Status: Drafting the fourth book in the PERILOUS series!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flying Home and Counting Stars

I bought a lot of books at the LDS Storymaker's conference.

Let me make sure you understand me. I bought A LOT. As in, I took my luggage to the check out counter and it weighed too much. $90 too much.

Luckily, I had another option: take 3-4 books out and carry them.

Can you guess what I did?

So I spent the flight home reading. And this is where it gets fun, because I have a ton of books to read, and thus share with all of you. The book I read on the flights was probably not the best choice--it was a tear jerker. I kept my face down, hoping no one would notice, but I was bawling through the whole book. Starting with page 1.
There's the book, up top. Counting Stars, by Michele Paige Holmes. I met her, by the way. She autographed it for me. The book caught my interest right away. First off, I'll admit I'm not a fan of romances. I LOVE romance, but not romances. The back of the book says something like this, "Paul's pickup line was a bit unusual. 'Hi, I'm Paul. I have terminal cancer, my wife died in a car accident six weeks ago, and I'm looking for someone to be the mother of my children."

Okay, definitely unusual. Like I said, the book made me cry. And cry and cry and cry. Michele really writes human emotion quite well. There were a few things I didn't like, mostly the many many different POVs. And one character POV that I thought was more of a hindrance than a help, and I skipped his chapters. I didn't like that character, he wasn't important to the story, and I really didn't care what he was doing.

But Michele's writing is very skilled. I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to everyone.

I am SO excited to read all the new books I bought.

What did you read over the weekend? Anything stellar? Or slightly less than?


M. Gray said...

I'm so glad you got to read! I tried but since I only got 3 hours of sleep, I used my book as pillow. Still reading Runelords. I'm about 1/4 of the way through.

I love tear jerkers. I should have bought that one!

sarahjayne smythe said...

I'm glad you had such a great trip. :) And I'm jealous of all your new books. :) If you're interested, my weekend is detailed in my blog today.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Mary, I thought I would sleep the whole way. But I didn't! Of course I didn't wake up at 4:30am, ha ha!

Of course, Sarahjayne! and you can enjoy my books through me!

T.J. said...

Ah, another book I'll have to buy for my wife. Thanks Tamara! (Oo...Mother's Day is coming up.)

I went the guy's direction and bought "I Am Not a Serial Killer" by Dan Wells. I started it and it's awesome. Unfortunately, my wife made me put it down for books I already started.

And why do you have to live in Arkansas?! You can't critique for me as easily all the way over there! j/k, can't wait for your book (whether I read it or my wife does).

Voidwalker said...

Sounds like it was good. If anything can get you to cry, laugh or smile, it's a success!

As for me, I didn't read this weekend. I went out and bought a motorcycle. Go take a look on my blog :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

HI TJ!!! Great of you to stop by! I love Arkansas. The question is, why do most of the writers live in Utah??? You guys seriously need to branch out! I was afraid of Dan's book. I'm afraid of anything scary. (Don't ask me why I'm writing a suspense novel.)

On my way to check out blogs, Voidwalker!

Jen said...

This book sounds like something I need to get my hands on. I love unusual books and the lines that Paul gives are very interesting!!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Get it, Jen. I linked to it.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a book I'd need to read all alone in my room - I'm such a sap :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Oh, Jemi,I was so embarrassed on the plane! And one time a lady turned to ask me what I was reading and I was bawling!

Talli Roland said...

I am so jealous of all your lovely new books. You made me laugh that you bought so much your luggage was too heavy!

Glad you had such a good time at the conference.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

That was the ultimate test for me, Talli. Overfilled my luggage. :)

*LLUVIA* said...

Ah man! I hate that they are putting a limit on luggage weight. I don't like romance books, either.

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