I read The Jewel Box last week mainly because it was set in Houston and was impressed that the author made my city a character in the book as well asI read The Jewel Box last week mainly because it was set in Houston and was impressed that the author made my city a character in the book as well as a Clark Gable look-alike, a reluctant topless dancer, and an obscenity spouting loud-mouth just to name a few.
This wasn't a quick read for me but it was enjoyable and it did give a true depiction of the city and the mindset of the 70's and 80's.
The main character, Cherie, was a single-mother and it was told from her point of view. This was her story of love, loss, life, party, and living the a life in the cow-town turned boom-town of Houston. It wasn't a story-book romance, there was heartache, poor choices, hard decisions and drug and alcohol escapism.
There were several supporting characters in the story that I truly enjoyed, my favorites were Delilah, Cherie's obnoxious friend, and Beau her life-guru. This book had some snappy dialog - horny hyenas and all-inclusive Peruvian powder excursion were just two of the humorous lines from the story.
*DISCLAIMER: I formatted this book for the author and found as I was making the ebook I would no longer be skimming the paragraphs but actually reading them. Once I had finished with the final edition of the book, I uploaded it to my Kindle Fire (with the author's permission) and read the book from start to finish....more
I enjoyed the escape of reading ‘Forbidden Touch ’. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot was original. This paranormal romance keI enjoyed the escape of reading ‘Forbidden Touch ’. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot was original. This paranormal romance kept me guessing and the direction of the story was not given away in the first 2 chapters. Congrats to the author on her original story line and the expansion of powers by vampires, it was a nice addition to the character development and plot.
I wasn’t impressed with part of the story line involving the love triangle, I didn’t find it believable or that it enhanced the story. I thought that the author was trying to attract some of the erotic market with this turn of events but it didn’t play out well, in my not so humble opinion. That said, the sex scenes were the perfect mix of detail – not too explicit not too tame.
I have another book of Ms. Haigwood’s that I will be reading – it’s already purchased and loaded on my Fire and phone – I have high hopes that it will exceed the expectations that Forbidden Touch generated.
I found this book fun and engaging. I liked the characters, enjoyed the interaction between them and cheered on Sasha in her quest for the missing hooI found this book fun and engaging. I liked the characters, enjoyed the interaction between them and cheered on Sasha in her quest for the missing hooker. To be honest, I wanted to have a Gin & Tonic with her (Sasha). I found the dialog snappy, the action fast paced and the story-line was not something that I had read a thousand times before. Sasha reminds me of Stephanie Plum - one of my all-time favorite modern-day fictional characters - although Sasha is not so much of a disaster magnet.
Although the story-line focused on the sex-trade, I did not find it raunchy or gratuitous, rather when mentioned it was in a matter-of-fact manner and handled tastefully. The romance element was there but it was not the whole focus of the book.
All in all this was a great effort by an indie author whose books I look forward to reading more of.
I enjoyed the story and when I read it, immediately I thought it was a snippet of time in a relationship. Perhaps that is my own perception, there isI enjoyed the story and when I read it, immediately I thought it was a snippet of time in a relationship. Perhaps that is my own perception, there is no statement that the two characters are long-time lovers or even in a relationship, it was just the feeling invoked from the reading.
To me the story is not vulgar and explicit for the sake of vulgarity. It was the peek into the private time of two lovers, with love and passion equally present.
This is an erotic short-story for the thinking woman.
FULL DISCLOSURE — I received this book free from the author before she was a guest on the Bluebonnets, Bagpipes and Books podcast with myself and authFULL DISCLOSURE — I received this book free from the author before she was a guest on the Bluebonnets, Bagpipes and Books podcast with myself and author Mark Rice. (Episode 13 - Rocktober and Roll or streaming.
I guess the best way to describe this book is semi-historical rock fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, going back to a simpler time and being immersed in the music scene of 70's Toronto.
I found the characters fully formed and easily recognizable from the dialogue that was written. The two main characters are lovers and band-mates which gives some drama, heartbreak and joy.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loved the music of the 70's, who is a rock music fan, who is a Who fan, someone who is a Pete Townsend fan or someone who just wants to escape into a great read.
Being his Favorite was the first strictly erotic fiction story that I downloaded and I must say that it was arousing to read.
Ms. Parkerson's characterBeing his Favorite was the first strictly erotic fiction story that I downloaded and I must say that it was arousing to read.
Ms. Parkerson's characters were fleshed-out (no pun intended), multi-dimensional beings rather than cardboard cut-outs. The history between the two main characters was explained adding strength to the story. The sex scenes were deliciously arousing, well described and believable. The story was short, the 'action' steamy and the conclusion was a shock to me. I am a 'happily-ever-after' ending type of person, but the ending scene for this story worked well and blended beautifully with the story line.
This might have been my 'first-time' but I am sure that it will not be the last erotic tale by Ms. Parkerson that I escape into....more
This collection of ten short stories - some might be considered flash fiction - was an enjoyable read. I had heard from his editor, Debra K. FrontieraThis collection of ten short stories - some might be considered flash fiction - was an enjoyable read. I had heard from his editor, Debra K. Frontiera, that his stories are in the spirit of Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame.
His characters are well thought out and described, even in the short story format. One of his stories - Symphony of the Freak - I would even like to see turned into a larger story.
All in all a perfect "Escape Hatch" from the mundane short fiction. His subjects bear no resemblance to the "sparkling" vampires and other "good" fantasy type characters that are on the market now. Reading these you can get a peek of the inner workings of a killer, a monster, survivors of zombie apocalypse or just the criminally insane....more