Who’s That Indie Author? Dennis Macaraeg

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Author name:  Dennis Macaraeg

Genre:  Thriller and Romance

BookSomewhere in the Shallow Sea


Bio: Dennis Macaraeg is an American author who is passionate about writing themes that include action and adventure, love story and travelogue. Dennis’ first thriller was inspired by his backpacking trip to the Philippines when he was in his 20s. He lives in San Diego.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Creating my world. Looking forward to writing and researching for my next novel and promoting my book every day; those are my rewards. When someone tells me that he or she enjoyed reading my book…I’m on cloud nine.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Telling book lovers that my novel exists. And of course, the grand challenge for most writers, finding the time to write.

Favorite book: This is a tough one to answer. As long as the book has significant challenges to overcome and two people are falling in love, that’s the one.

Contact Information:  Find out more about Dennis Macaraeg by visiting these author links:

Website:  dennismacaraeg.com
Blog:  Dennis Macaraeg – Author of Somewhere in the Shallow Sea
Facebook:  Facebook Author Page
Instagram:  denniswriter
Twitter: @DennisMac2015

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We have a winner! Book Giveaway of Taste by Tracy Ewens


Congratulations to Ellen – winner of the Taste book giveaway! Ellen will receive a signed copy of this smart and entertaining romance!

Taste Giveaway winnerThe winner was selected randomly by Rafflecopter.com.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

Click here to read my review of Taste.

Want even more? Check out my reviews of Tracy Ewens’ earlier romances:

Catalina Kiss, Premiere and Candidate

I also enjoyed reading Tracy's first love story!  Premiere Goodreads  Candidate_cover5
And to learn more about Tracy Ewens, click on these Book Club Mom interviews and feature:

Who’s That Indie Author? – Tracy Ewens

Interview: October 27, 2014

Interview: April 8, 2014

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Here come the holidays – Enter for a chance to win a free copy of Taste by Tracy Ewens!

Looking for romance? Check out my book giveaway!

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If only life were as simple as following a recipe…

Who’s looking for a little fun and romance during the holiday season? What better way than to curl up with a fun romantic novel?  Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a free, autographed copy of Taste by Tracy Ewens.

Visit Book Club Mom on Facebook, click on the Giveaway tab and follow the instructions.

Giveaway drawing is powered by Rafflecopter.com. It starts at 12:00 am November 22, 2015 and ends 12:00 am November 29, 2015, Eastern Time. See full Terms and Conditions on Facebook entry.

For more information, click here to read my review of Taste.

Want even more? Check out my reviews of Tracy Ewens’ earlier romances:

Catalina Kiss, Premiere and Candidate

I also enjoyed reading Tracy's first love story!  Premiere Goodreads  Candidate_cover5
And to learn more about Tracy Ewens, click on these Book Club Mom interviews and feature:

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Who’s That Indie Author? Evan Asher

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Evan Asher

Author name: Evan Asher

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Books: The Profiteer by Evan Asher, Sweeter for the Pain by Evan Asher, A Dangerous Tune by Evan Asher & Rosemary Carr, Untrusting Hearts by Evan Asher & Madison Hartt

Bio: Evan was born and raised in the Midwest and crunches numbers for a living. In his free time, he wrangles words. He has written two novels: The Profiteer and Sweeter for the Pain. He has co-written two others: A Dangerous Tune with Rosemary Carr and Untrusting Hearts with Madison Hartt. Since adolescence, Evan has been in love with love, from that first loaded gaze, through the dance of courtship, to the culmination of hearts’ tender passions.

Favorite thing about being a writer: Creating fictional worlds and characters.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Making time to write. On weekends, I can easily get distracted by other activities and my sofa often holds me hostage in front of the television.

Favorite book: The Mothers by Vardis Fisher, a rather horrifying true account of the Donner Party crossing. It always makes me grateful for the warmth of my home and abundance of food that I usually take for granted. Though it’s a sad tale, it’s also the story of great courage and endurance.

Contact Information:  Connect with Evan on the following sites:
Website: http://evanasher.weebly.com/
Twitter: @EvanAsher555
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8104307.Evan_Asher

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“Bonnet rippers” are big in Pennsylvania!

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Ron Tarver /Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer

We’ve all heard of bodice rippers, those racy romance novels, but have you ever heard of a bonnet ripper? I read an article over the weekend about the big boom in Amish romances and that’s when I realized that our local supermarket has been selling these Amish love stories, on display right next to the eggs and butter section, for several years! Tomorrow’s my shopping day and I might just slip one in my cart.

We have several local authors in Pennsylvania, including Mandy Starns Clark, who has written eight Amish novels since 2009 and has sold more than 386,000 copies. Her ninth story, The Amish Clockmaker, is due out in February 2015. These novels are wholesome love stories with strong female characters and readers can’t get enough of them. More than 200 Amish romances have been published since 2009 and more are on their way.

The article notes: “Most Amish romances – usually written by evangelical, not Amish, authors – are infused with Christian beliefs, and they feature a love story and inner conflict for the heroine.”

