Monthly archives "June 2014"

Review- Until We Touch

Until We Touch (Fool's Gold, #15)Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my second read by Susan Mallery, but my first in the Fool’s Gold series.

Jack McGarry has it all, he’s rich, handsome, famous and runs a successfull PR firm with three of his best friends. He hides his pain of a long ago family tragedy behind his charm and kindness through giving of various charities.

Larissa Owens is pure at heart. She’s always on the lookout for someone or something to save and is able to do this by way of being Jack’s personal assistant. Whenever she finds something that sparks her interest, Jack’s always there to help-whether it’s donating money to her cause or the use of his house as a temporary home for animals, he enlist whatever Larissa needs. The two are not only boss/employee, they are great friends.

I loved everything about this story. It was wonderfully written and flowed perfectly. The characters each had a depth to them that made you fully understand who they were (without reading previous books in the series). At times their relationship was quirky, but that was what I liked about it. They almost seemed married before they ever realized there was an attraction between the two. It makes me want to go back and read the entire series.

I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchance for an honest review.

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What do I do now?

I can officially say Drive Me Sane is a finished novel. Yep, it’s a completed project. No more editing, no more pondering whether everything runs smoothly or if my editor is going to like my changes. I received an ARC copy last night and got the high resolution copy of the cover today. It’s even listed as an upcoming release on Crimson Romance’s website (July 28th).  All I’m left with, is one final chance to look at it in egalley form before it’s sent off.  And so, the hard part now starts. Getting it out there for people to see and hopefully read (and enjoy!).

I keep saying that I’m going to write a post on things I’ve learned (because I’ve learned a lot), and I will. At some point when all the hoopla wears off. But I will go ahead and throw this out there. I’m a loner. When I say that, I mean, no one other than my husband and one close friend knew I was writing a book. I think my mom and sister knew I was playing around with it, but really didn’t grasp that I was taking it serious until I got the request to send in my manuscript (that’s a whole other story that I’d like to tell). Co-workers were shocked and I think I really threw my boss for a loop when I took my contract in for him to review.  So essentially, no one has read my novel, except the editors I’ve worked with and that is one of my biggest regrets. I do wish I had shared it with at least one person. Because there is a lot of personal information you need to give about yourself through this process and also points you need to make about your book and it would have greatly helped if I’d had another set of eyes that could have given me some input. Now I’m on the brink of it being released and I’m a nervous wreck about how it’s going to be perceived. So I broke down and sent my ARC copy to my mom. She’s not a reader and she loves me, so I’m not all that hopeful that I’ll get an honest review. And to be honest, I ‘m a little nervous about her reading it (not sure how she’s going to like some of the language and sexy scenes).  So learning to share and making some contacts that are willing to give me early reviews are two of the things I’ve learned that I need to do differently next time.  Again, it’s been an experience and I know a little about what to expect.

But what do I do now? Now, I finish up one of my other WIP and hope I get lucky enough again to have someone interested in it.

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The Review- The Art Of Arranging Flowers

The Art of Arranging FlowersThe Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was absolutely beautiful. I loved all the characters and how they interacted with each other. It’s not a romance story, but rather a story of finding love and overcoming the past. Of struggling and moving on.

Ruby Jewell is a florist who is always helping others by way of knowing what kind of flowers they like or by just being a friend. However, she’s never allowed herself to completely heal from the pain of losing her sister until a young boy shows up on her doorstep.

I honestly can’t say a bad thing about this story other than the epilogue, but even it wasn’t terrible. I just feel the story came to an end perfectly and the epilogue wasn’t needed, nor did it add anything.

But otherwise, it was lovely!

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op Review- The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane (Life in Icicle Falls, #5)The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second book by Sheila Roberts and the second in the Icicle Fall’s series. As in the previous book, The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane, has several different stories within the main story. Although, it’s not my favorite kind of read-I like to focus on one relationship at a time, I do think the author does it well.

The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane is essentially about two sisters who are looking for Mr. Right. Unfortunately their sites both land on the same man. I’ll be upfront, I’ve never particularly liked these plots. I have a hard time with siblings dating/marrying a previous boyfriend/girlfriend. And if I do like them, then it has to be done very well.

I really liked the first half of this book. Cecily Sterling has two men garnering for her attention, but it’s clear she’s steering towards one. Then mid-story her sister shows up and basically steals her man. It went down hill from there for me. Cecily does end up finding her happily ever after, with Luke, one of the men who wanted her attention. However, the story never gave you much time with the two of them to really understand her feelings for him, so it was hard for me to be happy for the way it worked out between them. As for the man stealing sister, I just can’t fathom. I understand you can’t help who you love, but I don’t feel she tried to deny those feelings much and Todd, the man whom she stole from her sister, seemed like a nice hardworking guy in the beginning, but came over as a jerk in the end. Again it was hard to find their relationship likable.

The story was well written, it just wasn’t my thing.

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MY BRAIN HAS TOO MANY TABS OPEN

Unfortunately it’s true! But I’m not complaining. It’s the way I work. When I have something on my mind, it goes in a hundred different directions until I sort it all out. Right now, I’m sorting a lot out. Working full-time, the end of the school year for my boys, race season for my husband, vacation at the end of the month and putting the final touches on Drive Me Sane.

I turned in the requested edits last Saturday. It’s now in the hands of a copy editor, who will go over it with a fine tooth comb. I’m always a little nervous when I know someone else is looking at it. I have the compulsion to read it over again to see if I can spot any mistakes and as hard as it is, I don’t. The desire is still there though, which I guess is a good thing. In an editing workshop I took, the instructor said “you must love your story.” That’s the truth, because you’ll be reading it a lot. Last week alone, I read it five times. It was many late nights, quick dinners and days were my husband really stepped up to the plate. I’m roughly seven weeks out from the release date. I got a peek at the cover today and while I can’t share it just yet, I’m pleased with how it looks. The hard part starts now. Getting the word out. This more than anything makes my stomach knot. My husband keeps saying “Writing the book was the hard part.” No! No! That was easy. All I had to do was satisfy myself. Now I’m hoping that I can satisfy and bring enjoyment to others. This has been a learning experience for sure (A post on that to come later.) Some good, some bad. However, seeing my name on the bottom of the cover today, made it all worth while. I wrote a book. A book that’s going to be published and that’s something to be proud of.

REVIEW-Aloha Also Means Goodbye

Aloha Also Means GoodbyeAloha Also Means Goodbye by Jessica Rosenberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Aloha Also Means Goodbye…title is interesting enough and the blurb catches your attention. I love second chance romances and this is what I thought I was getting into. I liked the back story and the turmoil of Jo and Andy’s past relationship and loss of their child and the idea of them reuniting. However that’s not exactly what you get (I was even ok with that part). This is really three stories thrown into one. That’s the frustrating part. As soon as you get into one of the storylines, it switches gears, almost to the point that you want to give up. You have the story of Jo and Jordan (her husband who she’s renewing her vow’s with), Sadie and Kona and then Andy and Roxie. Although I did end up liking the ending with Jo and Jordan, I felt she was wishy washy. To the point that I didn’t think she deserved Jordan. Right up until the last minute she was still analyzing her love for him although she’d repeatedly made the decision that she loved him. Again this was frustrating. There were other things I could have done without as well. Andy’s crazy ex wife and the shark attack was a little much.

With that being said, the author writes well. Very well. And the story had great potential, it’s just a case of…less is sometimes more.

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