Review for Pandora’s Box

Fellow romance author, Cynthia Wolf, just read and reviewed my Wicked short story, Pandora’s Box.  It’s short and sweet, just like the story, but here is what she had to say:

5 stars

Pandora’s Box by Jude Liebermann, is one of the hottest, sexiest stories I’ve read recently.  I like the way she portrayed her three characters, Pandy, Brian and Cameron.  I felt connected with all of them and the ending was satisfying.  This is a short story and I only wish it had been longer.

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Teen Romance Novel Is Moving, Mature, and Sincere

When Kyle Davis returns to town for his senior year of high school, Chelsea Davenport is instantly taken with him. Kyle and Chelsea have known each other for a long time-their fathers were once business partners-but after Kyle’s father committed suicide, his mother sent him away for a while. Now Chelsea sees him in a new light as a mature, attractive young man. But Chelsea isn’t the only girl who feels that way about Kyle. With his good looks and tight abs, football player Kyle is a trophy other girls are determined to get, and cheerleader Elle McClarin particularly is willing to do whatever it takes to have Kyle for herself, even if it involves threats and illegal activities. Will Kyle fall for the wild cheerleader, or will he prefer the more mature Chelsea?

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have problems. Will boy and girl be able to overcome problems and stay together? Mary Flinn’s “The One” may have an old plot, but love is so important to our lives that when the story is well told as it is here, not only do we not mind reading once more a tale of lovers, but we find ourselves engrossed in the story. “The One” is the story of a young man and a young woman who find each other amid the craziness of the world, in this case, high school, and weather the storms together, be they the death of loved ones, or others determined to split them apart. In the end, they learn about themselves and the world around them while preparing to enter adulthood and the beginning of a committed relationship.

Flinn’s characters are mature and believable. Readers will sympathize with Kyle and Chelsea and hope their love will last. While the young lovers find themselves in some difficult situations, what is remarkable about the book’s atmosphere in many ways is the supporting cast of characters, family and friends who provide stability for Kyle and Chelsea. This supportive environment is one in which every young man and woman should be so lucky to be raised. While their lives are not perfect, Chelsea and Kyle find strength in one another, their families, their friends, their coaches, and teachers.

However, not all the characters are without their share of drama. Teenage drinking is involved and some wild and unacceptable behavior. Flinn wisely treats these topics realistically, not glamorizing the behaviors or morally condemning them. As a result, the characters are multi-faceted while the main characters are primarily responsible and good role models to young adults as evidenced by the community projects they pursue.

Set in North Carolina, where the author lives, “The One” perfectly captures a region and way of life. Readers may or may not be familiar with the area, but they will appreciate the realistic setting that reflects a teenager’s life in the early twenty-first century rather than becoming a stereotypical southern romance or a story that tries generically to appeal to a teen audience. Teenage readers will no doubt enjoy seeing characters similar to themselves, but adults will enjoy the book also. As a male reader, I found myself surprisingly invested in Kyle and Chelsea’s relationship, wanting them to be happy together because Flinn does such an expert job of developing her characters. I’m not a big fan of description, but Flinn knows how to describe a house, a cabin, a beach in ways that bring the setting to life and that keep it relevant to the story by using the settings to develop and reveal information about the characters.

Flinn’s writing has a grace and elegance, which coupled with the wedding toward the end-I won’t give away whose-reminds one more of Jane Austen than most recent romantic comedy films. The drama of the story is almost always on the sidelines, never becoming unbelievable or extreme, and the characters’ choices and actions all seem naturally to fall into place. I was both amazed by Flinn’s imaginative creation of a fictional world so that it felt so very real, and also impressed by how perfectly balanced the writing was so that it never went over the top. Flinn does not bite off more than she can chew but takes simple situations and draws out the nuances, the emotions, and the integrity of her characters. In that way, she is like Jane Austen, telling a simple story, with one or two obstacles to the main character’s love, but in the end, creating an ending completely satisfying for the reader. In short, the writing is sincere and believable because of it.

