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…

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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.

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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!