Review of The Risk Taker by Kira Sinclair

When I read the title The Risk Taker, I was never expecting the story that Kira gave me. I thought it would have been about someone who couldn’t take a risk until now, but I never expected the dark, dangerous, and daring Gage. Kira’s words really packed a punch! The power behind her words was breathtaking. Scientists should study Kira’s brain when she *knock on wood* dies, because it really is brilliant. Based on this novel, she should be crowned Princess of the Author community; sorry Kira,  but Queen is taken by Nora Roberts and she’s hard to dethrown.

The best kind of romance novel, is when the author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and this novel did just that. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have a first lost love in their lives and that won’t be able to relate to this book. Fair warning though, this book will make you remember and miss the one you lost, but- as was the case for me- it may also help you to get some closure. This book should be classified as an epic love story and in this author’s opinion, it is.

Review of Back Away from the Shoes by Mila A. Ballentine

Overview:

Casey Sullivan never expected to be so connected with a pair of shoes, but when they’re stolen, she is determined to find a new pair of shoes that will make her feel the way that pair did. During her search, she comes across some interesting tidbits of information, that may just crack the case!

This author has a real knack for the little things. A lot of the things that most of us would skip over when writing, she brings to the surface and really makes you think. Twists and turns were all over this book, keeping me riveted and on the edge of my seat. I guess Cinderella wasn’t a fairytale after all; a pair of shoes really can change your life. The one thing that I HAVE to point out about this book, was the skillful way that the author kept you thinking about who the culprit might be. There was never a point in my mind when I thought I had it figured out and she didn’t completely shatter my idea with a simple sentence. No one will be able to see the ending coming. Great book!

Review of Breaking Dawn Part 2

First of all, let me say that Part 2 of Breaking Dawn was the BEST Twilight movie ever! Although the ending left a little bit to be desired, the rest of the movie made up for it. While the other four movies were captivating and lacked nothing in the battle department, this movie had me at the edge of my seat as tears rolled down my cheeks and a smile split across my face. My emotions were so high and ever changing that I felt like I had been on a roller coaster. You know that feeling when you are at the top of a hill and your heart goes to your stomach and you think to yourself “I’m going to die”, but yet you can’t help but giggle as you race down the mountain of metal? That was what this movie did to me. Thankfully, I got no where near the amount of fear that I experienced the one time that I ever went on a roller coaster, but than this movie gave me a different kind of fear. I feared for the characters’ lives and for the safety of Renesmee Cullen.

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Speaking of Renesmee… The addition of the character really enhanced the story line. It brought out the HUMAN in Edward and the protectiveness in Jacob. Also, there was never a better acting job by Kristen Stewart than when she was playing the protective mother in this movie. I won’t say too much on that fact, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but keep a lookout for this scene and watch Bella kick some ass (whose ass I won’t mention 😉 ). Also, in addition to Kristen Stewart’s character kicking some Werewolf ass… Oops, did I just let that slip?… it is also this reviewer’s personal opinion that she is a hell of a lot better actress than she ever was when she was playing a human in the other four movies.

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The young actress that played Renesmee was Mackenzie Foy. While this movie didn’t give her many times to speak, her eyes did a lot of great acting. While an important character to the story, she was also a timid character. I imagine that if and when we see Mackenzie in the future, she will be able to play anything from the adorable daughter to a little spitball of fire.

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So, if you haven’t yet, go see Breaking Dawn Part 2 and you won’t be sorry. However, you will be sorry if you don’t bring the tissues with you…

~Genevieve~

P.S Readers: My only caution about this movie is that there are some scenes that aren’t suitable for young children. I know that all of the movies have said that in the past, but this one is the one I would caution about the most.

Review of The Girl Nobody Wanted by Lynn Raye Harris

Overview

Stop the Press: Jilted Bride Stranded with a Notorious Playboy!

Anna Constantinides, publicly humiliated when her longtime fiancé announced his engagement to someone else, might have thought things couldn’t get any worse.… Until her private jet crash-landed on an uninhabited island, leaving her stranded with billionaire hotel magnate Leo Jackson.

