Motherhood becomes Monica in this charming tale
Cedar Key #2
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Featuring: Monica Brooks; Adam
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
In this beautifully crafted and uplifting novel, the
author of the acclaimed Spinning Forward welcomes
readers back to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, where
the vibrant shades of hibiscus and azaleas are the perfect
backdrop to a colorful, quirky community. . .
In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar
Key, she’s found a home, a husband, and now a business to
love. Taking over her mother’s bustling knitting shop is a
welcome challenge, but Monica’s exciting plans are waylaid
by unexpected news. Her husband’s ex-wife has been deemed an
unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter,
Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam.
Going straight from honeymoon to
motherhood—especially when she’s unsure she wants
children—leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting
herself at every turn. Yet in a place like Cedar Key, nobody
goes it alone. With help from friends and relatives, Monica,
Clarissa, and Adam begin to forge a close-knit family of
their own—one that will need to be strong enough to
withstand all the surprises set to unravel. . .
46 comments posted.
Re: Casting About
I prefer fiction over truth for the most part because I can get myself wrapped up in a fiction story just as if it were a movie playing out in my head and I love movies and I love letting my imagination take me to the story that the author is writing and really getting into it.
I do like truth or nonfiction (mostly crime, I don't know why) books but then you have to deal with the reality of it and it can bring you to places you may not want to go, the imagination works on realism and it can be disheartening at times.
Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your fantastic books, I'd really like to read the Casting About selection.
(Karen Appleby 7:36pm November 1, 2010)
reader: truth is sometimes hard to follow and anjoy, ficton is easier to let yourself loose to hve fun while reading the what ifs. :) but I guess it would depend on the truth that is written.
(Dina Stornello 8:39pm November 1, 2010)
Casting About sounds delightful!
(Marjorie Carmony 6:33am November 8, 2010)
Sounds like a wonderful story! I prefer working off of reality over fiction.
(Aleksandra Nearing 8:09am November 8, 2010)
Personally I don't mind fiction or truth as long as it's an engaging story with characters I want to love.
(Valerie Bongards 11:19am November 8, 2010)
I lean more toward fiction... not a writer... I enjoy the escape, the travels, the journey through fictional books...
(Colleen Conklin 1:41pm November 8, 2010)
I'm a reader and find the more that I read the more diversity I enjoy. I find the most important thing is that the writing is good, intresting, and challenges me whether to learn something new, look at something a different way or to be more understanding.
I must admit that I do enjoy historical romance because of the history that I learn but I enjoy contemporary romance because I often connect with or learn about the area of world or the the city in which it is set.
To me reading is about enjoyment, learning and understanding of the world and people around us.
(Jeanne Miro 2:47pm November 8, 2010)
I go for fiction because it's more interesting and I will search out facts and topics on my own.
(Leni Kaye 4:13pm November 8, 2010)
As a reader I am often drawn to stories based on fact rather than 'just' fiction.
(Mary Preston 4:26pm November 8, 2010)
I enjoy fiction as long as it is believable. I like to read about fictional characters and how they might behave in a factual situation.
(Robin McKay 4:28pm November 8, 2010)
When I write, I like to
fictionalize as much as possible
about characters. That way I can
protect the not-so-innocent!
(Margay Roberge 4:54pm November 8, 2010)
I enjoy reading fiction. The older I get the more I believe that truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. 35 years go my brother in law took my 3 month nephew and disappeared for 30 days. Unheard of then, today there are Amber Alerts. About the time that happened my then husband was going at it with the woman of the couple that were our best friends. Thankfully they are "happily" married now and I have enjoyed 32 years of wedded bliss my the man that is my heart and soul. This year he has battled prostate cancer and won. I could go on - but you would think the next thing would be the invasion of the locusts!
(Amy Viverette 5:00pm November 8, 2010)
I usually read fiction because it just seems that it's lighter fare than biographies, etc.
