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Remember how relaxing and cozy last week was?

I miss last week.

This week:

1) reduce pronouns from my book
2) write as much as I can on small town story before Nano starts
3) type in revisions on Ghost Hunters before Nano starts
4) Nano starts ;)
5) Blog on the WNP on Halloween
6) Start revisions on Hot Shot for Samhain (I got a revision letter Tuesday but it was in my spam folder!)
7) The boy’s gigs on Monday and Tuesday
8) Halloween – not that we do much, but…the kids at school will be crazy.
9) Tutoring starts
10) Start centers at school
11) Keep up at school
12) Keep up house

Not as bad as next week, but…

I must rant a bit on Force of Nature. First, I gotta say, this is her most romance-centric book in awhile. The suspense plot is VERY secondary, and is only there to pull in Jules and Robin. I'm fine with that, but it is a teensy manipulative.

My BIG rant is the Jules/Robin story. Never - never never never never never - would she get away with this relationship if it was a man/woman romance. If a hero or heroine acted as Robin does, hellfire would rain down from romance readers. I have NO IDEA why Jules loves this jackass. The only thing I can see is maybe he wants to rescue him, but thus far, with 70 pages to read, I can see no HEA for these two. Has anyone else read this book? Anyone agree?

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Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Wow, what a week you have.

I read Force of Nature, and I don't think she's trying to make the Jules/Robin story into a regular romance, but with gays. I think she's writing a Jules/Robin story with all the uniqueness that comes from it being Jules and Robin. And the problem for Jules is that you can't pick who you love. I don't know how far you got, but he fights his feelings through pretty much the entire book.

Since Robin first came into the picture, I've found their story more compelling than many of the regular romance core stories. Her next one, a "novella" that comes out soon (if it's not out already) continues their story.

Kelly Boyce said...

I've never read Force of Nature so I can't comment. But that looks like a long to do list - good luck with everything. Hope you can power through it and get it all done before NaNo starts!

Toni Anderson said...

I read it (the day it came out LOL) and I like the romance between them. They were the key players and I almost felt sorry for the two main characters who were back up. I just got a call that the novella is at the store waiting for me :) Can't wait :)

Happy Halloween!!

Anonymous said...

Go Mary!
I need to make goals like you do.

Erica Ridley said...

Wow, sounds like a crazybusy week! Happy Halloween!!!

MJFredrick said...

HEY, Erica! I LOVE your blog (haven't been there in a bit, though.)

This list is nothing compared to next week, but at least I completed the Pronoun Diet.

I finished Force of Nature, and Robin kind of redeemed himself in the end, but he's such a screw up.

Of course, I never liked the Sam/Alyssa story, either. Sam was a screw up, too.


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