I just love to read. Period. And reading from all genres helps me in my writing craft. Helps to make me a stronger writer I hope.
Of course, there are times Iâ€™m just in the mood for a good love story. Make it something that when I close the book I sigh and feel good those two are finally together.Â
With romance, I move around the genre frequently but give me a good historical and add a dash or more of the paranormal and Iâ€™m in reading bliss. But then I canâ€™t resist a good fantasy either. Among my favorite are the Symphony of Ages series by Elizabeth Haydon and The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass.Â
As of right now, Iâ€™m reading two books. Iâ€™ve just started reading Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier and plan on moving onto the next books in the Sevenwaters Trilogy shortly thereafter. I also just picked up a copy of Wired by Liz Maverick and decided to juggle two books at once. I like to be adventurous I guess.Â
Bottom-line, though, is just give me a good story â€“ no matter the genre â€“ and Iâ€™ll read it.Â
I do seem to always appreciate a romantic element in the books I read and itâ€™s a must in what I write. Romance and conflict just go hand-in-hand. Like you said it gives a reader someone to root for.Â
In The Passenger, Giovanni (Gio) and Elizabeth certainly have both romance, conflict and their own inner-struggles to deal with.Â
Sheâ€™s arrived in Cana, California to bring news of his father Paoloâ€™s death. Gio doesnâ€™t want to hear any of it but because of his frustrating attraction to her, heâ€™s keeping her around.Â
Gioâ€™s a headstrong man but heâ€™s met his match in the strange woman from Boston.Â
The Passenger takes place in 1945. It felt right to write it in a way that pays homage to the old movies I love. The story builds up the tension but the lovemaking takes place behind closed doors.Â
Tomorrow Iâ€™ll post an introduction to both Elizabeth and Gio. When they first meet might be nice, Iâ€™m thinking.Â
Until then, have a great night!
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Thanks to a family with an overabundance of imagination and a love for books of all kinds, Joie grew up learning the value of a good story. Early on, she realized writing was as essential to her as oxygen and recorded her first story at six and finished her first novel at twelve. Along with giving into her lifelong passion for storytelling, Joie works full-time and treasures motherhood while bringing up her son, daughter, and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
To learn more about Joie and her work, visit her blog “Spirited Chatter,” which she co-hosts with fellow multi-published author, Ann Marie Bradley.