Author Guest Post
After coming up with various topics for my blog tour, I was strongly reminded of why I do not maintain a blog.
I can’t take the pressure!
I’ve been trying to come up with a subject that fits with the theme I’ve chosen, the one related to Somewhere Between Black and White, and that is to be a little more aware of how we make assumptions about each other. However, at this point it’s starting to feel like I’m beating a dead horse. I’m not even sure this post will be scheduled for the end of the tour or the beginning, but it’s the last one I’ve written.
So because I can think of nothing else that won’t make readers think, “Good Lord! How long is she going to go on about this,” I’m going to talk about the fact that I’m an easy weeper.
It’s not something I’m proud of, and I have no idea how I got this way. I probably inherited it from my mom because she’s an easy weeper, too. First of all, I’m a huge sympathy crier. I guess that’s not all that uncommon. I’ve met other sympathy criers. I hate being a sympathy crier because it makes me come off as unfeeling. You’re probably going, “Huh?” The reason I say that is when I see someone crying and I feel those stupid tears coming on, whether they’re from joy or sadness, I try to think about other things that will stop them, and it probably seems like I don’t care.
I cry about happy things too easily. There’s this Bruno Mars song I love. It’s called “Marry You.” Anyway, there’s the sweetest flash mob video on YouTube in which the guy uses that song to propose to his love. Don’t ask me why, but it makes me cry every time I watch it. And now, I can’t even listen to that damn song without crying. I put it on my iPod and was singing to it on my way to work the other day, and I couldn’t even get the words out. If you’ve never heard it, listen to it sometime. It is the last song in the world that should make a person cry. Pathetic!
Scenes in movies I’ve watched a thousand times make me cry. Rudy, Father of the Bride, every Disney movie ever made, including Aladdin. The Dancing Queen sequence in Mama Mia! I’m sorry, but that’s just unacceptable. Dancing Queen? If I remember right, I think I even cried at the end of Oz, the Great and Powerful. And to make matters worse, my husband always has to point it out.
“Are you crying?”
I don’t like being a cry baby. It’s highly embarrassing and inconvenient. Anyway, that was my little confession. Any other easy weepers out there? Maybe we could form a support group.
About The Author
Somewhere Between Black and White by Shelly Hickman ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Somewhere Between Black and White by Shelly Hickman
Publisher: Independent Self-Publishing
Publication Date: December 27, 2012
Format: eBook - 164 pages / Kindle - 356 KB / Nook - 657 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
BUY THE BOOK: Somewhere Between Black and White
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.
When approaching life's problems, Sophie sees in black and white. That is, when they're someone else's problems. So when it comes to her sister, Sophie is sure she has all the answers, and offers them without hesitation. If only her sister would listen.
Then, through a series of chance encounters, she meets Sam, who is witty, kind, and downright unflappable. Sophie has the overwhelming sense that she's known him before, and as a relationship builds between them, odd visions invade her mind. Though she tries to dismiss them, their persistence will not allow it.
As someone who is quick to judge others, she is intrigued by Sam's ability to accept people as they are. She begins to see him as a role model, but try as she may, his accepting nature is difficult to emulate.
Will Sophie ever be able to put her hasty judgments aside and realize not every problem has a simple solution?
My Book Review:
Somewhere Between Black and White is an enjoyable story that delves into the dynamics of family, romantic relationships and life in general. Written in the third person narrative and set in Las Vegas, author Shelly Hickman weaves a fun tale that follows computer teacher Sophie Cook as she learns that life isn't always black and white, that it also has a softer shade of gray.
Sophie is very opinionated and quick to judge people and situations, she views life as either black or white. At first glance she comes off very strong, abrupt and abrasive when dealing with her older sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Christian. Evelyn has lupus, and Sophie is very concerned for her sister because Christian has a mood disorder that makes him disconnected from everyone and everything in life, rendering him unable to help take care of Evelyn, which makes Sophie totally nuts. But Sophie's in for a lesson in life when she meets fellow teacher Sam Collins. As Sophie and Sam's romantic relationship develops, this strong and steady man teaches Sophie that life isn't always black and white, that sometimes life and its situations fall within a gray area.
I really enjoyed reading this story, it provides a healthy dose of reality when the story delves into matters involving the dynamics of family and romantic relationships and life situations, but it also has a humorous side like when Sophie is dealing with her troublesome students in the classroom, and it also has a sweet romantic love story between Sophie and Sam.
I have to admit that at first I was not a fan of Sophie. I didn't like her strong and overbearing personality, especially in her dealings with Evelyn and Christian. But when Sophie meets Sam and their relationship develops, I like the change in Sophie, she becomes a more softer and accepting person. I love Sam, he's a gentle, kind and accepting man that simply melted my heart. I also admired Evelyn and Christian's marriage, they both have their struggles in life, but the love and dedication that they have for each other keeps them strong and holding on. The only thing that I did not enjoy was the flashbacks that was interwoven throughout the story, they just didn't make sense and were an unnecessary distraction. But overall, if you are looking for a heartwarming and entertaining story that has a sweet romance and thoughtful life message included, then Somewhere Between Black and White would be a perfect light summer beach read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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