Renowned playboy Leo’s reputation is legendary, and if the smoldering looks they were fighting to contain when rescued are anything to go by, there can only be one question on everybody’s lips: Just how long did it take wickedly sexy Leo to undress buttoned-up heiress Anna?

The main thing I loved about this book, was that Leo brought out the best in Anna. She let her hair down, jumped off the cliff, and opened up her heart. Leo was different from everyone else in Anna’s life. Even the first letter of his name, L, was a change from her normal life; she was engaged to Alessandro, before meeting Leo, who just happened to be engaged to Allegra now…

The emotions ran high in this novel and I felt every single one of them. Leo and Anna are a great couple and I would love to know them in real life. They sound like they would be amazing friends.

I’m wondering if Lynn is ever planning on writing a book as a sequel to this one? I would love to see about a year in the future when Anna and Leo’s family is expanded… I had an idea, but we’ll see if she ever writes one 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful story Lynn!

Review of The Selkie by Rosanna Leo

Overview

Two worlds collide in a race to find a mythical relic. Lust burns hot and passion ignites as dreams become reality and a thief holds the key to the future. Can human and Selkie come together to find love and happiness on the magical beaches in Orkney, Scotland?

I will admit that I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to a story about a half man half seal. However, it turned out to be the most romantic and erotic Paranormal story I have ever read. While it didn’t turn out the way I was expecting, the end was so amazing I could picture every second of it. This story makes me want to cry seven tears into the sea and see what happens. Are the Selkie men my soul mates?

Well, regardless if they are or not, Rosanna really made me believe in the possibility. So, thank you Rosanna.

<Genevieve>

Review of Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball

Overview: Jesca Gershon-Sera has an average life on the surface. She is a sophmore in college, has a loving family, and holds a part time job at a local bookstore with her best friend. Her life is pretty normal. Except, under the surface she feels like she is losing her mind.

First of all, let me apologize again for reviewing the wrong book in the first post. Secondly, I love the character’s name in this novel; so unique.

 

Ok, now down to the brass tax of the storyline and the writing. This novel was so well written that I almost forgot I was reading a story. It felt like the book came alive and sucked me in to the thick of things. It was full of suspense, confusion (in a good way), sexual tension, friendship, and family that it took my breath away. It made me realize how much some of us take for granted in our every day lives, and how much we probably don’t express how grateful we are for the little things our loved ones do for us. This novel is worth the read and worth a share with friends and family.

 

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<Genevieve>

Breaking the Rules

W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Well, I am here to tell you that there actually ARE three rules to writing a novel and I have broken every single one of them. You can’t write a novel without breaking a few rules, but you REALLY can’t write one without breaking all three of these, because we are only human and unfortunately are brains are not wired to forget the things that nag at us every time we sit in front of the computer screen or the piece of paper and try to mold our characters into the people we picture they would be in real life.

Wondering what these so called rules are? Well, sit tight, because I’m not going to tell you just yet. First, let me ask you a few questions. Have you ever written a story and thought that every word you wrote was sheer and utter crap? Well, if you haven’t, then you’re not a writer. Have you ever been in the process of writing something and let it sit for two weeks or more in frustration, because it’s not coming out the way you hoped? If you haven’t, then you’re not a writer. Have you ever read a book and thought you were an insignificant speck in the book world, compared to the author you had just read? If you haven’t, you’re probably not a writer.

Still wondering about those rules? Well, I just told them to you! 1) Don’t second guess yourself, 2) Don’t give up; even temporarily, and 3) Don’t, under any circumstances, DON’T compare yourself to other authors. Everyone has their own way of creating a beautiful story, and just because your way may not be the same as some one else’s way, doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth the journey.

