One Last Wish

So my newest book, One Last Wish, is now available! Crazy, isn’t it? I’m 21 years old and I’m now the proud author of threeBelanger Mockup 2 (1) published books!

So now I’m looking for some reviews. If you’re willing to provide an honest review, and post it to Amazon.com , goodreads, and barnesandnoble.com , I would be willing to provide a PDF file via email.

Please email me at: authornicolebelanger@gmail.com if interested.

OR

If you just want to buy a paperback or kindle copy for yourself, you can do so HERE

I hope to hear from you soon!

Book Review: Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

Former police officer Danny Mancini had fallen into a bottomless pit of alcoholism until Detective Angelica Cross dragged into a different kind of darkness. A darkness that contains his worst nightmares. Werewolves, vampires and other paranormal creatures stalk the night and Mancini has been drafted to hunt them. There was no way of kStake Outnowing his life would flip upside down when Cross knocked on his door for the first time. But it’s up to Mancini and his new partner to lay a 200 year old case to rest.

In my personal opinion, Danny Mancini gave up his alcoholism too easily. He goes from heavily drinking to rarely drinking with no withdrawal symptoms, no cravings and no slips until Angelica Cross breaks his heart. He slips back into drinking for a little while, until he’s forced to snap out of his alcoholic state once more. I work in a hospital and have seen, first hand, the effects alcohol withdrawals have on a person. Someone who drinks as heavily as Danny Mancini did should have had headaches, possible altered mental state (which made me think, at first, that his memories of the past and suddenly hunting the paranormal were just effects of withdrawal, but that is not the case in this book), nausea, anxiety or irritability, etc. But Danny doesn’t seem to have any of these effects. He stops drinking and doesn’t look back until his heart is broken. I had trouble believing this.

Danny’s relationship with Angelica grew rapidly, as it should for a novella. We want a love story, and Luchesi gives us just that. I’m curious to see how their relationship will pan out in the next book, especially now that Danny knows their history.

Danny’s memories of the past, coming through as flashbacks that he shrugged off as dreams, was a major twist to the story and I loved it. I never would have expected that to happen. However, once I knew they were true memories I knew it had to do with a love connection. As a writer, many plot twists were predictable for me. But as a reader, these may come as true shockers. Luchesi did a great job at keeping the story moving along and though some parts seemed rushed, the overall story was perfectly paced.

I also knew immediately something was up with Angelica and I was surprised Danny didn’t pick up on it sooner. His heart may have been in the way of the rational part of his mind, but he should have at least had an inkling something was different.

Though this isn’t typically a genre I tend to read, I enjoyed the book. Luchesi has a potential to be a great author and I’m excited to watch as her journey unfolds.

Beta Readers Wanted

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what!

No. I didn’t get a pony, though that would be pretty cool.

But I did finish the second draft to One Last Wish a few moments ago and now I’m searching for THREE beta readers to read the book (set up like a PDF ebook*) and then email me thoughts, concerns, comments, suggestions, etc. that you may have.

*please excuse the generic About the Author, Acknowledgements, blank pages, etc. Those are going to be filled in when I finalize the book. So please just ignore those and focus on the book.

Why am I doing this?

When I finished writing Shadows last year, I hesitantly made the decision to do this exact thing. In the end, I decided it was the best idea I ever had. I received pages upon pages of useful feedback. I don’t expect pages, but I do hope you won’t hold back for fear of offending me. I’m pretty hard to offend and I’d rather you tell me something sucks before I publish the book.

The reason why I don’t just ask my friends and family for feedback is because I don’t think I’d get unbiased criticism. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and family. They’re super supportive of my writing, they’re my biggest fans, but they also see me on a regular basis.

By asking for three perfect strangers to read this is like handing it to my fans and asking them to tell me what they think. Whether you’re a fan of mine or not, I hope you give me honest criticism (be nice about it and I won’t be offended. If you email me saying my plot line sucks, my writing sucks, and there’s nothing that can make it better, then I’ll be upset.) because you’re entitled to your opinion.

If you’re interested, I’m requesting you email me at authornicolebelanger@gmail.com and I will send you a sneak peak of One Last Wish.  I also request you tell me a little about yourself and why you think I should choose you as a beta reader. Once all three have been chosen, I will email the PDF.

