A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.
After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.
Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks …
So, reader friends, my dear blogger friend and writer, Rachel McMillan, has inspired me for this week’s bookish question, from a Facebook discussion she had while editing her own manuscript as she wanted to avoid pitfalls. We talk a lot about what we love about stories, cover art, and genres here but for a bit of fun today I want to hear about what things bother you when reading a novel. What pulls you out of a story. Just as we all have certain likes, no doubt we have different dislikes!
Here’s a few of mine (which I’ve realised are somewhat focused on the romance genre!):
- The phrase “devastatingly handsome” drives me nuts ~ what does it even mean? (That’s rhetorical if you were wondering!). It’s clichéd and overused.
- I’m not a fan of love triangles, especially when it is completely obvious from the beginning which of the
Lisa Bergren’s books and I go WAY back, yep, like the ’90s way back I have read, and actually own every fiction title Lisa has published so I can say with some authority that she keeps getting better and better! Lisa’s foray into YA novels has been fantastic with the addicting River of Time series and now a dystopian adventure, beginning with REMNANTS: Season of Wonder. I’ve had the privilege to read an early copy of REMNANTS and you are in for a real treat ~ it’s fabulous! I’ll be raving in a review soon!
THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS….
Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready …
Heads up, readers! HAWK is in the house
As Ronie Kendig’s RAPTOR 6 gears up for release next month – the first in her new Quiet Professionals series – here is the cover art for the second action packed instalment, HAWK, featuring the hot headed Brian Bledsoe showing his softer side! Following on from Raptor 6, with a Special Forces veteran as the cover model, HAWK’s cover model is an Air Force veteran. So good, right?
You are going to LOVE this story, dear friends, with all you expect from a Rapid-Fire Fiction novel and THEN SOME, Ronie plunges Hawk into the icy cold of the Afghani mountains with nothing but hope and heart in his favour!
Here’s the lowdown on the story:
A terrorist is playing chess with Raptor—and it might be the undoing of Hawk.
Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is a man of his word. But when …
Meet a “wild” woman and a charmer in
Caught in the Middle
She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains.
He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.
The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life’s next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected–Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.
Anne’s been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She’s only in town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees–leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.
But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society–and it’s …