Maria Perry Mohan
Irish born, 48 years old, mother of four, loves to write, has had articles published earlier, now writing short stories. Several stories published and several novels completed.
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- Legacy (Sanguine Series #2)
on Aug. 14, 2012
The Twilight Series has ushered in a fashion for paranormals, especially paranormal romances. Then again,they've always been popular. There are paranormals among the classics. This contemporary paranormal romance made exciting reading with just the right amount of thrills and chills. I generally find this type of story exciting because it's generally rooted in the everyday world, but the paranormal world isn't far away and is always and ever ready to encroach upon us.
Since reading modern paranormals, I know that vampires are not necessarily the caped counts of classical novels and movies. I mean, are Sanguines for real? Do they really register themselves with the authorities and everything? It was too creepy reading about them, thinking that such creatures exist. I know that in order to engage the reader and make them fall in love with the vampire lover, it is necessary to present the hero as this handsome guy with deep, dark secrets who's head over heels in love with Ms. Average. That's what makes it work for the reader I guess, particularly in a romance.
But not being 'into' paranormals as such and being that bit squeamish about all things bloody, I felt the whole concept was just a bit too revolting. The concept of Devani being kept busy in one of the rooms of the Weeping Orchid while her lover Roman 'fed' and even had intimacy with another woman was something I just couldn't get past. I realise that Devani (where did she get that name from? It's lovely!)gave Roman up in the end because she was afraid of the vengeance from the Militia - the lovers will presumably reunite in the next book. But if Roman had psychic ability to read her mind over distances, why didn't he understand?
I don't wish to hurt the author, because it is a very high standard of fiction writing in my opinion and I enjoyed it. I probably just need the closure that comes with reading the next part of the story.
- DIY Chick Lit: A Writing Guide
on March 01, 2014
It’s a writing craft book. And a delicious one at that. What aspiring women’s fiction author could ask for a more delicious treat than a writing craft book which treats the art of creating chick lit books to baking cupcakes? It’s very inspiring and creative, crammed with useful tips for creating your magnum opus. I felt all inspired and now I feel like giving fellow Irish woman Marian Keyes a run for her money. Writing women’s fiction has never looked so appealing.
A perfect gift for yourself if you are an aspiring chick lit author. Or for a friend who is one.
So when I clear my pending projects, I’ll be writing my chick lit novel. And I shall dedicate it to Alicia de los Reyes. Thanks for this super book, Alicia. Would love to read more writing craft from you.
on April 21, 2015
GULABI is an unusual read, a novella which unconventional to say the least. It’s a short read in which there are two protagonists who, for the most part, lead totally separate lives. Their lives to intersect at a point, but then one of them dies, continuing his life in an undead sort of way. And no, he’s not a vampire. After that, the paths diverge. Will they meet again? Do they even care if they do?
Gulabi, an Indian character, appears intermittently to one of the protagonists, when he crosses over to the other side of awareness. As his knowledge increases, her link with him decreases. As she disappears from his life, he begins to fret. He’s attached to her now. How will he cope if she disappears forever?
The questions will keep you turning the pages. The question which bedeviled me as I read was: is this a slice of life? Or a piece of fantasy? Or both?