BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 28 March 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE EVENT – FALLING FOR THE BEAST BY VICTORINE LIESKE
TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – RELEASE EVENT – FALLING FOR THE BEAST BY VICTORINE LIESKE
Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he’s dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.
Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.
Aribelle hadn’t seen Mr. Walker get anything to eat while she’d been there, so she timidly entered the living room. He looked like he was asleep in his recliner, the television over the fireplace droning on, but when she started to back out he stirred. She cleared her throat. “Do you want me to make you a sandwich before I leave, Mr. Walker?”
“No,” he said without turning. “You may go.” He dismissed her with a wave. It was then that she noticed a white bandage wrapped around his hand, a bright red spot forming on the back.
“You’re bleeding.” She ran and knelt to examine him. “Did you fall and cut your hand?” She picked up his bandaged fingers, only to have confusion flow through her. These were not the fingers of an old man.
She peered up into his hooded face and gasped. Thaddeus Walker was young. Maybe not even thirty. Long, dark hair hung in his face, and it looked like he hadn’t shaved in a few weeks. Just below his right eye, a large jagged scar extended down his cheek, disappearing into his growing stubble. The rest of the skin on his face was littered with smaller white scars as if he had fallen face-first into a bowl of razor blades. The sight of it made her flinch.
His bright, green eyes burned with fury. He yanked his hand away from her. “Get out!”
She fell backward and scrambled to her feet. “I’m sorry…I—”
“Go!” he yelled, picking up the remote control and throwing it at the wall. It shattered, leaving a dent.
She didn’t have to be told again. She grabbed her purse and ran to the front door. Rushing out into the evening, she didn’t bother to look back. Her heart pounded as she started her Rabbit and drove down the hill toward the highway. It didn’t matter how much she needed the money. She wasn’t ever going back there. Thaddeus Walker was a beast.
rem: Hullo, Victorine, welcome. If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?
VICTORINE: Ah, I wouldn’t leave this time period. I love my laptop too much!! But I might go visit some other time periods. Maybe for a day. It would be fun to see the early 1900’s.
rem: Me too! Nice to visit but there’s no place (or time) like home. Where did you find this story idea?
VICTORINE: This story idea came in the form of a ‘what if’ question. Spoiler Alert. This kind of spoils a little of the plot, but I don’t mind if you don’t mind. Go ahead and read if you’re curious. I thought to myself, What if I wrote a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and the beast character was ugly with scars because he healed people, and each time he did, he got a new scar?” That was the beginning of the story. Then my imagination took off and it grew from there.
rem: Those “what ifs” are a writer’s best friend, aren’t they! Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?
VICTORINE: Thaddeus was the easiest to write. He just came with all kinds of angst and past baggage. He was really fun to write as well. Love the brooding handsome kind of guy.
rem: So much we can do (write) with all that baggage. What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?
VICTORINE: Great question. I am a big muncher. I love anything chocolate, but I have to limit that. I also eat popcorn. And Skittles. And Starburst. Yeah, I should be 300 pounds.
rem: Ohhhh, yessss, chocolate!!!! What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”
VICTORINE: I actually start reading the whole thing right away, while the end is still fresh in my mind, because sometimes little details or things I put in the beginning don’t quite match up to where the ending sits, so I have to go fix those and make everything smooth. But after that edit, I usually go out for steak with hubby!
Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel, Accidentally Married, hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015. Victorine is a graphic designer as well, and can be hired for book cover design.
Cleaning somebody’s house is not what Aribelle wanted to do. But there weren’t any other jobs.
Thaddeus Walker had his reasons for specifying an older woman to come and clean for him. But Aribelle was desperate.
He meant to send her away but he was intrigued by her. She wasn’t appalled at him.
Still, she mustn’t find out his secret.
Aribelle tried to mind her own business. But her tender and compassionate heart drove her to care for her new employer beyond the expectations of the job.
Ms. Lieske has taken a classic and given it a modern look. While the dark elements are there, is has an almost whimsical feel to it, and in the end, a profound moral. She begins the story innocently enough, and gradually builds the supernatural element into it.
But nothing is as it seems. Nothing is ever as it seems.
I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
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