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Smashwords book reviews by Emily Guido
on July 16, 2012
Congratulations to E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever for creating her first novel. As a new Independent Author myself, I have a certain sympathy and understanding of the sacrifices which went into making a novel. Then try to publish a novel on a non-existent bank account. Most publishers have a great budget for editing. It is terribly and excruciatingly hard to edit your own book and format it in a way it will read well in Kindle, Nook or iTunes-Mobi.
I deeply respect any author who puts their first novel which is unedited out there "on the line of fire" for a group to review because many will never understand it usually takes $2 a page to edit. I know this author will eventually hire Beta Readers and/or scrape up the money to edit. Then the book will transform into a wonderful edition.
I was asked to review "Believe" and being a vampire story lover myself, I was intrigued by the synopsis. I have to say the plot did remind me a lot of Twilight gone “Campus Life” in the beginning. I was thinking this would have been exactly the way Twilight would have been if Bella would have gone to Dartmouth.
The plot did change and head off into different direction(s). It is indeed hard to settle on one plot and then develop the plot fully.
It is equally hard to fully develop characters. Characters which come and go in a book tend to make a reader dizzy. I’m not talking about warping into one time or another like time travel. I’m talking about something different like a maturation of personalities and characteristics.
My last and final thought is I would have loved plot development between Shane and the heroine, Andrea. I was reading the novel to the end believing more dialogue, action, and finally closure between them were soon coming. My rooting for them kept me looking until the end, but alas I was left hitting my forward button on my Kindle looking for more Shane and Drea.
I wish you good luck on your first novel Ms. Grimm-Weever. I believe you have a bright future ahead in the genre of Paranormal Romance.
- O N C E-----Ask me anything, not Love
on Sep. 28, 2012
“Once---Ask Me Anything” a romance novel by Mian Moshin Zia. His character of ‘M’ or Morkel is very self-assured and even arrogant in his attitude that he will never be in need of love. Morkel is a novelist who never had a female protagonist in any of his famous novels. Then he meets Maya, a pure soul, and he decides to research her and write a novel about a female protagonist for the first time. While he researches Maya, he begins to fall in love with her. The end is surprising.
My thoughts are the novel “Once---Ask Me Anything.” This novel is completely different from anything I have ever read or expect to read in this genre. Not to say there is anything wrong with the novel at all. It was edited very well and precise in writing style. It is not an “Americanized” love story at all! I was taken aback. It was sort of like watching an independent film with a different writing style and a very pure, innocent love story. This is a definitely Godly novel, and not a sexual or even passionate novel. If you do not relish religious undertones, you will not appreciate the story.
I did enjoy “Once---Ask Me Anything” because it was different… Totally different! Don’t kid yourself thinking that this is just a romance, it is a sophisticated and complicated story which uses God as the focus.
I was given the novel to do a non-biased review, and I have to give the Author, Mian Moshin Zia a five stars for “Once---Ask Me Anything” is truly unique.
- Molly's Sexual Curse
on March 20, 2013
"Molly's Curse" by Sapphire Kande is one fireworks of a short erotic story.
I loved the mysticism! Also the characters are very well-defined for a short story. Kande makes each scene, each seduction so very special.
I would be lying if I didn't say that I was very hooked from the beginning.
If you want a smexy little Paranormal romp into erotica, this would be it.
For this and so much more, I give "Molly's Curse" by Sapphire Kande FIVE STARS!