Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Colors will Change

 by Louis N Jones
~ a review ~ 
The Colors Will Change

A struggle is often the escort of a dream. The story begins in pre-earthquake Haiti. Haitian-born Carline Lissade, having lost her entire family and her faith in Christ, decides to fend for herself by becoming a prostitute at a run-down hotel in Port-Au-Prince. Her first customer is more than what he seems, and she literally has to flee for her life. Settling in at a guest house run by a compassionate caretaker, she meets an up-and-coming Christian senator who has traveled to Haiti to meet with the government about a trade agreement. The senator, who is estranged from his wife, becomes smitten with Carline and offers to help her by arranging for her to immigrate to the United States. Carline believes that a move to the States may keep her out of danger, but she finds that she could not outrun the problems that plagued her in Haiti. On the road to discovering who she is and what God wants to do with her, Carline must get accustomed to a new country, deal with a jealous senator's wife, and reconnect with an old friend with challenges of his own. She is forced to make decisions that could result in joy and happiness, or could bring her life to an abrupt and tragic end. The Colors Will Change will take you on Carline's suspenseful journey for contentment, family, and renewed faith, and will keep you enthralled until the very last page. via Goodreads 

The Colors will Change is a compelling story covering so many themes. Racism, faith, prostitution, drug trafficking, infidelity, plus more.

Though I did find it hard to put down, there were a few scenes that didn’t feel finished and a couple of major issues that seemed to be solved too easily. At times I found it hard to turn off the writerly editor in me.

But overall it is a great read and as it is filled with timely reminders of forgiveness and acceptance, I would highly recommend you grab a copy.

Disclaimer ~ I received an e-copy of this book to read and review from the Book Crash

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Write on in Hope!

Set your stories free. Send them into the world.

So I blinked and realised it has been a month since my last blog post. I remind myself of the above - I am a writer first and a blogger because I enjoy community. What has been happening you ask? (if you didn't ask... feel free to enjoy the posters and move on ;) )

I discovered Pinterest! 

I started submitting my YA novel "Stephanie" to agents and publishing houses. Then as I waited, anxiety and mild depression hit. I quickly found myself in a downward spiral of darkness, spurred on by rejection after rejection. I am happy to say the dark cloud lifted and I found my way back to a happy frame of mind and a good attitude. Looking back over the past 6 weeks, I see how my (not so good) attitude together with tiredness effected my energy levels and well being.

I discovered... 
Take time to nurture yourself.

And then came a small glimmer of hope that aspiring writers cling to... Out of all of the rejections (that just seemed to keep coming and coming) came two opportunities to rewrite and resend. Both asked for completely different changes which still has me pondering a solution. 

keep calm and write on

So, as I am a writer, I have been focusing on my writing, how about you?