Wedding Ring Blues by Roxanne Amour

51lw0yeopflLauren is a modern girl stuck in a family who expect her to follow tradition and marry into a family of status… but she is in love with someone else, a boy from a family her mother doesn’t approve of. 

Amour specialises in clean romance stories and this is no different. It is a quaint story, which has a good plot, even if it’s not complicated. The short nature of the book doesn’t allow much time for character development, but over all it’s short and sweet and a good way to fill in a bit of spare time if you have it and just want something light to read for an hour or so.

If you are looking for a long and involved novel that makes you really think, then this is not for you. The story is a bit predictable, but despite this I liked it and found it to be a fun short story.

Would I recommend it? Yes, for some people.

Rating 3/5

Genre: Romance

BookWorm conducting the review: Rachel

Interview with Roxanne Amour about her latest book Wedding Ring Blues

Recently Rachel Caught up with author Roxanne Amour, to talk a little bit about her latest book, being a Christian Romance writer and a few other things too…

Can you tell me a little about your latest book?

51lw0yeopflIt’s a wedding day emergency. The idea came from a friend who had a brief career as a wedding planner. The crazy antics she experienced not only planning the wedding but actually becoming a participant when the maid of honor failed to show up. It’s a sweet happy ever after love story with a little old fashion jealous rivalry thrown in to spice things up.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Half-and-half, I have so many ideas it’s easy to come up with characters. Sometimes a friend will share a great story or personal experience that I borrow and embellished just a bit.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I tend to write in themes. Each book is a stand-alone story with different characters but all revolving around the same theme.

How do you select the names of your characters?

The names have to sound good together. I just go down the alphabet making up names until I find a first and last name that sounds just right together.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

That my work is too short, my readers like my stories and wish they were longer. I prefer to write short stories that way I always have new work to publish.

What do your friends and family think of your writing?

My family is very supportive in fact my husband is my editor. He’s a schoolteacher, and he just loves to correct my work. Some of my friends are quite surprised since I’m rather quiet. They’re amazed that I have so much to say in written form.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely. It’s my passion there is nothing else I’d rather do than write good stories people want to read.

Do you write every single day?

In my head yes, unfortunately, life gets in the way, and my words aren’t written down every day.

What’s more important: characters or plot?

For me, the story is the most important. If it’s not a great story even the strongest characters can’t breathe life into it and make it worth reading.

Finally for a bit of fun…You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

Well, that’s quite a gift! I’d love for her to be a family pet but with three dogs and four cats we’re kind of full up. Instead, I would invite the zoo to ask her to hang out with the other elephants on in extended sleepover.

Thanks for your time today Roxanne, it’s always great to catch up with indie authors and get more of an insight into their work!

Thank you very much for the interview. I offer a free audio book to my subscribers that way they can check out my work.

Rachel will be reviewing Roxanne’s book Wedding Ring Blues soon. Keep an eye out!

Dead Last by Rachel J. Clay


A book for young adults, it is refreshing to read a plot outside the usual – “end of the world via alien invasion or from a zombie apocalypse”. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without romance and Dead Last is sprinkled with just enough romance to keep it interesting.  The story is about ambition and how far some would go just to get what they want. It also tells of the longing for family. These are things young people face but seldom talk about.

Clay’s story is about Carla who lost her sister Sasha. Daughters of an Olympic Champion, the girls are expected to compete in running and swimming. The story opens to the fact that Sasha went missing, left for a run and never came back. Left with her dad (there is no mention of what happened to their mother) and dogs, Carla continues the legacy and the memory of her mother and sister by competing. She then receives a note telling her not to compete – ad then it escalates from a single warning to the blackmail of having her dog killed if she competes. A mystery and thriller, Carla’s dog Pavlov was killed in a brutal way and Carla spent 3 months in the hospital after being poisoned when she competed in a swimming carnival even after being warned.

The ensemble of characters includes Carla Pointer, her best friend Marly, her dad Matthew, and her love interests Hamish and Caleb. A common scenario in teen stories, Carla finds herself courted by the two boys. Then there is Yamini Li, her sister’s main competitor and after Sasha’s disappearance, Carla is competing against her too.

Clay found the perfect way to walk her readers through Carla’s struggle of emotions and what actually happened to Sasha. The first part may lack the intrigue and mystery but the story picks up into a crescendo of thrill and suspense. The thrill of finding out who the real culprit is, is something readers should look forward to. Thus, giving a nice story for young adults who love this kind of genre.

