Saturday, August 20, 2011

The old and the new!

The very first early review of OFF THE CLOCK, coming from Samhain in October, popped up on the site!

Guilt and misunderstandings create dramatic tension in this novella that launches Canadian author Alward's "First Responders" series. Set near Halifax, NS, the story focuses on Gabe Brennan, a former scholarship football player who was a bystander when his teammate and friend Brandon overdosed at a college party. Now a paramedic, Gabe witnesses a hit-and-run accident that injures Brandon's newly divorced and pregnant sister, Carly. Family secrets are revealed and tender love builds as Carly adjusts to being a single mother and her blossoming relationship with Gabe. 

 Verdict A satisfying read combining all the right measures of apprehension and reconciliation.

And BREATHE has also been reviewed (out in ebook now, coming in Print from Samhain in December) and this totally made me smile! Check out Romantic Rose's Bookshelf:

One thing I find I really enjoy about Alward's novels is her ability to write real problems and conflicts that are well-written melodrama. However, instead of feeling like the characters are being cheesy and going over-board in their hurt, I find that I really enjoy how truthful and honest the characters are about how much hurt they suffered. In comparison to many other romance authors, Alward seems to be exaggerating the emotions in her story - but I find that she can really make it work. Alward writes some of the most human romances I’ve ever read, and I truly appreciate the realistic edge to her books dealing love in life – instead of love in fantasy.
All in all, Alward has written a true winner that will pull on your heart-strings, curl your toes, wet your eyes, and remain in your memory for a long, long time.

Exquisite. Simply exquisite.
BUT WAIT - There's more!
Fast-paced and completely absorbing, this book with captivate you from start to finish.
Thank you Rose May for the fantastic review!

Nas Dean also reviewed BREATHE:

 Donna Alward brings her trademark tenderness, warmth and sensitivity in telling this story. I had grave doubts about how the issues would resolve and how she would manage to get this two characters together for their happily ever after, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Donna Alward has written a spellbinding tale of powerful secrets, new beginnings, redemption and hope that will make readers chuckle as well as wipe away a tear or two. A poignant story about letting go of the past and seizing the day, BREATHE is another first-rate keeper by Donna Alward!
Thanks Nas!

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