When the Voice Calls

When the Voice Calls

A few weeks ago, Gail Whitiker wrote about slow beginnings, books that don’t necessarily open with dramatic action but slowly invite you in by taking their time, establishing a mood and setting a scene.  When Gail’s blog went live, I happened to be reading A LONG TIME GONE by Karen White.  In spite of the fact that this contemporary novel… Read more →

In Praise of the Slow Beginning

I wanted to take a slightly different approach to beginnings in this blog. We have, over the past months, discussed openings that plunge us into the heart of the action or hint at mysterious events to come. We’ve highlighted those that start with clever dialogue or intriguing characters, and we’ve pointed out how the author, with a few well-constructed sentences,… Read more →

Your Duke awaits . . .

Open a historical romance and from the first sentence the writer aims to transport you to another era. A time of grace and elegance in which candles sputter, fans flick, silver gleams, and aristocratic noses are held high. The ballroom awaits, as does the promise of romance and a satisfying happily ever after. In the historical romance, the first sentence,… Read more →

The Rosie Project dissected…

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Sometimes books come to you from others. Books you may not have thought to buy, or maybe haven’t even crossed your radar. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is one of those books for me. This book was a gift to me in more ways than one. I am a romance author and as… Read more →

   	                                      Running Into . . . Or Away From . . . Trouble

Running Into . . . Or Away From . . . Trouble

I like an opening that throws me into the action and won’t let me stop reading. Angelfall ( Penryn & The End of Days #1) by Susan Ee did that and so much more. All in about two hundred words.   Ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised… Read more →


Happy New Year! Before I start into my review, I wanted to mention a special event that took place in the lives of the Pen Warriors this month. As some of you may know, we came together as a group in 2001 and we’ve been meeting on a quarterly basis ever since. What you may not know is that this… Read more →


First up. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! I hope all the readers of the Pen Warriors’ books and blog have a safe, healthy, and very festive season. To help that along, here’s some Yule advice: Drink what you enjoy, eat what you like, and hug who you love.   But before we drown ourselves in eggnog, it’s time to talk book openings… Read more →