“Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?
Note from the author: This book deals with subject matter that might be upsetting to some readers. Though it is NOT graphic or descriptive, sexual assault is discussed in this book. Please be aware before reading.” (Blurb by Tricia Drammeh)
Sweet Sorrow has been in the works for a while now, and I have to say that I am so glad that Tricia has finished it. Rowan, the main character, is a damaged young woman. Daughter of the head football coach at her school, she hides a dark secret about her ex, who happens to be the former star of the team in her dad’s eyes. After a summer of hiding under her covers as a result of her tragedy, Rowan decides that she has to attempt to go back to some kind of routine in her life. This comes in the form of auditioning for the senior play. She finds out that her new crush is also auditioning, she worries that she’ll not be able to concentrate enough to land the part.
Eddie is a troubled player that gets kicked off of the football team after some property damage at a party lands him and a few other players in jail. With all hopes of his sports scholarship dashed, Eddie turns to his secret talent of acting in an attempt to earn a scholarship that way.
The two form an instant connection after being cast in the roles of Romeo and Juliet. Their love builds quickly, but Rowan continues to hide her secret. It’s only a matter of time before Eddie finds out.
Tricia Drammeh has a knack for contemporary fiction. She understands people on a level that seems to fail so many authors. There is a sort of honesty behind how each character speaks and behaves within her stories, it seems like the cast of her novels are just plucked off of the street. Sweet Sorrow touches on victim mentality in a way that very few have been able to honestly capture. The way that she coveys Rowan is wonderful. I don’t think that I have ever personally that was actively dealing with PTSD, but the way she has written it makes it very believable without being over the top. I wouldn’t say Rowan is my favorite character that she’s ever written, but definitely top 5. The way that Rowan’s growing strength and inner turmoil are presented drew me in. I will say that the subject of rape is covered in this book and if you’re easily offended by it, or are concerned about a “trigger,” this book might not be for you. Otherwise, an absolutely stunning novel by Tricia Drammeh that you have to read.
Thank you, Tricia, for moving forward with this book. You are truly amazing.
The Claim between Alisa and Bryce is as strong as ever. Their love and desire for each other is overwhelming. Of course, Bryce’s controlling and jealous behavior may put an end of all of that. Alisa tries to maintain her independence but with the bond of the Claiming Words, she’s finding it harder than she had anticipated.
Seemingly free from Re’Vel’s game, Rachel tries to return to normalcy. Her relationship with Jace seems better than ever. However, her pride and her fear for her brother’s safety leads Rachel down a dark path that will not only damage the bond she has with the Alexanders, but puts everyone-including Alisa- in real danger.
An evil blast from the past is trying to shake the Alexander family, and puts Rachel in his sights. When Alisa finds herself as the target of the demon’s game, Bryce will do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves safe.
All I’ve been saying since I finished Firebound has been “holy crap.” I mean, seriously. The LONG anticipated sequel to Spellbound has been nothing short of amazing. More drama, more romance, and a deeper view of the characters, Firebound is everything I could have hoped for in this series and more. It seems that when the publisher didn’t move forward after TCW, it really was a blessing. Tricia’s passion and commitment to this series shines through on the pages and I feel as though a publisher would have really taken away from the overall story. These characters are deeper than ever, more human. The situations are reminiscent of Joss Whedon, taking a real scenario (moving too quickly with a boyfriend, cheating on your partner) and wrapping it in a monster covered coating.
I cannot wait for Unbound. I am absolutely dying. This series is a must read.
Before Jace came to Oaktree, Alisa was friendless and unpopular. After she saves him from a Hunter, everything changes. Jace and his family introduce her to the world of Spellbringers, and change the way she looks at everything, including herself. Of course, Jace’s older brother, Bryce, is very vocal with his opinions about letting a human in on their secret. When Bryce finally opens himself up to her, things change between them in many ways.
Rachel is every bit your average high school student. Popular, athletic, and has an amazing boyfriend. When Jace shows up on her radar, everything begins to change. He helps her unlock a part of herself she didn’t even know existed. When her dreams of Re’Vel, a powerful demon, start taking a turn for the worse, Rachel has to accept her gifts and look towards Jace and his family.
