Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Book Review of The Painted Horse

I read The Painted Horse, by Angela Christina Archer in May. 

I was intrigued when I read Amazon's summary: "Alexandra Monroe is a slave smuggler, smuggling slaves north where they can live as free people. Her crime is sedition and her punishment, if caught, is death. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Montgomery, Alexandra lives a life not by her own accord, but a life she willingly accepts for her secret quest to save the lives of slaves."

The book is well written, and Angela's tale of the desires and struggles as a result of Alexandra's choices had me rooting for her to help as many slaves escape to the North as possible. I was sad and frustrated whenever I read about her family life, a wonderful result of Angela's talent for weaving an epic tale.

I also enjoyed reading about her forbidden love with William Graysden, a Creek Indian who was viewed as no better than the slaves that Alexandra helped flee to the North. They have brave hearts who complement each other well.

I plan to read more of Angela's novels and become lost in her fictional characters once more. You can find her in her online world

* Disclaimer: This was not a free book nor is not a paid review.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Showing Emotion

I find so many helpful writing tips on Pinterest, and showing emotion through dialogue hasn't come as naturally to me as I thought it would as far as what the character is doing while either speaking or listening to whoever is in the scene with them. However, this post from The Writer's Handbook Tumblr blog,  who shared it from  One Stop For Writer's Pinterest board explains the way to show important emotions that for some reason haven't come easy to me.
Emotions such showing interest or disinterest in a character, showing nervousness, frustration or anger, (such as trembling or clenching their fists), sadness, etc. While I'm reading a good book for the first time, the plot itself holds my attention, which is exactly what our books should do for readers. When the writing is so well done that I barely pay attention to the grammar and writing style of the author the first time I read it, that is a story that I will read again from my writer's mind.