D.C. Bourone's incredible writing continues to dominate my mind long after I've finished this unfinished novel. Please take note that Bourone warns re...moreD.C. Bourone's incredible writing continues to dominate my mind long after I've finished this unfinished novel. Please take note that Bourone warns readers that this novel will probably never be finished so at the very beginning the writer asks you to take a chance and invest your time. It is well worth the dive into the deep recesses of your mind if only to experience Bourone's literary style. I haven't come across a writer like this in a long time. D.C. Bourone's writing reads poetic, essentially lyrical.
Here's one of my favorite passages from the novel:
"Men are a fire that burns even in the absence of fuel," the Life Coach had intoned. "And boys? Boys are men, unhampered by conscience, fevered by optimism, enchanted with risk, insensible to any pain as long as it is yours. They will demolish you, consume you, step across the smoldering corpse of your dreams without tear or apology. Men. Boys. Make no distinction. You are warned."
And this one...
"Evolution cares nothing for your happiness," the Coach continued. "Evolution designed you to bond with the male in a way he will never bond with you, to weld your heart to his in dreams if not reality, because without him you would starve, freeze, be devoured. Because without him your line would be extinguished. Forever. Evolution made you a slave, a slave to love, a slave whose only refuge was the fantasy of love and love returned. Today evolution as a force of nature is dead. If someday you choose to procreate, there are ways far more graceful than those requiring a man. If someday you find the need for a man, a particular man, has clouded your mind, interfered with your happiness, corrupted that which you have chosen for yourself, you will...?
"Remember Simone," the girls replied.
This story is chilling and mind-blowing on so many levels and Bourone's delivery is pitch perfect. A reader may not want to see this future and most likely fail to understand it, but Bourone lays it out there with such fascinating detail it feels like truth and appears to be real. Wet or Dry. I'll read it again and again and wistfully hope for more from this talented writer, D.C. Bourone.
A must read, just for the amazing writing alone. D.C. Bourone has a story to tell and we should all listen.
A few questions and answers about my latest novel release This Much Is True
Q.This Much Is True handles some pretty heavy subject manner. How did you g...moreA few questions and answers about my latest novel release This Much Is True
Q.This Much Is True handles some pretty heavy subject manner. How did you get into the mindset to handle writing about such controversial stuff?
A. I was inspired to write a novel where fate and circumstances keep two people apart and the innocent telling of lies by one of them leads to an eventual unraveling of the relationship and virtually keeps them apart. I eventually wrote This Much Is True keeping these themes in mind.
Q. There’s a new sub-category out there in the book world called New Adult Fiction. Would you classify This Much Is True in that category?
A. I think This Much Is True can play in this arena, but if you’re looking for the bad boy with numerous tattoos and lots of racy sex scenes, you’ll be disappointed. This story is about two people who find each other, lose each other, and must slowly make their way back to one another. The character arcs for both Tally and Linc are slow in, well, arcing, but they’re there. I’m happy with how the story turned out, but this isn’t your predictable read. New Adult Fiction centers on characters that are coming of age when they first leave home and experience their first loves. I think This Much Is True fits that criteria, but this is a deeper story than most of what I’ve read in the category. Additionally, there are no vampires, no shape shifters, no bad boys, no tattoos; This Much Is True is just a story about love, and loss, and starting over, and how fate intervenes. You know my usual stuff. (less)
I'm a huge Gillian Flynn fan. This was a great book that kept me guessing about 75% of the way through on what was going on. Her writing is superb and...moreI'm a huge Gillian Flynn fan. This was a great book that kept me guessing about 75% of the way through on what was going on. Her writing is superb and inspires me as a writer. Loved it!(less)
I really loved this book! It's always a good sign of a good book for me when I am thinking about the storyline or the characters days after; and so it...moreI really loved this book! It's always a good sign of a good book for me when I am thinking about the storyline or the characters days after; and so it is with If You Stay.
Pax is beautifully broken as the subtitle implies. Mila less so. They meet under extraordinary circumstances ~ awful, in fact, which makes their relationship seem so unlikely as to working out. They do indeed come from two different life spectrums of good versus boy gone bad. However? I liked Mila well enough but I loved Pax. That feeling just got stronger as the book went along when, as a reader, we get a glimpse into his past. Even at his worst, Pax was still endearing through all these simple actions he took in his pursuit of Mila. That's what made this story a standout and made it work for me. Pax was something special even when he was trying really hard not to be.
Mila was an interesting character--a bit of a conundrum for me, frankly; because she behaved more timidly at times than I thought she should. In some ways, she was overshadowed by Pax and there's a part deep into the storyline (towards the end of the book) that I was disappointed that she didn't go more directly after what she wanted, but I suppose that here Ms. Cole was trying incorporate human flaws and weaknesses in her character by nature. Mila is a bit passive even when we don't want her to be. Her strength comes in the positive influence she has on Pax and I think that is ultimately what makes this story work so well. #lovedit. #readit.♥(less)
Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1) is a fantastic novel. I loved it! It's different than all these angsty reads out there. Oh yes, it has an...moreSins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1) is a fantastic novel. I loved it! It's different than all these angsty reads out there. Oh yes, it has angst, too, but there are twists and turns in these flawed characters. I loved Karina Halle's writing style. First of all, I loved this heroine--Ellie Watt. I was gripped in the opening pages by Ellie. I wanted to know what motivated her to be this manipulative, conniving wonder. That's not disparagement. Ellie's a hard ass. Readers will want to find out why.
Ellie is strong, seems determined to break out of her grifting lifestyle, and possibly even make up for her past and all those mistakes. Yet, Ellie's scarred both mentally and physically, which makes her edgy and reckless and endearing. Believe me, this makes for a fabulous storyline as she struggles to find her "way".
Then, there's Camden McQueen. He's the ultimate bad boy, who would seem to have achieved his greatest revenge by overcoming his weirdo reputation in high school and becoming the hot guy with amazing tattoos, when these two meet up again. But, no.
Entertaining, riveting, and surprising--"Sins & Needles" accomplishes all of these things in this novel. I can't wait for the sequel to this one. And, I can't wait to see what Karina Halle comes up with next. Nicely done!!!!
Up-to-date. Helpful. Efficient. Concise. If you are new to self-publishing, or just need a refresh to ensure you're covering all the bases, this book...moreUp-to-date. Helpful. Efficient. Concise. If you are new to self-publishing, or just need a refresh to ensure you're covering all the bases, this book is for you. #lovedit!(less)