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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ALOHA, MOZART By Waimea Williams

Aloha MozartAloha, Mozart is a story which is quite easy to read at first, with simple plot-lines, but as the plot becomes thicker, attention to detail becomes prominent.

Maile Manoa, a natural, beautiful singer, dreams of becoming an opera singer. But music is forbidden whilst living with her grandmother. Eventually, she is carted off to live with her father, siblings and a large extended family.With the support of her family, Maile realizes the beginning of her dream, and joins a local tourist resort, where she entertains guests by doing what she loves: singing. The story carries on, showing Maile going to New York, and then to Salzburg – Europe, to carry on learning the craft of music and song.

Aloha, Mozart is not only about Maile and music, but also has a political side to it, which brings danger and fear to Maile. The story takes on a different turning at this point, and we see Maile in great turmoil. Maile has to leave Salzburg, but can she? She begins to questions herself – has she sold her 3 souls to the “evil” music?

This is a book of a Literary Prize, for its detailed descriptions of the cities and music. It is a wealth of information!

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

Welcome to Novel Publicity’s latest publishing house blog tour. Join us as two new titles from Luminis Books–we’re calling them the Luminis Duo–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the book: Would you risk your life–or your soul–for the sake of art?

Born into an impoverished Hawaiian family in the 1960s, Maile Manoa’s quest for a life in music lures her to the high-stakes world of European opera. In Salzburg, Austria she attracts the attentions of powerful men and falls in love–with a troubled young musician, with the city, and the intrigue that surrounds her.

When Werner von Wehlen, the famous conductor at the center of Salzburg’s glamorous music festival, offers her a leading role, she is forced to confront the Nazi heart of the classical music scene and von Wehlen’s treacherous past.

With Soviet tanks threatening to invade the city on the evening of her much-anticipated premiere, Maile must choose between recognition on the world stage or leaving the city with her life–and her conscience–intact.

This debut novel hits all the right notes–following in the spell-casting footsteps of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto.

Pick up your copy of this Literary/ Historical through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Originally from Hawaii, Waimea Williams spent a decade in Austria and Germany as an opera singer and Waimea Williamshas received fiction awards from Glimmer Train, The Lorian Hemingway Competition, and Salamander Review. She has enjoyed the honor of a writing residency at the Ragdale Foundation, and her short story “Vienna Quartet With Dog” received First Prize from the Charlton Review in 2012. She currently lives near Honolulu. Connect with Waimea on her website, Facebook, or GoodReads.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Aloha, Mozart by Waimea Williams, or an autographed copy of its tour mate, Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray. 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 Duo tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

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 at www.luminisbooks.com.

Learn more about Aloha, Mozart‘s tour mate HERE.

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THE TWISTED VINE BY Alex Martin

THE TWISTED VINE – A REVIEW

Twisted  VineI love Twisted Vine for its great opening and I was thrown into the setting straight away. I reveled in the scenes of beautiful, suave France, of her vineyards, little cafes, picturesque views and delicate French accents.

Twisted Vine is about Roxanne who goes to France to get away from her undesirable life in London, leaving a father whom she never really connected with, to be looked after in a home. But this story is not about the father, not really.

We learn of Roxanne’s life as she travels up and down the country in search of vineyards for work, and as she does, she meets some good friends: Peter, Harry and Yvanne and she also meets a man who tries to take advantage of her.

For those who don’t know about the work of grape picking, this is a great book that takes you right to the centre of it. Alex Martin gives us a close insight of the harrows and the complaints. Then she takes away all that pain and brings us to glorious food and chatter among the grape pickers.

As there is a light side to the story, there is also a dark and sinister side. The story slowly unfolds and the reader comes upon a death, which saddened me. The mix of emotions play well with the mix of characters who are linked in one way or another.

The characterisation was blissfully uncomplicated and easy to follow. We don’t get to discover their backgrounds as much as I would have liked to, but perhaps that is a good thing – letting the focus stay on Roxanne and Armand, who bring the story full circle.

One scene that I loved was when Roxanne found peace and solitude at a convent. I felt the sheer happy but silent environment, and followed Roxanne’s thoughts throughout her stay there.

The pace of the story is just right and the reader glides into each chapters beautifully. Twisted Vine is the perfect name for such a story. There is romance and danger, a prefect recipe!

KIMI’S FEAR By John Hudspith

Kimi’s Fear, the sequel to Kimi’s SecretImage

When John Hudspith brought out the sequel to Kimi’s Secret, my initial thoughts were – would he be able to come up with new and fresh plots? How will he take Kimi’s adventures forward?  My fingers tingled  when I got the book in my hands and I couldn’t wait to start reading!

Kimi’s Fear brings back the usual favorites – Bentley, Stella, Big Sue and her tea towel, Rehd and Ruthie and the wonderful famoose! To add to this splendid cast, we meet the gorgeous Gorgeous and Signature – two totally different and inventive characters that add more fun to the story. Although I didn’t really see the reason for having Gorgeous in the book, nevertheless, I still loved her. Kimi’s Fear is about exactly that – her fear that she has to face and overcome in order to prove her innocence of killing the greylian – General Cohn (a character from Kimi’s Secret). 

The book is well structured and each chapter is a delight to read. My fingers kept turning the pages but I found myself a little dissapointed as I wanted more when the end came too soon.

John Hudspith raises the notion of time-travel in the first book and carries the concept through to Kimi’s Fear, although quite differently. Adding to this, he writes about life after death – if it is real or a glitch in one’s head at the time of death. Two interesting subjects to think about. Initially a story for children. Kimi’s Fear is also for the adult reader.

Kimi’s Fear – a highly recommended read by a very talented author!