First of all, happy Saturday! If you’re anything like me, you’re glad to see the weekend!
And now…I have a confession to make.
I’m feeling a bit uninspired as of late, and I’m at the point in the writing process where that’s not a good thing! (actually, that’s never a good thing when you’re trying to write a novel!) I need to have my current book finished in a couple of months, and I’m on the struggle bus right now.
Part of it is because it’s a chaotic time in my life. We’re finally putting our house on the market (target, May 1) and so I’m packing up all the non-essentials (and boy, are there a lot of those!) to go either to storage or to my upcoming yard sale. As I’m packing up each room so that it will be “show ready” come May, I’m reminded of just how much of a pack rat I am! Our impending home sale (which also means we are starting to look at potential houses for us to buy) and move is a little stressful, which seems to take a toll on the writing part of my brain. When I sit down to write, I am suddenly reminded of the twenty million little things I need to do before the house is ready to show! And we’re moving to a completely different town, so I often find myself falling down a rabbit hole and spending way too much time looking at different areas and potential homes!
I think the other part of it is just that I haven’t had any time to read lately. Reading seems to serve as inspiration for me in my own writing life, and I really think that when I make a conscious effort to carve out reading time, my own writing goes better. When I was in bed with the flu back in January, I read a lot and it was so nice to have an excuse to just stay in bed and do nothing but read—but I confess, I didn’t read a single romance the whole time I was sick! I’ve been on a mystery kick as of late, so I’m thinking I need to read a few good, swoon-worthy romances to get me back in the swing of things. My next novel, A Reservation for Romance, needs to have that sweep-her-off-her-feet kind of romance. In my last post here, I mentioned how much I dearly love the character of Brooke Jennings Lockwood, and I really want her love story to be a good one!
So I’m asking you for help! I mean, what better group of people to give me assistance than readers of inspirational romance?!
Please give me a recommendation for a really great romance—and I’ll admit, I always prefer a book with a little humor as well. I’d love to know a book title/author that you think I should check out! What is the last inspirational romance book that really captured you? What’s the last one you read that had a laugh-out-loud moment? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts and add some titles to my “to read” list!