The author uses great combination of narration techniques from backstory and plot twists. The ending is short, and sweet just enough to give readers what really happened to Sasha and how the family – Carla and her dad, Mathew ,are moving forward.

To sum it up, Dead Last is a nice thriller for young adults. It is not too overbearing or too violent while giving the high of reading a thriller novel.

Rating: 3/5

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks or Smashwords

(Bookworm conducting the review: Valerie)

Interview with Eric McLaughlin about his debut novel ‘Collision’

Eric McLaughlin – Author of Collision

Staff from were lucky enough to hear from up & coming talent Eric McLaughlin about his debut novel Collision and how he feels about being an indie author.


What is Collision about?

Collision is an urban fantasy. It follows the story of Ethan David and his struggle to remain true to himself while dealing with other aspects of life. Ethan wants nothing more than to propose to the love of his life and graduate with something resembling a GPA, but his deranged father and a fiery collision throw him headlong into a battle for the fate of the world and his very soul. 

Collision is an Urban Fantasy story with a twist!
Collision is an Urban Fantasy story with a twist!

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I am currently working on the sequel to Collision as well as a more literary work about a college grad who finds himself while working with children diagnosed with autism. I worked with autistic kids for about ten years and it is something I care deeply about.

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to but sometimes the night is dark and full of terrors. It seems like a long way away right now.

What is your favourite 90’s jam?

3 AM by Matchbox Twenty. It was my favorite song before my mother got sick and when I found out Rob Thomas wrote it when his own mother became ill, it was a pretty powerful experience for me.

What books have influenced your life the most?

So many books have influenced my life. I think it would be easier to name the authors than the books. Of course Tolkein, Jordan and Rowling. Then there was Sanderson, Butcher, Rothfuss and Jamison. Lehane has been a big part of my reading. More recently I have been reading more classics like Hemingway, Faulkner, and Updike. Foster Wallace has been taking up most of my time lately. His work is unlike anything I have ever read.

What do your friends and family think of your writing?

My family seems to like my writing but they have to. I try to keep my friends as far away from it as possible.

What’s more important: characters or plot?

I think character is far more important. You can have your character save the President from a fire-breathing dragon using only herring but if we don’t care about him/her we don’t care about the story. For example John Updike can make you care about couples cheating on each other for 300 pages because his characters are deeply interesting.

If you could meet any character from any novel, who would it be and why?

If I could meet any character from any novel it would have to be Gandalf. I mean c’mon, smoke rings and fireworks, ’nuff said.

Collision is available free from Scribd, Kobo and iTunes

The Feral Sentence by G.C. Julien… Part Three is available now!

7bf714e6d1d4a4cd3f670ee301d032a4f785ae38-thumbBook 1, Part 3 of The Feral Sentence by G.C. Julien was released in mid October on Amazon and I was pretty keen to get my hands on it.  As predicted the series picks up where we left and gets straight into the action as one of the villagers is attacked by a leopard. Something I have come to expect from Julien is a well paced, yet action packed story, with an interesting twist that keeps you hanging and begging for more. 

In Part 3, Lydia is initially more morose about her situation, and comes across as a tad more whiny than before. She is quickly told to pull herself together by the village chief who has been there for 42 years. 

“If you can’t contribute to this society, then your presence here is useless.”

It seems that Lydia Brone has come upon a turning point and we see a stronger, more dominant and more athletic side to her coming to the surface. In fact the character development in this episode is profound and rapid, it’s a fantastic thing to see. I think this showcases Julien’s talent in this area. Lydia herself recognises this in finally accepting that she is now more “Brone” than “Lydia” and she gains more respect from her comrades.

It is a very realistic reaction to the situation that Brone has found herself in, and how it would likely impact any person in a similar scenario. It is also an interesting comment on society and about the process one goes through when losing their innocence. 

Additionally, one of the most powerful quotes in this novel reflects on human nature in respect to conflict in a way which is something I think everyone should be able to relate to. 

“as human beings, personalities, beliefs, and values varied so drastically from one person to the next that the ideology of large populations coexisting without conflict was inconceivable.”

Once again, Julien has left me wanting more as Book 1, Part 3 ends on a cliffhanger. I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the fourth installment and hoping it won’t take too long.

My opinion has not changed about this series. I continue to believe that this is one of the best independently authored series I have read in a very long time.

Genre: Young Adult, Adventure/Thriller

Rating: 5 / 5

Available at Amazon

Bookworm conducting the review: Rachel