more months.
But I started it and I finished it. To be honest, there were parts I had to struggle though. And confession: there were some chapters I skimmed. Levin’s internal dialogue about the state of workers that went on and on and on were a bit painful. But I read it and even though it wasn’t fast paced -that’s an understatement- I was happy I read it. Some literature you read because of it’s place in history and insights on humanity.
I am not Tolstoy (ha) nor do I ever aspire to be that kind of high brow writer.
So, my dear readers, if my books ever bore you, please put them down! Find a new book to read. Life is too short.
That being said, I make it my goal to not go in to too much detail in a book. There is not tons of internal angst. I like to finish a plot line, even if that means a little bit shorter of a book and let the reader go with just a hint of what is to come.
All that being said, the second book in the Hollyton Romance series is Lila’s Romantic Fiasco is here.
Lila Benito, lawyer, home baker and finally….woman in a relationship!
Of course, the whole things starts to break apart and Lila’s attempts to fix, cajole and control make for humorous chaos.
Matt and Lila got through the blissful stage of their initial romance, but now real life starts to hit.
A certain someone creeps back into Lila’s life.
Matt gets an unexpected visitor in his life which throws his and Lila’s romance into a confusing fog.
Lila’s firm asks her to handle the estate for Matt’s ex-wife mom…one of the grumpiest women in Hollyton. Lila gets up and close and personal with not only Matt’s ex-wife, Tiffany, but her three sisters. Plus, she tries to hide it from Matt, fearful he’ll be angry at her for working with his ex.
Naturally, Lila starts freaking out (I mean, I would too).
She’s a bit of a control freak, but one thing she hasn’t learned in life: being a control freak really doesn’t work in romance.
Shoot, it doesn’t really work well in general.
But you’ll have to read the book to find out how Lila handles the stress, the problems, her own issues and a whole lot of assumptions she’s made about Matt and their relationship.
It’s fun and funny, fast paced and full of sweet romance and clutzy moments.
I loved writing it. I hope you enjoy reading it!