Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review/Guest Post: Security by Mandy Baggot

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,

Today I'm thrilled to be taking part of the blog tour for Security by Mandy Baggot. As part of this tour, I will be sharing some information about the author, the book,  my review and a guest post from Mandy.

But first here's some information about the author.

Mandy Baggot is a self-confessed Twitter addict who likes to sing on You Tube. She regularly guests on book blogs and is a featured author on the innovative website loveahappyending.com. She is also a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Mandy lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.


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And now for the synopsis of the novel:



Security
Romantic Suspense
Date Published-  April 4, 2013

Synopsis: 
Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.
Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?


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And now for my review.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor have I been compensated in any way for writing this review. 

An Overview of the Novel: Autumn Raine is an icon pop diva and is used to be a complete jerk in order to get attention. But then she starts getting the wrong kind of attention—attention from terrorists. 

Her mother assigns her a bodyguard to keep her safe. Autumn is furious. Her relationship with her mother is strained and she hates the idea that because of her mother she's being pulled into this mess. She also finds her bodyguard Nathan infuriating. He's so bossy and doesn't tell her anything. 

Nathan thinks Autumn is a spoiled brat and hates that he got pushed into taking this job. Autumn is beyond frustrating and is a complete jerk in his mind. He's resigned himself to absolutely taking this job.

But then things stop adding up. Who really is behind Autumn's kidnapping and what's the motive? Nathan's job is to keep her safe and he's determined to do it. But day by day, the facade of Autumn Raine starts coming down and Nathan starts becoming more attracted to her with each passing day.

But with pasts as dark as theirs do they have any chance for pursuing a relationship and even if they do will they live long enough to make it last. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Romantic suspense is my favorite genre, so to say I had high expectations for this one would be an understatement. I was preparing myself to be disappointed when I started reading this novel. Instead, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the story and the characters.

Autumn was a complete brat for two-thirds of the novel and frustrated me to no end and yet I knew there had to be something more to her. I wanted to like her. As I kept reading the novel, I found myself liking her more and more. 

Then there was Nathan. Nathan was also a complete idiot and yet I really liked him from the very beginning. He was a complete jerk to Autumn which sounds awful, but honestly Autumn probably needed some honesty, maybe a little more tactfully but still. Nathan's character was intriguing and I loved slowly piecing his character together.

The writing was solid and thoroughly entertaining. While some aspects of the suspense/terrorists elements might have seemed a little bit forced/unrealistic, on the whole it was a beautifully crafted novel that I really loved.

The pacing of the novel was masterfully crafted and the conclusion was perfect. As far as romantic suspense goes, this was one of the more entertaining ones I've read recently.

So why 4.5 out of 5 stars? I really really liked this novel. The characters, the plot, the suspense, the romance, everything was just so masterfully crafted. It is not my favorite romantic suspense novel, but it was a really good read that I enjoyed reading. 

In Summary: Mandy's novel Security offers the perfect mix of romance and suspense. Her writing is beautiful; her characters are masterfully crafted, and her plot was absolutely gripping. Fans of romantic suspense will eat this novel up. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Adult novel. Some instances of strong language. Sexual references. None are too explicit, but they are not suitable for children. 

The Wrap-up: One of my favorite romantic suspense novels of the year. This is the first novel I've read by Mandy, but it certainly won't be the last. Her writing is beautiful and I loved that her characters weren't ones I liked from the get-go. In fact, I kind of hated them when I first met them, but by the end I loved them both. That is the mark of a great writer in my book. I can't wait to see more of Baggot's writing. Definitely recommend this one. 

And now for a guest post by Mandy Baggot: 

Starting out as a writer – 5 things you should know and do

       1.      You know everyone says they have a book in them. But do you know how many writers are actually active and out there? There are millions, yes millions of writers creating stories every single day. Choosing writing as profession isn’t easy. There is a lot of competition and if you want to go down the traditional route be prepared for knock backs. There are millions of others all carrying the same dream.

   2.      Be yourself. Read widely but don’t copy style. Find your uniqueness. Do you enjoy writing descriptive passages? Are you a King or Queen of dialogue? You need to write what comes from your heart otherwise it won’t bond together properly. A passionate voice is key.

3.      Ask for help and advice. We all become better writers by accepting critiques from peers. Join a reader/writer community and test drive your manuscript. Ask for honest opinions because in the long run these will help you most.

     4.      Unless you are a bit of a phenomenon you aren’t going to hit the Amazon bestseller charts at the first attempt or even the second or the...do you see where I’m going with this? Be prepared for lots and lots of hard work not just on polishing your novel but on letting people know it’s there. Embrace social media, work hard and it will pay off but don’t expect to be at E L James status overnight.

   5.      Keep writing and never lost heart. It’s your novel, they are your characters and you are the best person to write their story. There will be knock backs, dashed hopes and lots of ‘almost’ moments. Suck in every one of them and remember the feeling. When you get that contract or when copies start flying off the virtual shelves it will all be worthwhile. A real writer will always write regardless of commercial success. Sometimes we all get too wrapped up in this. Don’t forget to enjoy the story – that’s how we all got started!

Love,

Danica Page

9 comments:

  1. WOW! Danica, I am completely blown away by your review! Thank you so much for all those wonderful comments. It really means so much. I'm honoured to be on your page today!

    Mandy :))

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  2. Thanks Danica for the review. Mandy, you have some great advice there for new writers. I enjoyed the post.

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  3. Great review and some really sound advice. I have to admit to sending Mandy needy emails when I first started out and she has been extremely supportive. Still is.

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  4. WOW! What a fabulous review, Mandy! You know I agree with it all, Mandy! Thanks so much for sharing, Danica! :) xx

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  5. Great writing tips and another great review for Mandy Baggot's Security! I can't wait to read it as I'm already a huge fan!

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  6. Wow - this book sounds amazing. When I think on it, all of my favourite reads have started out with characters I don't like - at first - but who go on to become my best friends by the end of the story. Security sounds like an exciting adventure read and like you have a huge winner on your hands here Mandy!!

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  7. Excellent review and great writing tips!

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  8. Great review and a great book too :)

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  9. Great review and excellent writing tips from Mandy.

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