Restoration by Elaine D. Walsh

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Restoration

by Elaine D. Walsh

Genre: Women, Contemporary Fiction, Drama

Convicted serial killer Randall Wright’s crimes included more than murder. He also destroyed a family. But death by lethal injection is the worst punishment the state of Florida can give him, so Tess Olsen, one of the “other victims” can exact no retribution. Randall Wright didn’t kill Tess in the traditional sense, but he did kill her dreams, wreck her ability to connect to others, and destroy her family.  Why did her mother, Alish, fall in love with a murderer when she had a stable, happy family? Why did she leave them all for this monster? And why did she not see the evil he wrought on her daughter? How could he deceive Alish so, and how could she be so blind?

Tess, now an adult, still struggles with the pain of her broken family and smothered artistic spark. She lives a hollow life of temporary flings with men and a career of restoring artwork instead of creating her own. Will Randal Wright’s execution set her free from the fear that still strangles her? Can she find a real relationship with the chivalrous art critic, Ben, who pursues her heart and not her body? Will she ever be restored?

Elaine writes a gripping story of the far-reaching destruction that an evil person can wreak whether they live in freedom or not. She also explores the terrible layers of wrong in divorce and the different ways it affects the survivors. Tess’ sensitive nature is prostrated by the betrayal of her mother, plunging her into an existence of helplessness and misery. No other family member is tortured so much as Tess, but Randall Wright didn’t return their kindness with horrors either.

Though dark and brooding, the tale also zings with the energy of Tess’ hope for release and thirst for justice. She hopes for Randall’s death and for her mother’s eyes to be opened. Ben gives her hope for a bright future of love, though she wrestles with her confidence that she deserves such a life. The characters around her also begin to open her up and relieve her of some of her icy suffering as they show her kindness and care about her.

Restoration is a deep and varied tale that highlights the best of people and the worst. I thoroughly enjoyed Tess’ journey through her psyche and her wrestle with herself.

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Scars of a Survivor by Katherine Pearsall on Wattpad

I’d like to introduce Kathryn Pearsall and her short-story, Scars of a Survivor. http://www.wattpad.com/story/746185-scars-of-a-survivor

Scars of a Survivor is a chilling look into the world of a girl enslaved and Sage, who is there to save her. Their interaction just begins to move past fear and distrust, as we see her appalling life and learn of his compassion for her.

This is a PG-13 title with some disturbing themes, so be sure you’re ready for it.

Since Wattpad stories are unedited and short, I am going to leave it at a mini-review and tell you some more about the author and her writing. Kathryn is 14 years old! She’s right at the beginning of her writing career, and boy does she have talent! She isn’t ready for publishing yet, and so she is honing her craft online. Wattpad holds all of her current works, including poetry.

Here are Katherine’s  story links:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/782145-the-sober-games

http://www.wattpad.com/story/1146505-heavy-holly

http://www.wattpad.com/story/1121505-fake-it-%27til-you-make-it

http://www.wattpad.com/story/746185-scars-of-a-survivor (My only complete story)

http://www.wattpad.com/story/876398-the-foster-child

http://www.wattpad.com/story/854790-aubrey%27s-rebellion

http://www.wattpad.com/story/744421-i-love-him-he-loves-me-not

http://www.wattpad.com/story/746318-one-last-breath-of-abuse (Short story)

http://www.wattpad.com/story/787777-dear-mom

She plans to make “Dear Mom” a complete work as soon as possible. Katherine is a busy girl, balancing school work, sports, etc., so she plans on having in finished within the next year or so at the latest, writing one “letter” per month for a year. Once she finishes, she will keep it on Wattpad. She writes her stories on paper mostly, then types them onto her laptop, copy and pasting it from Microsoft Word to Wattpad.

To see her entire works on Wattpad, visit her profile http://www.wattpad.com/user/kathrynp

Keep writing, Katherine! You are a really talented young woman and I encourage you not to let anyone turn you away from pursuing this talent.

Disposable People by Ezekel Alan

Disposable People

by Ezekel Alan

Poverty and desperation describe the start of life for Kenneth E.S. Lovelace, or Kenny. Born into a squatters village called a “Depression” in 1970’s Jamaica, he struggles with all the dangers and trials of poverty. He and his kind, living in one-room self-built houses on someone else’s land, are “Disposable People.” Kenny shows us his world through a collection of diary entries written to Semicolon, his true love. Peppered with bits of his writing collection, poetry, and reminiscence over time we gradually hear his tale. This novel takes a train-of-thought approach to Kenny’s experiences. A progression of understanding, rather than a chronology, takes the reader scene by scene through his childhood and out of the “Depression”, or “That hateful f***ing place”, and into his life as a successful author, far from the squalor of his childhood.

Ezekel Alan’s book wowed me on so many levels. Kenny is thoughtful and honest, confessing all his sins to Semicolon.  Ezekel displays gorgeous poetry, joy, beauty, culture, ideals, horror, sin, murder, fear, suspicion and faith, all surging through his tale. The graphic nature of many of Kenny’s experiences are often witnessed while Kenny and his cousins eavesdropped without shame “because we all knew that everything we did was being quietly observed by the cold unblinking eyes of Eternity.” It’s all part of the honesty and depth of every bit of the book. Kenny bared his soul to Semicolon, telling her what he experienced and valued, but also what he felt, learned, and how he failed. Scandalous or horrific scenes are highlighted with a knowing, dark humor, but contain profound lessons learned.

There seemed to be a kind of love/hate relationship between Kenny and his old home. Though he describes it with stark and unforgiving frankness, he does so with an underlying pride and affection.

Even the source of the book is mysterious and poetic, “A Novel Inspired by True Events”. Somehow I heard the voice of my own grandmother, transported across time, culture, race, and nationality. I guess some opinions appear everywhere: “If he had gone to church, none of this would have ever happened to him.”

Buy it on Amazon!

To learn more about the author go to  http://ezekelalan.com/

One Insular Tahiti by Thea Atkinson

One Insular Tahiti

by Thea Atkinson

 Genre: Psychological Drama

Luke is a spirit between one life and the next, washing around in the sea of time and memory waiting for the moment when he is reborn. At the mercy of the whims of the current, he flows through his own life and the lives of others from his past life and future life on a bizarre train of feeling and thought (that seems a lot like my regular thinking patterns…eee). The moment that he longs for, his own rebirth, is approaching. He yearns for his mother, Astrid, who suffers through a painful life that he wished to be. His wish to be born as her child tipped the scales between her life and death and she survived. He then adds her experiences to his own in his drifting, joining her in her painful struggle through life until the moment of his birth.

Don’t worry. Thea explains right at the beginning of the book what “One Insular Tahiti” means.

One Insular Tahiti is both beautiful and awful, comforting and repulsive, heartwarming and disgusting. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be. Luke’s life and Astrid’s life are not lovely journeys through happy times. They suffer through some of the worst events and afflictions a person can endure. These sorrows make their joys all the sweeter.

I don’t believe in reincarnation myself, but I am always fascinated by other ideas about the afterlife. I can’t help but compare my own beliefs to the beliefs portrayed by the author and imagine how the story would be different in my hands. The philosophy of life and death is very different from my own, but I could put myself in the place of the characters and see just why they believed the way they did.

Thea’s writing is vivid and gripping. I found myself itching to move on to Luke’s birth, hoping as he did that the next chapter would be it. I joined him in his feeling of dread when he saw another awful epoch of his past life rush in again, and in his elation when he encountered moments of joy.

These characters were so real that I wondered if they came from experience of  the author or someone she knows. Afflictions that I know nothing about, but wonder about, are explained in a moving manner. The writing really made me feel I had seen through someone else’s eyes, understanding their feelings and motivations. I really liked that! It didn’t change my beliefs, but it did make me feel I gained sympathy for others’ perspectives.

I really enjoyed One Insular Tahiti and I would highly recommend it to adults who are prepared for its depth and dark themes.

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Insular-Tahiti-reincarnation-redemption-ebook/dp/B0042RUKSE/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Insular-Tahiti-reincarnation-redemption-ebook/dp/B0042RUKSE/

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http://www.amazon.esInsular-Tahiti-reincarnation-redemption-ebook/dp/B0042RUKSE/

http://www.amazon.it/Insular-Tahiti-reincarnation-redemption-ebook/dp/B0042RUKSE/

Kobo

http://kobobooks.com/ebook/One-Insular-Tahiti/book-Ogo9c1wR9EaRY1R9z8dDmg/page1.html

Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/33915

Thea Atkinson is a writer of character driven fiction; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as psychological thrillers with a distinct literary flavour. As in her bestselling novel, Anomaly, her characters often find themselves in the darker edges of their own spirits but manage to find the light they seek.

She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order.

Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more http://theaatkinson.wordpress.com

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