My Review: I love to read poetry. It is a way to look at the person who wrote it. I have wrote some before but nothing I ever felt good enough. But I have always loved reading poetry others have written so when I got the chance to review this book I was so excited! This book is so real and down to earth. I found myself relating to so many of the poems. It's not all love and perfect like some poems are. It was about real life issues that everyone faces. I happened to read the book when I was going through a hard time in my life and it was so helpful to me to see that others go through what I go through and that someone else knows how I am feeling. I also looked at it and realized that things will get better and that sometimes people are worse off then I am and I need to be thankful for what I do have. If you like poetry please look into this book. I give this book
Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar's
wife...but what? Is she the killer? Or the next victim? GOTHIC SPRING
is a journey into a mind that is unraveling. Victorine is a young woman
poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and
imagination than society will tolerate. The conflict between her desire
and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances.
My Review: The book took me a few pages to get into but once I got into it I was hooked. I thought it was going to be a love story and follow a certain plat line but I was so wrong! I loved the twists toward the end of the book and without giving anything away it was so unexpected! I got to a point in the book where I could not put it down. I was reading everywhere I went and made sure I had the book with me at all times! It was a very good read and a very good plot! I would give this book 4 Penguins! It is a must read book!
New Cover: The cover you see above is the older print. The new cover is below and so beautiful! I can only imagine that it looks better in person!
Max West is a widower
raising Phoebe, his four-year-old daughter. Phoebe has to live with the
fact that the day she was born is also the day of her mother's death. As
her fifth year without her mother approaches, Phoebe finds solace in
her godmother, Amy Riley, and her daughter, Grace Crawford, another
single parent family.
Amy Riley is a successful fashion designer
who spends most of her days raising her four-year-old daughter, Grace,
while her wayward boyfriend is travelling the world making the next best
film. As the fifth year without her best friend looms she finds comfort
in her ex-boyfriend, Max, and his daughter, Phoebe.
“broken” families have a tough week to face as the dreaded day
approaches. However through their past, present and debatable future
will their choices affect the outcome both parents clearly want and are
simply denying? Or will Phoebe and Grace lose the only “whole” family
they have ever known?
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I created ‘Familiar Ties’ by looking at storylines
that I loved in TV shows and then tweaked them to how I wanted them to be. I
also have a love for romance and wanted to write my own love story that when
how I wanted it to.
·What books/authors have influenced your writing?
My favorite author is Jodi Picoult however she didn’t
influence my writing I just love her books. There was no particular book or
writer that influenced my writing as I love to read a wide range of books.
·What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and
logistical) in bringing your book to life?
Balancing my time between writing and studying was
my hardest thing to do. However looking for publishers was also hard as I wasn’t
sure if I wanted to self publish or not and then I wasn’t sure which publishers
to go with as you hear about all these fake publishers so I had to be careful.
·What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the editing process was hard as I found
there were loads of parts that I understood as a writer however my message didn’t
necessarily get across to my readers.
·Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Follow your heart…
·Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
English has always been my favorite subject at
school so I guess it stemmed from there because writing stories was my favorite
part of that class
This is a book you cannot put down and won't mind missing out on sleep to be able to stay up and finish reading it! It is such a heartfelt romance book! I fell in love with not only the plot but also the characters. The writing of the book is so effortless even with the going between past and present, it had to take a lot of thought to get it to be so effortless. But ever still the author has an amazing talent for writing! This book had me smiling the whole way through it and while I was reading it just changed my mood altogether! If you are looking for an uplifting read please check out this book! I give it
if all your life consisted of was, work and therapy dates where
middle-aged men talked about their fears in a family-style
restaurant? Would it depress you? Maybe it would even make you long
for something new, even, a little wild? It did Deidre. Call it an
impulse move born of desperation, but she finally caved into Curt, a
policeman who just returned to duty after being wounded in a sting
operation, who wasn’t taking no for an answer.
Going out with
a cop, fourteen years her junior was an irrational thing to do her
friends helpfully pointed out. Meeting Curt for drinks was just the
beginning. Deidre was unsure how to handle her recovering hero, and
her growing affection for the young alpha male. The real question was
would Deidre be able to overcome her doubts and peer pressure to live
the life she always fantasized about having?
Tossing her hair over her
shoulder, she noticed a man staring at her intently. She slipped off
her glasses, thinking it would make her look more attractive. It
might be him. A square set to his shoulders, short military-style
haircut, and he appeared to be walking in a direct line to her. Could
be. She flashed a smile, a calculated smile meant to dazzle with
perfect orthodontic work and promise. He stopped suddenly as if hit
in the solar plexus.
Turning slightly, she allowed one
long leg to stretch out and make contact with the floor before
speaking. Falling off the barstool might not make the best first
impression. “Curt?” Dare she hope this toned male with the almost
crew cut was her man.
“Ah, it is you.” Curt
grinned, taking her hand and helping her alight from the barstool.
Nodding in the direction of her glass, he asked, “Is that your
drink?” At her agreement, he picked up the glass and led her to a
Deidre shot a quick glance back
at the bartender who shrugged his shoulders. Probably meant no key
lime pie for her. Oh well, she didn’t come for the pie.
Putting her drink on the booth
table, Curt leaned over and gave her a brief hug and kiss on the
hair. Wow. Surprised, Deidre plopped down on the vinyl seat, causing
it to make an embarrassing hissing noise. “It’s the seat,” she
explained, sorry she said anything once the words came out. Can we
say sophisticated older woman image up in flames?
“I know.” Curt acknowledged
her remark, sliding in opposite her. A server showed up, handed them
menus, and took Curt’s beer order.
The conversational ball was back
to her. Argh. Her mind kept yelling “yummy,” but not a great way
to start a conversation, or was it? “Curt, I couldn’t help
noticing you are even cuter than your photo. Now why is it you like
His eyes lit up as he picked up
Deidre’s hand and bestowed a kiss on it. “That’s one of the
reasons I like older women, they cut to the chase, say what they
“Oh.” Did she do that? If she
did, it wasn’t intentional.
The server brought Curt his beer
and inquired if they’d like to order anything from the menu. The
deal was you really needed to order food if you wanted to prolong
your time together. Suddenly, she knew she wanted to extend her time.
So far, she’d had more physical contact with Curt in the last four
minutes than all her dates with Kevin combined, and she liked it. A
The burgers sizzling behind the
swinging doors tantalized her. A burger would be good. Besides,
burgers did not embarrass her as sloppy foods like ribs or tricky
foods like crab legs that tended to shoot across the table in the
cracking. Curt followed her lead. What were they talking about again?
Oh yeah, how well Curt filled out his clothes.
Curt took a drink and let his
free hand cover hers on the table. “I also like the fact that older
women know who they are. They aren’t constantly trying out new
images like Lady Gaga.”
Deidre smiled at the idea of
trying new images. She did that a long, long time ago. For a while,
she thought dating would give her a chance to be someone new, but she
found the stress of dating didn't play well with being a completely
new person. She could barely remember details about her date. Forget
About the Author:
as a child had to suffer through movies with clueless heroines
rescued by smart men. Her mother dutifully read her stories where
princesses waited for princes to jumpstart their lives. There were no
proactive female role models in the media at that time, with the
exception of Wonder Woman. It is for this reason, and that it is fun,
Morgan writes about strong women going after what they want, which is
often a delectable cub. Those who wonder if the cougar tales have any
reality to them should remember that writers often put themselves
into every story they pen, even if it is a secondary character.
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