Sunday Sneak Peek – Lindsey Gray

 
 
 
 
 

Fireworks 

Release Date: June 20th, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
 

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Sophie McKibbin finds herself back
in Sam Crawford’s life after ten years. Unfortunately, Sam is dating Lola,
Sophie’s high
school nemesis. Lola dumps Sam the day before he was supposed to
introduce his mystery girlfriend to his family over the Fourth of July holiday.
With the looming fear of disappointing his mother once again and his long held
feelings for Sophie, he asks her to take Lola’s place. With family feuds, an
old flame, and feelings that have been locked away for a decade, there is bound
to be some fireworks.


 
 
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Special thanks to NJ Cole for acting as producer on this project. Thanks to RE
Hargrave, MB Feeney, Ali’s Bookshelf, and Offbeat Vagabond for taking the time
to read and review Fireworks. Your
thoughts make me happy. Last but not least, thanks to the creators of the
perfect song, Happy by Secrets in the
Stereo. The first time I heard the song, I knew it would be perfect for the
trailer.

About the Author



Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. She has written three full-length novels and one short story for The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and is now taking the self-publishing leap with her novella, “Fireworks”.

 
A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and making life interesting at each and every turn. 
 
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Book Review – M.B. Feeney

 

JLITM1Blurb:

Ava Jones has settled for a life that she’s not sure she wants anymore, but won’t admit it. Her best friend, Erica Davidson talks her into taking a break on the Isle of Wight. Her days on the island are spent thinking things through, and arguing with Morgan whom she hates on principal.

Is it so wrong for her to want a life that follows the script of a honest to God romance film?

Review:

This is a quick, sweet story of a woman finding what she really wants in her life.

 

Ava is at what I would call a “blah” sort of place in her life. The only bright spot would be the pets she shares with her long-time, live-in boyfriend, Marcus. Said boyfriend is comfortable, but not thrilling. They’re both settling, their relationship a habit for them.

 

What Ava wants, deep down, is to have a life like they show in the movies. Where she finds something new, exciting, something worth – well – writing about.

 

M.B. Feeney presents her heroine and her best friend a little awkwardly, but I kind of feel like that works because despite Ava’s competence in her own life, she feels distant from it. Even from herself. Her best friend, Erica (a character I would have liked to have known and understood a bit more), provides not only impetus but means to get Ava out of her day-to-day rut and off to the Isle of Wight where they rent a beach house for a period of several days.

 

And Ava gets her wish. Just like in the movies.

 

As a lifelong American, I had some cultural/language moments with this story because it is written by an Englishwoman about an Englishwoman. Just as I do at the movies, I let myself take the story as it was presented and didn’t stress over things that weren’t entirely clear to me.

Photo taken on Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Found on The Telegraph.co.uk

Photo taken on Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Found on The Telegraph.co.uk

Initially, the romance Ava had with Morgan—the inevitable, handsome, handyman hero who lives on the Isle of Wight—was not so much about the romance or even about Morgan as much as it was about Ava realizing things about herself and her day-to-day life. Morgan (and Erica, in her way) provides the catalyst Ava needs to work for her own personal happiness.

 

Without a lot of details given by the author (hey, it’s a novella!) we get to see Ava find a new home, fall for a new man, and discover a new life for herself. One knows, at the end, that she will move forward and live more boldly and more happily.

 

Shortcomings in this story for me had to do with character development. Ava proclaims herself as one kind of person but acts rather differently at times. Morgan is kind of a wish-fulfillment fellow whom I don’t feel I know, though he is handsome and charismatic. Erica remains a mystery in many respects.

 

Still, it is an affirming story in that it shows how a woman can find her way on her own. I have no sense that Ava needs Morgan to be happy; just that she is happier with him. And I like that. I like that a lot.

 

Recommended for readers who enjoy seeing a heroine come into her own.

 

My thanks to M.B. Feeney for the complimentary copy she sent me so that I could review her story!

 

mb feeneyAuthor Bio:

M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog.  She’s also a student teacher, a doodler and a chocoholic.  Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the culmination of her hard work and ambition.

Signing up with Renaissance Romance Publishing to publish her first novella as part of  a compilation in December 2012 was the first step in her writing career that she hopes will span many more works and years.

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