Welcome! Today we have the review of Over the Edge here, as well as a special treat. Author Suzanne Carroll was kind enough to provide us with a guest spot concerning her favorite romances and their influence. Please check out her post below and don’t forget to go visit the other sites in the blog tour (found on the May 4th post here).
What are your favorite romances, and what influences have they had on your writing
I really enjoyed The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons, the first book in particular. I admired the way she created such a tender and intense romance and wove it so beautifully through the story of WWII Russia. And I’ve always liked A Room With A View by E.M. Forster. The character of George was so extreme for the times he lived in, and I loved his honesty and his passion when he fell in love with Lucy.
I’ve always liked the little details in a story, like the way a character lights a cigarette. Or the scuffs on someone’s shoes. Someone’s choice of cover for their mobile phone. They’re small things that, for me anyway, give more life to a character; they tell you something extra, and it makes the character more real, I think. So when I write, and I see the characters so clearly in my imagination, some of those little details I see make it onto the page.
Summary of Over the Edge:
In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?
Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children. By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.
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