Well, I feel a little better today about the whole "book" thing. I actually got a book out of the library to read for pleasure, something I haven't done in a long while. The cover was gorgeous and inviting, the first pages crisply written, the premise very promising.
It hasn't lived up to its beginning.
I'm about halfway through and can see so many glaring errors in the story structure and characterizations, that I can't believe this ever got published. Except for the fact that the author has 19 other books to her credit, so perhaps this is an example of "brand" selling where the author has such a faithful following she can afford to be a bit lazy.
One flaw in particular is my pet peeve. This is a romantic suspense, and the hero is a "hardbitten P.I." and former Delta Force Marine, who is a "loner" and a "nonconformist." So why, oh why, is he leaving a long, explanatory note for the heroine in which he calls her by her first name (Daisy) then adds " remember we agreed that I could call you that instead of Miss Keane? Just reminding you so that you don't think I'm being presumptuous."
Duh.... A guy like that would just say, "Daisy, I had to leave early. Here's what I need you to do: " and gotten on with it, already.
He also definitely would NOT favor a restaurant called Patisserie Valerie in which he had a croissant for breakfast every morning, kiss her hand when they went out for dinner, or say things like, "So, what did you buy for the cruise?" (meaning clothes.)
Basically, he's a woman in a guy's body. I really hate that! Really, really, really, really hate that. It means the female writer didn't take the time to get inside his head and understand him.
This is just one of several things that jumped out at me.
So, I feel a lot better now, for two reasons.
1. I must understand the art of crafting a novel better than I thought I did, or these things wouldn't bug me.
2. If she could publish 20 books, certainly someone will publish mine. I mean, c'mon!