Maddie Neumann died the day she pulled away from her parents’ house determined to make her dreams come true. She wasn’t the perfect little princess she’d been raised to be, all she wanted to do was rock. Everything Maddie was tucked away in a box to allow for her re-birth as Rain Maxwell; a badass rocker who answered to no one and lived by her own set of rules.
Rain’s world is shattered with one phone call from her estranged family. No sooner does she get home than everything she thought she knew about her life starts changing.
Colton Bradford knew there was something special about Rain the moment they first met. Unfortunately, she had a hard and fast rule about dating a bandmate so he was stuck in the friends zone. When Rain is going through her own personal hell, will Colton finally be able to make her see how he feels and convince her to take a chance on love?
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Blessed Tragedy is a great suspenseful romance about a girl struggling to discover who she is. It sucks you right in from the start and doesn’t let go.
Madeline “Maddie” Neumann graduated high school, left home without a word, and reinvented herself as Rain Maxwell, hardcore rocker chick. The story picks up just after Rain learns her mother has died. She’s about to head home for the funeral, and you quickly learn the dynamics of Rain’s realtionship with her other bandmates, which are all guys, as she’s preparing to leave. The guys all treat Rain like she’s family, but she has a special relationship with fellow bandmate Colton. He’s been in love with her for a long time, but Rain is completely against mixing business with pleasure this way. The boys end up following Rain home where she begins to struggle with her identity. She also starts to find it impossible to continue to ignore what her relationship with Colton has become.
Heinzer did an EXCELLENT job developing all the characters. I felt like I knew them well, and their actions and dialogue always reflected their personalities. Rain’s character was explosive, and it was reflected in her very strong language, and the explicit scenes described.
The plot was persistently intriguing and suspenseful. At times I wanted to reach in and smack Rain over her decisions, and I would be on the edge of my seat in fear of the consequences of those decisions. The build up got so intense that I felt sure there would be an explosion. The only thing I personally would have changed was the ending. I was pleased with it, but it didn’t seem to have the bang the rest of the book built up to. I wouldn’t have changed the end result of the plot, just maybe the way the end was presented. Like I said, though, that was the ONLY thing at all I’d have changed. This book was a very strong 4 stars for me – bordering on 5. I can’t wait to read Blessed Fate, and get the story from Colton’s point of view!!!
Some writers can tell you what book piqued their interest in writing a book of their own. I can’t. Other authors tell you the name of a teacher who influenced and encouraged them to write. The only English teacher I can remember probably does deserve some of the credit for my success because she was one of the hardest teachers I ever had. Honestly, I don’t know why I write; all I know is it’s one of two things I can do that makes me feel completely free.
The first “official” writing I did was as a fifteen year old high school sophomore. My dad was part of an APAzine and, for whatever reason, I started guest writing on his zine. That led to me getting a zine of my own in the Turbo Charged Party Animal APA. Rope the Moon (named after the John Michael Montgomery song and a nod to my dad’s influence on me) was the ramblings of a child in a world of adults.
I was held to a high standard because most of the contributors were my dad’s age. They were somewhat hesitant to allow a kid in, but they voted me in after those guest contributions. To this day, I feel blessed to consider some of those members friends.
Sometime after high school, life got in the way of my dreams. They keyboard was dusty. Looking back, that’s also when I felt my most restless. After my daughter was born, I started my first blog, More Than Mom, as a way to vent about my struggle to hold onto the identity I’d owned for 27 years.
In 2006, I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time. I jumped in with the enthusiasm of anyone who’s never tried to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It was a damn good story. Did I mention I’d never written anything of that length before? Yeah, that’s important because it means I never lost a work in progress of that length before. It was November 14th and I was over 24,000 words when my hard drive failed. And with the loss of my manuscript, I lost the drive to write for a while.
In 2012, I attempted NaNoWriMo again, this time saving in so many places I’m sure I’ll be finding partial copies of Bent everywhere until the day I die. The thing they don’t tell you with NaNo? When you hit 50,000 words, that doesn’t mean you’re done writing! So, I kept writing until I was done. And then I edited. And edited some more. Deleted a bunch of scenes, added others in. Had some trusted friends and mentors read it and then tweaked it some more.
In January 2013, I made the single scariest click of my mouse that I will ever make. I published Bent. It’s been a whirlwind year and it keeps picking up pace but I’ve never before felt so blessed to be where I am!
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