This week is another short list, owing to the fact that I’m really making headway on Avenging Fate and another book that I’m working on. Pretty much I’m eating, writing, sleeping, and (less than I should) exercising. I think that once I’m past this crunch I’m going to shift my reading back to longer novels and difficult non-fiction. I used to love to sink into a huge book but lately I’ve been reading so much YA and lighter fare that I fear I’m losing my ability to read deeply and absorb information. Time to fix that by going back to some more challenging fare.
Additionally, if you’d like to read the first chapter of Broken Fate, it’s now available for free.
- Bluescreen, by Dan Wells. This is a futuristic thriller set in a world where everyone is online all the time, thanks to a connection wired into your head. Of course, nothing good can come of such a thing and when the main character discovers a virtual drug that gives users a safe high when injected straight into their brain connection, the chase is on to unravel the conspiracy.
- The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t, by Carmine Gallo. This book is a look at storytelling and how it translates to success in the business world. Why are some of the most successful business people also great storytellers? Why do so many of them seem to have an awesome “origin story?” Why are so many great TED talks nothing more than elaborate stories? Storytelling isn’t just for novels; it can help people differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace. This may have some benefit for authors, which is why I checked it out.