If you’ve never read a romance novel, this is “the one” to start with, and if you’re already a fan of romance, Mary Flinn is sure to be your new favorite author. I trust her pen will produce many more love stories.

Tyler R. Tichelaar holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. His family’s long relationship with Upper Michigan and his avid interest in genealogy inspired Dr. Tichelaar to write his Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage. Dr. Tichelaar is also a professional book reviewer and editor. For more information about Tyler R. Tichelaar, his writing, and his author services, visit:

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December 20th, 2011 by Reviews Tags: , Comments Off on Teen Romance Novel Is Moving, Mature, and Sincere

Insight Into Contemporary Romance Books

Contemporary romance is the modern kind of romance. It is best portrayed in romance books and novels. Classic romance is unbeatable. However, contemporary romance is unmatched. There is something about modernity that cannot be stopped. Modern romance stories feature all the new things and ideas that are worth reading. There are very many people who are fans of this kind of romance. The contemporary world will ensure that stories that have a twist will be told in the most modern manner. There are very many modern romance books and, you have to choose the kind of book you would prefer. There is science fiction which will take you into a world that will make everything possible. There are so many thrilling tales that continue to be told in this regard. All people want to hear or read a romance story that will touch deep inside their hearts. There are several things that the modern love stories will communicate with you. First, you will realize how far we have come. We have certainly come a long way and, some of the things that will come up are certainly going to entertain you.

Contemporary romance books will inspire you with modern romance. When you have no romance in your life, you are definitely going to find it a challenge to you. You will seek to have the kind of romance that the story is talking about. In other words, you will be able to appreciate the role of romance in life. Sometimes, years of bad experiences with love will leave many as dry as a bone and, with no prospects or need to love. For this reason, you need to find great books that will enable you find that spark so that you can look forward to loving again. The basic message of romance books has not changed. It is basically to recapture that adventure that can only be brought about by love. Love is life and life is all about loving people. When you read the modern stories of love, you will be encouraged to find that love is still a mainstay of society. We are living in a dark cold world but, it is pretty possible for you to find the real thing. Read contemporary romance books and novels and, you will get to know all about it.

There are several things you need to look at to identify a good contemporary romance novel. First, you will need to look at some of the reviews of the stories. Reviews will enable you take a sneak peek into the story. There are many reviews that will be helpful to you. Reviews will be objective and, this means that they will present both the good and the bad about a story. If you like the plot, you can get the book and read it for you. Going through reviews will enable you take less time as you judge which love story to read. Great reviews will be for promising stories and, they are worth reading. However, choosing a good book will be your choice and, you can go for what sounds best to you.

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What Paranormal Romance Books Have to Offer

Paranormal romance books are books which bring out love stories in a way that can be described as above normal or beyond normal. It is a very interesting going through some of the stories and, if you have gone through several paranormal books of romance, you will definitely find them especially intriguing. There are very many such books and, for those who love the thrill and adventure in the paranormal; you will definitely find them pretty exciting. Paranormal romance books will take you through an interesting journey that is of a beyond life experience. They are set in a back drop of love and affection, making for a perfect read that is bound to affect you in a very positive light. Most of their books will have alluring characters that will certainly draw you to the plot of the story. The romance books have a huge fan base and, this base continues to grow as more and more people seek the solace of the paranormal to provide that much need entertainment.

The following is an example of one of the leading paranormal romance books which will give you not just pleasure but, intrigue and anticipation as the story unfolds. The romance book is called ‘full moon fever’. This is a very interesting and exciting tale about a reporter investigating about werewolves for a magazine. The reporter comes face to face with a rogue wolf and, it is up to a guardian called Ray Mcshaw to shelter her from the lurking danger. The tension in the book is bound to leave you yearning for more. The guardian is torn between two things which are to fall in love with the pretty reporter or reveal the true identity of the wolf. You can get some gist from the above overview and, to enter into the world of biting werewolves, you need to get reading. This is one of the highly rated paranormal romance books that you can come across. The book is written by Sabrina Luna who has certainly outdone herself in this book.