Let your fingers soar over the keys of your computer, even if you feel like the words you are writing are nothing important, because in the long run, your words will impact someone somewhere and isn’t that our ultimate goal as writers? We don’t write to make money or to be famous, we write to tell our story, to introduce a character to the world, and to share a fantasy with our readers that some day, some where, some how is happening. Even if we don’t see it or experience, the stories are true and the characters exist. Remember that and never stop helping others to remember it either. Write. And when you think you can’t write any longer, continue to write. The only word that matters in your mind when you get frustrated over the millions of others, is write. So, stop reading this blog post and GO WRITE!! And if you’re lucky, you’ll create an amazing novel like the one below. 🙂 😉

<Genevieve>

Review of Out of Left Field by Morgan Kearns

Overview

Strike One

Xavier is a jerk with a capital A.S.S. and he offers no apologies. If a woman is willing to give, he’ll gladly take, walking away without a backward glance. He’s not looking for commitment and the only diamond he’s interested in has three bases and a home plate.

Strike Two

Dr. Frances Holden knows all about fixing broken bones and taming arrogant athletes. As the Team Doctor for the Las Vegas Rockets she deals with stubborn ballplayers every day. But nobody is more stubborn than Left Fielder Matthias Xavier III.

Ok, first let me say that I never thought I could admire Matthias Xavier more than I did in Lucky 13, but I was wrong! This novel was even sweeter, steamier, sexier, and more romantic than Lucky 13 was. Sorry Ricky, but Xavier captured my heart this time. I still love you and wish you were keeping my bed warm 😉 but I think I melted into a puddle more than once while meeting X.

As for the actual writing, Morgan once again hit it out of the ball park… Or into the ball park I guess lol

I love this inside look into the behind the scenes of baseball. This series is flat out romance. Every girl’s (and some guy’s- right C?) dream comes true in this novel. I love how Morgan keeps nothing to herself… “It took another ten minutes for the geniuses to figure out the baby wasn’t a terror risk and for Xavier to get the all-clear. He slid his feet into his shoes and, holding the handle of his bag, took off on a run.”

The Depression of Being an Author

Sometimes, we all have a day where we want to quit. Today, was one of those days for me. I wanted to quit being an author. In fact, I even posted it to Facebook. But, with the help of some amazing friends, I realized that it was crazy to have that feeling. While it was completely understandable- since I wrote about two whole sentences all day and about a paragraph in the last week- it was also the chicken’s way out. I had no faith in my self and it is my biggest flaw. I have no self- confidence. One little snag and I’m throwing the whole thing out the proverbial window. But, after a lot of talking with friends and a loooooooooooooot of thinking, I picked myself up and gave my withered pride a pep talk. No one’s perfect, I told myself. You’re just having a dry spell.

Even professionals- authors and athletes alike- have their dry spells, but if we don’t pick ourselves up and try again we’ll never be able to move forward. We’d always be in that dry spell; even if we quit. Quitting doesn’t bring happiness or success; it only creates a chicken. Don’t play chicken with your talents. Fight them, battle out the difficulties, and win. They say creativity never sleeps, but it does take it’s occasional naps. During those times, take advantage of the lull in the onslaught of ideas and if it lasts a little too long, lock yourself in a room, turn the music on full blast, and scream it out!

~Genevieve~

 

P.S to everyone: Whatever if making you depressed or upset, don’t let it slip away, because when it’s gone you miss it more than you ever would have expected.

Review of A Grave Exchange by Jane White Pillatzke

Overview: Ivy Steele is the character all women today find in themselves, someone strong, independent, but who has a horrid past to overcome.
Lucius Valentine is a leader amongst his men who swore to uphold his kingdom but tragedies set in and his fate is sealed, until he meets the beautiful Ivy.
Can they together dare to dream of true love, can they together survive what fate has thrown their way or will their relationship end in doom?

Do you like Vampires? Have you dreamt about a strong, strangely familiar man before? This is the story for you. There isn’t too much I can say about the story, except that I could feel the love between Lucius and Ivy on every page.

Everyone has their opinion on the story of Vampires. In this story, Jane adds something to their history. I won’t give it away, but it really opens the eyes on another side of Vampires. Lucius is a man first and foremost; he feels, he loves, and he hurts. Amazing read.