Five Star Review: “I Loved This Book”

Looks like I got a five-star review on Amazon and I didn’t even see it! Amazon reviewer TheBookPrincess writes that:

I loved this book.

I was afraid that I wouldn’t at first, because I found myself having a strong distaste for the heroine right away. But a few chapters in and I was hooked. I could not put down this book, and I loved the elements of fairy tale interwoven with the story set in the present day. It was an engaging, disturbing, and absolutely riveting read.

Thank you for the review! Remember, if you’ve read To Dwell in Dreams that I always appreciate any and all reviews whether they are posted on Amazon or Goodreads. If you haven’t read the second installment of the ‘Once Upon a Reality’ series yet, you can still get your copy and start the year off right with a good read by ordering a copy from Amazon, direct from the publisher, or you can always e-mail me to special order a signed copy.

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Five-Star Review: “Never Settle for a Fairy-tale”

Want to start from the beginning of the Once Upon a Reality series? Kristen A. Scearce has given ‘Till the Last Petal Falls a five-star review: 

 

During my Psychology classes in college, we discussed how various characters have psychological issues: popular cartoon characters, the cast of “Winnie the Pooh,” and the vast majority of the Disney Princesses. Belle is no exception, and this book explores that idea beautifully, no pun intended.

Jolee answers a Craigslist ad which sounds too good to be true, and she finds herself in the mountains of Aspen, tutoring a shut-in with some very serious issues of his own. As time goes by, she learns [more] and more about this man, and most of it is not good. However, she sticks by him, hoping to “fix” him with her love.

Sound like a recipe for disaster?

I used to teach a rehabilitation class for men convicted of domestic violence, and this book definitely delves into that dynamic head-first. It’s a real eye-opener into the lives of those involved in those situations, from both sides of the coin as well as an outsider’s perspective. Comparing it to the story of “Beauty and the Beast” really adds a whole new layer to it, as most of us either grew up with that story/movie or fell in love with it because of our kids/grandkids/etc. It’s a crazy thought, but the more you think about it, the more you realize Belle suffered from Stockholm syndrome as well as battered-woman syndrome, and that HEA Disney ending is not the one generally associated with those situations.

Bravo to the author for writing this cross-examination of a beloved children’s story and shedding some light on this serious issue while also maintaining a gripping novel.

 

 

Thank you, Kristin! Remember, you can still get a copy of Till the Last Petal Falls in either paperback or e-book format, as well as the second installment of the series, To Dwell in Dreams.

 

 As always, I appreciate any and all reviews of my work, posted on Amazon, B&N or Goodreads- it helps me as an author to see what I’m getting right, and what I still need to work on with my next project. 

Another Five-Star Review from Succotash Book Reviews!

Today, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls was reviewed by Renee Shelton of Succotash Book Reviews, and here is a highlight :

 

….The story has a running theme: accept responsibility for your actions and be honest with yourself. The best line in the book comes from an unexpected visitor during an especially dramatic point:

“Trauma does not create a monster. A man always has a choice.”

…This was an exciting read. I love retellings of old fairy tales, but this one had characters that were much more flawed and much more vulnerable. Their hurts were genuinely described, in sometimes gruesome detail. I especially enjoyed the author’s choice of not using the basic template of Beauty and the Beast: the beauty doesn’t just save the beast with her love, she must first accept herself before she can love. That is the most important lesson for any young person to learn from any tale, modern or fairy.

Thank you, Renee! To read the full review, click here, and maybe even pick up one or two more recommendations from her list!

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Click here to buy your own copy, in paperback for $16.95  or in ebook form for $5.99!

 

Indie Fic Review: Awesome

J.M Brink, reviewer for Indie Fic Reviews, left his impressions of the book on his website today. Here are some of the highlights:

This story was not my personal cup of tea…This wasn’t a broken fairytale- it didn’t say there was no happily ever after, or anything of the sort, more like a twisted, dark fairytale and the ending leaves you to decide if it was happy or not… But, and this is important, I read it; I finished it, and I genuinely looked forward to turning the page- the author did a fine job….

…I’m giving this one an awesome. The writing was good…the story was recognizable…and unique; all too often these attempts at retelling the story are a copy and paste of the original work with a few things edited, or the setting updated. This, on the other hand: pure original story with the old tale as a template, very nice…

For the full review, make sure to check out Indie Fic Reviews– J.M. is an honest, no-nonsense kind of guy who is really a joy to network with. I follow his blog for more reviews of small press and self-published titles (or submit my books to him again!), and you should too!