Friday, September 21, 2012

Heaven Should Fall - Rebecca Coleman Book Review

Alone since her mother's death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life — golden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she's pregnant with Cade's baby. But it won't be the last sacrifice she'll have to make…

Retreating to the Olmstead's New England farm seems sensible, if not ideal: they'll regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade's family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade's mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade's pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade's brother, Elias — a combat veteran with a damaged spirit — gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.

The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade's place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance...unless Jill can find a way out.




My review

3 1/2 stars


My review

Heaven should fall was an engrossing story in which we are shown the life of a soldier who returns home after his post the influence others can be on each other and how life can change so dramatically.

We see the difficulties of many characters and how paranoia can affect the way of thinking and way of life now. How a man that use to be, no longer exists and a shell of that man now exists.

A complicated family life if you may call it that, every character has issues and some more than others. Dysfunctional maybe not the ideal word to use - but every turn of events affects someone within this family. Not a well functioning family life due to the circumstances brought about.

How life affects each and every person involved and how Bitterness and paranoia sets in. We watch from the sidelines as this family Begin to loose themselves. At times you had to really wander what they were up to and why ....

This I found very sad - it grasped at my heart and made me feel sad for them all. Cade changed into a man he never swore he would be, living in such an environment did nothing but create dramas amongst the family.   I wasnt overlly fussed On Cade towards the end. But it was certainly an ending I wasnt really prepared for.

I've watched how certain events in life can certainly send someone in a different direction . So when I see the  family trying to deal with it I saw there pain,anger and anguish.  The author certainly put forth this well in this story.

The saddest part of the story is - certain parts of it can be true to life.. and is for many.


Life was certainly not like it used to be for everyone involved within this family.  We are given an insight into every character in this book and the author certainly hasn’t held back in showing us there flaws including any background information relating to these characters to give a little justice I suppose as to why they are like they are.

 I found the story compelling, the need to read on to find out how this family ends up.   The storyline progresses at a gradual rate – and certainly does suck you into the pages to find out where each and every character goes.

The influence that Dodge has over Cade is kind of scary – but we are brought to an ending that is somewhat quiet engrossing and very powerful and of course gut wreching . Not what I expected and I was unsure how to feel towards his wife - I think deep down she had been waiting for it.. However I would like to have seen a little more insight into her thoughts.

Quiet an emotinoal  read and  for all those with the militia background or an insight into what can happen to the ones around us after serving.

 Also how someone;s influence can send someone in a direction they never thought possible. Second chances for some.

Not normally a genre I would read but It certainly made me think a little after reading . I didnt go into the storyline much with this review, read the blurb and read it for yourself.


Thank you to Harlequin for supplying me this book for review for my honest opinion.









SHadow of the Blood Moon - Robin Waldrop Interview & Giveaway




Id like to Welcome Robin Waldrop to Page Flipperz today. We are celebrating the release Of Robin's second book in her series. Shadow of the blood moon.  The book cover and blurb and interview are as follows.



Shadow of the Blood Moon


Blurb:
Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster. Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
                                                                     
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?

Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?












Welcome Robin ... 


Tell me a little about yourself, where do you live, cats, dogs. 

 I am a mother of four, grandmother of five. I’ve been married to the greatest man EVER for twenty-two years. We live in central Alabama in a rural area and cater to several cats, dogs, a parrot, and an Oscar fish named Frog. My husband and I own a small painting company, which I worked very hard at until about two months ago when he told me it was time for me to stay home and make writing my full time career.

What inspired you to write this series ? 

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but the original idea came to me in a dream, or actually a nightmare. I woke up about one o’clock in the morning and shot out of bed. Of course, I laughed when I realized I had been dreaming, but it seemed so real I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
With pen and paper in hand I sat up the rest of the night fleshing out the story and early the next morning Ties To The Blood Moon was born.


·       <!-->How many have you currently written and have released ..

Two so far. I’ve just released the second book in the series, and hope to have the third released by November 1st.

Do you do your own covers?

No. I could never make anything as beautiful as theses covers. Claudia McKinney of phatpuppyart.com did both covers and I hope will do the third as well. Her work might cost a little more than others, but the end result is definitely worth it.

What are the most important elements of good writing ? According to you what tools must you have ?

First of all, you have to love to read. I believe every great author loves to read.  You also need a strong narrative voice, good deep characterization, and relevant, subtle scenery description. But, the most important element is CHARACTERS. Even the best plot, full of twists and turns, action, tension, surprise, and conflict, falls flat unless the characters are fully developed where we (as readers) can like or dislike, root for, or against, learn from, grow with, fall in love with or hate with a passion, live vicariously through, or most importantly BELIEVE.