A dark family secret, danger, and magic, Rachel and Alisa have learn how to adjust to life with their new knowledge and be wary of The Claiming Words.
I can honestly say that this rewrite has turned what used to be The Claiming Words into a more driven and intense story that is now Spellbound. Tricia Drammeh has worked her bottom off to make this every bit the novel that she initially wanted. The care and concern for this story as a whole are evident with every turn of the page.
As someone that has read both The Claiming Words and Spellbound, I can tell you that the story is very different. If you think you shouldn’t read it because you already have read TCW then you’re sadly mistaken. This book is phenomenal and I would recommend it to just about any one.
Amazing job, Tricia!
I was recently nominated for the Work in Progress Blog Hop by Tricia Drammeh, author of the newly released Better than Perfect. This hop requires that I answer seven questions about my current work in progress, and link back to the person that nominated me.
Let’s get to it!
1.What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Harper is a fictional character. The Night Touched that she is searching for in this novel is named Jeremy, he is also fictional.
2) When and where is the story set?
Jeremy is based in present day New Orleans.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Harper is still dealing with the fall out of New York. She is feeling a bit more angst in this book than in Celine, trying to deal with the break up with Silas and how they left New York. Without giving too much away, of course.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The main conflict in the story really is getting Father Jeremy to join their cause. I would say there is a lot in her life that’s messed up at this point so… yeah.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
The personal goal for Harper really is to move on from her feelings about Silas and taking down the Slayers
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The Night Touched Chronicles Book Two: Jeremy
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
That’s a good question. I have absolutely no clue. I’m shooting for the end of the year, but it just depends on when it comes to me.
I loved Tricia’s blurb for this book so I thought I would share it with you:
Twenty-three-year-old Karlie is in the type of rut some people never escape from. With few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college any time in the immediate future, Karlie is as stuck in her ways as the elderly neighbor she spends all her time with.
When her world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.
Better than Perfect is the newest release from Tricia Drammeh, and it has got to be, hands down, her best work yet. Tricia has done everything from YA Fantasy to NA Contemporary, and her work on either end of the spectrum is always in perfect precision. Basically, I mean that she is versatile without flaws, and this book proves it. What I loved the most about Better than Perfect is that the situations are plausible and the characters are believable. I really felt like I could have known a Karlie and I did know people that acted like The Twins.
Talk about feel good novel of the year. Better than Perfect takes a completely sad and, honestly, messed up situation, and makes you feel for the characters. You feel stressed with Karlie as she has to deal with the local authorities, hospitals, and even family for her elderly neighbor, Marita. You feel excited when she meets Mr. Hunk From Across the Pond. (I could keep going on and on like that so I’m going to assume you get my point.) It takes you on this journey of self discovery that is not at all cliche and proves that sometimes growing up and moving on isn’t always so bad.
Better than Perfect would also make an AMAZING beach novel because it is chick-lit in a new light!
There is not going to be a review today, but I still wanted to post something. This is an amazingly inspirational post from Tricia Drammeh about the depressing fact that sometimes, we don’t always get the support we deserve from those around us. Please take a moment to read this!
Excuse me if this post gets a little rant-ish. Maybe you’ll relate to this, maybe you won’t. Maybe your family and friends are your personal cheerleaders. Or maybe your family told you to stop playing with your imaginary friends and get a job. Or maybe your family is like mine and happily supported you back when everyone thought you’d make it big, land a million-dollar publishing contract, and get a movie deal, but fell out of love with your writing once they realized that wasn’t going to happen.
Lack of support. This is a very painful topic, but it’s one I think it’s important to discuss. Writing is largely a solitary endeavor, often undertaken by introverts. But even though we’re introverts and we’ve decided to travel the often lonely path of the writer, we’re still human beings. We crave love, acceptance, and acknowledgement. We crave community, and who better to…
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Well, it’s my turn to take part in this amazing blog tour! So many talented authors are taking part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour and it’s such an honor to be a part of it. I was nominated by the amazing Dawn Chapman over at Kananudra’s Blog. I have been following her blog for quiet a while now, and I suggest you guys hop over there and take a look
What I am currently working on?