Check out the full article, which appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on Philly.com on Sunday, December 7, 2014: (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20141207_Amish_romance_novels_spur_boom_in__quot_bonnet_rippers_quot_.html).

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A Review of Jane Eyre- – the 2006 Mini-Series from the BBC by Charlotte Porter of Momaste

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I’m so pleased to welcome my guest blogger, Charlotte Porter of Momaste.  She has written a review of the 2006 Jane Eyre mini-series, which appeared on BBC. After reading Charlotte’s review, I’m reminded of all the things I love about Jane Eyre, and I know I will be re-reading it very soon!

I’ve posted her review below – enjoy!

Over the past decade, I’ve morphed from a party-girl who went out dancing three times a week, to a motherly-matron who considers BBC shows and Masterpiece Theatre just splendid.  During a recent sick day, while my kids were at school and daycare, I was afforded the luxury of devoting five hours on the couch to watching the 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre, starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.

Jane Eyre is my all-time-favorite book (okay, so maybe I consumed my fair share of Victorian lit in between aforementioned partying).  I read the Bronte novel for the first time in high school, studied it extensively in college, and have read it about five more times, just for fun (yeah, I’m also “that girl” who reads Victorian literature “for fun”).  Reading Jane Eyre inspires every tiny hair on my arms and neck to quiver in delight.

Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Bronte, and published under the masculine name Currer Bell in 1847, a time when it was still considered shocking or improper for the fairer sex to write a book (insert feminist eye roll here).  It is the story of an orphaned girl, sent away to a cold, cruel boarding school after being abused and traumatized by her hateful aunt.

Against all odds (and typhus), Jane edifies herself, becomes a proper governess, and lands a position at gothic Thornfield Hall.  At Thornfield, Jane tutors a young, French charge (and potential offspring), of the mysterious and mercurial Mr. Rochester.  Jane and Rochester quickly become drawn to one another, but in typical Victorian fashion, their love is not to be.  So ensues many dramatic plot twists and turns until everything comes together in a perfect ending.

Jane Eyre has a little bit of everything- poverty, feminism, religion, the supernatural, morality, and passion.  Oh, and let us not forget the crazy woman in the attic!  Each time I read it, I pick up on different themes and symbols, but I always put it down feeling as though I have been transported.

What Jane Eyre does not have is many good film adaptations.  Attempts have been made to adapt this complex tale for the screen.  Try though they may, the versions out there are campy, poorly cast and lazily produced.  They often focus too much on the romantic themes and gloss over all of Jane’s significant personal and moral transformations.  Until this recent sick day, I had resigned myself to life without ever watching my favorite book come alive on the screen.

The 2006 BBC miniseries was directed by Susanna White and written by Sandy Welch.  Ruth Wilson, looking as though she stepped straight out of the book, aptly played the title character.  In the story, Jane’s appearance is significant for its insignificance.  She is described time and again as small, plain and poor, although she is seen by Rochester to have an almost other-worldly quality about her as well.  I was happy to see that this version did not gussie her up, and that they found the difficult and delicate balance between severity and sylph in her appearance.  Wilson captured all the complexities of Jane’s personality- her meek and proper English features as well as her strong will and passion.

Rochester was played by Toby Stephens.  While I enjoyed his performance, and found his Rochester dark, brooding, tortured, and equally passionate as Jane, I did think that Stephens was a little too attractive for the part, especially at the end when he is supposed to be maimed by tragic circumstances.  On one hand I did not mind his winsome appearance.  On the other hand, I felt like the director maybe didn’t trust audiences enough to still love a truly ugly and disfigured Rochester as much as Jane does.

The scenery, costuming, and set design in this version are spectacular.  Thornfield Hall is exactly as I pictured it in the novel- towering and mysterious.  There are many lush outdoor shots of the English countryside; moors, streams, gardens, and rolling hills that absolutely take the breath away.

The mini series is quite true to the book with a few relatively minor sleights of hand.  Since it is four hours long (plus commercials in my case, as I watched it on the Ovation channel), they were able to take their time and tell the story fully, as opposed to some of the more condensed versions.  As a therapist, I liked how flashbacks were used in remembering Jane’s traumas.  I also liked that Jane’s dreams were included in the movie, as I remember finding them very significant when studying the book in college.

My favorite scene was between Jane and Rochester, in which they wrestle with the impossibility of their relationship and morality.  In the book, Bronte devoted pages to this conversation, but in the movie it is a flashback sequence of a little more than three minutes.  Those three minutes are so emotionally and erotically charged they capture the couple’s torment.  In the book, the passage is very chaste, and in the movie it is also quite clean, however the passion between Jane and Rochester is palpable, and gives a sweet little taste of the secret and sexy undercurrent of the Victorians.

Watching this version of Jane Eyre might have been the best spent five hours of my life.  It was, at least, the best way I’ve ever spent a sick day.

Jane Eyre, the BBC mini-series can be purchased from Amazon, or found online through PBS or the BBC. 

 Thanks for visiting!  Be sure to check out Charlotte’s blog, Momaste at: http://momasteblog.wordpress.com/

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