·      Have any books or authors influenced what you write ?

I don’t think so. Before I started this series I NEVER read YA. This was a project I set out to do because that’s what the readers were into at the time. Now, I have fallen in love with the genre and don’t think I’ll ever write anything else.

·What is your writing process do you follow a routine ?

Somewhat. I don’t have a set routine per se, because my youngest daughter and granddaughter are living at home and I babysit for her. And after school and on the weekends my youngest grandson is here, so I have to work my schedule around them.

·   Did you or have you learned anything writing your books ?

Absolutely! I knew nothing about writing before I began this wonderful journey. I just sat down at the computer one Sunday after church and started typing out a story.

·    What do you find the hardest part about writing, do you ever suffer writers block ?

The hardest part for me is usually the beginning. However, once I get started, it takes off on its own. I let my characters lead the story. I had writers block once, which lasted almost two months. It was so bad, i actually thought maybe I wasn’t a writer after all. But then, it passed and I finished the second book in the series.

·     Any advice to future writers ?

Never give up. All too often a new writer will get discouraged and hang up the author’s cap if they don’t jump right into success after publishing one book. Like all good things, becoming a successful author takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Regardless of what anyone tells you, if you just hang in there, success will come. Quitters never win, and winners never quit.

·How long have you been writing for, and have you always written ?

I’ve only been writing professionally for  about two years. I started writing when I was just four years old. And when I wasn’t writing stories, I was telling stories. In college, I wrote some short stories, but never thought about writing as a career.

>If you could have dinner with anyone – dead or alive who would it be and why ?

My mom. I lost her in 2008 from stroke complications. She was my best friend and I miss her terribly. Thinking about her now brings tears to my eyes. She knew I loved to write, but she never got to see my work. My mom taught me that I could be whatever I wanted with hard work and determination. What hurts the most is I never got to say goodbye.

   SOME FUN QUESTIONS

·       <Night or day

Day

·       Fly or walk

Fly

·       Summer or winter

Summer if I’m at the beach—Winter if I’m in the mountains

·       Vampire  or werewolf

Hybrid—you thought you were going to get me to pick, huh? Lol...

·       Feathers or fur

Feathers

>·       Favourite book

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

·    Author

Stephen King

·       Colour

Red

·      Romance 0r thriller

Definitely Thriller

·       Run with wolves or fly by night !

Both—Still not getting me! Lol...


Robin can be contacting at her  social networking sites:

Feel free to connect with me ;o)

http://www.facebook.com/robinsauthorpage
Twitter: @Robinpwaldrop
Pinterest: Robin Waldrop
http://www.robinpwaldrop.blogspot.com
robinpwaldrop@gmail.com –I always personally answer every email sent by my fans. And I do answer every single one.


Author Info:





I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, and author of YA/Urban Fantasy paranormal novels. TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON is book 1 in my series and is available on all digital sites, and also print and audio as well. SHADOW OF THE BLOOD MOON is my current release and the second book in the BLOOD MOON series. 

You can read my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N.



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Team Joseph or Team William hmmmm hard choice lol.



Giveaway.


Robin has generoulsy donated both of her books for the giveaway in e format. Fill out the rafflecopter below to enter .






Please also check out the schedule for the tour .. 

Ive read Ties to the Blood moon it can be read here. It is book one and a must read !!! 

Schedule:

September 3 - The Writing Dreamer - Author Interview
September 4 - 
September 5 - 
September 6 - Marzipan Pie Plate Bingo - Author Interview/Giveaway
September 7 - A Splash of Scarlet - Guest Post
September 10 - 
September 11 - 
September 12 - Book Lovin' Mamas - Guest Post/Giveaway
September 13 - Books Are Diamonds - Review
September 14 - A Little Bit of R & R - Author Interview/Giveaway
September 17 - Sassy Vixen Publishing - Review/Giveaway
September 18 - 
September 19 - Page Flipperz - Author Interview/Book Spotlight
September 20 - 
September 21 - Murder By 4 - Guest Post/Giveaway
September 24 - Short, Sweet, and Snappy - Review
September 25 - Teresa's Simplicity in Words - Review
September 26 - Gerri - ???
September 27 - Mind Reader - Book Spotlight/Excerpt/Review
September 28 - Short, Sweet, and Snappy - Guest Post