Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review - Only on Valentine's Day

Short stories are awesome when you're an extremely busy person and you don't have time for complicated plots and lots of characters. A short, sweet romance is a great way to get a nice little break from responsibilities and drift off, and when that romance takes place on Hawai'i, it's even more like a vacation.
Dani Cabral dreams of getting married on Valentine’s Day, and not in the church at nearby Pahala, Hawai’i. She explains to her best friend, Joe, that she wants a city wedding in Kona, and a city boy for a groom. Dani is the oldest of four sisters, and she always thought she would be the first to find love, but city boys are hard to find on a ranch. When her youngest sister announces her engagement, Dani gets desperate and makes a move to the city.

City boys may be plentiful in Kona, but finding one who is as respectful as Joe and the other cowboys she grew up around is not as easy as she imagined. As the days until Valentine’s Day slip away, Dani meets Derek. He’s a banker and a real city boy, and he might just be the one, if only she can get him to propose in time.

This sweet romance was just the right length for a feel-good pick-me-up, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Review - An End to a Beginning by Andrew Saxsma

I've been keeping busy working on the three writing contracts I have going, trying to work in some time on a story while writing press releases and case studies and fun automotive parts descriptions.

Reading has also been taking up a nice chunk of my spare (haha) moments. I'm back to reading several books/stories at once, which, let's face it, is my favorite way to read. While reading Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon, I'm also reading some short stories and fun romances.

This story, An End to a Beginning by Andrew Saxsma, is quite a bit different from all the romances I'm reading, as you'll see from the review.

Brian needs revenge. He paid his dues, waiting for the perfect moment, and now he finally gets his chance. When the big moment comes, will he go all the way through with his plan? Or will he be too weak to finish the job he promised to do?

If you have delicate sensibilities, you may not enjoy the graphic and somewhat gory details of this suspense tale. BUT  If you love intense action with realistic violence, the matter-of-fact descriptions and in-the-moment narrative will have you hanging on to the edge of your seat all the way to the end of the ride.