Friday, May 29, 2009

A Little Light Magic, please . . .

from Emily Bryan . . .

As a writer, I usually read to analyze how other authors handle “writerly” issues—POV shifts, info dumps, character arc, etc. So cracking the spine of a book is part of what I do to hone my craft.

But there are a few authors whose prose sucks me so completely into their fictive dream, they make me forget that I’m a writer too. One member of that elite group is Joy Nash.

I’ve sighed with contentment over her DRUIDS OF AVALON series and listened to my heart pound in my ears while reading her IMMORTALS stories. So I wondered how she’d do with A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC, a tale set on the Jersey shore. As usual, Joy works her magic and I am completely drawn into her characters’ lives.

Her heroine Tori is the delightfully quirky owner of a New Age shop in possession of some magic “hoodoo” candles. Her hero Nick is the hunky contractor who agrees to take on her little “repair” project in order to get her shop open in time for the solstice. She’s high on the metaphysical world and his feet are set firmly on the ground.

They’re perfect for each other.

Joy Nash peoples her novel with achingly real secondary characters with their own very real issues—Nick’s teenage daughter struggling with whether or not to put out for her popular boyfriend, his shoplifting grandmother, his menopausal mother who lies about her secret weekly trysts, Tori’s lesbian couple friends and their new baby. Joy has a knack for creating characters who breathe on their own.

I loved it!

So, run out today and give your summer the kick off it deserves with Joy Nash’s A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC. You will thank me.

For more of my recommendations, please visit www.emilybryan.com and click on Em's Picks. Right now, you can still catch my interview with the fabulous Jennifer Ashley about her MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE! Enjoy!

3 comments:

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner May 29, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

Good review, Em! I have my copy and am looking forward to enjoying it.

Gerri Russell May 29, 2009 at 7:18 PM  

Anyone else have a ritual for reading "great summer reads"? I hauled out the lawn furniture last week and powerwashed them (I ~do~ live in Seattle!) and set up the cushions. It's a sunny weekend, and I intend to grab Joy's book when I get off work tomorrow and just r-e-l-a-x! Looking forward to it!

EmilyBryan May 30, 2009 at 5:29 AM  

I've got a lovely little balcony on my condo with a view of the Mystic River, which is right next to my building and downtown Boston in the distance. I love to do my summer reading there.

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