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LOVE LITERARY STYLE: A ROM-COM NOVEL ~Karin Gillespie

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Gotta! love whimsy when it is well-played and just delights at every page turn. LOVE LITERARY STYLE is a romantic – comedy with some excellent tongue and cheek for the world of publishing and hope for the Great American Novel.

Aaron Mite is the serious author in the story-very serious.  He only writes literary novels and only wants to be publishing at one publishing house.  His father is a professor emeritus at a university and also a literary critic, and has been so negative about Aaron’s writing that Aaron discarded his first novel all together.  Although they live in the same town, father and son rarely connect and when then do it is a sullen, dark experience.  “Get your Ph.D. son and teach.”

Aaron takes his desire to write and heads to a Writing Colony in Georgia for a retreat and hopefully for success with novel number two.

Laurie Lee is a recent widow from a very small town in Georgia and is working as a librarian assistant near Atlanta.  She loves romantic – comedy or Rom-Com as she calls it and studies all the ways that books are published and how to make it big time.  She has a web page and self publishes all her stories there and offers words of wisdom hoping someone will write on her blog or read her books.  She enters contests and figures out ideas that might just go far, except her writing style is weak and she does not have the depth of knowledge or literature to build her ideas upon.  She has some wonderful ideas, and the stories have twists and turns, but the writing is lacking and weak.

One of those contests Laurie Lee wins and she goes tuition free to a Writing Colony in Georgia to write her great novel.  Her best friend thinks her writing would be better if she was actually involved in a romantic fling.

The writing colony thinks the scholarship has gone to a top of the line writer because of a typo in their application process.

Aaron Mite and Laurie Lee’s cabins are right next to each other at the retreat center. Here is where the story comes alive with lots and lots of possibilities.  We also have the deceased husband and the grumpy, sullen former girl friend to apply to the story line.

Next we are swept into a movie deal and a publisher picking up the novel and getting them to press.  For Aaron the door opening is demanding too much of what he does not want to be doing – he wants to write his next novel not sell and promote book number 2 – that is his agents job.  Laurie Lee does not want a ghostwriter to correct her writing because then the book will not be hers and the movie business is tedious and not fun.  The story at this point just kept me chuckling for the rest of the way through with the clever little ins and outs of the way life often goes and how the formulas for writing rom-com are played out.

This was a TLC Book Tour read and it was just delightful and very entertaining and worthy of good words in the review.  Thank you TLC for sending this along to me.

Yes, I do think that folks now days not only need to write the book, but they also have to market and sell it with style and panache.

About Karin Gillespie

Karin Gillespie is the author of the national bestselling Bottom Dollar Girls series, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year, Co-author for Jill Connor Browne’s novel Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big Ass Novel. Her latest novel Love Literary Style was inspired by a New York Times article called “Masters in Chick Lit” that went viral and was shared by literary luminaries like Elizabeth Gilbert and Anne Rice. She’s written for the Washington Post and Writer Magazine and is book columnist and humor columnist for the Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Magazine respectively. She received a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2016.

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WHERE WE FALL: A Novel ~Rochelle B. Weinstein

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of WHERE WE FALL for review and I enjoyed reading this book.  Very nice Southern Romance with a good premise.  I lived for several years in North Carolina and YES, the countryside is amazingly beautiful and written about with style in this story.

The story line is good and interesting and the descriptions just right to encourage a visit to the beauty of North Carolina.  It is a Southern Romance within the tradition of Southern Romance and providing   a creative story concept making it quite interesting.  We have 2 women friends who are looking to be connected to a man who is the perfect Southern Gentleman.  We all want to be loved and to love.   We have the perfect gentleman character, who is a prize catch and also a high school football coach.

Abby and Lauren are college roommates and best friends.  Ryan falls in love with Lauren and the three become great friends.  Lauren and Ryan share that kind of perfect love and are probably “soul mates”  – a nice touch.  Abby has problems with social anxiety and enjoys being the “fifth wheel” in their amazing friendship.

Lauren shows some spunk and determination to photograph and see some amazing waterfalls.  She takes a graduate program and then takes off to photograph the world’s waterfalls.  Ryan is being patient with her travels and endeavors until his Father dies and he is devastated.  No one can get a hold of Lauren, in time.

Abby takes over the role of caregiver and Ryan and she marry and have a daughter.

The novel is full of missed communications and omitted discussions.  Friends do not share with each other, mother and daughter do not have real conversations and Abby’s anxiety begins to control her life and she ends up with a full deep mental illness.  It takes all of Abby’s ability and control to enter a mental health facility and within six weeks the lives are changed and a loving resolution is possible.

As I was introducing myself at a new class, we all shared our favorite reads, I noticed that 6 women stated that this was their favorite kind of read and how they liked the escape.  This book should find some good readers.