I am currently working on a few projects right now. The top priority is anything to do with my series The Night Touched Chronicles. I have the sequel to Celine, entitled Jeremy, as well as a collection of short stories regarding the main characters of the books. I also am working on a post-apocalyptic zombie novel that is currently untitled, along with a novel involving 3 sisters who find out they’re witches. You can get more information about all of my current projects in the Current Project section of my website
How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
A lot of novels in my genre are about insanely beautiful high school kids who fall instantly in love with each other and vow to be together forever. My characters are adults (early to mid 20’s) and have things going for them in their lives. Now, I will admit that I have had one of my main couples have an instant attraction to each other, but that doesn’t mean that immortality implies together forever. I have an issue with cliched work, and I try to make my characters stand apart from the crowd in that regard.
Why do I write what I do?
I discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer at a young age and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I loved Joss Whedon’s characters and how the vampires still seemed so human. The show was thought provoking and comical. The dialogue was never stiff and the character were all around awesome (even the bad ones.) I became obsessed with writing my own vampire story after that. Whedon’s vampires were so different than anything I had seen before, or since, and I just remember thinking ‘I want to do that.’
I write what I do to bring a different view point. I know that I have come into an already well developed genre, but I think that my work stands out because my vampires are so different than those in the main stream. They don’t sparkle, they aren’t vegetarian. While they drink from blood bags when they have to, they prefer fresh humans with no concern about hiding the bodies.
How does my writing process work?
In random bursts, to be honest. My writing process has been full of self doubt and me dragging my feet. I am concerned that my sequel won’t be as good as the first so I procrastinate a lot. When I am feeling confident, I sit down, work through it, and I make sure that it flows and doesn’t sound silly. It helps to have people in my life who encourage me, of course.
So there you have it!
I hope that this post gives a little more insight to me. I love doing posts like this!
I have 5 amazing ladies I’d like to nominate! Please go check them out on May 12th, and see what they have to say to these questions!
Tricia Drammeh– Tricia is a wife, a mother of four children, a coffee junkie, and the author of contemporary fiction and paranormal novels for Young Adult and New Adult readers. She has penned seven complete novels including The Fifth Circle, The Seance, and The Claiming Words Series. Tricia has lived in Ohio, Georgia, California, and Missouri, but now proudly calls New Hampshire home. When she isn’t writing, she can be found devouring books, chasing cats, or interview up-and-coming authors on Authors to Watch
Victoria Barrow– A Texas native, Victoria currently lives in California with her fiance and their two cats. She has a moderately unhealthy obsession with MMORPGS, and when she is not writing, spends a lot time shooting bad guys. Her bookshelf includes everything from Tolkien to home repair. She’s very fond of anything urban/paranormal fantasy, and has an entire shelf dedicated to zombies.
Shelina (A Writer Inspired)– Shelina runs an incredibly successful blog and also writes the entertaining series “The Interpreter Diaries.” She has traveled the world, is fiercely independent, and does anything and everything she can to keep not only her life inspired, but you as well.
Sophie E. Tallis– Located in the UK, Sophie spends her working hours as a full-time teacher, inspiring young minds for the past 14 years. Her first passion has always been writing and poetry, which she has done since a young age. She is also incredibly artistic and divides her time between writing, teaching and her artwork. She enjoyws travelling when she can and has a profound love of landscapes, particularly those of New Zealand and Dartmoor. She also enjoys stargazing, playing chess, watching films (especially sci-fi & fantasy) and buying yet more bookcases for her growing library! She is a self-proclaimed lover of wild places and the written word. She even admits to being a bit of a nerd, which is always awesome.
Joleene Naylor– Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that lead her to write the paranormal fantasy series Amaranthine. Besides writing, she also creates amazing book covers, maintains a large selection of free stock photos, and illustrates a weekly web comic. In what free time she has, Joleene blogs, updates her website and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live in Missouri with their dog, cats and turtles. However, until she actually starts buying tickets, she may never actually win anything.
I hope everyone checks out their blogs an their books! Thank you so much for reading!