Book Review: Beneath the Silence by Charlene Carr

***I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review***

Secrets have consequences. If given the power, they will lead you into a life you never dreamed of or wanted.

Brooke Lake is a girl caught in a town and a life she yearns to escape. Full of anger, fear, and questions without answers, she runs from her problems only to lose herself in a world that’s too much for her.

Molly Shirley is a woman without a past and no foreseeable future. Her body is her best commodity, so she does whatever she has to do to survive.

Broken by lies, Brooke and Molly must explore the parts of themselves they would rather keep secret. Only by confronting the past can they develop the strength to create a life of their own making–a life where love and forgiveness never come too late.

I loved this contemporary drama covering Brooke’s childhood to becoming a woman and Molly’s journey from teen to woman. The story kept switching between Brooke and Molly’s point of view. Right away I figured out who Molly was, but that didn’t ruin the story for me. In fact, the author did such a wonderful job with characterization that I really cared for everyone in the story. When they laughed, I laughed. When they cried, I shed tears. 

I loved this book because it was full of drama–Brooke’s family dynamic was downright depressing. With a family like hers, who needs enemies. Good thing she had her neighbor and best friend, Gabe. Molly was a poor, naive teen who turned to stripping and prostitution in order to survive. Some of her roommates (coworkers) were decent. Both ladies needed self-reflection and I prayed that they could find themselves. It’s never too late.

My favorite lines: 1) He looked like the brother she remembered, not the strange person he’d turned into. 2) Riv. Her protector. Her hero…until he wasn’t. 3) Are cliches okay if they’re real? 4) The older Brooke got, the easier the lies came.

The author was brilliant with dialogue and creating tension. All the scenes were full of emotion. I definitely thought of this story as an indie movie, a tear jerker. It seemed like every time Molly tried to get ahead, bad luck would find her. She wanted to get her GED, but her past haunted her. She had a supportive boyfriend until he became an insensitive jerk. She faced inner-conflict every day–strip vs. real world.

I loved the twist at the end. I hadn’t seen that as the cause for Brooke’s mom, dad, and brother’s unhappiness. The entire situation broke my heart. If only…

My favorite scenes involved Grams telling Brooke about her parent’s tragic past, Brooke meeting her niece for the first time, and Brooke and Gabe getting closure. I can’t lie. This book made me cry. I loved how journal entries became a part of the narration. These characters were beyond broken, and the author didn’t shy away from that. It made for a very emotional, inspirational journey.

I’m definitely a fan of the author’s writing style. Usually I get bored with long books, but I didn’t want Molly or Brooke’s story to end. I rooted for them to become strong women. Did they get happy endings? You’ll have to read to find out.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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My Books Are Available On Platforms Other Than Amazon!!! Yippie!!!

I had a blast on Amazon’s KDP Program, but it’s time to start thinking long term regarding my books. Right now, I think it’s best to be on as many platforms as possible. I reinstated One By One and Something’s Amiss on B&N and Smashwords. I also added my books to Draft 2 Digital (this site is very easy to distribute to all book sites). Wish me luck! 🙂

 

  

 

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby 

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #4

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome site that brings writers together who want to share their work to the blogosphere. All writers and authors are welcome to join, introducing excerpts from published and/or unpublished works. Please visit the WeWriWa’s website tomorrow to read all the talented writers.

I’ve had fun sharing parts of my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, but this will be the last excerpt. I thought it’d be best to show Dominic, who is Raven’s father. It’ll be cool sharing parts of my different stories, ranging in different genres.

With this excerpt, Dominic told Oliver a secret the night before and he’s nervous that Oliver may spill the beans. It’s the day of Jenna’s funeral and everyone’s on edge.

Here we go 🙂 :

Oliver caught Dominic glaring at him.

“Hey man, were you two really talking about Poe?” he asked.

“Yeah.”

“I thought your mom was just trying to cover for you. I thought you were talking about what happened at my place last night.”

