23 March 2010

Today's Read: An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 “teaser” sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

"Always remember," [Da would] say to her, "when you're telling a really good story, there's no law to stop you making things up. If you've got their attention, they're not going to be thinking about whether you actually know what one of your characters was feeling and thinking inside. They'll believe you do if you say it convincingly. You're spinning them a dream, and we all do love good dreams, so." (p. 24)
—From An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor (Source: Review copy, see review policy).

For more on Patrick Taylor, see my review of his An Irish Country Christmas, posted earlier this month.

An Irish Country Girl at Powell's
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Michelle 3/23/10, 8:11 AM  

Very interesting teaser on writing. Are you liking the book thus far?

Whitney 3/23/10, 8:45 AM  

"There's no law to stop you making things up." -- Love it!
Great teaser

Kaye 3/23/10, 8:54 AM  

Except if the story goes on forever, the listeners are bored to tears. I rally liked this book from page 106. The first 105 made my eyes glaze over.

Have a great week and happy reading! Here's my teaser

Andrea 3/23/10, 9:24 AM  

True, true. That's what good writing is all about.

My teaser

Sandy Nawrot 3/23/10, 9:37 AM  

I love it! This is definitely one review I'm looking forward to!

Nan 3/23/10, 10:41 AM  

I listened to the first three in the series, and then (thrill of thrills!) the publisher offered me the last one, plus all four to offer as a giveaway! I love the books so much, I went out and bought the first three so I could read them again and again.

kayerj 3/23/10, 11:13 AM  

I love that line--you're spinning a dream. I think I would really like this book. great teaser.

Kaye-the road goes ever ever on

Dorte H 3/23/10, 12:16 PM  

Great quotation.

"Making up things" sounds so deceptively simple :D

The Bumbles 3/23/10, 12:33 PM  

I love a good storyteller - I have a southern family full of them. I wish I had inherited that natural ability. It is so enchanting - the character is right, no one stops to think if what you say is valid or not, as long as it is interesting!

Tribute Books 3/23/10, 12:38 PM  

Yes, we all do love good dreams! thanks for the review.

JoAnn 3/23/10, 2:48 PM  

I love this teaser! Really need to read these books...

jlshall 3/23/10, 5:30 PM  

That's pretty good advice. Making things up is what good storytelling is all about, isn't it? Of course, some writers are better at "spinning dreams" than others. What a great teaser!

Belle 3/23/10, 6:03 PM  

Very interesting teaser! I like the idea of spinning a dream.

Unknown 3/23/10, 6:11 PM  

it is very true :0)

Amy 3/23/10, 9:49 PM  

I like that teaser. It's great advice for telling a tale.

caite 3/24/10, 10:02 AM  

Of course, it is a fact that the Irish are great story tellers!

I have several of the books in this series, all unread, I am ashamed to say.

Beth Hoffman 3/24/10, 12:37 PM  

What a fabulous teaser! Love it.

Robin M 3/25/10, 12:23 PM  

Love it. I'm looking forward to reading Taylor's Irish Country Doctor.

Margot 3/25/10, 7:46 PM  

I have this one on reserve at the library. Thanks for the teaser and the reminder of why I wanted to read it.

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