There are so many other paranormal romance books which are bound to keep you on your toes as you read. There are people who find certain books scary and this is the essence of the paranormal. The imagination of the author goes wild and, you are bound to partake of all the new and wonderful ideas they present in their books. Thinking about the paranormal will open up your mind and make sure that you look ahead with different forms of imagination. This way, you can be in a position to appreciate the things you do not know and, also open your mind to things you do not even understand. The paranormal world is fictional and, you do not have to believe that the stuff exists. Let the books entertain you as you read from cover to cover. The Internet will provide you with lots of information about the books. You will also see what is on display and choose the best book. You can also visit your local store to see what they have for you.

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Where Classes Collide and Love Resides

Relationships, romance and marriage out of social class can bring shame to the London’s high-society, but what happens when tables are turned on their heads and the servant becomes wealthier than his high-classed family employer? Oh you have to read this book;

“Again the Magic” by Lisa Kleypas; Avon Historical Romance [an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers] New York, NY; 2004.

Lisa Kleypas has a passion for passion and she has over two-dozen steamy, best selling, hot romance books. It’s no wonder she hits the New York Times best sellers list so often with books like:

  • Because You’re Mine
  • Dreaming of You
  • Lady Sophia’s Lover
  • Midnight Angel
  • Only in Your Arms
  • Only with Your Love
  • Prince of Dreams
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Somewhere I’ll Find You
  • Stranger in My Arms
  • Suddenly You
  • Then Came You
  • When Strangers Marry
  • Where Dreams Begin
  • Worth Any Price

And realize this is only the list before 2004, some of her latest stuff is very excellent and blows away her older works. She is a writing maniac putting out quality romance books every couple of months or more.

This book is about a wealthy young woman, destined to marry well and then gave herself to one of her families servants, and then all hell breaks loose and she is sent far away from the high-class London Society where her family dominates. Turns out the servant goes off and becomes extremely wealthy and is so angry for being sent away, he wants revenge, but then finds the woman of his dreams again and is trust back deeply in love.

Yes, this is a great romance novel with a bit of historical fiction to boot. I’d recommend this book to any romance novel reader, it’s pretty decent, and that is coming from a man who never really cared for this genre.

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November 8th, 2011 by Reviews Tags: , Comments Off on Where Classes Collide and Love Resides

Interview With Nadine Laman – Author of “High Tide”

Reader Views talks with Nadine Laman, author of the contemporary women’s novel “High Tide.” Nadine is being interviewed by Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader Views.

Juanita: Nadine, we are happy to have the chance to talk with you once again. You’ve been busy at work on your second novel “High Tide,” which is the follow-up to your first book, “Kathryn’s Beach.” What can readers expect in way of storyline for “High Tide”?

Nadine: Thank you, Juanita. It is good to be back. Readers can expect an upswing in Kathryn’s career. As always, Kathryn’s life is a journey filled with a tapestry of relationships. There is more tongue-in-cheek humor in “High Tide,” in addition to hard decisions, tragedy, a miracle or two, and new relationships that add richness to her life.

Juanita: How did Kathryn’s character evolve into a second novel? I understand that you’ve actually decided to turn Kathryn’s journey into a trilogy. Can you tell us about this decision and your relationship with her character?

Nadine:”High Tide” was written because my friend Terrie Berg hounded me about leaving Kathryn’s boyfriend in Europe at the end of “Kathryn’s Beach.” In my view, “Kathryn’s Beach” was never about the present, but resolving the past. However, my readers made it quite clear that Kathryn’s story was bigger than I thought. So, I wrote “High Tide” to address what the readers wanted, and to take Kathryn where I couldn’t take her in “Kathryn’s Beach.” As I wrote “High Tide” it became obvious there was another book in Kathryn’s life. The third book, “Atonement,” is four years later when Kathryn’s life takes another turn. I’d say, after three books, my relationship with Kathryn has become “complicated.”

