Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The 10pm Question

"The 10pm Question" by New Zealand author Kate De Goldi is probably not considered a romance novel by most of its readers. And yet, as I lived alongside the book's characters, I couldn't help thinking that what the book was chiefly about was first love. First, pre-teen I-don't-even-know-it's-love type of love.

Loved every page.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


For no reason at all, I feel like writing about champagne.

This one is my very favourite. Tastes of gold and spring and luxury.

My second choice. Tastes how mineral water should have tasted if it wanted to be consumed at the Olympus.

What it lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in taste. A good, predictable choice. If it's a tad boring, I'll be boring.

You know? I haven't had the pleasure yet. Keen to try it, though.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2-week course reminder

"Running down the stairs, she put on her shoes." Do you know why your editor will tell you to rework this sentence? 

This class will tell you why. It'll also teach you how to dig deeper into the story to come up with interesting sentence structures, other than the dreaded "she did this and then she did that."

Where: The Savvy Forums
Cost: Premium Members $20 / Basic Members $30

Lesson 1: Those pesky -ings
Lesson 2: He said, she said... Remove Those Tags!
Lesson 3: She went outside. She started the car engine. She drove... and the reader fell asleep.
Lesson 4: Q&A

Yvonne Walus is an award-winning novelist with over 20 books published in USA and UK.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Unlikely Romance Novels

Readers can find romance in the most unlikely places. Many murder mysteries, thrillers, SF and fantasy novels are romances in disguise:
  • "Truth" by Terry Pratchett
  • "Just one look" by Harlan Coben
  • "The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham
  • "Operation: Genocide" by Yvonne Walus