Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Character Avoidance & WRONG PLACE, RIGHT TIME Review & giveaway w/ Brooke Williams

Thank you for visiting, Brooke. 
I'm curious, as a reader there are characters I don't care to read about. They irk me and if it's bad enough can ruin the entire book.
What type, if any, do you try to avoid writing? 

When it comes to female characters, I don’t like the overly attractive, drop dead gorgeous type. I enjoy writing women that are much more average…much more real. In “Wrong Place, Right Time,” Kate Covington is a TV traffic reporter. She’s a nice looking gal, but she’s not tall…she doesn’t have long legs…she isn’t stick thin…and she doesn’t give a wit about hair, makeup, clothes or any other piece of image. Perhaps that’s why she’s not that good at reporting the traffic. Haha.

I like strong women who know what they want in life and aren’t afraid to go after it, but I also want them to be real, down to earth people who could be your best friend. Everyone knows someone who struggles in the love department. Do any of us know a 6-foot Amazonian blonde with a perfect figure?

As for male characters, I tend to write men who appear full of themselves, but deep down are really just as vulnerable as anyone else. I avoid writing men that are shallow and are actually full of themselves through and through. I don’t like it when a character knows he’s attractive and tells people so without question! Men are often one thing in front of most people and something else entirely when they are alone with just one person they trust.

Overall, I feel that characters need to have depth. No real person has only one side. Characters might be one thing in one scene and something else in another. One-sided characters are not only no fun to write, but they are boring and not very realistic!

I put a lot of myself into various characters so perhaps my avoidance of certain traits and characteristics says something about who I am…or who I’m not! Either way, I enjoyed the characters in “Wrong Place, Right Time.” I feel like once I have the characters formed, they tell me what their story is and how to write it!

Wrong Place, Right Time
by Brooke Williams
A Novella


Release Date: December 9 , 2014
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Fiction: Romance/General
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-289-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
Wrong Place, Right Time is a humorous, light romance about TV traffic reporter, Kate Covington.  After admitting she is in love with her best friend, Brian, Kate barges into a Las Vegas wedding chapel to stop him from getting married.  When the bride storms out, Kate sees that she interrupted the wrong wedding.  The groom, Chad Leida, who needs to marry before turning 30 in order to inherit his family fortune, has an intriguing offer for Kate.  Marry him and spend a year as his wife for a million dollars. 
Kate, who is greatly in debt and believes her friend has already married, considers the offer.
Once Kate makes her spontaneous decision, her life is on the fast track and the real adventure begins.  Caught between two men, she begins to realize that though she turned up in the Wrong Place, she might have arrived just at the Right Time.

My thoughts

Kate Covington decides to take life by the horns and stop the man she loves from making the mistake of his life.  Somehow, clumsy Kate winds up married herself to Chad Leida, one of the richest most eligible bachelors in the U.S. How does a clumsy TV traffic girl from Nebraska win and lose a fella like Chad?  You’ll have to read WRONG PLACE, RIGHT TIME for the answer.

WRONG PLACE, RIGHT TIME is a sweet modern take on a fairy tale.

The three main characters, KateChad, and Brian are almost too good to be true.
Kate’s an honest, forgiving, occasionally clumsy, beauty who’s a bit naïve.
Chad is handsome, filthy rich, playboy without the obnoxious off putting playboy traits.
Brian is handsome and one of the most giving, considerate people ever.

Considering the premise and characters you’d be forgiven for thinking WRONG PLACE, RIGHT TIME might come across as saccharine sweet and gooey. 
Color me surprised, it’s not.  It is sweet, charming, and thoughtful with a touch of “be careful what you wish for.” 
WRONG PLACE, RIGHT TIME is a gentle reminder that often your attitude, perception, and a healthy dose of gumption can make all the difference in the world.  And maybe, just maybe, fairy tales can come true.

3.5 stars

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Praise for Wrong Place, Right Time
"Really really fantastic book! I had a very hard time putting my kindle down when my work breaks were over. Loved everything..the plot, the characters, the romance. Definitely recommend. This won't be the only Brooke Williams book I read." - Carrie Goodreads Review

Brooke Williams is an award-winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as several novels, including Someone Always Loved You and Beyond the Bars. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College, with a double major in Mass Communications and Religious Studies. She has twelve years of experience in radio broadcasting, both behind the scenes and on-air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a brief time. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.   

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