Love and Marriage

Love and marriage, love and marriage
They go together like a horse and carriage

My parents celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary today. It’s an accomplishment that make it ever clearer how special their relationship is. My parents truly love each other and I am ever thankful that I was able to watch their relationship as an example of everything I should hope for on my own path to marriage.  Continue reading Love and Marriage

Crossdressing Knights and Raunchy Spies (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 5: A book the has influenced my life

There’s really only one place to start: Alanna: The First Adventure. While Harry Potter was a formative part of my childhood, Alanna was the start of the first series I devoured without the help of my parents.

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#BookReview: Earl of St. Seville (3/5)

In a nutshell, Earl of St. Seville was fine. The basic premise includes a misfit, activist heroine and a brawny, goodhearted hero who is trying to save his estate. The story follows the earl as he gets involved in some of the seedier establishments in London and include quite a bit of prizefighting. It also shows Patience, the heroine, in her crusade to end the dangerous practice of prizefighting.

On the whole, the writing was inoffensive. It was not captivating nor did it ever make me feel the urge to actually finish the book. At times, I felt reading it was more of a chore than anything else. For reference, it took me about three weeks to finish this book. This past week alone I’ve started and finished four books.

The romance itself was rather lackluster and the attraction between the main characters did not seem remotely believable until about three quarters of the way through the book. The first interaction between the two reads as a clinical description of bodily appearance rather than a lust filled first encounter.

Initially I wondered if my apathy towards the title might be because I’m not generally drawn towards stories with the prizefighter bent, and yet I picked up a different Regency in that sub genre and found it far more enjoyable.

This book is one in a larger series and I think that was to its detriment. There were characters who showed up with larger backstories that were never expanded on and there were frequent references to events and history that didn’t make much sense.

Perhaps I would be more favorable towards this novel had I not read it as a standalone. That being said, they author’s writing style is not nearly captivating enough for me to find the energy to read the rest of the books.

All in all, give it a try but don’t be surprised if you don’t ever finish it.

I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher through NetGalley. This was done in exchange for an unbiased review posted to Amazon and my personal blog. 

How to be a writer (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 4: What I would do if I couldn’t be a writer

This prompt gives me lots of feelings. For one thing, my future hasn’t really involved ~being a writer~ since I was in middle school. When I look ahead to fifteen, twenty years from now I never picture myself as solely a writer.  Continue reading How to be a writer (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Who am I? (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 3: How much of myself is in my writing

Well, to begin with, Felicity Davenport is a pen name, so I guess her entire existence is my writing?

In all honesty, I think a lot of my own voice, opinions, morals, and ideals come through in my writing.

I try to write heroines who look and sound like me (although, I’m brown so that’s a bit hard to do in Regency Romance). My heroes are guys I would be attracted to if I met them walking down the street.

When I sit down to write, I try to write with authenticity. I never think of pulling on a mask. In fact, having a pen name gives me the freedom to truly be myself.

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A Child of 9/11 (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 2: Your earliest memory.

To be honest, I’m not sure that this is my earliest memory. That honor may belong to watching the fireworks at midnight as we entered the 21st Century, but I think this memory is far more formative.

My first day of kindergarten was 9/11/2001. Yes, this is dating me, and I apologize to everyone who forgot that I am, in fact, a child. Moving on.

My first day of kindergarten was 9/11/2001. I was five at the time and we were just starting our day when the first plane hit. To give credit where credit is due, I don’t have any concrete memories of issues at school, and since we were in New York City, I find that quite remarkable. We celebrated a classmate’s birthday and we were told we could go home early. My mom came to pick me up and I went home.

It was the days immediately following 9/11 that I remember far more clearly than the day itself.

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#BookReview: Once Upon a Moonlit Path (4/5)

I’ve just finished reading Once Upon a Moonlit Path by Ava Stone. The story is a paranormal Regency romance, so get ready for some ghostly encounters!

On the whole, I enjoyed the story. The attraction between Cassandra (Cassy) and Jack is believable and fiery! Cassy’s little brother, Toby, humanizes Jack and provides us the opportunity to see the rake in a more caring role (never a bad thing!)

The story is set in a haunted castle with the reading of a will as the motivation that throws our characters together. We learn quickly that Jack has had his eye on Cassy for quite a while. The lead up makes it easy to believe his attraction to her, but her own attraction to him seems a bit more tenuous.

In keeping with the paranormal tag, ghostly hijinks ensue and between assignations around the castle, Cassy sees ghosts walking the halls of the house. Eventually, after facing down ghosts and unromantic parents, Cassy and Jack get their happily ever after.

In terms of romance, I found this book pretty satisfying. The romance was hot and the story moved at an appropriate pace. The paranormal tag seems a bit more of a stretch to me. There’s not nearly enough backstory for me to understand Cassy’s history of seeing ghosts and instead it comes off as a gimmicky way for Cassy to be seen as an ostracized member of the assembled characters.

Speaking of assembled characters, the book at times reads like a biographical listing. The characters and tangential side characters get an inordinate amount of screen time, perhaps appropriate given that this is the first of the series. I would have liked to have seen some paring down of characters. By the time the parents arrived on the scene, I had forgotten that I already knew them! A most disconcerting experience, indeed.

In addition, there’s a whole secondary plot point with gypsies that seems rushed and unnecessary.

You will enjoy this book if you are here for the romance and the romance alone. Do not expect this to be a larger paranormal adventure. Other than a few ghostly sightings, there’s no exploration of the implications of Cassy’s ability to see ghosts or any sign that these ghosts and her ability exist outside of their function as a plot point.

You will not enjoy this book if you’re looking for a paranormal/gothic novel. You just won’t. I think that labeling this story as a paranormal romance might be a bit of an overstatement.

It’s a quick read and low commitment. I most likely will not continuing reading the rest of the series. It’s well written and fine for a slow afternoon at work.

I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher through NetGalley. This was done in exchange for an unbiased review posted to Amazon and my personal blog. 

You never forget your first (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter #UpCloseAndPersonal)

Week 1: Favorite thing I’ve written (and why)

It’s definitely a tie between a story I wrote in third grade about a non binary hawk named Attila and the first (and only) novel I ever completed.

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So I’m doing a thing: 52 Week Blog Challenge #SecretsofaRomanceWriter #UpCloseAndPersonal

Hello friends!

As I get ready for a summer of writing I’m hoping to be a little more active here as well! In that vein I’m joining three awesome writer friends in a 52 Week Blog Challenge. (For those following along at home that’s a full year commitment. YIKES)  Continue reading So I’m doing a thing: 52 Week Blog Challenge #SecretsofaRomanceWriter #UpCloseAndPersonal