Monday's Muse~A Friend's Manuscript

This week I had the distinct pleasure of reading a friend's manuscript so that I could give her feedback before she started querying widely. I've read a lot of really good books this year but I've got to tell you, her manuscript is the best one I've read so far. I was so blown away by it that I can hardly wait for it to get picked up by an agent and publisher so all of you can read it too! I feel so honored that I got to be one of the first people to read it.

Though this is her first step into the realm of fiction, my friend is an accomplished non-fiction author of self-help books for parents and children. Go follow her now so you can get ahead of the pack because her first young adult fiction novel is going to rock the YA world!

Now back to my own editing and reading Spirit Bound by Rachelle Mead (which is getting really good by the way!). Don't forget to click on my links to the right for chances to win books, and to celebrate banned books week by honored banned books. If you can, join us tonight on the #WritersRoad chat tonight at 6pm PT for a discussion all about banned books. What inspired you last week?


  1. What a great endorsement of your friend's book, Heather. I went to check out her blog and was delighted to see who it is. Looking forward to when her book gets picked up, too!

  2. I can't tell you how jealous I am that you got to read Christine's book!! Lucky duck! :-)

  3. Linda, me too! And I have no doubt it will be soon!

    Shannon, I'm sticking my tongue out! :) It was amazing and I do feel truly lucky.

  4. I sometimes come here just to read the bantor, it's so entertaining!

    It must be special to have the pleasure of reading a really well written book--before it's even out! I envy the woman for having your input.

    Inspiration this week-end (actually) came from all over the place. But Kim Harrison's book seemed to call me to read first. Mainly because I know the characters so well, I know her writing--and enjoy it. Thus I will say that Black Magic Sanction helped me get over the hump of a problem I was having with the climax of my WIP (gee, can I say that here and not get deleted?)#^;
    My thoughts on this is at
    (Yes, I'm that neurotic I have to write about my writing. *wink*)

  5. That's wonderful! I love how you're supporting her. :)

  6. I Love Christine! She's such a great lady, and after a review like this... amazing... I can hardly wait to read her book, too!

  7. You are such a good CP and I am sure Christine is so grateful to you.

  8. Aww that's so awesome!! I love that. :D The more good books out there the better as far as I'm concerned!

  9. Lorelei, it was wonderful, I did feel pretty special getting to read it first. :) I'm so glad a good read helped you over your hump!

    Salarsen, thank you! It's truly my pleasure. :)

    Karlene, isn't she fantastic?!

    Christa, I'm the lucky one. :)

    Lisa, indeed! I can't wait for you to read this one!

  10. It's always nice to read something from a friend that you can cheer on!

  11. I hope your friend YA novel will, indeed, rock the publishing world. Good of you to have her back, Roland

  12. Erica, absolutely!

    Roland, I'm confident it will. :)

  13. What a nice thing to write about your friend's manuscript. I hope I find friends like you when I finally finish with my manuscript too.

  14. Hi Heather, thanks for dropping by my blog! By the sounds of it, Christine's YA book is going to be great! I look forward to reading it!

  15. Oh, that's fantastic - lucky you to be able to have a read.

    What inspired me? Yesterday, it was the wonderful atmosphere of Kew Gardens.

  16. I love it when I read something that's great and even better when it's from a writer friend. :)

    Ugh, I've been so busy at work that I've been missing out on #WriterRoad chats. Do you save the chats for reading later?

  17. Desert Rocks, I have no doubt you will! :)

    Aik, you're welcome! I can hardly wait for her book to be available for others to read!

    Talli, I really do feel lucky! The Kew Gardens sound interesting, I'll have to Google it.

    Karen, me too! I wish I could save the chats but the site that did transcripts shut down and I haven't been able to find another. :(

  18. Sounds exciting - good luck to your friend!! :-)


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