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Mr. Fix-It (Indigo Love Spectrum) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008
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More About the Author
Primarily, I write romance novels and picture books, but I've written educational text and young adult novels as well.
I'm often asked which I prefer writing, romance novels for adults or picture books for children. The question is rather like being asked which of your children you prefer.
I enjoy both genres. Both require lots of research and creativity, and both are satisfying in their own ways. I draw on real people and real life for my romance novels, which can turn readers off when a fictional character I've modeled after a real person doesn't behave as they'd like, or if they can't connect with the character.
For my picture books, I've always chosen real people, and I work hard to provide honest portrayals of my subjects. I love the freedom fiction allows me but I also love the unflinching truth of my picture books.
My fiction writing suffered in 2008, when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The book I was writing at the time is evidence of the anger, frustration, confusion and fear I experienced during surgery, chemotherapy and their aftermaths. Since I put so much of my own experiences and relationships in my books, my writing became muddied by personal turmoil.
I like to think that as I recovered, so did my writing. Cancer gave me a fresh perspective and a fearlessness that I hadn't had before. My December 2011 release, Everything in Between, marks the end of my romance writing career. (Or so I keep telling myself!) That will be good news to some of my critics, but for those who like my writing, I'm attempting to branch into another genre.
I'm starting over anew, but I feel I'm up to the challenge. I owe my readers a debt of gratitude for their support, interest and encouragement over the years, and not just because they invest their time and finances in my work. In my darkest moments, readers have been the people who pulled me from despair and self pity. Readers are the ones who complete all of my stories, because without them, no story ever truly lives.
Top Customer Reviews
Although he is only a super for the Boston brownstone she lives in, Carter Radcliffe is just the eye candy Khela needs; so she asks him to escort her. What Khela does not know is, one, Carter is more than a super; he actually owns several buildings, including the one she's in. And, two, he has been infatuated with her since the day she walked into the lobby, some three years ago. This is his opportunity to get away from their normal setting so she'll have to deal with him as a man, and hopefully think of him on a more personal level.
In a very short time Carter realizes Khela is not as immune to him as she pretends, but he thinks their ethnic difference is a roadblock. What Carter doesn't know is, one, Khela's issues are not racial; she does not believe in the kind of love she writes about and, two, she is scared to take the leap, because if her heart is broken again, she doesn't know if she can fix it.
MR. FIX-IT is an alluring tale that puts blinders on readers to the point that race and social status have little significance. This is a maturely written story, with no unnecessary drama and no contrived battles. The characters are more similar than either believes and are destined to find the real side of fantasy. Now, this is about life so each of the characters has issues they must confront, but even that is done with aplomb. I thoroughly enjoyed where this story took me. Where are her other books?
Reviewed by aNN
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The only down fall for me was that since I read majority of the reviews I already knew what to expect but still I'm glad I read it and I encourage others to read this book too!
I believe that the author is correct with the portrayals of the characters and she understands what goes through the heads of many professional women who date men who seem as though they are not working to their full potential. Based on past relationships many tend to be jaded and unfortunately it does come out at inopportune times.
I would read another book from this author anyday!
PROS: Khela is a strong heroine. Mr. Fix-It is well written.
CONS: Khela is unlikeable. She comes off as ungrateful for her fame and fortune and condescending to everyone around her. Carter, her friend Daphne, and everyone around her seem so amazed by her. This only makes the reader dislike her more as she is so undeserving. She seemed to think of Carter as man candy. She didn't have respect for him. And I quote, "Khela marveled at how good ol' Southern boy ignorance and urban sophistication resided side by side within him." Ignorance?!
Carter, though the more likable of the two, comes off like a school boy in comparison to Khela. If anything goes even slightly awry, he goes out and purposely gets into fights with people. Once it's even mentioned that he'd need plastic surgery to fix a scar, yet Khela never finds out about any of these fights. He must be one fast healer. There are numerous times when his good looks are brought up and women behave like fools around him. I found that bit of nonsense simply unbelievable.
The author never addressed the issues these two characters had that were keeping them apart. She was worried he wanted her for her money. She finds out this isn't true, but they never discussed it. He's concerned about being nothing but a pretty face. This issue is never really resolved.
There's one point when Carter admits to reading Khela's books, but a later conversation indicates that she doesn't know he's read her books. That detail must have escaped proofreaders.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book reminds me of a long drive through the country,when you aren't in a hurry. It meanders along at its own pace. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ami j
I LOVED this book. The author is very detailed and smooth with her writing, it was like I was looking and hearing the characters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrea
This is one of those books gat linger in your mind well after you've finished reading it. It's the kind of interracial romance that all the others are trying to be; and, it's the... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by BookDevour
Really enjoyed this book. I took a long time to get it but I am glad I did because it was worth it.Published on December 5, 2013 by Mango785
For starters , I loved the dialogue between the two. It was witty and believable. What I didn't like was that it was hard to follow. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Book/ lovah
I read it and when i got more toward the end, I didnt really keep reading. But i did like how they made that guy super sexy though. (:Published on September 9, 2013 by KindleAddict