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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What Carole Thayne Warburton Did Right--Humor

Sun Tunnels and Secrets
Authors try to capture their readers' emotions. Before reading Sun Tunnels and Secrets (provided by the publisher), I concentrated on creating grief, fear, and joy in my stories, but now I realized humor is not only an effective, writing garnish, but it's also a powerful "tunnel" to emotion. Who hasn't laughed so hard they cried? Or cried so hard they laughed? My point is, humor has the power to connect stories to their audiences, and Sun Tunnels and Secrets is filled with that power.

Case in point, Warburton's protagonists are more than people, their characters. By "characters," I mean they're the slightly "off," yet truly lovable people whose unconventional antics make life a bit more enjoyable. We all know them. They're kind of like the nosy yet too daring Sadie Hoffmiller in Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries.

Sun Tunnels and Secrets incorporates other humorous elements as well. In fact, it reminds me of a zany cross between the movies, Driving Miss Daisy and Pure Luck; it's filled with laugh-out-loud humor (one sister refuses to die in Tremonton, Utah, because she can't stand the thought of a certain mortician laying her out),wild coincidences that somehow make sense (finding a naked, dead man out in the middle of nowhere who just happens to be able to help solve a long, lost family secret), and age-old insights that can only be taught with gentle wit (I'll let you pick these out for yourself.).

And now for the blog tour and contest:


We are giving away THREE copies. One lucky GRAND PRIZE
WINNER
will win a beautiful pot by Carole (who's also a
talented potter)!
Blog tour runs from December 1st--December 9th.

Want to win a copy of Sun Tunnels and Secrets? It's easy.
1. Visit the fabulous reviews (listed below) and leave a comment letting us know why you're excited to read Sun Tunnels. Remember to include your email address.
2. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an additional entry.



November 30
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words
and Dreams


December 1
Braden Bell--Braden's
Blog


December 2
Danyelle Ferguson--Queen of the
Clan


December 3
Jewel Adams--Jewel's Best
Gems


December 6
Tristi Pinkston--*Trisit
Pinkston


December 7
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The
Write Blocks


December 8
Diony George--Diony George

December 9
Marsha Ward--Writer in the
Pines


Good luck!

4 comments:

CTW said...

Thanks for a very fun review. Let's hope we get some entrants! You're awesome.

Taffy said...

Another book to add to my list!

Stephanie Black said...

I really like how you emphasized the humor in the book--it makes me want to read it even more. I love how humor can bring life to even serious stories (like the way JK Rowling throws these hilarious observations into the middle of a very serious plot).

And congrats to Carole on the Whitney nomination!

Annette Lyon said...

I've been looking forward to reading this one--mostly because it's by Carole!