Authors Showcase: For Love and for hope
February 26, 2013
The Book: Escape to Love
The Author: Emma Calin
A woman on the run from domestic violence with no one but her vulnerable and damaged teenage child as a companion, lives in isolation and fear. While her hand to mouth scenarios are played out in the shadow of a threatening suspense, a story of crime and love unfolds around her.
She cannot risk her child. Her own longings for love and romance have to take a poor second place. When the fallout from a prison break, a hero rescue and a murder mystery crash through her door and into her need and loneliness, it is no longer a crime story.
It is a question of when Love in itself is a crime and how far a woman will go in its name and for those she loves.
Each fifty-page eBook is being shipped with an 80-minute audiobook.
Review by Claude Nougat: This 4.5 star rating is meant to reflect the reading experience for those who enjoy this romantic suspense genre. Alert! This is not the genre I normally read but as I consider Emma Calin a talented writer with a good sense of pace and a capacity to quickly draw believable characters, I picked this one up expecting a good read.
And I certainly got a good read. The pace is fast, you keep turning the pages to find out how it will all work out. You wonder whether the main character isn’t shooting herself in the foot…but no spoilers. I won’t tell you what it’s about! My only complaint: Emma Calin is an author who can “do” literary fiction, something very few can do. I wish her next book would be more literary!
In the meantime, I have to be satisfied with this one, and don’t take me wrong, I am! It’s just that I’m waiting for the masterpiece that I know Emma can deliver!
The book: When It Rains: The Umbrella Collection
The Author: Prudence Hayes
For many years she has been trying to come to grips with her parent’s death in a car crash and a voice that she incessantly hears in her head that announces only evil.
She lives amongst a testosterone filled family; Pops, her uncles and cousins that have never wavered in their love but are often overshadowed by the darkness that overwhelms her.
With the loss of a friendship, running into the man that killed her parents, and her family confronting her about her issues, all with the sound of the voice echoing throughout, she is brought to the edge of insanity and to her breaking point. Will she win the battle in her mind or will she succumb to defeat?
Review by Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman: From the beginning I wanted to grasp this girl and hold her and explain things to her and help her. I had a very hard time remembering this was a story. The imagery is SO vivid that when she experiences a ‘high’ you float with her and when she grasps her knees and cowers within herself you can actually see and feel with her.
The author is effectively able to create Nora as a real person whom you will connect with practically from page one. The author paints a portrait of OCD and bipolar (which is what I got from the first two pages) disorder in a way that makes you so attached to the child that as she develops you root for her, wish for her, want to be there for her.
I wanted to be there for a character in a book!
The way the author details everything from emotional venting to actual happenings is majestic. What other word to use for someone who can paint FEELINGS into your own personal human mind???
I love you, Nora. Who can say that about a person in a book? I can. Now.
Review by jeanetteekempton: I love the opening for this story, how it starts with the characters greatest fear and then pulls you into her heart and mind.
Before I knew it Nora was in my heart as I rooted for her and cried with her. This is such a great story of loss and how it can affect you but not destroy you.
The characters were so real and down to earth, you couldn’t help but fall in love with them. I wish I had a Pops in my life!
I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a feel good book that takes you through the ringer but brings you out into the sunshine on the other side.