The Honorable Ones

Today, I received my first review of The Honorable Ones manuscript. Since I’m an unpublished author trying to land a literary agent, I felt submitting the manuscript for possible review might help to get some unbiased, constructive feedback.

The manner in which I submitted the manuscript gave no guarantees that it would even be read, but I liked this concept of uncertainty. Why? If the novel’s hook wasn’t enticing to a reviewer, then it certainly needed work before pitching it to an agent. Further, the manuscript had no book cover, so I knew if it sat untouched by a reviewer then I needed a stronger pitch. I was delighted to find the manuscript was picked up by a reviewer and that it received a 5-star rating.

Here’s what the reviewer had to say about it:

5 stars! Reviewed By Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite

“Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer.” The Honorable Ones is a suspenseful romance by Snow Brooks. Caleb Capossi, second-in-command in the Knights of the Paladin, wonders why Vince, the Capo dei Capi, wants him dead. When his wife, Abby, is attacked on Vince’s orders, Caleb goes into hiding after faking his own death to plan revenge. Abby passes her husband’s staged murder scene and has a mental breakdown, while using a method known as “boxing” to forget her husband’s existence. Caleb searches deep into the Paladin’s organization with the help of Matisse, another Paladin member to unearth Vince’s motives, but it’s more complex than he imagined and difficult to distinguish friends from foes. Nevertheless, that’s easier than trying to unblock Abby’s memory and Caleb would rather die than live without his love.

Although The Honorable Ones falls under the category suspenseful romance, it also has its fair share of mystery and murders that give the engaging drama a subtle mafia flair. Caleb is handsome, strong, ruthless when necessary, and deeply loves his wife. His determination to regain Abby’s love is admirable, but there were times when I was irritated by Abby’s self-centered attitude and how she dealt with problems. The plot is very good and I particularly liked how the Knights of the Paladin hierarchy is structured. Snow Brooks’ writing is well paced and creative. She constantly leaves twists when you think you’ve got a part figured out. The Honorable Ones is a lovely book worth reading.

 

Mother’s Day

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It’s been 22 years since I lost my Mom. A couple weeks before she died we had a frank conversation about life and death. She was diagnosed with breast cancer so we both knew that death was a possibility, though no one expected her to die so suddenly.

I told her I was terrified at the thought of living without her, that she was my best confidant, and I would be lost without her.

She assured me, “If something happens to me, you’ll be fine. You’ll have a family of your own someday and find happiness in them. So don’t worry.”

Well, I was right. Losing her was devastating. But she was right also. I survived the grief and my family has brought me so much joy.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama! Love you!