(Sue Farrell 5:24pm November 8, 2010)
There are times when I'm reading and I can relate to the situations because I have had similar ones or have known someone who has. Of course, there are also times when a story seems far fetched to me, but maybe not to someone else.
(Maureen Emmons 5:25pm November 8, 2010)
Fiction fiction fiction! I read to get away from real life so i like fiction unless it gets way out in left field and to hard to belive but that doesn't happen often.
(Lisa Boggs 6:07pm November 8, 2010)
Hi Terri, fiction has been the most exciting works for me. I love to see how authors are able to create completely new "worlds" and have the reader consumed in it. I love to feel like I've been captured into the storyline and I've been given the front seat to an emotional roller coaster. I realize some people can get this from truth, but, fiction always seems to reel me in. :)
(Jill Oswalt 6:09pm November 8, 2010)
Honestly, truth is often much stranger than fiction! Sometimes I read something and think, there's no way that could really happen, but a book is like TV or the movies, it's a book and sometimes it's okay to stretch the imagination and therefore, the "truth". ;)
(Kelli Jo Calvert 6:11pm November 8, 2010)
I agree..my truth has always been stranger!
(Silvana Moscato 6:19pm November 8, 2010)
I enjoy both and like it when thay are mixed, a great story that is based on truth but fiction
(Vickie Hightower 6:21pm November 8, 2010)
Reader here: prefer fiction - want to get away from problems and enjoy the enjoyable read.
(Pat Lieberman 6:26pm November 8, 2010)
I prefer fiction with a happy ending. Many true stories have too much sadness in them.
(Diane Sallans 7:31pm November 8, 2010)
Fiction is more fun to get caught up in. Truth is also mixed with fiction most of the time.
(Linda Pillow 8:21pm November 8, 2010)
I like when fiction can cross over into reality. It's one of
the reasons I love women's ficiton, because I can read
about different characters living things that I might
have experienced or might yet experience. If we have a
shared experience I enjoy reading what decisions they
made to get a resolution, and if it's something I think I
might yet experience it's a good lesson to take forward
(Sandi Shilhanek 8:43pm November 8, 2010)
fiction works so much better for a romance then truth.
(Sonya Hucks 8:48pm November 8, 2010)
Reader: It's depends on how the truth is written. There are fiction that are based on something that really have happened like the Titantic but reading it as a factual makes most of us wants to fall asleep. We only processed so much information.
Having a fictional story based on truth makes the story easier to read and enjoy.
(Kai Wong 9:05pm November 8, 2010)
Mostly a reader, but once in a very great while, I'll write something for my own enjoyment. For instance, I had an assignment in a german class I took a few years ago to write a 100-word short story. We could write it in english and then translate it, which is how I started. 2 1/2 years later, it's still not finished, but is well past the 100-word count. almost 7 pages. single-spaced, to be exact. It's a combination of fairytale (sort of) and real people that I know and love reacting to the side effects of music (sort of).
So, I guess for me, it can go either way, but I kind of prefer fiction, especially historical, because I learn about the period and am entertained at the same time!!
(Lynn Rettig 9:23pm November 8, 2010)
I prefer fiction. Reading for me is an escape so I prefer unusual plots. I am a firm believer that if the characters are written well you can make any plot, no matter how unusual, believable.
(Cherie Japp 9:44pm November 8, 2010)
I love reading fiction. Getting lost in a story... Wondering, knowing that this might really be happening somewhere...
(Jenny Finstrom 9:47pm November 8, 2010)
I tend mostly to fiction
(Catherine Myers 10:38pm November 8, 2010)
I enjoy reading fiction.
(Ginger Hinson 10:45pm November 8, 2010)
I prefer to read fiction, but when a good autobiography comes out, I do like to read it, as well as books about current events that have good story lines. Friends have asked me to write a book, and of course it would be non-fiction, but for now I haven't had the time, nor the guts to put pen to paper. One day soon I hope to make it a reality.
