Why would I review my own book? I thought giving you an insider view would be useful.
I’ll give it 4 stars because it’s the average rating at the timeWhy would I review my own book? I thought giving you an insider view would be useful.
I’ll give it 4 stars because it’s the average rating at the time I’m writing this, so I’ll go along with it to keep it as is. As much as I would love to rate it 5 stars to give it a boost, that wouldn’t be helpful, not to mention it would imply my book is “perfect.” It’s not. Seldom books are, since their authors are imperfect human beings.
Moreover, I can’t assume the book I wrote is the same book you are going to read or others have read. It’s not. You will bring to the table your own tastes, your current frame of mind and personal background. Those elements influence how you experience each book you read: the author writes, and the reader gives a book its final touch.
“RED: A Love Story” follows the forbidden love of Marco Aurélio Fares and his student Marisa Constant. They live life as best as they can yet deep down they’re broken souls. He’s been through a traumatic divorce, she’s just lost her father in an accident and was left to deal with an estranged mother. In each other’s arms, Marisa and Marco find solace and rediscover joy.
He carries traits of an alpha and beta hero, a handsome and brilliant man with a subtle sense of humor and unconventional tastes in bed. She’s sweet, adventurous and strong, an only child raised among adults and books. With Marco, Marisa explores her blossoming sexuality and the true meaning of love for the first time.
When life circumstances pull Marco and Marisa apart, they go their separate ways on a journey of self-discovery in order to heal and try a fresh start. Their special bond can’t be severed, though, and their feelings for each other still prevail even if they deny them. Once fate brings Marisa and Marco together again, they find themselves in a more complicated situation than at the beginning of their relationship. What happens in the end?
All I have to say is a love like theirs conquers it all.
“RED” is set in my hometown São Paulo, Brazil, and then moves to California where I lived for many years. It spans various locations in both countries: some are real, others are drawn from my imagination or nostalgic memories of places long gone.
Now telling the story is, well, just half of the story. What makes a book is not only the plot but the way it is told. That needs to be experienced firsthand in order for a reader to draw their opinion about a book.
“RED” has plenty of drama but humorous moments too, because life is not black and white. Readers tend to comment that it is a unique romance story with a poetic vein, colorful descriptions and realistic characters. That’s what I aimed at while writing it, and since the book is perceived to be that way, I assume that’s how it is. “RED,” like me, is a hopeless romantic.
Throughout the book you will find references to various subjects that will invite you to reflect on love and life. This may be just what you need. This may not be for you. Again, it all depends on your tastes and expectations. What one reader loves in a book may be precisely what another hates, and vice-versa.
Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed the first time and, on a second pass, found bland? Or the opposite: the first time you read the book it was okay but the second time around you discovered a gem that deeply touched you?
That’s how it goes. Books remain the same. You change.
Bottom line: If you’re reading this, it means you’re probably interested in reading “RED.” I urge you to take a look at the book sample here so you can decide if it speaks to you.
I met the author in social media and was lucky enough to get to know his work. "Persephone" is very poetic and beautifully written, with rhythm and anI met the author in social media and was lucky enough to get to know his work. "Persephone" is very poetic and beautifully written, with rhythm and an intriguing atmosphere. It reminded me a bit of Jorge Luis Borges--not the style but the imagery. I recommend this story!...more