February 10, 2008

I Spy a Masterpiece

Buy this book!

I missed my bus stop by about a mile today because I was so engrossed in Annique and Robert’s story. I’m sure you’ve read it already, but if you haven’t you should. Thank you, Meljean, for pulling my head out of the sand.

My only warning is that this book could prove hazardous to your ego. Bourne is just too damn talented.


11 thoughts on “I Spy a Masterpiece”

  1. I can’t WAIT to meet you in San Fran!!

    You know I love authors that make my ego shrink a zillion sizes. And there are a lot out there. Where you read and just go…wow. I WISH I wrote like that. But we read and learn. We pick up tricks and trades from each book we read. Throw’m in a crockpot of writer knowledge and then bam, we have our own interesting creation.

    Wow at like after midnight I really talk like I’m high or something (I’m not, but I am in that hazy tired almost drunken state). You know…I’m gonna go to bed.

    San Fran! Soon!!

  2. Every review I read is startling in it’s praise for this lady and this book. And when I read interviews with this lady, she appears extremely nice and professional.

    I can’t wait to read it, but I’m in the middle of my revisions, and I’m afraid it will really throw my game to read a “wow” book right now.

    But she’s totally on my list.

  3. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have picked this up because I’m in the middle of revisions myself.

    Today she made me cry–in the middle of the book–in a scene that did not involve the central love interest. How in the hell did she do that?

    Now I don’t even want to read my own book. Argh!

  4. Joanna Bourne is on Romance Novel TV this week, just in case you want to feel more inadequate than usual. The book is just stunning, and she seems much too nice to hate. But did you know she wrote a book 20 years ago….and then this? Gives me hope.

  5. Oh, I know exactly what you mean! That book is so amazing. But I almost couldn’t get too down on myself about it. Usually when I read a great book, I’m always saying to myself, “Why don’t I write like this?” Like, if I just got my act together I could do that, but I don’t. In the case of TSL, my reaction was more like, there is just no way I could have possibly written that. Not without living several more years and visiting several more countries and having many many dinners with fascinating people over good food and good wine. It was ego-shrinking, but in the best way – a way that made me eager to experience more of life and put that in my writing. It’s responsible for my New Year’s resolution to go to England. 🙂

  6. Absolutely, Tessa, I completely agree. Since it was so different from anything I would ever think about writing, it didn’t make me want to throw in the towel. But her poetic use of language is something I strive for in my own writing.

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