I will only be giving 2 weeks to read/email me your feedback. If this is not enough time and you need an extension, please let me know. I might be able to work something out.

Last year I gave my Beta readers an autographed copy of Shadows when it was released. I can only do this for US residents. If you’re outside of the US, we can work something else out.

I look forward to hearing from you!

One Last Wish

In celebration of the holidays – and a way for me to put off studying for finals for just a little while longer – I’ve decided to give you all a sneak peak at my manuscript for One Last Wish.

I have a lot of plans for this book, one of which is for it to be a full length novel. This means, it’ll be at least twice as long as Shadows and Lost Voice were.

This sneak peak is unedited. Raw. Written and given to you like ripping a piece of my mind out and splattering it on a sheet of paper without cleaning it up. Risky, but thrilling. This is the very opening to the book. Be honest, tear it apart, force me to make it better. But over all of it, enjoy.

I feel the plate slip from my hand but when it falls to the floor, scattering shattered glass across the linoleum, no sound emerges. There is only the sound, rather primitive, that rumbles at the back of my throat. My vision clouds, distorting the images before me and I clasp my trembling hands together in a hopeless effort to steady them. All eyes are on me, watching for when I finally crumble like the wilted flower I am; fragile and prepared to break at the slightest touch. The room freezes around me and I almost think time has stopped. But time is infinite. It can neither end nor begin. It keeps ticking, each second bringing you closer to a minute. But this minute seemed to never end. Tick tock. Tick tock. Sixty seconds in a minute, but this minute dragged on, an infinite number of seconds accompanying it.

“What did you say?” I ask, bending to pick up the shattered glass. An added distraction to help avoid the repeated sentence. Nana catches my arm with a hand and I stiffen. My back straight and my eyes ahead, I try to hear Officer Reed Parker’s scripted apology once more, but his voice is muffled. Have I suddenly gone deaf? I look to Nana, then once more at Reed. I focus on his lips and try to read them. I’ve always been good at that.

“I’m so sorry for your loss.” He sighs, his hands grip his hat tightly at his waist. What loss? I look to Nana again and see the tears slip over the wrinkles lining her eyes. Should I be crying? What did I lose?

And then it hits me. My heart stops. My breath catches. I can’t breath. I can’t move. I panic. Look to Nana who’s trying to calm herself to help me. I look to Reed. He stands before me, eyes drifting towards the floor. Unmoving. I clasp a hand to my throat, fighting to get the air into my lungs. But I can’t. I feel faint. I’m going to pass out. I hear the blood rushing to my head. I feel my heartbeat in my chest once more. Fast. Hard. Loud.

I think of her. Six years old. Lost. Murdered. And for what? What purpose did killing a child have in this world? Why would someone do this to my little girl? I need to know why. I need to know who. I need to calm down so I can ask Reed the questions that are burning at the back of my mind. Time is infinite. But time has stopped.

I Went Back to High School Today

I went to hand deliver some signed copies of Shadows to former teachers of mine at Sanford High School. I wrote about both of them in the acknowledgements section of the book, and the only one that was there today was Nancy Kane, my junior year creative writing teacher. A lot has changed in the past three years or so, and the English curriculum at the high school is so much different – in a good way, of course.

She told me about the students that I’ve inspired to try to get their work published. It was incredible, and I felt so important. She asked me to come speak with her Creative Writing II class next year, and I happily accepted. Even though I’m awful at public speaking, us writers have to stick together and I’ll be more than happy to tell them about my journey into the author world and answer any questions they have for me.

For those of you who don’t know quite yet, Shadows was published about three weeks early. It was sudden and unexpected, but I spoke with my publisher to get it done early because I may be doing a book signing at a local Books a Million this summer. The book needed to be published so the store could see if they’re able to get the book in stock before they can set up the event. I’ll also be trying for Barnes and Noble, which is an almost two hour drive from me, but will be worth the experience!

