Adrienne Ruvalcaba

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My name is Adrienne D'nelle Ruvalcaba. I was born and raised in Southeast Texas. After high school, I joined the U.S. Army and served four years at Fort Campbell, KY. During my time there, I married a fellow soldier and had two children. Following my years in the service, I ended up as a single parent. After setting out on my own with my two children, I enrolled in the Engineering program at Southern Illinois University.

While at SIU, I completed my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural analysis. Also while at SIU, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This diagnosis significantly changed my life. Since the onset of this disease, I have learned a lot about those around me and even more about myself. Due to some serious and sobering complications, my health has declined in recent years. I am no longer able to spend time outside with my children, or do many of the things that I used to take for granted. I'm in my early 30's, but most of the time I feel decades older. After a few years of struggling to accept this illness as a part of my life, I've finally come to a more peaceful place. The most important thing I've learned while dealing with this devastating and serious disease is that it does not define who I am.

I've been writing since grade school, and I often take solace in the world I create in my imagination. Most of what I write is romantic fiction, meant purely for emotional fulfillment, enjoyment, and sweet escapism. Real life is difficult enough, and I believe we all need a little break from it sometimes.

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The Second Chance
Price: Free! Words: 18,470. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A SHORT STORY. While on a romantic weekend getaway with his current girlfriend, Matthew Wiley runs into his ex-girlfriend Anna, the love of his life. He can't resist the urge to confront the issues that drove them apart years ago, but he has less than two days to convince her to give them a second chance at love and trust.
The Sleepover
Price: Free! Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A SHORT STORY: When John, a lonely single father, finds himself stranded at a stranger's house during a snowstorm he learns an important lesson about love and family.
The Officer's Wife
Price: Free! Words: 103,420. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
A young woman's journey of self-discovery begins while running the challenging hills of the Air Assault road-march path on Fort Campbell KY. During these daily excursions, Rebecca finds the strength and determination to deal with her harsh work environment and her deeply troubled relationship with her mother, but can she find love along the way?

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  • The Other Woman on April 02, 2012

    Interesting read. I enjoyed nice balance between the subjective and objective experience of the narrator.
  • Wedding Day - Romance Short Story on April 17, 2012

    The idea behind the plot was cute, but the flawed execution ruined it for me. Numerous grammatical and structural errors made this one difficult to read.
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart on July 06, 2012

    I love the direction you are trying to go with the cultural differences and challenges between the two main characters. This one has great potential, but the writing style makes it difficult to enjoy. At first I was put off by the statement, "as obvious as a darkies lips and nose," but when I got over the shock of such an offensive comparison I read more. I see where you are trying to go with this story, but unfortunately it doesn't quite get there. Writing style is extremely important; it is how you convey the crux of your story to the audience. Some of the essence of this one was lost in translation. With a little editing it could be much better.
  • When Is Ever After? on July 06, 2012

    This story may have been very short, but I was very invested in the main character by the end. I wish there was more to it.
  • On the Shelf - A Modern Fairytale on Oct. 12, 2012

    This was a very sweet story. It definitely lived up to its title of "A Modern Fairytale." Characterization and plot development could have used a little more work, but it was an entertaining read. Overall it was good.
  • Phoenix Rising (Phoenix of the Heart) on Oct. 12, 2012

    I really enjoyed this novella. When will the next one be available?
  • Nosa's Wedding on Oct. 22, 2012

    Interesting twist in the end. The foreshadowing was good, but it would have been nice to have some more details about what Nosa's mother thinks has happened to her. I do not know enough about the culture to intuitively figure out who the enemies are and what the mother thinks they did to Nosa. I would love to know though.
  • The Weekly Suitor on Nov. 03, 2012

    This one has a bit of a rough start, but it was worth hanging in until the end. It was a very sweet story, and I enjoyed it. My only issue is the formatting problems in the beginning. The smashwords style guide gives details on how to properly format your ebook file.
  • The Date on Nov. 03, 2012

    This was a lovely short story. Interesting twist at the end!
  • Initial Kiss on Nov. 03, 2012

    It was very okay for me. I noticed a few typos, and I wasn't really a fan of James. He just doesn't strike me as a very nice guy.
  • Encounters on Nov. 06, 2012

    A very sweet and entertaining story.
  • Flirting with the Fireman: A Romantic Short Story on Nov. 07, 2012

    Nice short story.
  • Setting the Standard - Kate Vivid Shorts 1 on Nov. 14, 2012

    This story was okay. I had a hard time relating to the main characters. Magnus was too domineering in the beginning, so I never really liked him enough to invest all my interest in this one.
  • Full and Frank Disclosure on Nov. 18, 2012

    How can a story this short be riddled with typos and grammar mistakes?? This is why self published writers have so little acceptance in the industry. Besides the mechanical mistakes, the characters weren't that interesting and the dialogue between them wasn't engaging at all. I won't be reading the next installment.
  • Tempted by an Angel on Nov. 24, 2012

    short and fun.
  • Sophie's Father on Dec. 12, 2012

    For some reason my first attempt at a review posted with only one star... I was trying to give it three. A lot of passion and lingering, smoldering looks...but not much else to this one. Many of the scenes feel repetitive and redundant. I almost stopped reading it halfway through, but I stuck it out. The writer does have a good sense of how to describe emotional moments, it's just that there were too many of the same type of moments crammed into this story. If felt very laborious, and there wasn't much emotional fulfillment in the conclusion. So much of the sexual tension was simmering when the child was close by, and that didn't sit right with me. If both adults had been so concerned with her health, it seems that they would have been more mindful of her presence. Sophie just felt like so much of an afterthought for both of the adults.
  • Roses for You on Dec. 20, 2012

    Aside from the fact that the male character wasn't very likeable, the dialogue seemed forced and wooden. This one wasn't very entertaining.
  • The Wait on Nov. 07, 2013

    This was a sad description of a man's final moments. It doesn't have a story arc at all, much less a romantic one, but it was an okay short read.
  • Game, Set, Match on June 06, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The heat index was a bit high for me, but it worked GREAT. Usually books with lots of smoking hot physical chemistry skimp on the emotional connection, but this book had it all. Thanks for the great read, Nana!