When I pre-ordered my copy of Tawna Fenske's debut novel, Making Waves, I could not wait to be able to download it to my Nook Color. You see, it would be the first time I would have the opportunity to read a book written by someone I know.
Tawna was the very first writer I connected with when I got on Twitter. And she quickly became a supportive friend. I had the opportunity to meet her in person earlier this year, which pretty much sealed the friendship deal. The woman is awesome.
But as the release date approached, I started to become really nervous. As I said, this would be the first time I read a book written by someone I know personally. What if I didn't like it? Or worse? You see, this is not the type of book I normally read. Far from it, in fact.
There was no reason to be concerned. I loved this book! It was so much fun to read. Incredibly clever. Tawna is extremely skilled at moving a story forward, slowly offering you bits of important information that help you get to know the characters and leave you wanting more.
Which I guess is also why she is so good at loves scenes. As in sex. There's sex in this book, just so you know. In case it's not your type of thing. But it's good sex. Very good.
There's more to the book than that, though. The whole time I was reading Making Waves, I was thinking, "This would make a really great movie." Of course, it would be a romantic comedy. And her agent assures me she's on it.
Tawna particularly writes great dialogue. If you are a writer, you know how hard that can be. As a reader, you recognize how important it is. It can make or break the story. There are a lot of reasons I am a nonfiction writer. Dialogue is definitely one of them!
I'm not going to tell you a thing about the plot. When I tried to explain it to my hubby, he just kept rolling his eyes. And I realized it sounded rather absurd. OK, extremely so. And in many ways, it is. But it works so very well.
Which to me is the magic of Tawna's writing. She recently said she, "wanted (the book) to be a fun, fluffy beach read that would make people laugh and occasionally feel warm and tingly in places their health teachers told them about."
You met your goal, my friend! Nailed it (yes, this terrible pun is intended)! So Tawna, I'm giving your book my Ross' Rad Reads Award. You got skills, girlfriend! Can't wait for your next novel to come out!