Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a nice weekend of holiday fun ahead! Don't worry if you are looking for Friday Forecast it follows this post! I had to squeeze Misty on today because I adore her, she is funny and sweet, and an awesome indie author whom you should all be reading and because I can't say no to having her on the blog because she is always entertaining. If you are unfamiliar with Misty I have featured her books on the blog a couple of times Cornerstone and Keystone.
Today Misty is back with her latest novel a New Adult title called Hale Maree...it isn't hailey or anything like that it is a fun play on words: hail Mary if you will. Anyway this is an interesting rags to riches story with the most unlikely path, an unexpected arranged marriage. You just have to read if for yourself. I am done rambling here is Misty's bio:
Misty Provencher writes everything that her brain can get its matter on. In late 2011, she released her debut, Young Adult novel, Cornerstone, and, in 2012, followed it with the sequel, Keystone. Also in 2012, Provencher released her Adult novel, Hale Maree, and a New Adult novel, Mercy, A Gargoyle Story. Writing across categories and genres, Provencher intends to provide readers with as much excitement, intrigue, and escape as they can handle. You can find Misty on her blog,FB, Twitter and Goodreads.
Here is Misty to share with us her insight on author criticism:
Hiya Heidi! Thank you for being part of Hale’s blog tour! I always love being over here on the Rainy Day Ramblings blog and that’s why, for my guest post, I thought I’d ramble a little bit about the criticism authors face. I think I have a little different perspective on criticism, so I figured I’d share!
Ok. So, what are you writing for?
Here’s the thing.
Some people will tell you to write for yourself and don’t you dare write for publication.
They’ll tell you that you’ll never be the next Stephen King or Rowlings or Meyer or Steinbeck.
They’ll blah blah blah in rotten reviews of your work all over the place.
They’ll tell you your premise, your editing, your character names...stink.
And here’s the real deal.
Stop listening to crap.
So let’s start right from the beginning. Writing for ourselves. I’m not sure if we have any other choice but to write for ourselves, because why would we stick with something that bores us or annoys us or doesn’t turn our cranks? We found this profession because we enjoy it. But whoa- that’s not to say there will be times when we don’t or things that we don’t like about the process. I’m sure doctors love healing and don’t love losing a patient. It’s just to say that, the overall enchilada is: we enjoy writing and therefore, we write because we enjoy it.
And yes, I’ve heard the Boo Radleys saying it’s evil to write with publication in mind. Poppycock, I tell you. Of course you should write for publication, because that is the point, isn’t it? Who writes never to be read? Okay, there might be some of a few of you oddballs out there, but you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you were one of them. Most writers write with the dreams of being read by many. I know I do. That also means you have to know and write for the audience that you want to have reading your work. So, it only makes sense that we write with publication in mind. Dur.
Oh, and let’s talk about the evils of money. No true artist should get paid, is that it? Ballderdash. Of course you want to write for the money! Money is one of the forms of validation that people are reading your work. Who doesn’t want that? Writing for money isn’t a sin...it’s called having a job you love.
How about fame? Shame on you for wanting it? You’ll never get it? Who is better to listen to—the people who say you can’t or the ones who say you can? You want to be the next big thing? Cool. Be it! I’m sure all kinds of folks told King and Rowlings and Collins and Meyer there was no room for them at the Big Time table either. See how that worked out? DON’T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF.
Yeah, and the reviews. How about the blah blah in those bad reviews? Or how about the hater-brigaded that just hatey-hate-hate everything you do?
Um...some folks seem to make it their full-time job to grump and complain and hate. So, I say, let the haters go peel the wallpaper. Whose opinion is more important to you—the ones who hate or the ones who love your work? The lovers, of course! Celebrate THEM. The lovers are the ones you are writing for anyway!
So, there you are.
Do what you do, my friends. Do it, and celebrate it, and celebrate the people who want to ride the ride with you. This is life. Don’t waste your time on the folks who don’t want you to live it!
So there you have it! Misty writes the funniest posts! For The Hale Maree Tour Misty has put together some awesome prize packs to go forth and enter thee contests and enjoy. Remember they are not hosted by Rainy Day Rambling so you don't have to suffer through reading my Contest Policies today! Thanks Misty!
Also be sure to watch for Misty's newest title coming in December: Mercy: A Gargoyle Story! Misty will be back here in January!a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she’s just a 18-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to effect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men met for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that. But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father. As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen. ebook Published November 19th 2012
Four stars: An engaging read that features an arranged marriage!
Hale busily prepares dinner, not knowing when her father will return home and in what condition he will be. Her father has a drinking problem and he is always dragging home skeevy men. She hears him enter, and sure enough, he brings home an unexpected guest. This time it is a long lost friend from childhood. Hale quickly grabs her food and heads to her room to hide. She knows better than to hang around with two drunk men, but as she steals down the hall, she hears something that stops her in her tracks. The pair begins whispering about her, and Hale's heart plummets to her feet as she hears her dad discussing marriage with this man's son. Feeling sick, she hides in her room hoping fervently that is just the talk of two drunkards. The next morning, her worst fears are confirmed. Her father tells her she must marry Oscar Maree, because there has been some trouble and the marriage is the way to ensure her future and Mr. Maree's image. Hale stubbornly refuses, but her father says she has no choice. Will Hale indeed marry a stranger?
