Willa lives in British Columbia, Canada. She enjoys a variety of activities, but her favorites are those that involve relaxing. Sitting in the backyard with a cold cooler in the summer, and cozying up with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie in the winter are at the top of her list. Of course she loves to read, and while she is not picky on the genre, she prefers books that contain romance in one form or other.
To date, Willa has written the ebook YA novella series; The Garnet Trilogy, and a paranormal romance; Ridley House. Her latest ebook, the YA dystopian, Drowning in Deception has now been released and will soon be available at most online retailers.
For more information, please visit her website: www.willajemhart.com
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Drowning in Deception
Clover lives in a beautiful, crime free city, where the Wall keeps her and her people safe from the monsters that live on the other side. They are a content and happy society. But Clover is about to discover that her world is not all that it seems. They have been lied to, have been unwittingly forced into submission, and it’s suddenly no longer clear which side of the Wall the monsters live on.
Haunted by a past she can’t remember and pained by the loss of her one true love, Kay has been endlessly moving from town to town. When she arrives at the Ridley House Inn for a summer job, she finds a 1930s photo of a young woman who looks exactly like her. Has she finally stumbled onto the place that holds the answers to who she really is, and is she on the verge of finding her lost love?
Doorway to Home (The Garnet Trilogy - Book 3)
Trew finds a way to take Martie to Garnet for a quick reunion with her mother. But things don’t go according to plan. He finds himself trapped in a society with rules he strongly opposes and where some would prefer him dead. The worst part is that Martie loves it here and doesn’t want to leave. To stay true to himself he can’t conform to their ways. But will he do it for the sake of love?
Breaking the Agenda (The Garnet Trilogy - Book 2)
When Magda is forced to return to Garnet, she tries to accept her fate. This is the place she has longed to be for many years. But her return means the loss of everyone she has ever loved, and it seems that something is very wrong here. She begins to question where her rightful place really is. The tale of Magda's mission and subsequent defection is one of discovery, friendship, love, and loss.
Sketch of Secrets (The Garnet Trilogy - Book 1)
On Martie’s 17th birthday her mother inexplicably disappears. With nothing more to go on than an old drawing and a mysterious name and address, Martie sets out alone and afraid, determined to find some answers. Her journey steers her on a path that will bring much more than she thought possible: love, discoveries about her own past, and the shocking truth about her mother.
Smashwords book reviews by Willa Jemhart
- Last Time I Cried (Flash Fiction)
on Dec. 19, 2012
A 'flash' review: Short, sweet and well written!
on March 27, 2014
Escalators by Danielle Tara Evans seemed more like a true story than fiction. Jason's childhood was not a pleasant one, and despite his efforts to give himself a better life as an adult, he finds himself clinically depressed and suicidal.
I did like this story, but I was hoping for more. Because it seemed more like a true story that covered the day to day life and feelings of the main character, the plot was lacking. While I did want to know what was going to happen with Jason next, I didn't feel the urgency to constantly get back to the book to find out.
The characters had a true-to-life feel about them and were well-developed. Jason's struggle with feeling stuck in a life of merely existing, and the helplessness to do something about it, was very relatable. Some of the ways the author described his thoughts and feelings were very well done. Depression is a very real and common problem in today's world, and I applaud the author for taking on such a tough topic.
I have to say that I didn't notice one single spelling or grammatical error in this entire book. It's not that I was looking for them, but when it comes to self-published work, I tend to expect the odd error or two - we're all human after all. In fact, it's not uncommon to find the odd error in books that are not self-published. But not one here - so great job on editing!
The writing was good, but I believe it could have been better. While it was clean and easy to follow, it lacked a certain something, making it somewhat boring. The writing could have been more sophisticated and interesting with some use of 'showing instead of telling' and varying the sentence structure from time to time. There were also some awkward sentences at times, which seemed to stem from a tendancy to accidentally shift from past to present tense.
In summary, even though I feel it could be improved upon, I did like it. And again, I applaud the author for taking on tough subject matter and protraying it in a way that was easy to read and understand.
- Solitude Interrupted
on June 02, 2014
First of all, I love the title. I'm not sure why. It's just one of those titles that grabbed me.
The story centers around Laken, a woman in her early twenties. She takes a nursing job in a town away from home, where she rents a secluded little cabin in the woods. We are given the impression that she is running away from a difficult past. In reality, she just needs some time and distance to put everything into perspective.
Enter Cole, the hot, slightly older than her, bearded outdoorsman, and river-rafting guide. He just so happens to be her landlord and her one and only neighbor. Theirs is a love story that takes its time to blossom, making for a very endearing and believable tale.
Aside from Laken and Cole, there are a number of secondary characters throughout this story. I found each and every one of them to be very well-written, with different personalities and imperfections. They seemed so believable and so real, and I loved the various relationships between them all.
The majority of the story is told in first person by Laken. But about two thirds of the way through, it shifts. At this point we are reading, along with Cole, Laken's old journal. It's almost as if we're reading another story altogether, which is kind of cool. It's here where Cole learns the truths about her past. At this point we start to read the alternating first person perspectives of both Cole and Laken. I'm not usually a big fan of back and forth perspectives, but I have to say that the author did a very good job of it. At no time was I confused about who was speaking, and the story carried forward without a hitch.
My only complaint about this book is the awkward sentences. You know...the kind where you have to go back and reread a couple of times to grasp exactly what is being said. In most cases, I believe the confusion came from missing commas. And don't get me wrong - it's not as if the book is riddled with confusing sentences, because it isn't. But there were enough that I took notice. So maybe some extra editing would be helpful.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed Solitude Interrupted. It's a sweet story about a woman's journey to come to terms with her past and to find herself. And who can resist a story about two people finding each other and falling in love? I recommend it.