Authors Showcase features the love stories of Kate Bloomfield and Jacqueline Rainey

The Book: Alpha Girl

The Author: Kate Bloomfield

BookCoverAlphaGirlThe Story: Rose Goldman has been highly unpopular in the close-minded town of Halfway ever since the attack when she was a little girl, which left her scarred – internally and externally. Feared, hated, and bullied, Rose is isolated at home and in school. However, life takes a turn when a new teacher starts at Halfway High. Mr. Stone, the quirky, charismatic, and slightly dorky English teacher is twice Rose’s age, but she feels an unexplainable pull towards him from day one. Despite her better judgement, Rose pursues a friendship with Mr. Stone, who seems unable to stay away from her. What is pulling this unlikely pair together?

About the Author:

Kate was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Now working full time as an independent author, Kate has published five novels in the last 18 months.

Her fifth and most precious novel Alpha Girl is a paranormal romance that explores a complicated  student/teacher relationship.

Kate now works full-time as an independent author.

Review by Tina: First things first…if you absolutely hate student/teacher relationships, this is certainly not your book (in case you weren’t paying attention to the synopsis of the book). If you like/love reading these kind of relationships, you’ll definitely like this book. One of my favorite things about this book is that there’s a paranormal twist to the story, which you don’t see very often in student/teacher relationships as they’re mostly in a contemporary setting with no fantasy/supernatural influence whatsoever. It was pleasing to see Kate Bloomfield combine two of my favorite things: Student/Teacher relationships and Werewolves (in case the alpha in the title didn’t give it away already).

Another thing I like about the book is that, like most student/teacher relationship novels, it reminds us that student/teacher relationships aren’t always as horrific as it’s usually made out to be. If you asked me maybe like 3-4 years ago what I thought about this kind of relationship, I probably would’ve been firmly against it. I’m not saying all students should be allow to pursue these kind of relationships, but the teacher shouldn’t be condemned as some pedophile if love just happens and the student consents like Rose does. I suppose you could argue that Rose is too young to know what she wants or Mr. Stone exploited her loneliness, but (in my opinion) Kate gives builds up Rose’s character enough to where she seems like she’s mature enough to make rational decisions.

Overall, I’d say definitely buy this book if you like paranormal romance novels (for the mature audiences though as there are some sexual scenes). It’s definitely a must if you like student/teacher relationships. What might be a bit disappointing is that the story isn’t long, but the book is part of a series so if the length disappoints you, don’t fret! More will come out soon. That being said, I absolutely can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!

The Book: Toni’s Blues

The Author: Jacqueline Rainey

TonisBlues-CC1The Story: Toni was always choosing the wrong men, following in the footsteps of her mother. This latest one has stripped her of her remaining self-esteem and her sense of who she is as a woman.

“His fists were gone and so was I, lost among the past scenes filled with pleading cries and screams. I had done more than stumble, I fell, I was battered and bruised, I had done more than just fall, I paused and stopped it all; and here in this window is where I landed. Nothing soft about it, an Over the Top Crash landing and I was the wreckage.

“What’s the difference? The floor is still here and I may need more time to remember who I am. Who was I when I loved that man? Who was I when I was crawling around on this floor? Who am I now? All that I used to be had been stripped away except my name. My legs weak, my mouth closed for too long making it hard to speak, but who would hear my words when there is only me?”

Her search for love made her blind to her reality of her choice in men. After being knocked to the floor one last time by her abusive lover, she starts to evaluate her life and the choices she’s made. So begins Toni’s journey to shake the blues. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing your worth.

About the Author: Jacqueline Rainey began writing poetry at the age of eleven when she discovered her love of music and the written verse. She views herself as an emotional writer, drawing inspiration from her own life experiences using them as the foundation for her stories. She credits her over active imagination to her ability to turn a daydream into a full-blown story line, mixing in bits and pieces of her own life and expanding on them. She is currently working on her fourth book which will be included in a double-release project she came up with. The two titles in the double-release are Dark Harmonie and 30, and she says that Dark Harmonie will cause the readers to contemplate what is real and what is fiction in the tale of her next character she dubs as part human and part supernatural walking about in a world where signs of evil are becoming more visible every day. Jacqueline believes that these are the signs of the times with evil creeping in and at time slipping in under the radar of some, and quickly recognized for what it is by others and influencing the masses to turn to faith and seek God or choosing other beliefs stirring up a battle of good and evil.

Review by Garry Kay: When she consoles her jilted child, a mother will always tell you “better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” Maybe.

Many years ago, I loved and lost. It was painful. It was more emotional pain than I thought anyone could bear. It was all-consuming and the feeling off loss leaves you ruined and spiritually flaccid. Time stops. The word “hope” climbs out of the dictionary, packs its bags and walks away. But I was lucky. I had been loved. I have loved again.

The picture painted by Jacqueline Rainey in Toni’s Blues is on a completely different level of hurt. Toni has been used and abused by a string of men. She loved them all. None of them returned the love she craved so badly. Instead they beat her and left her in a pool of her owns tears. A sorry tale that echoes the same trauma her mother had faced many times.

Toni’s Blues is a harrowing journey from the depths of despair to a better place. It is told with the intimacy of somebody who surely must have felt the same anguish. It’s too real. The reader shares Toni’s every moment as she struggles through the torment.

Jacqueline’s skillful prose drags the reader into Toni’s ordeal. “When the world outside my window shuts down and finds me sitting side by side with my fears.” And clever literary ideas keep you firmly in the room with our heroine as she moves forward. “I looked up from the floor and watched as the words began to slowly peel from the wall and float off and fall upon me like a blanket.”

Beautifully written and powerful novel, which I recommend to men and women of all ages as it challenges our traditional and simple idea of love. If our mothers read the book, maybe they will change their words of advice “better to have been loved and lost, than to have never been loved at all”.

 

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