“No, I told you I wouldn’t.”

“I know, but you have to admit you tell your mom everything….”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

 

 

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #3

Weekend Writing Warriors bring authors together who’d like to share their work with the blogosphere and social media. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscript or draft is shared around the web. It can be from a published or unpublished work. If you’re interested in joining or would like to check out other writers who participated for the week, please go to WeWriWa’s website on JULY 6TH.

For this round, I thought it’d be cool to show Poe’s friendship developing with Raven. For someone afraid of children, maybe she didn’t do so bad with baby-sitting after all.

Here’s the excerpt:

When everyone had gone, Poe massaged Raven’s scalp as she settled on her lap. Even though she couldn’t see her face, Poe could feel her tears, her shoulder was soaking wet. She rubbed Raven’s back while the little diva held on for dear life.

“I want Mommy.”

“I know, Raven, I know.” Poe closed her eyes, rocking Raven back and forth. Poe didn’t know what it felt like to lose a parent. Unfortunately, Raven would learn this tough lesson at a very young age.

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21795800.jpg2Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          —Goodreads          —-My Book Page

 

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #2

Weekend Writing Warriors bring authors together who’d like to share their work with the blogosphere and social media. By 9 AM on Sundays, an 8 sentence excerpt of your manuscript or draft is shared around the web. It can be from a published or unpublished work. If you’re interested in checking out other writers who participated for the week, please go to WeWriWa’s website on JUNE 29th.

This excerpt is a continuation from my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss. Click here for last week’s. Poe and Oliver are standing in the kitchen; they haven’t seen each other in over a year.

Here’s the excerpt:

Oliver moved closer. “Do you love him?”

She didn’t know where to go. Leaning against the counter, Poe inhaled the scent of his cologne. A flash of him, his bare chest over her, danced through her mind. She shook her head, as if this would rid her of the memory. “No,” she blurted without thinking. “Do you love Kate?”

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21795800.jpg2THIS BOOK IS FREE JUNE 30TH-JULY 2ND. GET YOUR FREE COPY!!!

Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, Oliver’s cousin. Deciding life’s too short, he plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. She gets an unexpected surprise when she’s able to bond with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Poe soon realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Amazon          —Goodreads        —My Book Page

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Something’s Amiss Received A 4-Star Review!!!

I would like to thank Becki at The Musing Writer for reviewing Something’s Amiss. She gives a pretty good account of the events that lead up to the cliffhanger, so if you’re curious about the plot, definitely check out what she had to say. Here’s a snippet:

I think Something’s Amiss is a good read. I hope Yawatta does a follow up book on this story, because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

If you’d like to read the rest, please visit–Book Review on Something’s Amiss By Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Something’s Amiss Goodreads Giveaway!!!

It’s that time again for more free stuff!!! My Goodreads giveaway ends May 11th–Mother’s Day. Something’s Amiss would be a beautiful gift to give to someone you love. It explores loss and love, something everyone goes through. My favorite scenes were Poe bonding with the little girl, Raven.

WIN ONE FREE AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACK!!!

Here’s the link to enter if anyone’s interested: Something’s Amiss Goodreads Giveaway

21795800.jpg2Oliver never thought he’d see his ex, Poe, step foot in Rhode Island again. But, she returns a year later to pay her respects for the loss of Jenna, his cousin. Deciding life’s too short, Oliver plans to fight for what he wants. Can he convince Poe to give him a second chance? Or will old resentments resurface?

Poe’s life is going well in Pittsburgh. Her comic book is in production, and she has a great social life. Her world is shattered when she finds out her best friend, Jenna, passed away. She goes to Rhode Island, planning to attend the funeral. Poe  gets an unexpected surprise when she bonds with Jenna’s younger daughter, Raven. And, for a long time, she thought her ex hated her. Soon, she realizes, maybe she was wrong.

Good luck to all who participates in the giveaway!!!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby