Rose Wallin

Biography

My name is Rose, and with my hubby Ken, we run Desert Rose Reviews, Tours & Literary Services.

As a book obsessed 20-something housewife, I enjoy spending my time reading and reviewing books for authors, organizing tours and creativity celebrations, and will edit/Beta read upon request.

I also spend my time writing, esp lyrics for my band, and making music with my hubby. I am writing several books at the moment, and hope to have at least one of them published in 2014.

You can find me (and my reviews) on:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/butterscotchbubbles

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/butterscotchbubbles

I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, and post my reviews on my blog. Followers, likes, friends and re-tweets always welcome and appreciated! :D

Smashwords Interview

What do you do? What is your current job?
At the moment, I run a website and blog, Desert Rose Reviews, which is focused on reviewing and celebrating books, movies and art. I run a virtual tour service, Desert Rose Tours, which celebrates and tours books, music and art. My hubby and I also provide several literary services, and are usually always editing or beta-reading something for authors.
Who all works with you?
It's just me and my hubby Ken, at the moment. Once we get bigger, we may expand, but for now, it's a husband and wife team. :)
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Smashwords book reviews by Rose Wallin

  • Into the Night on April 12, 2013

    I LOVE this book! I received this as part of a Read 4 Review opportunity, and I'm so glad I did, because I probably wouldn't have come across it otherwise. I love the story in this book, it's so original and new. It's all very realistic, and very refreshing. I love all these characters, and the surprises and twists throughout the book kept me on my toes (so to speak) all the way til the end, and I adore the last few lines!! They certainly left me wanting to read so much more about this story, and see what happens with everyone. I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA or paranormal stories.
  • Element, Part 1 on April 24, 2013

    This book was just O.K. Not great, but ok. The first 3/4 of the book or so read very much like a Spanish Soap Opera, which I don't particularly care for. The reactions each character had were very dramatic and emotional, and not very realistic (especially the main character, Natalie). Each scene gave a clear picture of overly dramatic people, and picturing it as anything but a Soap was very difficult... The writing was not realistic at all- the dialog was somewhat cheesy and irritating, and had a lot of phrases that don't make much sense. For example, Ryan is supposed to be a Southern Texas cowboy, yet many of his lines read like a surfer guy from SoCal...then he'd have a random line like "this condo is kickin'" ...what?? It seemed very disjointed and confused- like the characters aren't completely defined, and very unsettled. It also somewhat seemed like a book written by a dictionary...every phrase was something you'd expect to hear from a proper English professor...not college Freshmen (even if some of them were nerds...). It just wasn't very believable or realistic, and got to be somewhat monotonous in tone. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 2, is because once the plot got going (past the monumentally frustrating main chunk of the book with a lot of redundant personal challenges and internal turmoil from the main character) towards the end of the book, it actually got interesting. I hate when books leave on a cliff-hanger, but it did leave me wanting to read the next book, now that there's more of a story than "Oh my, I'm so afraid to trust anyone, but gosh darn it, you're sexy, and I just want to bang you so bad, who cares?!" *fake Southern accent there*. I'm hoping the next book will be better, and since I am still considering reading the series, I'm leaving it a 3 star instead of 2... I'd recommend it if, 1) you don't mind cheesy Soap Opera plots and dialog to trudge through til the last few chapters, and, 2) the next book in the series/the series all-together, sounds interesting to you.
  • What Will Be... on July 09, 2013

    Not my favorite book...wasn't atrocious, but certainly isn't one I'd read again, and my recommendation would come with hesitancy...
  • Chief - A Short Story (Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector) on Aug. 06, 2013

    Short and sweet is a phrase that perfectly fits this short story. When a man looses his wife, the grief there is unlike anything else. Gabe's reaction to his wife's death, and his desire to bring her back are things I think anyone could relate to. With good writing, a quick bit of adventure and excitement, this story easily captures the imagination. I rated it 4 stars simply because of some minor grammatical issues, and some editing mistakes. Recommended to anyone who enjoys short stories. *I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
  • Shredded on Aug. 07, 2013

    From the synopsis, this book sounded like a fantastic read. Having spent most of my time as a kid either reading or on my bike, skate-board, or roller blades, a book about a BMX girl definitely sounded interesting. The plot in this book is fantastic, and exactly what I was hoping for. Thankfully lacking the teen angst and emotional yo-yos that often accompany YA books, this story has realism and depth, while being a wonderful inspiration. We get to follow Josie on her summer adventure and watch her grow, facing decisions and challenges that ultimately help shape her as a person. The moral of this story, and the lessons presented, are all timeless and wonderful, and are mixed perfectly with the life of a teenage BMX athlete. The characters are all fantastic, and all easy to relate to. Complete with quirky parents, an irritating brother, old friends that seem to slip away, new friends who become family, and acquaintances you still can't figure out. The side characters are all interesting- they all contribute to creating a full little community, and add a great sense of realism and depth to the story. The BMX stunts are all simply awesome, and fill the book with amazing, adrenaline-filled action scenes. The synopsis (or blurb) really does a great job at describing this book- it's right on the nose, and the book is as good as it sounds. I love the ending, and the life lessons in this story are all very touching. The writing is simply marvelous- with wonderfully researched descriptions of stunts and events, the author pulls you in and effectively shows you the world of BMX. The themes of feminism and sexism are most definitely apparent, and while I'm not exactly a feminist myself, those ideas are a very important part of this story, and I'm sure make the main female characters very relatable. I gave it 4 stars simply because that fits the best- while it wasn't in the "loved it" category, it's a really good story, and a book I would definitely recommend. *I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
  • Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy #1) on Aug. 07, 2013

    In a world where everyone can read minds, it's an oddity to be disconnected from everyone, and have to actually talk to someone to communicate. For Kira Moore, that's exactly what she's dealing with. She's been labeled a Zero, as if being different wasn't bad enough. She's holding out hope for just being a late bloomer though, and changing this year. Being disconnected from everyone seems like the biggest thing going wrong in her life...til she falls into Simon's lap...literally. Simon's a mind-jacker...someone completely different than everyone else, but much more powerful...and dangerous. Kira quickly finds herself on the government's wanted list for being a mind-jacker herself, and almost over night, her world is torn apart. Fighting between the need to do what she feels is right, and the need to survive, she goes up against seemingly unbeatable opponents to reveal the truth about the world, and the mistreatment of so many people. The writing in this book flows fairly well, and with a highly entertaining story, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I took off a star, because the beginning of the book starts out confusing, throwing the reader into a world with new words that aren't explained, and I had to go back and re-read parts several times to be sure what the author meant, which was frustrating. After giving educated guesses to the words that were made up/changed, the book flowed better, but the changing of important words, to made-up words that didn't make sense, and weren't explained, made the first few chapters frustrating, and I almost didn't keep reading after chapter 3. I'm glad I did though, because it is a good book. This story is gripping and new, and had me both laughing and crying. I certainly recommend this book to any YA fan.
  • Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles on Aug. 16, 2013

    Being a collection of all four parts in The Daughter of Ares series, this is not a short read. Luckily, it's interesting and full of great characters, making this a wonderful fantasy book. Mixing Norse and Greek Mythology is certain to make for an epic plot. With rich histories and backgrounds plunging into both areas of myth, Shannon McRoberts does a fantastic job of creating a new story out of old legends. Full of mystery, secrets, suspense, and quick adventure, this story keeps you second guessing an on your toes. This book follows Athine, daughter of Ares, and tells her story, from her childhood, to her connection with our world. We meet a wide range of characters, including the descendants of humans with dragon blood, descendants of dragons themselves, mermaids, most of the famous Greek gods, several Norse gods, vampires, and many humans. Watching history unfold in this magical realm is sure to satisfy the imagination of any fantasy fan. The writing style took a few chapters to grow accustomed to, but is wasn't bad. Like most fantasy stories creating an alternate reality/realm/universe, there were a lot of names and places that were unique. It had a lot of dialogue and history, but still had action and adventure to keep the story flowing at good pace. Overall, I really liked this book. With dynamic characters and extraordinary challenges, this story has done a great job of tying in the myths of Olympus and Valhalla with our own history. I would recommend this story to any fantasy fan. *I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Secret of Genetic Corp X on Aug. 17, 2013

    I mainly read this book as a companion to another book I read and reviewed for Shannon McRoberts, Verses of Athine. While it helped connect several questions in that book, this is still a great stand-alone story, explaining the past of Zara, and what had happened to her, prior to the current time of the book. The plot was very unique- books set in the future are always interesting, and the explanation of where clones would come from was original to me. Most of the story ended up being bittersweet, but still had a sense of finality and success. With only a few main characters, the story primarily focused on Zara's immediate past, making it a quick little novella. The writing was alright. Continually leap-frogging the story into the future, then back-tracking to explain what happened, is a style I don't particularly enjoy, but I suppose it is different from most books. It still flowed alright, but the mental whiplash of going back in forward in time took some getting used to, which is why I took a star away. This is certainly a book I'd recommend though, to any fan of clone stories, and especially for anyone who's read, or planning to read Verses of Athine. *I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
  • Wampus Springs - Mark of the Wolf on Sep. 16, 2013

    The synopsis on Goodreads had me pretty intrigued, as well as the cover- red eyes always peak my interest. I was excited for the chance to read this book in exchange for a review, and I'm glad I did, because it was an exciting ride! The plot was as good as the synopsis sounds. Lots of danger, adventure, personal drama, and murderous stalking wolves. While she'd been safe for several years after the wolf attack, Lori always feared her attacker would return to finish her off. When her whole world shifts as dramatically as her changing body, she's quickly thrown into a living nightmare. Forced to stand against her worst fears, Lori's story takes us on a roller-coaster adventure. When the story started, we met a traumatized teenager, scared of everything, and understandably so. Watching her personal growth throughout the story was inspirational. One of the best parts of the book, is the fact that she's not the only character who grows, and who we get to see deal with personal issues. Several of the characters become addicting throughout the book, and keep you just as interested in their stories as you are in Lori's. Each character faced a wide range of emotions and adventure, keeping this gripping book flowing quickly til the last page. While Lori is the main character of this story, the author wrote from several different points-of-view. When done well, shifting points-of-view make for some of the best stories, and add layers of depth to the story that can rarely be achieved otherwise. Luckily this book was very well written, and while there were some editorial mistakes, the overall writing was captivating, keeping the reader hooked on a thrilling story. Overall, I liked this book. I took off a star due to some intense vulgarity, some mature content and language, but other than that, I enjoyed this story. I'd recommend this to any fan of YA/NA wolf stories. *I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
  • Shattered on Dec. 28, 2013

    The first thing that attracted me to this book, was honestly the cover. It's eye-catching and unique, and mixed with a synopsis that promises a good mystery, it seemed like something worth reading. While it is listed as a "short story," I think I would probably categorize it as a novella. There are several characters the story follows, and it definitely has some intense and suspense-filled situations. The mystery of who killed the twin is awesome, and was very well done. I had no clue who it was until the last chapter, which left me biting my nails and had my stomach in knots. I enjoyed Sandra Madera's writing style. It was quick, and she described the characters and surroundings very well. My only complaint, was the fact that in some places, especially in the high-suspense scenes, the author took the time to detail and describe things that I didn't really need to know, and it pulled me out of the intensity that scene was supposed to have. Some readers may enjoy knowing the color of the couch at the climax of the story, but I'm more of a "get to the action" reader, which is the reason for the four stars, instead of five. For a stand-alone mystery though, it was very good, and is one I would certainly recommend.
  • Scapemaker on Dec. 30, 2013

    Dreams are things most of us deal with. We wake up grasping at wisps of images, and usually shake them out of our heads with our morning shower. Scapemaker poses a different kind of scenario: what if dreams aren't just in our heads? What if there's a dream world, and it's real? The idea for this story is as fascinating as it is exciting. Matthew is thrown into a surreal world where dreams are real, even more real than the waking world, all while trying to save his innocent father from a lifetime in the dream-world prison. Battling night-terrors, extraordinary creatures, and his own past full of secrets, Matthew finds himself in a fantastic adventure against evil and darkness. While he tries to win the heart of his dream girl, he learns to use his new-found powers, and with the help of his new friends, he will help protect the future of dreams. Mr. Cypert created an awesome story with this book. His attention to detail was wonderful, creating a well-rounded and complete alternate reality. I look forward to the sequel, and would certainly recommend this book to any fan of paranormal/supernatural adventure stories. *I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review. ~Rose @Desert Rose Reviews