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A Review of Us At The Beach by Stephanie Street

Blythe’s childhood friend and Neighbor, Walker, moves back to town with his family. Their families are close and go on vacation together to the beach. Blythe figures that Walker is just paying attention to her because she’s there and he’s bored, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

They spend lots of time together at the beach, even kissing in the dark during a game of hide and seek with their little siblings. Sparks fly, but when they return home, things cool down. Walker has practice all the time and stops calling and talking to Blythe who assumes the worst: she was just another conquest for him. 

Walker has his work cut out for him to repair things, and repair them, he does. 

This cute story was swoon-worthy, especially the once scene where Walker has Blythe clinging to him in the ocean, jumping in the waves because she can’t swim. And the ending? So perfect. The gifts he gives her are so cute and memorable and sweet. 

I read this book several months ago, and it is still fresh in my mind. I loved the characters and how authentic they were. I also loved how the characters interacted with each other and how important family was to them. The whole cast of characters was great, and the setting was cute, in this old, small seaside tourist town. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend to lovers of sweet YA romances who love the tropes Best Friends and Boy Next Door. I will read this again soon. 

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Write of Passion Literary Journal’s Romance Issue is Here!

Write of Passion Literary Journal published its fourth issue two days ago on February 1st, 2020. It’s all about romance! It has some great book reviews, some fun romance stories submitted by writers, and some important writing tips for both general advice and writing within the romance genre. 

You can get it for free at writeofpassion.com/past-issues and click the download link to get the PDF. You can also find all of our previous issues at that link. 

This marks a full year of issues from Write of Passion Literary Journal. I am so proud of my team and how this project has grown from conception back in November 2018 until it’s first open submissions in February 2019 until now, four issues later. 

Just to be clear, the change to make Write of Passion into a publishing company doesn’t mean the journal will go away. In fact, quite the opposite. We will continue to have the journal be free for everyone to access to raise awareness for the publishing company. 

So, if you haven’t yet, check out Write of Passion Literary Journal’s Romance Issue and if you like it, subscribe to the journal to get the issues straight to your inbox!

Until next monday!

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Review of “Jake’s Redemption” by Jamie Schulz

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Imagine a world where women rule over men. Men are slaves, sold at auctions for their skills or as breeders. They are controlled by a drug that makes them freeze in fear, and women have Hysterical Strength, something stronger than men’s strength. It kicks in when women feel threatened.

That is the world Jamie Schulz has created in her book Jake’s Redemption. It follows the story of Jake Nichols, a man who is captured and treated like a slave. He is skilled in construction and ranching because of his friend, who managed to escape when Jake was captured.

After two years of being abused by one of the most powerful women in his section of the world, Darla Cain, he is offered a deal. He can get a temporary escape from Darla’s clutches to act as a foreman on a separate ranch after their foreman had an unfortunate accident.

He agrees, albeit reluctantly. There he meets Monica Avery, the owner of the ranch he will be working for. He is attracted to her but fights his attraction, afraid she is like Darla. But he comes to see she is nothing like Darla, and they start to fall in love.

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Review of “Through The Red Door” by Sadira Stone

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*I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*

In this spicy romance by Sadira Stone, we first meet bookstore owner Clara after a pretty intense dream about her late husband, Jared. Jared died nearly a year ago in a biking accident. They started a bookstore together, and the main attraction of the store is a backroom full of erotica, both art and written word, hidden behind a locked red door. Clara screens every person who wants a look at that room, to make sure they aren’t the creepy type.

We meet one of her love interests, Nick, when he asks to get the key to the red door. Nick is a professor who needs to jumpstart his career again by writing a book about changing perceptions in beauty through the years, and he wants to use the many books in Clara’s backroom for his research. Nick, Greek in ethnicity, is immediately interested in Clara. The feeling is mutual.

But things become more complicated as Clara gets involved with another man, Doug, who is a recently divorced high school social studies teacher. He helps her with her failing business and is a strong shoulder to cry on when she feels upset or needs comfort.

She must choose between these two men, vying for her attention. One relationship is… [Read More]

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Jealousy: A Poem

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I stand there, watching you walk with her.

You hold her cheek in your hand,

Kiss her lips

Tenderly

As if she’s breakable and

Precious.

 

My heart drops.

Hot anger flows through my veins.

I see red.

 

My fists clench and I shake with

Rejection,

Broken dreams,

And lost hope.

My stomach is full of rocks.

My chest is empty and tight.

 

How am I supposed to deal with what I feel?

 

I want to be her.

Have you look at me like

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Review of “The DUFF” by Kody Keplinger

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The Duff has a very sarcastic narrator. It makes the book very entertaining, despite the fact that the narrator is very secretive and treats her friends like crap throughout most of the book. It’s understandable why Bianca treats her two best friends like that, though. She deals with a lot of crap. It starts with her mother always being gone, her parents getting a divorce, her dad relapsing into drunken rages after eighteen years of being sober, and her ex boyfriend, who treated her like crap and was dating someone else at the time, is back in town, engaged.

She complains about everything, but it’s in a humorous and entertaining way. Bianca is an intelligent, smart-arse character whom I loved. She starts sleeping with the school’s notorious playboy, Wesley, who helps her quiet her brain and escape her life and problems. They start falling for each other and find that they have more than a no-strings-attached sexual relationship.

I was surprised by [Read More]

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Romance Writing: Creating Characters Who Are Meant To Be Together

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As an avid reader of romance, I have read numerous novels where the hero and heroine fall in love for no reason. It simply serves the plot. This is not what we want as readers. We want characters that fall in love because they are meant for each other. They have to be perfectly matched and have complementary traits. For most writers, this is hard to achieve. However, the solution to this problem is simple.

Character Creation is Key

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If you don’t spend time getting to know your characters before you start writing, it is a lot harder to achieve the kind of relationship readers want. Writing before you know your characters requires a lot of editing to get their relationship to where it needs to be.

Trying to fit characters to a plot has the same hindering effect. The choices characters make in a given situation are because of their personalities. It is a lot harder to fit a character’s personality to actions instead of figuring out what a character would do based on who they are.

Build One Character at a Time

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By focusing on one character at a time, you are better able to [Read More]