Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review - The Doctor's Devotion

The Doctor’s Devotion, which takes place in Eagle Point, Illinois, is a wonderful story about two people who come together to help save lives and end up falling in love.
Lauren Bates is back to visit her grandfather for the summer. It’s been a long time and she’s excited to be with him again. She’s also worried about his health and leaving him at the end of the summer. After giving up nursing due to an unfortunate event, she doesn’t want to help with the new trauma center opened by Mitch Wellington. But continually feels drawn back to nursing and helping people.

Mitch Wellington opens the new trauma center after losing his father because a hospital was not close when he needed it. He’s also healing from a broken engagement and doesn’t want to get back in to a long distance relationship. Not wanting more heartache, he doesn’t want to open his heart to Lauren because she’ll return home at the end of the summer.
Mitch and Lauren have a difficult time fighting their feeling for each other though because Lauren’s grandfather is like a father to both of them. With Mitch spending so much time at her grandfather’s, can Lauren overcome her jealousy of Mitch’s relationship with her grandfather? It’s not an easy road and one that Lauren must deal with before the relationship can develop into something deeper.

Of course, Mitch has his own issues with healing from his engagement. Will he be able to look past the hurt caused by his ex-fiancée and give Lauren a chance? You’ll have to pick up the book to find out.
The reason for the 4 stars is based on the idea that Mitch and Lauren never met until they were adults. Even though this is explained in the book, it was very difficult for me to believe this. Even though cliché, I would have enjoyed the story more if they would have met when they were younger.

As always, Cheryl’s writing is a great model for me and I enjoy reading her novels. I recommend The Doctor’s Devotion because you will have an enjoyable read filled with “real” people. They have real feelings and real issues.  I can’t wait to read more about Eagle Point Emergency in the future.
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Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided to me by the author. However, all thoughts and the rating are my own words. I was not required to provide a positive review.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review - A Dream of His Own

Finally the third book in the Dream Come True series is here! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while and I can say easily that Gail did not disappoint with A Dream of His Own. And we also find out the story of the secret donor for the Dreams Come True Foundation.

Quinn O’Neill is recovering from the devastation of losing his wife and 15 year old son in a car accident. He’s relocated to a new home away from all the memories. He’s trying to change who he is and how he lives. This includes funding the Dreams Come True Foundation.

Ava Darnell has gone through her own struggles as well. She is a widow and her 15 year old son, Brandon, is in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Being a single mother is not an easy job and comes with many trials. One of those is figuring out when to trust her son and when to allow him more freedom. It’s a difficult balancing act.

Quinn and Ava meet when his car backs in to hers… or does she back into him? Instantly you feel the chemistry between the two. They are a delightful couple and it was fun to watch them overcome their pasts and move on to their future with each other.

I really enjoyed following along as Brandon’s relationship with both his mom and Quinn grew. I have a five year old son and I know some day I will be crossing similar dilemmas with him as he grows into a man. Brandon’s feelings were accurate and heartfelt for what he’s gone through in his short life. Gail created a wonderful character you connect with and cheer on throughout the novel.

Gail always uses wonderful insight from God’s Word to express her story. In this book, she uses Jeremiah 29:11.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

As always, this really made me think. It has so much meaning to me at this moment in my life and I feel that it was used in this book for a reason. God moved Gail to use this verse and it’s what I really needed. It has even led me into a study of Jeremiah and I’m learning so much insight.

I highly encourage you to pick up A Dream of His Own and check it out. I know you will really enjoy seeing where God brings Quinn, Ava and Brandon.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

All Things Twilight

During late December to Mid-January, I read the entire Twilight saga. I put off reading it for quite a while. Then I finally decided to jump in. The major reason I held off is the mania behind it. I don't understand it when something such as a movie stirs up the excitement such as Twilight has. I finally just looked past it all and started.

I love reading so it didn't take me long to get through them. I loved the stories. An old idea with an original take. I enjoyed S. Meyers ideas on vampires and how she gave the Cullen's such redeeming qualities. By the end of Breaking Dawn, I wanted to be a vampire for the fact they're pretty much perfect. Wouldn't it be nice to be absolutely beautiful and invincible without having to deal with human necessities? I could do with out the blood drinking, but the other parts would be a dream.

I had seen Twilight and New Moon so I knew what was coming as I read through those. As for Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I wanted to read those before seeing the movies. They were absolutely exciting reads and I loved every single book. They have been so much better than the movies that they're kind of hard to watch even though I want to see them all - repeating the first ones to compare.

I did have some issues with the writing. It seemed it was basic writing to me. Great ideas, but would have been absolutely wonderful if the editor would have required a little more polish. And my biggest pet peeve? The use of whisper, whispered, etc. Seriously? How many times can you use that word over and over? There are so many other ways to relate that someone is talking quietly and without even using a word to describe it. I think it was Eclipse in which I ran a search on the word in my Kindle and it was used around 200 times! And it wasn't just Eclipse that was like this. It was all of the books.

Other than that, I loved them and hated to see them end. I hope that S. Meyers decides to write another series following Reneesme. What a great series that would be. And I love series books. They've always been my favorite.