Juanita: “Complicated” sounds intriguing! Creating characters seems to be an interesting phenomenon for authors, because as you’ve just suggested, many times they take a story places the author may never have planned. Would you comment on this aspect of character building?

Nadine: The most complicated thing about Kathryn is that she is so real. I simply love that about her. Readers and I get into conversations about her as if she is our “real” mutual friend. The funny part of having Kathryn in my life is that we get mistaken for each other. Especially when people are reading “Kathryn’s Beach,” I get called Kathryn-and it is a slip of the tongue that even my friends do.

Because of Kathryn, people think I live in California, which I don’t. Some think the books are a fictionalized biography, which they aren’t. Yet, I do see some of my characteristics in Kathryn that I didn’t see in the beginning and that is another piece that complicates our relationship–I am not writing my story, but hers.

The danger of writing extensive character bios for fiction is authors can assume readers know what the author knows about a character; therefore, there are omissions that are essential to developing the character into a real person. I write free style, that is, without drafting a story outline or writing in-depth character bios before I start writing.

The way I develop characters is to get “into character” like an actor does. With a sense of who the character is, then I write-often typing with my eyes closed-what plays out in my imagination. The lack of a pre-mapped storyline makes me write what I discover about her, much like I’m in the reader’s shoes experiencing the story development the same way they do.

Juanita: Once again, the water theme is reflected in your title. How does the ocean play a part, either realistically or metaphorically, in “High Tide”?

Nadine: Kathryn’s story is set in a fiction version of Seal Beach, California, which is a very picturesque location to set a book. It’s conveniently located near Los Angeles for the gritty drama of the city, but remote enough to pull her away from all the “noise,” and let her personal story evolve.

Water brings images of birth and cleansing; both of which are a new start. The ocean plays a role of its own in Kathryn’s story. It is a large character, a place to walk off confusion and to spend time with friends. Metaphorically, the ocean is ever changing as is Kathryn. The storms that come mirror her stormy emotions. The sounds of the waves are soothing and constant, so they add an element of safety for Kathryn, who wants things in her life she can count on when everything else goes haywire.

Juanita: What makes Kathryn such a relatable character for women?

Nadine: The thing about Kathryn that seems to reach most people is her honesty about her frailty in certain situations. Kathryn is well educated and personable. She reacts to life very much in ways real people react. Writing in first person present tense immerses readers into the heart of the story. The story unfolds right before our eyes and there really is no way to stay detached from her because we can feel her emotions as we would a best friend’s. The diary entries and knowing her thoughts make it easy to identify with her as someone more than a character in a book.

Juanita: Kathryn once again faces loss in your second novel. What did she learn in your first book that provides her the strength to move on through these new and difficult situations?

Nadine: Ah, that’s a really good question! In “High Tide” Kathryn suffers two losses back-to-back with no breathing room in between. One is a relationship she thought was something it wasn’t. The other one is the loss of a friend to AIDS. In both losses, Kathryn is able to find resolution to the relationships, which is something she wasn’t as ready for in “Kathryn’s Beach.” I don’t think Kathryn will ever allow herself to stand on the sidelines of relationships again, so she is much more willing to take risks with people in “High Tide.” Not that all the risks she takes are the best choice, but it is easy for us to see that from our vantage point, whereas, Kathryn doesn’t have that advantage–and neither do we in real life.

Juanita: So, in “High Tide,” readers will find a stronger and somewhat wiser Kathryn?

Nadine: Yes, in many ways “High Tide” is the final piece of the puzzle to prepare Kathryn for “Atonement,” her third book. In “Kathryn’s Beach,” Kathryn dealt with the past and moved to the present. In “High Tide” she is totally emerged into what is happening around her now. “High Tide” isn’t about hindsight; life plays out in present tense and she isn’t on the sidelines processing things; she is engaged. She is certainly stronger in “High Tide” because once she commits to being engaged with the present, she doesn’t run from it regardless of what happens.

