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What would you do to protect what’s yours?
Format: Kindle Edition
Full Girlfriend Experience by Dana Ross is magnificent. I enjoyed reading this romance immensely. The characters are quirky, damaged and looking for acceptance. The setting high powered Washington D.C. political arena was the perfect backdrop for our wounded heroine.
The story is in Faith’s point of view. Faith immediately grabbed my heartstrings. She is damaged like most people and yet she is protective of the ones under her, to the point of not telling them because she doesn’t want to put them at risk. The difference is Faith is also powerful, in she holds secrets, not blackmailing but most come to her for help but they trust that she will keep their confidence. Faith also believes only in a few people.
I adored Faith’s inner voice. She is rough on herself, but she took chances some paid off, and some didn’t. Faith is a fighter and a survivor. I was rooting for Faith from the beginning. There wasn’t any part of Faith that I didn’t like. If you took one piece away, the whole wouldn’t be the same, and I think she has the perfect amount, of snark, cunning, and confidence. She is a fabulous character.
It was so funny that no one in a coffee shop could spell Faith correctly. It was like an underlying way of telling her that she didn’t matter.
Ms. Ross’s writing style
I haven’t read a book written like this in a long time. There was just enough conversations, backstory, drama and consequences.
The way she wrote the backstory into the main story was brilliant. I loved that she used scents and sounds to provoke Faith’s memories which allowed us to get to know the inner workings of Faith’s mind.
Somewhere in the distance, a bell tolled, rekindling a memory.
Faith on religion.
Just because I didn’t believe in an omniscient being didn’t mean I didn’t value like. In fact, not believing in an afterlife made me live each day to its fullest.
The way that Faith described her assistant Jeanine’s outfits were priceless.
She was decked head to toe in shamrock green, and even her nails were the color of leaves. There was so much green a leprechaun would be jealous.
Faith wondering again about Jeanine.
I didn’t remember agreeing to her having a mallet, but it seemed to make her happy.
Even though Jeanine drove Faith batty, she wanted her friend to be happy and safe.
Random things that I liked about the story
• Every character had flaws, but they were special too.
• The places that Faith visited.
• Jeanine's loyalty and friendship with Faith are wonderfully honest.
• Bobby as a whole. He is such a man’s man.
• The seedy friends that would do anything for Faith.
• I thought Finn’s awkwardness, lack of confidence and love of rocks made him believable. He was such a lovely diamond in the rough.
• I always love a happy ending.
5 Stars for Full Girlfriend Experience by Dana Ross
My rating for Full Girlfriend Experience by Dana Ross is five stars. The story didn’t leave my mind, and I was so all in with Faith and the crazy life that she leads. I have never been to Washington D.C., and yet I felt connected to the places that Ms. Ross described, to the point of smelling the wonderful scents of spices to the horrid smell of the filth. This book is Ms. Ross’ first, and it is spectacular. I can’t wait to read her next one.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance.
Anyways until the next time enjoy this review brought to you by,
Karen the Baroness
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Read every day. Read both in and out of your genre. Write every day. Write even when you feel stuck. And above all, never give up.
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What inspires you to write?
My stories have always been birthed from real life struggles. Writing is cathartic, and fiction is the perfect way to right the world's wrongs. For example, when my daughter struggled to fit in with her middle school cohort, I drafted a story about a young girl who told lies to fit in, but then she started seeing ghosts and no one believed her. I also find inspiration through real-life friends and family members, but I usually combine two people to make one character.
Tell us about your writing process.
It took a few years until I started outlining, but now I'll never go back. I first create a character worksheet with details that may or may not ever see the manuscript. Music playlists are created to help set the mood, nd I sometimes scan the internet for pictures of what I imagine my characters would look like. I used to use whiteboards with timelines when I first started but, but now I usually journal in the voice of my protagonist or antagonist. Routines are paramount, and I sit down at my writing (kitchen) table every day, rain or shine, and make writing as much of my daily process as brushing my teeth. Most days my prose is drivel, but editing and going back to flesh out scenes is part of the process, so I don't get too critical. I always wrote while my kids were in school or out with their friends, but it was hard sometimes to quickly swap "writer" hat for "mommy" cap–especially when writing dark entries.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Growing up, I was in a school of the arts that featured Shakespearean plays, and we learned a lot about acting and "staying in character" Writing is similar in the sense that authors oftentimes talk to or in the voice of our muses. Sometimes I find myself thinking in the ways of my protagonist. It cannot be helped; we get pretty intimate with these fiction beings.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day. Read every day. Read in your genre, read outside your genre. Read the classics, read contemporary stories. Find your favorite authors and listen to the music of their words. Don't plagiarize but find sentences or similes/metaphors that resonate with you and learn to write something equal in your own "voice."
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I stumbled on my publisher while querying agents, and saw they'd won a prestigious award. I sent them my manuscript, it was accepted by a lovely editor who, unfortunately, left the company. Luckily, they paired me with another sharp gal who was incredibly patient with me during the editorial process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
My grandmother was a librarian for over seventy-five years. She snubbed digital reading devices but I assured her they'd only open the doors and attract readers that might not go to bookstores or libraries. My daughter has read entire books on her phone. I see more young readers doing this, and digital is probably the wave of the future–especially being in the age of blogging. But, I still love the feel and smell of paper and imagine there will always be purists (dinosaurs) like me who love holding a book in hand.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: contemporary romance, NA, YA
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