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Review: Bluebonnet Bride

Book Title: Bluebonnet Bride
Author: Colleen Coble
Series: Butterfly Palace #1.5
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, short stories
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
Disclaimer: I got this e-book from BooklookBloggers for an Honesty Review.
Description: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.
Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she’s ever made.
Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.
After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli’s ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan’s employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.
As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.
My Thoughts:
This mystery is somewhat fun to read about. There a mystery that keep you interested in the book. I wonder what is to happen for this couple and family. Who is behind the attacks? Why would they want to attack. Will Elli or even Nathan going to solve this. So far this book has me want get the other books in the series. My first reaction is good so far. I would rate this 4 stars or 4 Rats in my case. I would recommend the author Colleen Coble to others if they asked. I want you to decide if this for you or anyone else to read. Just because I liked it does not mean that you like it. It is up to you.

Interview around the Globe “Voting”

Interview Around the Globe Voting Poll #1
Mary HanksStan MorrisJudy GillJim Vuksic
Here are the Authors you can vote for. Mary E. Hanks, Stan Morris, Jim Valsic, Judy Gill. I have linked up their Interviews for you to look at and decided. Please vote in my poll to let me know who want to be Interviews Around Globe Month. I will need to do this until we have top 12.
Mary E. Hanks: Interview
Stan Morris: Interview
Judy Gill: Interview
Jim Vuksic: Interview
Please vote in the Poll and leave your comments.

Bluebonnet Bride

Book Title: Bluebonnet Bride

Author: Colleen Coble

Series: Butterfly Palace #1.5

Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, short stories

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

Disclaimer: I got this e-book from BooklookBloggers for an Honesty Review.

Description: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.

Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she’s ever made.

Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.

After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli’s ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan’s employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.

As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.

Reviews: Goodreads/Shelfari/Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts:

This mystery is somewhat fun to read about. There a mystery that keep you interested in the book. I wonder what is to happen for this couple and family. Who is behind the attacks? Why would they want to attack. Will Elli or even Nathan going to solve this. So far this book has me want get the other books in the series. My first reaction is good so far. I would rate this 4 stars or 4 Rats in my case. I would recommend the author Colleen Coble to others if they asked. I want you to decide if this for you or anyone else to read. Just because I liked it does not mean that you like it. It is up to you.

Interview around the Globe “Voting”

Here are the Authors you can vote for. Mary E. Hanks, Stan Morris, Jim Valsic, Judy Gill. I have linked up their Interviews for you to look at and decided. Please vote in my poll to let me know who want to be Interviews Around Globe Month. I will need to do this until we have top 12.

Mary E. Hanks: Interview

Stan Morris: Interview

Judy Gill: Interview

Jim Vuksic: Interview

Please vote in the Poll and leave your comments.

Interview the Globe Voting Period

Here is the rules for all voting periods for this Interaction.  Bloggers and Readers are allow to vote for any of of the authors listed. You may pass this voting to other friends and ask them to vote. Please be kind and talk to each other nicely. The authors volunteered to be interview and to interact with this kind of fun. I want to make it fun for all though involved. Authors are allow to promote their own interview their pages, Facebook and so on. They are allow to ask their friends to vote for them.  Voting period for the month of June is June 26, 2014 though July 1, 2014.

Bloggers and Readers Rules:

  1. You may vote for one author only.
  2. Vote in poll
  3. Leave comments
  4. You may ask friends to vote.
  5. Be kind
  6. Have fun

Authors Rules:

  1. Promote your Interview on your page, Goodreads, Facebook
  2. Be fair
  3. Ask friends to vote for you
  4. Be kind
Voting starts June 26, 2014 and Ends July 1, 2014

Interviews Around the Globe Voting Period

Here is the rules for all voting periods for this Interaction.  Bloggers and Readers are allow to vote for any of of the authors listed. You may pass this voting to other friends and ask them to vote. Please be kind and talk to each other nicely. The authors volunteered to be interview and to interact with this kind of fun. I want to make it fun for all though involved. Authors are allow to promote their own interview their pages, Facebook and so on. They are allow to ask their friends to vote for them.  Voting period for the month of June is June 26, 2014 though July 1, 2014.

Bloggers and Readers Rules:

  1. You may vote for one author only.
  2. Vote in poll
  3. Leave comments
  4. You may ask friends to vote.
  5. Be kind
  6. Have fun

Authors Rules:

  1. Promote your Interview on your page, Goodreads, Facebook
  2. Be fair
  3. Ask friends to vote for you
  4. Be kind

Voting starts June 26, 2014 and Ends July 1, 2014

Interviews Around the World with Jim Vuksic

Today at Interview Around the Globe we have our next author Interview. Before we get into the Interview with our last  interview for the month. If you decide that you want to contact him. Their information is in the post.

This is the last interview for the month of June. Let introduce our Author.

Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our author Jim Vuksic. Welcome Jim. We will just go ahead and jump on into the Interview.

You can Contact Stan Morris at these sites:

Publisher’s Author Website: http://jimvuksic.tateauthor.com/
Goodreads Profile: Jim Vuksic

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

“Levels” – A social experiment to eliminate bad behavior has created a perfect world; or perhaps it hasn’t. The reader must decide.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

Sixty-plus years of living in an imperfect world while contemplating what it would take to eliminate the root causes of the world’s imperfections eventually morphed into the inspiration for the novel “Levels”.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

Names were selected from a list of those most familiar to me personally and each was assigned as determined by me to be best suited to each particular character’s personality and temperament.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Jonathan, the main character and narrator of the story, which is written in the first-person.

Jonathan, an imperfect person living in a supposedly perfect world; displays human traits with which, for better or worse, I and many readers can personally identify.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 Yes. A scene in which one of the characters, while holding the hand of a close friend who has just been killed, is expressing his sense of personal loss, helplessness, and emotional trauma.

It is based upon an actual personal experience.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Since the story covers a 3-decade period in the lives of the characters, at least two actors would have to be used to play each one – first as a child, and then as an adult.

To be honest, I have not even contemplated a movie version of the book, so I have given no thought whatsoever to which actors might be chosen.

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?)

My least favorite publishing experience came about while learning and participating in the conceptual editing phase; during which I was truly humbled to discover that the completed, polished manuscript, of which I had been so proud, was not yet complete nor polished.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

The authors who have inspired me to write are Stephen King, Jean M. Auel, Gary Jennings, and Cormac McCarthy.

My advice to apiring authors is to expend whatever time and effort is necessary to acquire the technical writing and story telling skills needed to produce a high-quality work that will be well-received by your targeted audience and upon which you will be proud to attach you name.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read every review of my novel. To do otherwise would be a disservice to the reviewer.

Whether a rating or review is positive, negative, constructive, or even hurtful, one must remember that it is only an opinion and that one opinion is as good as another. Allow every opinion to serve as a learning experience and utilize each to continuously improve upon whatever you do in life.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am sixteen pages into a potential sequel to “Levels”. However, it will be submitted for publication only if “Levels” is determined to be commercially successful by the publisher and that a sequel may be equally successful.

Bonus Question: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I was once asked by another author to read their book and offer my honest opinion.

It was riddled with misspellings, bad grammar, and improper punctuation. I tried to avoid an embarrasing situation by being as diplomatic and constructive as possible in wording my concerns. The effort did not succeed. The author was very upset and hasn’t talked to me since.

Thank you for taking part. Your responses were good to read. I would like to thank Jim for coming by Interviews Around the Globe. There is going to be a post with theses first 4 authors for the first voting period. This period is for all bloggers and readers to vote for one author. This period will start Thursday 26, 2014 through Tuesday July 1, 2014. More info in this post to come.

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