What I Liked:
- Over the past year, Misty Provencher has become one of my favorite indie authors. I adored her Cornerstone Series. I know that when I pick up one of her books I will get an interesting story with amazing characters. Her male leads are especially swoon worthy, first Garrett and Sean (Cornerstone) and now Oscar Maree. Oscar with his washboard abs and considerate personality will have you swooning. If all grooms in arranged marriages were like Oscar, I think girls would be clamoring to be betrothed into a promised marriage contract. He is kind and caring, loyal and good natured and extremely patient. One of my favorite moments in the book is when he tells Hale at their second meeting that he forgives her for assuming he is like everyone else, and indeed this is true. He is not your average boy.
- I enjoyed the story line in this one. It is completely different and unexpected. Sure, I admit that the entire contrived marriage plot is a little hard to swallow, but Misty makes a good case and I was easily convinced that it could happen. I liked that this story has a situation that is unique along with a bit of a murder mystery and, of course, a smoking hot romance.
- The romance in this one is interesting to watch unfold. Hale is dragging her feet unwilling to enter into this marriage contract despite her father's demands. When she meets Oscar his charming manners and good looks make her waver, but she is stubborn and refuses to acquiesce despite Oscar's pleas. This is one of those relationships that starts off with an antagonistic beginning: Hale insists that she doesn't like Oscar, but as the story progresses her heart flutters and little tendrils take root until she is head over heels for him. Even though the circumstances for the relationship are a bit unbelievable, the resulting chemistry is very convincing.
- I liked that Hale is eighteen, shy and a virgin. She is inexperienced when it comes to boyfriends and relationships so when she is suddenly thrust into this arranged marriage she is scared and terrified of sex and intimacy. I appreciated that Misty did such a good job of conveying a girl's fears and desires when it comes to a first time sexual encounter. I think she got the right blend of emotions and feelings.
- The addition of Hale's best friend, Sher really lightened up the mood. Sher is hilarious with her overly enthusiastic responses and commentary on Hale's situation. She is the kind of best friend every girl needs and she totally made me laugh with her crazy remarks. I just wish that she had a bigger part in the story.
- I was thrilled and surprised to see my name listed in the thank you section at the end of the book. It sure makes you feel good to know that people appreciate you. Thanks Misty!
And The Not So Much:
- Hale has a tough relationship with her father, he is an alcoholic who at times can be mean and scary. I felt that this relationship between Hale and her father was not quite fleshed out. Hale appears to love him, and yet she is terrified of him. I just wanted a bit more background information. How did the two of them survive the alcohol binges? Why exactly did Hale's mother leave? Was he a good dad? Did he do a decent job raising her or was she pretty much on her own? A tiny bit more detail on this rocky relationship would have enhanced the read for me.
- I struggled with the developments with Oscar's friends. The morning after Oscar and Hale escape to the Maree beach house, when they are in the midst of working things out, Oscar's best friend Landon shows up with his terrible girlfriend Amy, and of course, things get sticky. I felt that Oscar inviting his friend to crash the beach house when he is in the middle of a tricky situation was stupid. Even though I could see why Amy and Landon had to visit, I hated the interruption.
- When Oscar first meets Hale he is in a relationship with another girl. Things aren't exactly going well between the two, so when he breaks it off the other girl is a bit put out. Fuming, in fact. I thought at the end, Sophie's quick change of heart was a bit unbelievable.
- As much as I loved Oscar, I admit I struggled with him as well. I kept thinking this guy is too good to be true. He is so kind and compassionate and caring, and completely willing to go through with this arranged marriage that I had trouble accepting him. Are there really guys like that out there? Even though he stretches the boundaries of believability, he is definitely worth meeting because he is just wonderful, and smoking hot as well!
- Finally, this book is not for the YA audience. It is clearly an adult book or a New Adult title. There are some detailed and steamy sex scenes in this one so heads up! This book is best suited for mature readers.
Hale Maree is a fun little book that features a "Hail Mary" arranged marriage. Can two complete strangers make their marriage work? Find out as Hale and Oscar navigate through this tough and strange situation. Misty Provencher is an indie author to watch. Her writing is funny and engaging and she always manages to make me smile. If you are looking for a new indie author pick up her books with confidence knowing you are in for a good read!
"I think of the whole Hale's-a-virgin-Oscar's not-a-beater-let's-have-grandkids discussion from last night. "
"I still cling to the hope that people are good, down deep. The prospect of life being full of a bunch of evil people, who are waiting to screw you over the minute your turn your back, is way too depressing."
"What if I said I love you, Oscar?"
He finally looks back up, meeting my gaze.
"Then I'd come running," he says."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.