Juanita: Nadine, you mentioned that you bring the issue of AIDS into “High Tide.” I know that you have a long history in the field of social work and this played out significantly in “Kathryn’s Beach.” Would you explain further why you chose to showcase AIDS in your second book, as well as your personal style of bring social awareness to your stories?

Nadine: It would be unnatural for me to avoid the themes of homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence, AIDS, corporate corruption, and others since Kathryn is cast as a very passionate, quintessential social worker. It was obvious in the early days of the AIDS epidemic that it was not treated as aggressively or thoughtfully as any other epidemic. It was as if the Administration thought ignoring it would make it go away. That is not only a non-responsive government, but an irresponsible government. To keep the issue in the public eye, I chose to give AIDS to a Latino mother who had a skilled occupation, one of the least typical victims, to remind people that AIDS is pervasive, and we still need to address the needs of people with this disease.

Juanita: I understand that a romantic interest plays a big part in Kathryn’s life in “High Tide.” Would you elaborate?

Nadine: Kathryn’s best friend introduces her to Joseph, who is tall, dark, and handsome with a ready grin and an Irish accent. I fought the story line to keep them from riding off into the sunset. Kathryn was no help, either, she fell head over heels for him. (Laughs) So, I created tension for her by opening “High Tide” with a major change in his life that she has to respond to in hers.

Juanita: Kathryn seems to always be struggling with finding true meaning in her life. What is the significance of her continuous searching?

Nadine: Static people are terribly boring; whereas, Kathryn is not boring. She cracks me up sometimes with what happens to her and what she learns from life. I have a plan for Kathryn, but I allow her some leeway to direct how she gets to where I want her to go. Sometimes, I have to create course corrections in her path to motivate her in the right direction. She is very much like real people. She isn’t exactly the super hero type of character who has all of the answers on the spot. She has a need to grasp the full essence of life, which leads her to be reflective of it.

In “High Tide” it was time to introduce the Spirit of Hope people. I let the scenes play out like improv theatre where Kathryn had to react to who came on the stage of her drama. All of that is part of her charm, I think.

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A Christmas Carol (2009) Review – Jim Carrey


Whenever Jim Carrey is in a movie, it is usually guaranteed to be funny.  At least that is what this reviewer expected, but Disney’s version of A Christmas Carol is anything but funny.  The animation makes everyone look like they are made of wax, and Scrooge himself is a pathetic skeleton with skin.  Why he would be upset at his impending death is quite a shock, since it can’t possibly be too far in the future.  Though with all the falling down stairs, he should have died during the course of the movie.

Disney always puts its own twist to all the classics it has re-imagined.  Afterall, who would want to watch The Little Mermaid if Ariel lost her prince and her life?  So it was with optimism that I watched this version of a story that has been retold many times, Scrooged being the best so far.

It’s hard to feel sorry for an old man who hates everyone, including himself.  He can’t even spare his employee coal for his fire, but then everyone is supposed to hate Scrooge.  Then the ghosts appear, and apparently anyone who is dedicated to his or her job will be chained to that job in the after life.  So for every person who cares more about career than family, that is your “heaven”.

The ghost of Christmas past is one of the most ridiculous creations ever. Not only is he very hard to understand, he is too strangely quirky.  It’s hard to concentrate on the plot while staring at what is basically a match stick.  But he is nothing compared to the very (and I mean very) irritating ghost of Christmas present.  This lazy buggard can’t even get off his butt to show Scrooge around, but instead zips him around in a room with a transparent floor.  And his laughter?  Oh mercy, it was a blessing when he finally died (yes, a ghost actually dies in this movie), but then his skull keeps on laughing.  This whole scene was watched while wincing, hoping the lunatic wouldn’t find everything that happened as hilarious.