As for the movies, the first two I saw quite a while ago and don't remember them too well. I want to go back and watch again after reading the books. Over the weekend, I saw Eclipse. Hopefully I will get to see Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in the next few weeks.

The acting in the movies doesn't match with my inner thoughts on the books, but they're not too far off on some points. As for Kristen Stewart as the choice for Bella - really? I know some hardcore Twilight fans won't be happy with me, but I just don't care for her acting and wish Bella would have been cast better. Of course, since being a couple in real life, you can't deny the chemistry between her and Robert Pattinson. I think they did fantastic casting Robert as Edward. He fits well. He does a pretty good job acting, too. Taylor Lautner is so so. Not bad, not great. I feel someone else could have fit into the role a little better.

As for the mania surrounding the movies and books? Don't get it. Yes, great stories and loved them. Really like the movies. But to stand in line at midnight to see the next movie or buy the DVD? Don't understand it. However, if I'm ever published, I wouldn't mind getting the same reaction. :-)

No matter the mania surrounding it, I highly recommend reading all 4 books and then checking out the movies. It will be time well spent.

Not sure what will come in my next post. I've been on a book made into movie kick the past few months. So, it will either be The Help or The Hunger Games. Probably The Hunger Games. I absolutely loved it and can't wait until I can borrow #2 on March 1 and #3 on April 1. This is actually one movie that I will be heading to the theaters to see as well.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Where to Begin

It's been a few months since posting. I've been getting used to scheduling school, family and personal time. It's been interesting and tiring at the same time.

My first 1/2 semester in school went really well. I took a class in Counseling and another for Pscyh 101. Not in the human services degree dept, my electives just kind of worked out that way. They were fun and I did well. I had a couple weeks that were hectic and required a lot of work. But other than that, it wasn't too bad.

My second semester started in January. I'm taking Algebra and Public Speaking. I only have one more class in Public Speaking and that one is done. Yay! Algebra is the entire semester. So, I'm half through that. Then after spring break, I add Anthropology. That will be interesting. I'm enjoying taking the classes as an adult. I've developed a much better sense of the importance than I would have directly out of high school. It's even fun. Gasp! I know, school fun? Yes, even the algebra.

Unfortunately, studying and homeowork take all my extra time. So, writing is not even on my mind. I still come up with ideas and jot them down so I don't forget. But the actual writing is not happening. I'm okay with it though because I realize that there are more important things to do right now. And these classes will ultimately help me in my writing. My public speaking class even has an entire section on wording which crosses over. It will help to give me background for my characters as well.

It's been nice meeting new people that are my age and going through the same thing. A great experience all around even if writing has to take a back seat. I'm very thankful to have this opportunity to go back to school and learn. I'm so thankful God provided this opportunity for me.

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Writing Corner

My enthusiasm to write hasn’t slowed down and my life hasn’t either. The mix of the two produces no progress on my book. Shrug. What can I say? Sometimes there are things going on that make it not possible to work on your hobby. And yes, writing is a hobby. As much as I’d like it to be a profession, it’s not paying the bills until it’s published.

It can be frustrating. I have all these ideas swirling in my head. They’re dying to get out and on to paper.

My writing style requires me to plan out a timeline of the plot. It’s the style I enjoy the most. So, before I start writing, I have the basics worked out. Yes, they may change or move around, but I have to have that to start off with.

My Italian series is still my main project I’m focusing creativity on. I still add little tidbits to my character info sheets and plot ideas when I can. Oddly enough, I have more of the plot for #4 than any other! However, I’m working on developing the first two the most.

The series will revolve around three brothers and their younger sister. They were all born here in the US; however, their parents came directly from Italy shortly after being married. When the youngest is just in her early teens, the matriarch passes away leaving them all reeling from the loss.

For book #1, I will focus on brother #2 (enough #’s for you?). Ben is the chef and feels responsible for the success of the family restaurant. Calla is a waitress working her way through culinary school. When an injury keeps Ben’s dad from helping in the kitchen, will he trust Calla to help? Or will the kitchen become a battleground?

Along with writing this series, I’m going to submit s short story to the Writer’s Digest contest. With the help of my husband, I’ve decided to use a short I wrote from a Writer’s Digest writing prompt years ago. I hope my submission will be complete by the November deadline.

The one thing that could keep me from that deadline is my new journey in life… school. Earlier this summer, after consulting with my husband, I decided to go to college. A big step since I went straight into the workforce after high school (well, during my junior year).

Everything is ready and in four weeks, I will start my first class with the hopes of getting my Bachelor’s in just over 4 years.

Even though I love writing, it will take a backseat to my newest endeavor. But it won’t be forgotten and I will still fit it in where possible.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Reading, Reading, Reading

Phew! Over the last month, I’ve read 9 books. You could say I love to read… just a little. Last night I was at the 3rd chapter of my current read and that was it. My brain was done and needed a break. I couldn’t keep my head in the book. The book is good, it was just overload. I need a reading break. Of course that could mean just a day to me. What can I say? I do love reading and it helps me in my writing so much.

If you would like to check out the books I’ve read and what I’m currently reading, go here. I’ve rated all my reads on a 5 star scale. Check some of them out, I know you’ll enjoy them. And let me know your thoughts on these if you’ve read them.