Thursday, June 09, 2011
What Are You Reading? Fiona Harper
Today Fiona Harper tells us about her top reads of 2011 so far…
While I’ve been on a Harlequin/Mills & Boon reading fest recently, I really wanted to post my top three books of 2011 so far, because they are all very different:
Shipwrecked With Mr Wrong – Nikki Logan
(Mills & Boon RIVA/Harlequin Romance)
Blurb: Marooned in paradise with a bikini-clad beauty… …is surely the only way for a truly committed playboy to get shipwrecked! Ideally, however, Rob Dalton would have chosen a slightly friendlier companion! Prickly conservationist Honor Brier clearly just wants to be left alone with her birds and turtles. Honor’s had more than her fair share of heartbreak, and the isolated island has been a perfect place to lick her wounds in peace. She has no time for accidental tourists. Yet Rob is charming and infuriatingly attractive – his sheer passion for life is difficult to resist. Slowly Honor is discovering that even playboys may have their good points…
I’ve never been to a desert island, but the setting in this book grabbed me from the get-go. It seemed so real and I could imagine it perfectly. Add in a tortured heroine and a shallow hero who discovers he has hidden depths, and you get magic.
Inside Story: The Power Of The Transformational Arc – Dara Marks
Blurb: "This innovative method for structuring a screenplay is designed to keep writers focused on the heart and soul of their story so that plot, character and theme create a unified whole. Marks' method offers an easy to follow template for story construction, helping the writer to identify what the story is actually about: the thematic intention. It then uses the internal character development of the protagonist as a vehicle to drive the thematic intention and the line of action within the story."
I’ve been reading lots of books on theme recently, wanting to delve more consciously into that area in my writing, and this one was a gem. It brought together things I’d already worked out myself as an author, but added in plenty more depth and a few new things to chew on. Would really recommend this if you want to explore theme and characters arcs more deeply.
Walking With God – John Eldredge
Blurb:"This is a series of stories of what it looks like to walk with God, over the course of about a year." So begins a remarkable narrative of one man's journey learning to hear the voice of God. In Walking wtih God by John Eldredge, the details are intimate and personal. The invitation is for us all. What if we could hear from God . . . often? What difference would it make?
This was a very honest diary from one man on his spiritual life, and it certainly gave me food for thought – about my life, my preconceptions about the world around me, the ingrained ways I think without even realising it. Best chewed over slowly, a little chunk at a time…
Fiona's latest book, Swept Off Her Stillettos, will be out in August in the UK (Mills & Boon RIVA) and September in North America (Harlequin Romance)
Clothing connoisseur Coreen Fraser's film-star style never leaves her wanting for male attention! But sourcing for a 1930s murder-mystery weekend stops being fun when she discovers she has to wear a tweed suit and sensible shoes!
Meanwhile Coreen's best friend Adam Conrad has his own plans for the weekend... And one moonlit kiss later Coreen's blinkers fall from her eyes. Adam is the only man who knows the girl underneath the skyscraper heels and scarlet lipstick. But is she brave enough to invite him to kiss it off any time he likes...?