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25 days of Indie’s – Deceived Day 1!!

So one of my favorite book bloggers is up to something new – a 25 day video posting for the 25 days of Christmas that features indie authors. Keeley’s support of what we as indie authors are trying to do is seemingly rare from what I’ve seen thus far and very appreciated by me and my buddies.

So huge thanks to her and I hope you enjoy the video!!

Deceived was picked for Day 1!!

Check it out. 🙂

Deceived – Reviewed


Review: Deceived by LA Starkey

The last YA book I read was the last of the Twilight books. Although I found them entertaining enough (anti-feminist message and unnecessary length aside), they didn’t inspire me to pick up another YA book in a hurry.

Then I stumbled across this debut book my Laurie Starkey via my book club and thought why the devil not. I have to admit that checking out the author on Twitter did help my interest as a) she is completely normal, and b) it didn’t strike me as a pile of soppy tripe which would have our young heroine pining over some guy as if nothing else in the world matters.

I was not disappointed! The book focuses on Samantha (no, wait Sam!), her relationship with her best bud Julie, and her emerging love life. No you didn’t need the tissues. What Starkey creates here is a genuine picture of being a teenage girl – Sam is feisty, funny and has hormones! She’s battling with a fear of getting close to people following her formative years in care, not wanting to be seen as some guy’s plaything and the day to day battle of being accepted in High School. The writing is sharp, witty and evocative of all the quick fire banter with friends and the emotions I had in my teenage years. She captures the unique friendship which girls have with each remarkably well. All this is set against a backdrop of Greek mythology (clearly well researched) which Sam has destined to be the soul mate of two immortal brothers who compete for her affections. At time the book is quite dark and it touches on some gritty topics – bereavement, abandonment, jealousy – but they’re pulled together in a style which is light and easy to read.

Now I know that YA may not be for everyone but if you are looking for a well written work with a strong female protagonist, you couldn’t go far wrong with this one. I’ll certainly be picking up the sequel when it comes out.

Helen Treharne


Want my opinion? Be honest now… do you really?

It’s humorous to me how often we ask for the opinions of others, but if we receive something back that differs, even slightly from our own, many of us take offense.


Case and point:

My 15 year old walked into the kitchen last night, having just spent the day in the pool with us. Her hair was a hot mess and she was getting ready to go on a date. She wears her long blonde hair wavy every once in a while, simply because she can pull off that “California Girl” look. That look still requires clean hair and a little bit of hair gel.

She looks at me with an eyebrow raised and says, “Be honest, Mom. Knowing me and how I like to present myself, does my hair look alright?”

I wanted to lie and say yes, but the look I was getting almost seemed like a door to be truthful, like she really wanted my opinion no matter what. Almost being the keyword here.

I paused and looked at her wild mess of hair and wanted to ask if she’d looked at the mirror, but I bit my tongue and contemplated lying verses telling the truth.

“For real, Mom. I’m going on a date and I need to know. Tell me.”

Now in all actuality my silence told her everything she needed to know, right?

I smiled and said, “It doesn’t look like a hair style that you’d wear outside of the house, but you’re always beautiful to me.”

She huffed and walked out, speaking over her shoulder. “You could’ve lied.”

I laughed and responded, “I did. You look like a hot mess!”


This is so us as humans though, isn’t it. Tell me your opinion, give me your thoughts and comment on my stuff, but never mind unless you agree with me.

I can honestly say that in terms of my writing – I want constructive feedback.

My goal is to create something that draws people into the moment and leaves their heart racing, or broken, or full of hope. If my novel isn’t doing that, I want to know.

The book isn’t who I am and doesn’t define me – unless I let it. However, if I can remove myself from the opinion and consider the fact that I asked for feedback and received it, then perhaps I can objectively step back and see if it’s a valid thought. 

Receiving a bad review or a negative comment can be hurtful and discouraging, but I’d encourage you, like I do my kids and coach myself at times, step back and welcome the positive and negative opinions of others. Most times those opinions make us better and richer and wiser.

If not – tell them they suck too and move on. J