Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Novellas

I've been loving them for the most part. I wrote my Christmas novella for All I Want, and I've never written story that short before. I actually had to outline (what? outline? I may be converted, btw), remove the side plots I was dying to put in, and make sure everything pointed in the direction I wanted the story to go. In fact, I think I'm going to do a lot of this in my next wip and see if I can lessen how many drafts I  have to write to get a clean manuscript.

ANYWAY... here are a few novellas I've read this month that I thought did a great job of telling an entire story with shorter word count.

Heather Moore's Third Time's The Charm. She sent it to me to review and I picked it up one evening about an hour before bed. I loved that it only took me an hour to finish, because I am one of those people who get into a story and will stay up until 3am to finish it. (And then I'm a total bear in the morning and no one is happy.)

This was just a fun, feel-good story. I really wasn't left wanting more, which can sometimes happen in a novella. I just read Moore for the first time in the Winter Anthology she did with a bunch of other (awesome) authors, and I really like her writing style.

Third Time's the Charm (An Aliso Creek Novella)
From the back cover:
Welcome to the Aliso Creek Novella Series

Liz, Gemma, Arie, Jess, and Drew have been best friends since creating the “Five” at Aliso Creek High School. But that was over ten years ago, and each is still trying to find that perfect someone . . . if perfect is even possible.

In fact, Liz Carlson will settle for a normal man. A normal man with a job, that is. Married twice, then divorced twice, Liz’s rose-colored glasses fell off and shattered on the ground a long time ago. Her main focus now is raising her six-year-old daughter and surviving long days at work on her feet as a hairdresser. When Sloane Branden answers her call for help, quite literally, Liz doesn’t even give him a second glance. She’s sworn off dating for as many years as it takes, and it seems that Sloane has done the same after his own tumultuous marriage. But when Liz realizes that Sloane defies every stereotypical deadbeat she’s dated, she might just find room in her heart and discover the third time’s the charm.(less)


Denise Hunter's Truth or Dare
Okay, I came into this one a bit biased. I love Denise Hunter. She lured me in with Surrender Bay and then hooked me with The Convenient Groom. After reading Third Times the Charm, I decided to search out other novellas and found Hunter's. Since I love everything she's written, I went ahead and bought it, and spent the next night reading it. Again, it took me about an hour, which is PERFECT since that's usually about how long I read before bed.

Truth or dare
From back cover:

A foolish stunt in high school left Brianna VanAllen questioning her self worth for the past five years. She didn't expect to dig up those painful memories when she returned home for her high school reunion. But, paired with Jake Volez on a project at her parents' ranch, Brianna must face the issue of forgiveness. Will she have the courage to put her heart at risk again?

What are you thoughts on novellas? Any good ones to recommend?

4 comments:

  1. I haven't read a short story in forever! I should totally check these out.

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  2. I just read a Novella last night and it really left me wanting more of the characters. But I think that was the point. It was a mash up of the authors 2 different series and makes you want the next book in the series to come out.

    These covers are both SUPER cute. And the stories sound found.

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    1. Sound fun not sound found. Haha. I guess I was in a rhyming mood.

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  3. Short stories are great. Right now, I'm working on a shorty as a prelude to my next novel.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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