I found the writing elementary in style and found several sentences that just seemed random within their paragraphs.  I did receive an uncorrected e- copy, but these slips just stopped the flow.  Dialogue was quite good and moved the story well.  I felt sad that the daughter was repeating the “perfect man” scenario of her parents even though she was so young.    Lauren and Abby both seemed rather boring and Ryan was just too perfect and responsible.  The characters could not change; they were just stuck in the behaviors they had chosen – locked in.  It took pills and a therapist to get them to resolution and to move into their best interest.

“Rochelle B. Weinstein is the author of THE MOURNING AFTER and WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND.  A former entertainment industry executive, she lives in south Florida with her husband, twin boys and two dogs.“

www.rochelleweinstein.com

As I write this review the Kindle edition of WHERE WE FALL is free on Amazon.

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MEMORY CARD FULL: A Memoir ~Liz Weber

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

“I wished Rufus were here.  At least I knew what I was getting with Rufus.  He never let me down and was always there when I needed him.  Sure, he was a dog, but he was the first thing in my life I loved who loved me back just as much, if not more.  Shortly after he died, it became clear to me that his unwavering presence was probably the main reason I never got serious with anyone.” (Page 205)

MEMORY CARD FULL, I just loved the title of this book and was looking forward to the schedule for review from TLC Book Tours. What do you think of the title?  Did it draw you in and catch your eye?

I do so like to read memoirs and I count on some inspiration about how folks make changes in their lives to proceed on their journey and focus on their dreams.   This memory is really just about one pivotal event and one year in Liz Weber’s life and what she gained in self-knowledge from that event.

I would recommend this book to those 25-40 year olds who are also attempting to make change in their lives and may be stuck in a routine and needing something to move them forward or jump start their ambitions and dreams.  The writing is lite weight and easy and I cover to covered it in about 4 hours.  I felt as though I was on fast forward and I thought if I had time I should have counted all the “likes” in the dialogue – my 30 something daughters would not have noticed them at all.

“Liz Weber’s life was far from dull.  Whether serving drinks to a gaggle of quirky regulars at a bar or walking around in her skivvies for extra cash, she fought hard to remain a self-proclaimed “professional free spirit: and aspiring writer, even if it meant enduring a lush for a manager or a cranky, Israeli-folk-music-loving boss.  None of it really mattered as long as she had Rufus, her oddly proportioned dog who taught her about unconditional love in an untraditional way, at her side.”

“MEMORYCARD FULL is a frank, funny, and deeply moving memoir, a book for anyone who has loved and lost and found the space in that loss to become the person they were meant to be.”  (from the cover)

I think I would enjoy reading Liz Weber’s memoir when she turns 70, if I am still around to turn the pages!  This book shares a story of a generation and of a specific sub-group of the entitled young adults in NYC.  It is only about one year of her life. I am sure I would like her in person and I am enjoying her Facebook page. I have to say it made me worry about this generation and the future. I liked the book and her story.  Now I put this book away, turn off my concern, and move onto a really nasty murder mystery from a Finish author – just keep the reading coming.

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POETRY a Movie Review

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Mija is a 66 year old woman who lives in a city in a rural province of South Korea. She is raising her middle school aged grandson as her now divorced daughter works in another city.  She is a pensioner and makes some of her income by working as a maid/caregiver to a senior male who has had a major stroke.

POETRY is a movie about a rather plain ordinary older woman.  The Korean filmmakers did not submit it to the American Awards system, so it has not been nominated or received awards, which means it has not received much attention here in the states.  It is also about an older woman living a rather ordinary life and many would not find this an interesting story and it would seem too slow.

Mija has been told several times that she speaks poetically and when she sees that there is a poetry writing class at the cultural center nearby she decides to take the class and write a poem.  The famous instructor asks the students to be aware of everything in their environment and to be open to hearing what nature and sounds are saying to them; they are to discover their feelings and find the words to describe what they are experiencing.   The students are eager and patient and respectful.

When the door to all the sounds of nature creates awareness by opening it also permits the harder, uglier, and tougher noises and feelings to be revealed.   These too are messages to be gleaned into the poem for the class.  Mija is busy taking notes in her book of the beauty, confusions,blossoms and sorrows.

I was introduced to this movie by Sam Juliano at Wonders In The Dark, where every week movie viewing is shared and my list of what to watch grows and grows.  Just about every writer about POETRY  thought it should have been submitted for awards and there were wonder full words of praise for the photography, the production, the story and the acting.  I just knew I would need to see this film.

It is available from many sources for streaming now and rental.  I have watched it 3 times and found more to enjoy and discover with each screening.  I would like to encourage each of you to find the time to watch this movie.  It is a special experience, a profound discovery within a plain story.

5-Ladybugs

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