The ghost of Christmas future was a blessing, but then the idiot Scrooge keeps running from him, taking the viewer on a ridiculous ride through London as he shrinks to the size of a mouse.  This movie was 3D in the theaters, and sometimes they dedicated way too much time on that effect and less on the actual plot.  It never really is believable that Scrooge was transformed from a pathetic miser to a lover of all things, but that’s the original story.  This version is basically a waste of two hours.

May 22nd, 2011 by Jude Reviews Tags: , , , Comments Off on A Christmas Carol (2009) Review – Jim Carrey

Interview with Rob Costello, “Coinage of Commitment”

Born in Philadelphia, Rob Costelloe started writing fiction at age eight. He began writing science fiction, but after high school, his writing interests changed. While attending Drexel University, he composed a series of novellas, most of them love stories set against the backdrop of World War II. After college, besides pursuing an engineering career in the Gulf Coast region, he wrote more stories, a teeth-cutting, first novel, and a little poetry. While writing “Coinage of Commitment,” his interest focused on the question of what romantic love can achieve in people’s lives. Rob and his wife live near Houston, Texas.

Tyler: Welcome, Rob. I’m glad you could join me today. First I have to ask, what made you become interested in romantic love as an author?

Rob: Thank you, Tyler; it’s nice to be here. As far as romantic love is concerned, it’s something I’ve been interested in since childhood. Then when I was a freshman in college, I met a girl who took my breath, and my heart, away. Years later, even after marriage, a child, a demanding career path, I realized that we still had the magic, still measured life by the time we spent together. At that point, I had a humbling realization. Even though I prided myself on having studied romantic love for a long time, it was my wife who was teaching me how to keep it fresh through the years. I started writing my first novel partly to give something back, to let readers know that love could reach a higher level and that it could be nourished through time as something worthwhile and satisfying.

Tyler: Have you felt any awkwardness as a male romance writer in what is generally considered the territory of female authors?

Rob: For me, it was probably the opposite. From the very start of my query campaign, I aimed my letters and sample chapters at women editors. Then, once I got into the game and realized that my end of the publishing industry was heavily dominated by women, I felt relieved. If anything, being a man may have given me a certain advantage, you know, from a novelty standpoint. Not only was I a male engineer (of all things!), with no detectable writing credentials, daring to show up with a love story, but I was touting it as a love story unlike any other. Well, at least it made them look up from their keyboards. Even from across the vast Internet, I could feel their skeptical smiles.

I did have advantages related to temperament. Women have always been my epitome of beauty, and I have long admired the feminine spirit and disposition, the nobility of her biological calling, the sophistication and elegance of her romantic impulses. As a result, I have always worked well with women. Plus I am grateful. So much of what I learned about romantic love I learned from a woman, namely my wife.

The other advantage I had was acquired: I had studied love stories for years and I knew the intricacies and challenges of the genre. At one point, an editor who was intrigued by my sample chapters started an e-mail conversation that escalated to a phone discussion. I knew this was curiosity bringing opportunity to my door. She was a Romance novelist as well as a Romance editor, so I was nervous as I dialed her office number. I could tell that she was surprised then delighted to meet a man who could discuss nuances of love story plot and characterization ranging from risk factors in portraying heroines as less than physically perfect, to pet theories for best lead up to denouement. I knew before the conversation was over that she would offer a contract. Although it was not one I ended up accepting, the bonds of respect we forged has led to an enduring mentoring relationship that she has been gracious enough to provide.

Tyler: What viewpoint did you write the novel from, first or third? Did you have difficulty getting into the mind of the female character to make her believable?

Rob: My early writing, including my first novel, was first person. For “Coinage,” I made the switch to third person, and I am glad I did. For the female character portrayals, I relied heavily on love stories and romances I had read that were written by women. Even with that, I consulted with some women friends, not on the characterizations themselves, but on how they thought a woman would react emotionally in certain situations. I also got womanly help with clothes and grooming issues, for instance, the outfits that Nancy wears for the various social engagements.

