Saturday, May 27, 2023

Rewrites of the Heart by Terry Newman


Her characters leap right off the page—literally.

 About The Book: JJ Spritely, workaholic romance author, gets the surprise of her life when the characters in her latest book show up in her office one morning—and start interfering in her life. After the work-in-progress lovers discover they cannot find their way back home, the fun begins. In an accidental meeting with the local hottie professor in this Northern Ohio college town, Spritely kicks him to the curb after he shows himself to be an elitist, pompous ass with a less than supportive opinion for anyone who writes what he considers ‘trash’. Not to be ignored, the two characters invent any number of zany ways to throw these two people together—much to the potential ‘real’ lovers’ determination to avoid the no-fly zone.

 Our Review: With crisp, succinct dialogue running through this novel, author Newman caught our attention on page one and kept us turning the pages. The scary part is: what would you do if the characters who exist only in your mind, and likely your heart, show up in your living room and cannot or will not leave? Then, to make matters worse, they start interfering in your life—creating a unique and thought-provoking situation.

 On a scale of 1-5, Rewrites of the Heart deserves a 4.5.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews





Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Steam Tinker by Laura Strickland


He can repair anything…except her heart  

 About The Book: Lionel Pike, a self-taught repairman, is known throughout the city of Buffalo as a wizard for restoring what most have simply kicked to the curb—both human and automatons. He’s a loner, and likes it that way, until the lovely Sofia Gregory enters his shop and asks the impossible. Or so he believes. Soon she offers the impossible, something he must fight to keep—along with his heart and his life.

 Our Review: The Buffalo Steampunk Adventures have long been a favorite of ours for a number of reasons. Author Strickland’s uncanny ability to create period dialogue, including accents and colloquialisms which go along with the Victorian period of the Niagara Frontier in Western New York. Another strength of this series are the cleverly worded analogies of automaton rights to those current struggles for human rights throughout our nation and the world. This is a beautiful study of those who care versus those who use simply for their own gain. Brava!

 On a scale of 1-5, Steam Tinker deserves an 8.

 Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews