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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review, Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway Below Unforgiven (Movie #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky


I wanted to read a book by Kimberly Stedronsky since I "collaborate" with her at an event to support indie writers. I loved her Guest posts and how she answered the questions. The style in which she wrote them promised that her works will meet my expectations. So, I was a bit nervous when I started reading her book. Emotions ultimately proved unnecessary because I liked Below Unforgiven; a lot.

I will not dwell too much on the subject. If you want to know more about it, read the author’s Guest Post here. It is honest and now, after I read the book, I can say that is accurate and comprehensive. 

Chapters bear the titles of films whose subject or essence perfectly fit to the events that take place in that chapter. I know many of the movies, others I don’t or I forgot them, but even if you have not seen any of them, you will get the idea. Kimberly was inspired when she decided that the films’ world to be not just the link between characters or the starting point of a love story. The cinematic references and elements and also the ones to the romance literature (with all sub genres) provide the humor through lines and situations, highlight the feelings and insecurities of the characters, but also will point in an ironic, even self-ironic, way the clichés - removing thus the possible negative consequences that they might have on the story, because, isn’t it, life beats the movie ... or the book.

Kimberly plays with the reader like the cat with a mouse. The characters’ feelings are credible, sincere. After the first chapter you'll wonder what happened. Who is to blame, how they got there? The possibilities are many, and Vivian’s "innocence" cannot be questioned. Then, events will precipitate, the information will begin to emerge, fragmented enough to put your patience on fire. In the end... what happened?? Then you'll wonder: whom will she choose? One step forward, two steps back do not sound good. The doors are (still) open in both directions. The love triangle is one particularly successful, which makes you think and try to put yourself in place of the characters. There is no simply guilty, there is no black and white, and if you think you know the ending you might have surprises.

Add the naturalness of the way events occur, a richer vocabulary than the usual found in the romance literature of our day, a sustained pace, passion and heart challenges and you’ll get the book picture: a successful mix of humor and drama.

Pages will pass without you realizing, and the fact that you get close to the last page (well, close to 98% on Kindle) and everything is still messed up, will make you remember that it's only the first volume of the series. The waiting will be frustrating.

The description of the last chapter title, The Promise, fits perfectly to it: „she accepts to become the wealthy beauty of beauties with the curse that she would lose every man she loves, unless three things happen: snow falls in the spring, time moves backwards and the dead comes back to life.” Personally, I see all three things possible to happen, symbolically of course.

Happy reading!
About the author:
Kimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story.

She is the writer of Paranormal, Horror, and New Adult Romance.

Kimberly has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis. Married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, she always tries to find the humor in every situation.

Their three children are appropriately sarcastic.

Scavenger Hunt
Our word for the scavenger hunt is:
Follow along the blog tour to find the 11 words that could lead to a dream casting in Before A Perfect World (Movie Trilogy book #2)! If you successfully collect all 11 words you could win:

Your name as a character in Before A Perfect World (Movie Trilogy book #2)
$25 Amazon Gift Card
Signed Paperback of Below Unforgiven
Below Unforgiven swag (bookmark and movie charm)

So what do you need to do exactly to win this fantastic prize pack and the chance of a lifetime to be immortalized in a book? Follow the blog tour and visit each blog that is participating in the scavenger hunt and find the highlighted word at the end of their post about Below Unforgiven. Write those words down with the corresponding blog you found them on and then on the last day of the tour (Sunday January 19th) go to the google doc link below and enter those special words into the form. From the group of people who correctly have all 11 words a random winner will be selected. Participants have until January 21st @ 5pm MST to get their entry in.

Author's Tour Giveaway (other than Scavenger Hunt)
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