Tyler: I understand for a long time you were interested in romantic love, but a specific reading experience led to the creation of “Coinage of Commitment.” Will you share how the book was created?

Rob: Well, as you mentioned in your intro, I wrote earlier in life, including an unpublishable first novel; then I abandoned writing altogether. But I continued to study romantic love, and I enjoyed studying love stories in books and films. In 2005 I read an otherwise well written novel whose denouement was so suddenly despairing that I felt outrage on behalf of all the women readers who were disappointed by this disjointed outcome. Within twenty-four hours, I was writing “Coinage of Commitment.” The first draft took four months of nearly full-time effort. Since I was also holding a full-time day job, that meant I got very little sleep. I queried awhile, then sat down and read the manuscript after not having looked at it for two months. I was shocked to discover that it was not the greatest love story ever written, and that it suddenly became important to me that it be that good. I know this sounds delusional, and it did to me even as I was thinking it, but it did affect my actions in a major way. I pulled the manuscript off the market and went into what turned out to be seven months of editorial analyses, rewrites, and polishing revisions. I even changed my writing style to be more in tune with the story’s artistic needs. After that, it was back to the tedious grind of querying. But this time I did hit gold, garnering three contract offers from royalty publishers.

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May 9th, 2011 by Reviews Tags: , Comments Off on Interview with Rob Costello, “Coinage of Commitment”

Regency England Offers Romance Novel with Christian Values

Reader Views interviews Linore Rose Burkard, author of “Before the Season Ends.”

Today Reader Views has the pleasure of interviewing Linore Rose Burkard, author of a Regency England Christian romance novel, “Before the Season Ends.” Welcome Linore.

Irene: What inspired you to write “Before the Season Ends”?

Linore: I wanted to read a Regency romance that was Inspirational. Period. I waited for years for someone else to write it, and then I realized that if it was ever going to happen, it was going to be my job! So I did it. I combined the Regency, which I love, with an Inspirational message. I wanted to show the experience of faith for the adventure that it is. Fun and faith are not contradictory terms!

In addition, as a fan of Georgette Heyer, I wanted to see more books like hers; in the sense of moving away from the formulaic plots that have gotten all too common in the genre. As terrible as this sounds, I thought I could bring more “reality” into both the characters and the setting, than what you often get in a lot of the mass paperbacks that are out there. I’m not saying that what’s out there is bad, just that I wanted to be different.

Irene: What do you mean by “formulaic plots”?

Linore: I mean the type of plot where you know what you’re getting by the time you finish chapter one. Perhaps some people like that; I prefer more of a set-up, where the characters get to be real people and they do things in character– not just to drive the plot.

Irene: This book is considered “Christian Fiction.” What is the difference between Christian fiction and other fiction?

Linore: Christian fiction begins with a Christian world view. Not every character has to share that world view, and usually many don’t; but the author has to have it, and it has to come through.

Irene: “Before the Season Ends” is Regency romance. Please explain to the reading audience what that means.

Linore: The Regency in England (1811-1820, politically), was the period when the prince of Wales became regent in place of his father, George III (who was believed to be insane. He wasn’t, but that’s for a different interview!) Jane Austen and Lord Byron are Regency figures; Beau Brummell, Princess Caroline; Napoleon and Wellington; lots of great historical characters! Austen, in my opinion, started the genre with her novels, and Georgette Heyer developed it further and popularized it, perhaps even defined it.

So, as well as being set in that time period, a Regency has many earmarks that are unique to the genre and which must be evident in the story, such as a lot of the language and places that are used. In general, though, a reader can expect that a Regency will be fun, and clean, as far as the romance goes. Regencies are known for being fun, even to the point of wacky fun, and yet still romantic and memorable.

Irene: Why do you believe Regency romance novels are so popular?

