A RIVER SO LONG by Vallie Lynn Watson

A River So Long CoverThis is a story that didn’t grab me. So, why am I bothering to write a review then, I hear you ask? I think, every book needs a review, good or bad. You may agree with my views or you may not, but as a reviewer, it is essential for me to tell you about a book to help you make up your own mind.

A River So Long, is a book I couldn’t really grasp. It is certainly about an estranged relationship. The husband is a no-good, drinker and the wife is a high-flyer, who wants things to improve. But as I read the book, the story seemed to be going back and forth, so much that I wasn’t sure what was happening. The wife likes to travel, and we see her jetting off to many destinations. I can’t say much about the husband.

The book is written in a simple format, which I liked, but the story line was rather bland. I would have liked to see more dialogue. I thought there was too much description and narration, and therefore, I couldn’t get close to the characters or to their story.

I am not saying that this book is bad, because it isn’t. It is just not a book for me.

I reviewed this book on request by Luminis Books and Novel Publicity.

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About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Literary Triad—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of A River So Long by Vallie Lynn Watson, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske, or Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Literary Triad tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the book: Vallie Lynn Watson’s debut novel follows thirty-something Veronica as she jolts between five-star hotels in New Orleans, New York, and the North Carolina coast. Veronica’s business keeps her on the move, and further strains her relationships with the already unsuitable men she’s met along the way, not to mention her blink-and-you-miss-him husband. A River So Long, like Veronica’s life, is a fragmented conflation of time, place, and people-she’s a gypsy, and the world she inhabits is, if not blurry, at least kaleidoscopic. This remarkable novel reads like Jean Rhys run over by the twenty-first century-a rushing, threatening, constantly changing scene with a tumultuous, multiplying cast
Get A River So Long through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Vallie Lynn Watson’s work has appeared widely in magazines such as PANK, Metazen, Moon Milk Review, Frigg, Ghoti, Nano Fiction, and elsewhere. She is an editor at Blip Magazine, formerly Mississippi Review. Watson received her doctorate at the Center for Writers, the University of Southern Mississippi, and teaches creative writing at Southeast Missouri State University.
Connect with Vallie on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads..

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field.
Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.

Learn more about A River So Long‘s tour mates HERE.

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SABRINA’S WINDOW by Al Riske

Sabrina's Window CoverI found this to be an unusual story, and with many turns than twists. It left me guessing what the boy was doing, and where he was going. The story starts off with a boy, Joshua, smashing the window of Sabrina’s house. This is the catalyst of the bond Joshua, 17, and Sabrina, 31, share – not of love exactly – but of adoration.

Joshua and Sabrina, both have their share of crushes, romance, and dates along the road. They share confidences with one another too. The question that was on my mind, was, that will they become boyfriend and girlfriend, albeit their age difference? Of course, I am not going to reveal that!

The reader will read about their inner passions, and what they like and dislike. We discover their true feelings of one another, and the plot line gets thicker here, when two new love affairs appear on the horizon, confusing the reader again! Each page is a turner, as the reader is kept wondering…

The setting of the book is based in Taos, New Mexico, where the temperature soars, and where so much happens. The reader is instantly brought into an exotic place, where they will learn something about the country.

The ending of the book is sharp, stopping at a junction with many possibilities of direction. The reader is left guessing here, or left to his or her imagination, as to what will happen next. Perhaps there is another book…?

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About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Literary Triad—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos or A River So Longby Vallie Lynn Watson. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog

That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Literary Triad tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the book: On a chilly morning in Taos, New Mexico, a 17-year-old paperboy breaks the window of a 31-year-old hair stylist — an accident that marks the beginning of an instant, inexplicable bond between them. In the course of one high-desert summer, Joshua and Sabrina share confidences, intercede in each other’s love lives, go on a date that scandalizes the town, and confront questions of fidelity, desire, and the nature of love.Get Sabrina’s Window through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Al Riske grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Pindledyboz, Switchback, and Blue Mesa Review, where his story “Pray for Rain” won the review’s 2008 fiction prize. His second novel, Faint Promise of Rain (Luminis Books) is due out in the spring of 2015. He now lives in California with his wife, Joanne, and their dog, Bodie.
Connect with Al on his website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.

Luminis Books was launched in January, 2010 by husband and wife team Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos with a mission to publish thought-provoking literary fiction for children and adults. We publish what we love: Meaningful Books That Entertain. Our award-winning books engage and inform readers and explore a wide range of topics from love and relationships, teen sexual assault and homelessness to string theory, consciousness, and the Universal Energy Field.
Luminis Books is a proudly independent publisher located in Carmel, IN.

Learn more about Sabrina’s Wndow‘s tour mates HERE.

EMBED CODE can be found at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzE3YzI0YTkzYTJkODQ0ODQxZDUwNTUwMTQ3OTkxOjEwMw==/

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