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The Friend Request
By Charles Soto
Genre: Romance

Chase has it all. Owner of a successful business, social standing and respect, killer looks and not the fiancé of any man’s fantasy. His life is in control, just the way he planned; but everything is not as it appears. His brother, also his business partner and closest friend, is angrily rejected when he attempts to tell Chase the Truth. As Chase blindly races toward an empty future based on lies and deceit, his brother makes the dangerous decision to protect him.
Carly, a single and struggling mom, has always sacrificed personal happiness in an effort to protect her son. Lonely and stuck in a dead-end job, her life revolves around her special needs child; until the abusive father threatens to take him. Carly decides to take a chance on life and accept a friend request from her high school sweetheart. Can she let down her defenses and open her heart, or will the past cloud her future? Will a simple Facebook friend request bring Chase and Carly the happiness they so desperately desire, or will secrets from their past threaten to keep them apart … forever.

About the Author

257 Soto
Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghostwriter of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters.

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The Importance of Being Inner-Directed

This is a guest post by Evy Journey, the author of Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies.

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Let me first make a small confession: I wrote a lot of the Wikipedia entry on the novel  North and South by Victorian writer Elizabeth Gaskell. I had read the book and ample information on the topic already exists in the French Wikipedia. I thought: why not? But I also did my own research—old habits die hard.

Why am I telling you this?

In my research, I learned from Jill Matus in The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell that Gaskell focused on the “interiority” of her female protagonist, Margaret Hale.

That piqued my interest. I am a big fan of interiority.

But what’s “interiority”?  You have it; I have it. Some people like to wallow in it. I know I do. A few even live inside their heads much of the time. No, they’re not crazy. Not usually, anyway.

Interiority is your deep, usually guarded inner life. You may not talk about it much although you may engage with it a lot. Among other things, it’s where your secrets are kept. It helps make you self-aware.

Many readers criticize Margaret Hale for rejecting the hero’s love. But this event actually helps Ms. Gaskell show Margaret’s interiority. First, she rationalizes her actions to herself. Later, she struggles to accept her feelings for the hero.

Margaret refuses to succumb to the scourge of Victorian repression when society saw women  as “angels of the house” incapable of rational thought and opinions. She chooses to cope with this insidious sexism internally.

All my heroines from Margaret (in a N&S sequel I wrote) to Gina in Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies are high on interiority. They have rich inner lives.

Gina mulls over her experiences, assessing what they mean, learning from them.  For instance, she tries to understand why she feels responsible for her friend Cristi’s actions. She thinks it’s guilt:

Guilt, I think, gets planted more deeply in our guts, our hearts. It endures like embers that keep giving off heat even when you can no longer see them glow.

As she reflects, Gina begins to understand others, as well as herself. She grows; overcomes expectations that she can’t rise above the life she was born into.

In this age of information and social media overload, interiority may frustrate modern readers impatient with the inactivity of thinking. We prefer action and excitement.

~ Evy

Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies

Book Details:

Book Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies by Evy Journey

Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages

Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Sojourner Books

Release date: December 2017

Tour dates: Feb 1 to 16, 2018

Content Rating: R (Two bedroom scenes)

Book Description:

Cooking a wonderful meal is an act of love. An act of grace. A gift that affirms and gives life—not only does it nurture those who partake of a meal; it also feeds the soul of the person who creates it. These are lessons Gina learns from her mother.

Gina is a young woman born to poor parents; a nobody (her words) who wants to taste life outside the world she was born into and her passion for cooking is all she has to help her do so. She gets lucky when she’s chosen to cook at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area where she finds a world of a privileged class with money to spare for dinners that cost hundreds of dollars. A world of new friends and new challenges—one that exposes her to fascinating people who’re also gripped by dark motives.

Amidst her culinary adventures, she becomes good friends with pastry chef Marcia, and falls in love, in different ways, with, two very different men: Leon, a rich regular client who has been dating Cristi, her friend from childhood, and Brent, a brooding homicide detective. This other world, it turns out, is also one of unexpected danger that eventually threatens her life.

Can the lessons she learned from her mother about cooking and life help Gina survive and thrive in this other world of privilege, pleasure and unexpected danger?

To read reviews, please visit Evy Journey’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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About the Author:
 

Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.

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Generations of Love

Generations of Love
by Wendy Pulford
Matador
Historical Fiction , Romance

A story crossing generations about hidden family secrets.

A tragedy from the past threatens to be repeated.

When handsome, career driven Detective Inspector Alex Hartman is instructed to investigate a High Court Judge his life instantly changes. Although forming an unfavourable impression of Judge Lionel Franklin, Alex becomes aware of an overwhelming attraction for Catherine Franklin, the Judge’s attractive niece, who seems to be closely controlled by her Uncle. He soon finds himself on a collision course between his duties and his personal feelings. Meeting again after a separation and realising his feelings are reciprocated, Alex takes the fateful decision of proposing marriage, but Judge Franklin is always in the background with his veiled attempts at control of Catherine for his own purposes. As Alex continues his investigations he uncovers more and more damning evidence, unaware that Lionel Franklin is devising a shocking plan, which in the events of one tragic night shatters the young couple’s dream for a future with their young child.

A generation on, haunted by the past but unaware of the whole truth, Peter Hartman finds solace in the attentions of his Great Uncle Lionel. Whilst on holiday in Canada he meets Christa Benjamin and a relationship begins between them and grows to something much deeper, unknowingly putting her life in danger. At the same time, after years of indecision and guilt, Alex Hartman’s former colleague finds the courage to confront the past, and, finally hearing the truth surrounding his parents, Peter sees how his own life has been overshadowed by the continued manipulation of Lionel Franklin and vows to seek justice. As matters reach a head Peter confronts Franklin about his knowledge of the past, but finds himself pitched into the nightmare of history repeating itself – can an echo from the past avert another tragedy?

My review: ***
I enjoyed this book although it was difficult to decide what genre it was – romantic fiction, crime fiction or a historical novel. I decided not to bother about that, but just enjoy the story.
I loved the characters and the passionate love story of Catherine and Alex and how their love transforms them. Sarah’s character and her faithfulness to her friend, Catherine is also very endearing.
The book was slightly unevenly paced at times – with Part 1 slow and then Part 2 and 3 picking up pace.
Altogether an engaging read.
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