Jennifer Lyon

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Weekend Roundup

It was quieter this weekend than last, which is a good thing. I’ve been a bit quiet online party due to my work load and partly because a member of Wizard’s family had a serious health issue this week and was in the hospital but he came home on Saturday and things are getting better.

Do you ever read books that give you mixed feelings? I just finished a book that I wanted to love because the author took risks. I respect that and rooted for her because of it. But in the end, for me, the risks failed and the book fell flat. That just killed me. I loved it when authors take risks! But the nature of risk is the greater the risk, the greater the chance for success or failure. Having said all that, I’m glad I read the book. Am I the only one who gets those conflicted feelings?

This week, assuming everyone remains healthy, I’m going to keep plugging away on EXPOSING THE HEIRESS.  This book could really use some risk-taking :-)

How was your weekend?

9 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Viki S.
    February 24th, 2014 at 3:46 am · Link

    Oh boy, it’s good to hear that Wizards family member is home and recovering. I pray all is well.

    It’s good that you took it easy this weekend too. After a stress filled week you need the time to recoup.

    I didn’t get my closet done. I looked at it a few times but Hubs kept calling me away. My plan stays though. I want to have it done before Easter Seals or Purple Heart call which should be next week ;).

    I don’t know about giving books too much of a chance. I have a firm rule that if I don’t get into it by 100 pages I’m done. I agree that risk taking is good but it has to work with me too otherwise I’ll be like you in the end and very conflicted.

    Good going on EXPOSING THE HEIRESS. A title like that screams RISK :)!

    Have a good day.

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    February 24th, 2014 at 7:57 am · Link

    So sorry about Wizard’s family member being ill, but I’m glad they’re on the mend. :hugs:

    I’m not sure I understand what you mean by taking risks. (It’s morning and the coffee hasn’t kicked in.) Did she take risks with her writing style or with choices she made for the characters? Either way, some of that, I can take; some I can’t. It depends on whether the story can suck me in past the risks of writing style (done all in emails, varying between blog posts and prose, head hopping, etc.) or the risks of authorial choices for her characters. Sorry the book you read fell flat for you. I hate it when that happens. Especially if I’ve invested the whole book waiting for those risks to pay off and then they don’t.

    The weekend here was mild. I didn’t do much of anything. I did get a small bit of excitement on Friday when I got a response from an agent that wasn’t a rejection. It was a question to clarify something, so I spent a bit of time working on my response. Keep your fingers crossed they liked what I had to say and request more pages. Oh, and Hubs saw a fox, which was cool. Our first fox sighting here. He thought it was a red fox and I thought it was a gray fox. Too bad it was dusk and the light was too low to take pics and prove it one way or the other.

  3. Kat
    February 24th, 2014 at 11:07 am · Link

    If the story doesn’t work then it doesn’t. All writing is a risk. Reading is very personal too. You may not have enjoyed the story even though you wanted to. But then there are others out there that loved it. The oh you got to read this book from a friend has been a disaster for me too often in the past. So I make sure I pick my own books or barrow them from the friend.

    My non busy weekend got busy. Of Course. But it turned out great. My daughter and I went clothes shopping. Found great stuff at great prices. Then we went to a warehouse club store in our area. There we found the perfect wood flooring for the bedroom (the last room we needed some type of flooring in). :-D :!: So great color is right and price was fantastic. Although that meant that I spent Sunday moving furniture and stuff out of the room. I may be sleeping in a chair or on a bean bag in my daughter’s room for the next week but I will have my floors done so I will do what it will take. :-D

  4. Silver James
    February 24th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    So glad Wiz’s family member is home! Lawyer Guy was moved from MICU to a regular room over the weekend, but I sure miss the wonderful folks in MICU. The level of care and caring is soooo much higher! No word on when he’ll get to come home.

    I finally got into revisions for the Harlequin Desire–COWGIRLS DON’T CRY. I’m about 1/4 the way through the first pass. It’s going well. Finally! :lol: I had a huge case of procrastination going.

    Other than that, my life is pretty quiet. Now get to work on HEIRESS! Make the characters take some risks!!! :D

  5. Jenn
    February 24th, 2014 at 12:57 pm · Link

    Viki that closet is tormenting you :-)

    I’m with you on not finishing books. This one I was going along with the character’s actions–until the black moment toward the end. But anyone, it’s just one reader’s opinion!

    What’s funny is I don’t like the title EXPOSING THE HEIRESS I just used it to go to contract for the book. But it’s actually starting to grow on me and it fits. However the final decision is up to the publisher.

  6. Jenn
    February 24th, 2014 at 1:06 pm · Link

    B.E., that’s more than small news I think. The agent showed interest. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

    I didn’t explain what I mean well at all. I wrote a whole thing for you to explain it then realized I should just shut up. Every book is a different reading experience for every person.

    Glad you had a mild weekend! The fox sighting is awesome. I’d love to see one too, as long as no snakes are around :-)

  7. Jenn
    February 24th, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Kat you really scored! I can feel your excitement–probably how I felt about my granite counters in my kitchen. I still love them, and you’re going to love your new bedroom floor!

    But I hope you find something more comfortable to sleep on than a bean bag.

    I know what you mean about different reading tastes. I love discussing books with friends! Disagreeing just makes the conversation more interesting.

  8. Jenn
    February 24th, 2014 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Silver, so glad LG is improving even if it may be slower than you hoped. But yeah, I know what you mean about the different level of care between the two floors.

    I’m impressed with how much progress you’re making with so much going on. I saw your FB post about how we “think” we’ve explained something then find out in edits we didn’t. SO BEEN THERE! A good editor is priceless! And FYI, in case you didn’t know, I’m so proud of you!

  9. Silver James
    February 24th, 2014 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Awwww, thanks, Jen. I’m lucky in that HE (my nickname for my new Harlequin Editor) has told me to push the envelope, he’ll reel me in when I need it, and then points out the weak points and lets me find my way through with encouragement. It is awesome!

    And yeah, we all think we’ve explained something in writing because it’s there in our heads. LOLOL ;)

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