Or, My Friend Wrote a Book and It’s Awesome!
This is a post I have been looking forward to writing for over a year (though not, it should be noted, nearly as long as my friend had been looking forward to posting that her book was published!). My friend and fellow writer Alicia – ABE as she often appears in the comments here – recently published her first novel on Amazon. She very bravely posted it on her blog scene by scene, every Tuesday for many weeks, and I, reading along, therefore had the pleasure of being a beta reader. Not that she needed much beta help…she planned as meticulously as JK Rowling and didn’t have to do the kind of wholecloth rewriting that’s been plaguing my writing lately.
The novel – well, really series, because book 1 only reaches beyond lit-fic because of the prologue – is in the crossroads of literary fiction and romance. It’s a love story, but. Very character-driven, very slow burn, very subtle. I loved it. The characters are rich and real. The scenes build upon one another with clear purpose. The writing is exquisitely careful.
If you like women’s fiction, lit-fic, or character-driven romance, you need to read this book. Like yesterday. Go get it!