(Peggy Roberson 11:45pm November 8, 2010)
I love books, and it doesn't bother me if an author draws from truth or fiction, as long as I can drop myself into one of the character's shoes and picture it happening with some level of believability. That doesn't mean I expect things to be realistic and based only on what actually occurs today... it means I should be able to picture the storyline as logical from the perspective of the charachter.
(Donna Holmberg 11:54pm November 8, 2010)
I read a lot of fiction stories and enjoy them greatly; but I just finished a story that stretched the plot to such far-fetched limits that it seemed like the author was just trying to add stuff to give the book additional pages. So I found out that it is possible to add too many unpossible events to a story.
(Gladys Paradowski 12:45pm November 9, 2010)
Let's make that "unpossible" into "impossible." It is almost midnight and I am sleepy. LOL
(Gladys Paradowski 12:47pm November 9, 2010)
I like the fictional, but over the years have learned that 'truth is stranger than fiction!' Even biographical books are tainted by 'selective memory'. But I just enjoy reading and the 'take me away' from my reality. Thanks for your writing... I really enjoyed "Spinning Forward'!
(Cate Sparks 8:27am November 9, 2010)
I prefer fiction, but I really like historical fiction, as that adds an element of believability to the story.
(Pam Howell 11:23am November 9, 2010)
I love fiction! Especially mystries. You can picture the scene in your mind's eye, & everyone has there own vision of what it looks like, along with the characters. Your mind can handle it alot easier than if it were true life. And there is always a good ending (mostly), for your hero/heroine. I also have a special place in my heart for historical fiction (especially medival) that is based on true facts. The main characters & places are real, but there is a story or mystery created around them. I had read one such story & remembered seeing the dress that was mentioned in the book in a museum in England. Really cool. The dress was real the story was fiction!
(Sandi Wasson 12:37pm November 9, 2010)
As a reader I draw towards fiction because it's a mixture of ones own experiences as well as a fantasy world. Let's face it, I like to read fiction to go into a world away from the reality of my world. The symbolism through out a book in general heightens my senses and captures my mind. I find myself captivated with the character with each and every word! In my opinion an excellent book weaves truth and fiction to create a story that is believable.
(Annete Horton 12:55pm November 9, 2010)
Truth...Fiction...doesn't matter as long as it holds my interest and sparks my imagination!
(Karen Krack 2:11pm November 9, 2010)
Sometimes truth sounds like fiction. I don't care which it is as long as the story is interesting.
(Anna Speed 3:14pm November 9, 2010)
I read anything and everything. Sometimes truth makes the best fiction, but fiction can be way more exciting than my life. As long as the story is engaging and entertaining, it doesn't matter where it comes from or if it's real or not.
(Cassie Holloway 4:25pm November 9, 2010)
Some of the wildest imaginations have penned the best writings. I enjoy a good turn on the words of others and sometimes even I can make myself laugh with the antics of the characters in my own tales.
(Alyson Widen 5:40pm November 9, 2010)
One of the reasons I prefer reading historical fiction is so I can escape my everyday life. I don't like non-fiction books at all because they are just too boring. So, to answer your question, I'm in the fiction camp 100%! I want to be entertained when I read and if it means a far-flung idea, so be it. :D
(Molly Wilsbacher 10:48pm November 9, 2010)
Oh Terri, I have just discovered you. Can't wait to start reading!!
(Pat Willoughby 3:24pm November 17, 2010)
I just wanted to thank everybody so much for all of your comments here! I deeply appreciate your support!
Fresh Fiction has notified me of the two winners for my One Day Only Blog Contest...........and those autographed copies have gone into the mail, so congrats!
I'm also very pleased that CASTING ABOUT was chosen as a Fresh Pick on Nov. 17 and I've proudly added that graphic to my Island Writer blog. Again, thank you, everyone!
(Terri DuLong 10:45am November 21, 2010)
This sounds really good thank you! I loved the blog today!
(Penney Wilfort 8:17pm November 29, 2010)
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