I’ve received a 5 star review from Kelly Smith Reviews that stated:

“This is an amazing story of bravery, inner strength and survival.”
“I love this book and I’m sure others will as well”

So you can purchase Shadows on Amazon here:

Paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Nicole-Belanger/dp/149915982X/

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Nicole-Belanger-ebook/dp/B00KCZ7UH4/

Also, if you read, please let me know what you think of it! A few sentences in the review space would be more than enough and greatly appreciated! All reviews and feedback will be used to help me with this next book! I’m (at the time of this post) at #78,516 for my rank on the amazon best sellers (which is the best I’ve been in a long time, I was in the high 600,000s) and I want to see how high up on the rank I can get! (hoping for top 1,000s at the worst, top 100 would be golden)

Lastly, become a fan on Goodreads here:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8120883.Nicole_Belanger

and follow me on twitter!

Thank you all for your support! It means the world to me.

 

 

 

 

The Memory Closet Book Review

The Memory Closet by Ninie HammonI recently had the pleasure of getting to read The Memory Closet by Ninie Hammon. I wanted to start off with saying Ninie is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she is.

Anne Mitchell has experienced something terrible. Something so traumatic that her mind has erased all memories from before she was eleven. The first thing she remembers is being hands down in the dirt and she doesn’t know how she got there. Suffering from Amnesia, Anne embarks on a battle with the “Boogie Man” – unknowing how dangerous that may be. Is she willing to risk her sanity to dig up a past so awful that her mind erased all memory of it? Is it time to open the memory closet and reveal the “Boogie Man”?

The Memory Closet is a book that will keep you wondering what happened and each time you think you know the answer, Ninie throws another thing at you that makes you doubt your conclusion. Even when it got towards the end and I thought FOR SURE I was right, I was wrong again and Ninie threw me through another loop.

This book not only kept me on the edge of my seat white knuckling the armrests the entire time I was reading, it also drew emotions. I found myself rooting for Anne the entire time, and pitying her as she got closer to her answers. There were plenty of times where I stiffled a laugh (and a few I burst out laughing from the comfort of the charting room at work at three in the morning – don’t get me started on how embarrassing THAT was.) and even times where my heart broke for the characters.

Ninie is a captivating writer that leaves you wanting more at the end of the chapter. I will certainly be reading more from this author.

Thank you again, Ninie! I’m honored to have had the chance to not only speak with you, but to also read your work.

Buy The Memory Closet here: 
http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Closet-Modern-Contemporary-Fiction/dp/097990353X/

You can find here here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/niniehammon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninie-Hammon-Novelist/175272219212397
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/656422.Ninie_Hammon
Website: http://www.niniehammon.com

Shadows Cover Contest!

In the event of the excitement for Shadows to hit the shelves, I am holding a cover contest. When I published Lost Voice, I did my own cover design using my own photography. This time, I’m giving you the chance to become a part of the production for Shadows.

What’s in it for you? The winner will receive:

  • His or her first and last name listed as cover designer in the book.
  • A personal thank you in the back of Shadows
  • A personalized signed copy of Lost Voice
  • A personalized signed copy of Shadows once it’s released.
  • A $50 gift card to Amazon.com

Here are the rules:

  • You are to design an original, high quality title cover. Images must be owned by you or have proof of permission for use. 
  • You may work with other people to create the cover. Please include names of each contributor.
  • The cover must be able to fit the size of the book: 5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm) 
  • The cover must include my full name (Nicole Belanger) and the title of the book (Shadows)
  • You may submit more than one entry
  • Email your entry(s) to AuthorNicoleBelanger@gmail.com on or before May 4, 2014. Include first and last name of each contributor, proof of permission to use images if you do not own them, and your Country/State. Additional contact information will be necessary if your design is chosen.
  • Please email if you are planning to enter.

Description of Shadows:

Kristie Webb thought her life was just about to get on track. Fresh out of Nursing school and working her first job on a pediatric unit, she goes in for an extra shift at work expecting it to be like any other day. After a traumatic shooting, she feels as if she didn’t do everything she could to protect the people around her. She soon spirals into a deep depression when the culprit goes missing and discovers the only way out of the shadows of despair is to figure out who was behind the shooting.

***DISCLAIMER*** This is not an official description of Shadows. The description is to be determined when the novel is finished.

Take your time, have fun, and please email me if you have any questions. I look forward to your entries!