Linore: People know they are not picking up “War and Peace” when they go to read one. The Regency, as I said, is enormous fun; the hypocrisy of the social order and its values is just a springboard for all kinds of settings and situations that romance writers can use in really enjoyable ways to create good stories. At the same time, there’s a great deal of improbability in many Regencies which is (in my opinion) a problem of the publishing houses. Editors want to see a handful of formula plots and that’s it. So the Regency genre as a whole has suffered. But they’re still popular because the era is incredibly interesting, the romance is cleaner (which reminds me, too many modern editors don’t realize that we readers LIKE to use our imaginations, thank you). And the stories center mostly around the upper classes, people who get to live the way we all WISH we could. So that is fun, too.

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Irene Watson is Managing Editor of Reader Views, a book review service based in Austin, Texas.

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April 25th, 2011 by Reviews Tags: , Comments Off on Regency England Offers Romance Novel with Christian Values

Romantic Fiction Also Historically Significant!

Dear John

By Norma L. Betz


ISBN: 978-1-4343-1071-2

With a deep sigh, I closed Norma L. Betz’s first book, Dear John, having read it that day! What a delightful, satisfying read!

Actually, you might say that Dear John has a book within the book, for it includes many original letters from Abigail Smith Adams to her husband, who was then the second president of the United States, John Adams. What a wonderful way to share part of America’s history with readers!

The main thrust of the book is a love story, but not necessarily the usual one! Let me tell you a little about Susanna and Quincy… Susanna Smith is a professional woman who has created a rather insular life for herself…and her companion, Quincy. As an administrator at a college, she well knows that she should have already taken time off to attend to the estate of her late aunt, for whom she was named-Susanna Abigail Smith. But, in doing so, she would have to admit that she had trouble with delegation and had procrastinated leaving, even though she well knew that her staff could handle her department during her absence.

When Quincy realized that she was pulling her luggage out and getting ready to leave, he was quite concerned that he might be left behind. However, when his favorite blanket was placed by the door, he felt it best to stay right there and ensure he went with her! No, Quincy is not her pet. He is her only real companion and much of Susanna’s dialogue is directed to Quincy! It’s a fun relationship and readers will enjoy their sharing. As Susanna laments not having visited her aunt more often and not even knowing about her death until after her burial, it is Quincy with whom she shares her turmoil. It is he that gives her his unconditional love and support when she begins to realize that she has shut herself off from her family and even other friends.

Susanna’s arrival at her aunt’s home brings back many wonderful memories. But it is when she starts hearing the praises of her aunt from her lawyer, who had been in love with her, from his son and her co-worker that her pain and loss grows even worse. And when her aunt has left her a letter, along with the letters of her famous ancestor, she becomes enthralled with reading them even to the point of going to the library to read and research what was historically happening about which her aunt was writing.

The movement back and forth between the life of Abigail Smith Adams, through her letters, and Susanna’s is very well done and adds tension to the reading of both. Susanna reads of what Abigail is facing as the Revolutionary War is fought and then learns more about what was actually happening through visits to the library where her aunt was once the librarian.

At the same time, much is happening in Susanna’s life as she meets her own “John” and begins to care for him. Her life is turned upside down and is placed in danger because of what she finds there in her aunt’s historical home. The reader’s interest is sustained throughout as both the War is fought in 1775 and Susanna’s own internal struggles for her life begins.

Quincy hooked me in, the historical letters caught my interest, and the drama of Susanna’s new life turned each page. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to especially those interested in historical romance (although this isn’t a historical romance book). Once you start reading the letters from Abigail to John Adams you’ll understand this reference! By the way, the book includes footnotes and an extensive bibliography for the true historian.

Enjoy this one-I did!

G. A. Bixler is co-owner of an online review site of Independent Professional Book Reviewers. She has over 40 years experience in educational administration and publishing. New or well-known, self-published, or small press authors are all welcomed! Compare our prices to other professional book review sites!

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February 14th, 2011 by Reviews Tags: , Comments Off on Romantic Fiction Also Historically Significant!
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