Author Guest Post
I often write at home, but there are times when I simply can't get myself focused there. At those times, I have a secret weapon: coffee shop! Something about the general background hum of the place, and the fact that I can't get distracted by things like "I should really scrub the hall floor grout with a toothbrush RIGHT THIS SECOND rather than edit this scene", makes working in public perfect for me.
This picture shows me working on this article at a local Starbucks. My iPad and the Bluetooth keyboard I got for Christmas make an amazing laptop equivalent that fits in my (admittedly rather large) purse and can run all day without needing a power cable.
First is my treadmill desk. It's a luxurious combo of a treadmill I got on a huge sale and a bunch of foam insulation sheets topped by an Ikea shelf (classy!) but it works beautifully. I can walk at about 2.3 mph and still type without issues, and so I can work AND burn a few calories at the same time! (Plus, my cat Trinity enjoys using it as a bed when I'm not working. :)
I know you can see my shelves in the previous picture but I had to take a picture of just them because I adore them! When I first started writing I dreamed of shelves full of my books, and now I have them! I am a polar bear fanatic (as you may have noticed from the other pictures) and so there are additional bears interspersed among the books. As I keep releasing books, though, the polar bears are being pushed aside because there's simply not enough room for them. (Not to worry, though: I have two new shelves just waiting for their turn.)
About The Author
I have always made up stories in my head, but never considered becoming a writer. Instead, I intended to be a high school music teacher. I was sidetracked by my enjoyment of my psychology courses in university, and ended up with a psychology degree with a concentration in computer science.
This took me to a major Canadian bank as a software developer. I stayed there for just over four years, and then went back to school to become an elementary school teacher. After four years teaching elementary school computer science, I took up the National Novel Writing Month challenge and attempted to write a novel in a month.
I succeeded, and the first draft of Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo was the result. I realized I love writing. I left teaching, and I haven't looked back since!
In my non-writing time, I read, run, swim, crochet, take care of my 55 gallon aquarium and my cat Trinity, and play drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.
Everybody's Got A Story by Heather Wardell ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Everybody's Got A Story by Heather Wardell
Volume 12: Toronto Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publisher
Publication Date: July 4, 2013
Format: Paperback - 246 pages / Kindle - 2599 KB / Nook - 392 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Everybody's Got A Story
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offense.
She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognized her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.
With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?
My Book Review:
Everybody's Got A Story is the poignant story of a young woman who courageously learns to rebuild her life after a vicious attack by her ex-boyfriend.
Author Heather Wardell weaves a powerful tale set in NYC and Toronto, and written in the first person narrative by crime fiction editor Alexa Ryder, who takes the reader along on her emotional journey as she learns to overcome the trauma from the past, and the courage to start a new life.
The story begins in NYC two years after the vicious attack on Alexa by her sociopath ex-boyfriend Christophe Durand. The reader is drawn into the story at the trial with an intense and raw account of the premeditated vicious assault that went on for thirty-six hours in a half-finished apartment until she was rescued by a construction crew. When the guilty verdict on all charges is returned, Alexa just wants her life back, to try to forget everything and put it behind her, but the attack has changed her life forever. Alexa finds that she is unable to move forward with her life in NYC, with the media attention and the uneasiness of being recognized on the street, she decides that she needs a new start in a new place where nobody knows her. Her boss Fred Warren, owner of Warren Press, suggests that she transfer to their Toronto office run by his daughter Rhonda. Alexa's journey from victim to survivor is one of self-discovery as she heals, learns to believe and trust herself and others, regain control and rebuild her life.
This is an inspirational story that has a nice mixture of darkness, intensity and lightheartedness that captivates the reader's attention as Alexa's story unfolds. You can't help but feel compassion and hope for Alexa as her journey to rebuild her life has its trials and tribulations, but her strength and courage comes shining through as she forges forward in a new city with the support of new co-workers, friends and family.
With a realistic cast of characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; two richly detailed settings; and the perfect title for a story that clearly sends a message to the reader that everyone really does have their own story.
Everybody's Got A Story is an inspirational and thought provoking story that will resonate with you long after the last page has been read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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