Blog Tour: M/M ~ Uncommon Valor by Rachel Ravenheart ~ (ARC Review, Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Title: Uncommon Valor
Author: Rachel Ravenheart
Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Louis C Harris
Length: 167 Pages
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Blurb: “Lil’ Bro,
If you’re reading this, then something obviously happened and I’m not going to be around. I wanted to let you know how much I love you, and you don’t have to tear yourself up over this. I’m the one who chose to enlist, and I believe I’ve served proudly for the last few years. I know this won’t ease your mind any, but I believe I’m probably in a better place now. Please don’t be sad. I died doing what I loved, fighting for my country. I wish I could be there for you when you tell Mom and Dad about you being gay. Just know that I am with you in spirit. Look to Chase for guidance. I know he’ll be the big brother for you I can no longer be. The guys will be a great support for you, and they won’t care that you’re gay. They’re a great group of guys, and they’ll treat you just like I would. They’ll be a support system for you when Dad blows up, and you know he will. Be safe and know I will be watching out for you from the other side.
When I turned to face her she held her stomach in a protective manner.
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher via Creative Minds in exchange for an honest review*
There were things that I loved about this story, and things that just didn’t work. I struggled with how to rate this story, so here goes.
After losing his older brother, the only person besides his best friend Alex who knows he is gay, Jason is heartbroken. He meets Chase, one of his brothers Marine buddies at his brothers funeral and it’s instant attraction The two start seeing each other, but this book is set before the repeal of DADT, so we know this is going to be a problem right off the bat.
I loved the togetherness of this couple. They were there through the good times and the bad for one another. They supported one another, and worked through their issues together. This couple shared a good chemistry and love, even if is was VERY close to instalove. The main characters were well developed. The story was fast paced, but some of the scenes were choppy and felt incomplete. Some scenes ended much too abruptly and jumped ahead to the next scene.
Chase’s Marine buddies were well developed as well, and served as a good support system for the couple.
The plot was intriguing and the premises was good, but the story fell short. I wanted more emotion from the story. More struggle. Solutions to the MC’s situations came much to easily for these characters. I wanted to see sadness and anger and I just didn’t get the emotion I was looking for. Reading this story should have had me in knots, sitting on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and this just didn’t happen.
I love rearms of endearments in books, if they are used correctly and spaced apart. Jason and Chase discovered the word “babe” and forgot they had names. Terms of endearments are fine to use, but not multiple times in a paragraph, when you are the only two in the room/house, because who else would you be speaking to?
All in all it wasn’t a bad read, it just needed more emotion, and some scenes needed reworking.
Hi Rachel, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
1) What inspired this story?
2) What are your favorite qualities about each of these main characters?
3) Is there a message in this book you would like readers to grasp?
4) Can you share the project(s) you are currently working on?
5) If you could have dinner with any person in history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you want to talk about?
Ms. Ravenheart is new to the literary world, but has had the desire to write since junior high school. She moved from a small town in Iowa in time to start high school in Louisiana.
Rachel lost sight of writing as she got bogged down with sports and school. Her dream of being a writer forgotten as she looked to the future to study Political Science with the hope of going to law school when she moved to Texas.
To make her way in the world she got wrapped up in the field of nursing when she got a job as a C.N.A. and soon even her dream of law school was forgotten. Strangely, thanks to an injury, she was at home recuperating and was bored when she remembered her love for writing. Never thinking she would ever get published, she began.
It was writers like Rob Colton, Mann Ramblings, and Alicia Nordwell that inspired her creativity. She found GayAuthors.org and after some encouragement she decided to post her first story. With the enthusiasm of readers her confidence grew and she took the step to send off her first story to be published. Hopefully, the first of many.
Winner’s Prize: E-copy of Uncommon Valor.