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Rockin' into Romance (Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection) (Volume 3) Paperback – October 8, 2014
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Norma Jean Lutz's writing career began when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 250 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. The full-time writer is also the author of over 50 published books under her own name and many ghostwritten books. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Affair de Coeur, Coffee Time Romance, Romance Reader at Heart, and The Romance Studio magazines, and her short fiction has garnered a number of first prizes in local writing contests. Norma Jean is the founder of the Professionalism In Writing School, which was held annually in Tulsa for fourteen years. This writers' conference, which closed its doors in 1996, gave many writers their start in the publishing world. A gifted teacher, Norma Jean has taught a variety of writing courses at local colleges and community schools, and is a frequent speaker at writers' seminars around the country. For eight years, she taught on staff for the Institute of Children's Literature. She has served as artist-in-residence at grade schools, and for two years taught a staff development workshop for language arts teachers in schools in Northeastern Oklahoma. As co-host for the Tulsa KNYD Road Show, she shared the microphone with Kim Spence to present the Road Show Book Club, a feature presented by the station for more than a year. She has also appeared in numerous interviews on KDOR-TV. Presently (in addition to her own writing endeavors) Norma Jean is actively reaching out to other writers via the Internet and social media
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Arianna Stefanoff, Ari, is a high school student with little time to spare. She studies hard and pushes herself even harder in her quest to master the Violin. Hours of practice fill her days – her art consuming her to a degree with worries her parents, even if her Father is a fellow musician and member of the St. Louis Philharmonic. Classic music is in her soul – a fact that makes Ari a bit different from her classmates, even her best friend Kara Soreson. Kara is a lover of all things Rock and Roll, the music, the looks and the artists themselves. Her most recent obsession is 16 year old Reid Lavelle, a musician whose talent is described as ‘Absolutely Wild!’ On a whim, Ari agrees to enter a contest to meet the dreamy artist – setting her up for an adventure the likes of which this violin player never imagined.
This book is perfect the perfect teenage tale – young girl turns her nose up at egotistical famous young man yet the attraction and intrigue is there. It’s a great setup and a perfectly charming story. I loved it.
One particular thing I especially appreciated and enjoyed was its message about fame and fortune. For those young people who want to become a famous singer or actor, or famous in some other field of endeavor, their reading this book is a must. It has a good message not only for today's youth, but for our celebrity-worshipping society at large.
Clean and highly entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
My favorite character in the book is Arianna’s father, a concert violinist and symphony conductor, and an all ‘round great dad. He is very encouraging, both of her performing and of her growing up.
Arianna Stefanoff is a high school freshman and a classical violinist from a family of talented musicians. Her family has recently moved from Boston where she was at home in the cultural atmosphere to a suburb in Missouri where the girls in her class are serious fans of rock ‘n roll. She doesn’t particularly like rock music, but when her only friend in class urges her to enter a contest for an all-expense-paid date with the friend’s favorite rock star, she agrees to do so.
When she wins out over all the other girls who were dying to go out with the guy, they are indignant and jealous but come around enough to see her off at the airport when she leaves.
The date is less than a rousing success but didn’t seem all that bad. The rock star, Reid Lavelle, is hurt that Arianna hasn’t bothered to learn about all his songs and the like. And since (as Arianna hasn’t failed to notice) he has not bothered to learn anything about her either, this doesn’t leave them much to talk about. He is surprised (and jealous) to find that she knows more about New York than he does (he is from California, while Ari has a beloved grandmother in New York).
When Arianna volunteers her grandmother’s help to take Reid shopping for a coat, and they are in grandma’s chauffeured limousine on the way back to the hotel where they are staying, they start arguing about music – a conversation that has the potential to lead to a breakthrough, but it ends too soon. In fact, every time they start to have a meaningful conversation it breaks off too soon or they are interrupted.
Arianna seems to be pretty mature for a girl her age, but she has that one blind spot about not wanting to invest the time to find out some background on the boy she is pretty sure she won’t like. But Reid has issues of his own – issues that most likely would have been barely hinted at in the most careful reading of his carefully crafted publicity materials.
When she returns home, Arianna finds that her friends aren’t speaking to her – because all the rock magazines have reported that Reid called her a “dud date.” Naturally, Arianna is furious.
Later, during the summer, when he tries to call her, she refuses to speak to him. They both have some growing up to do. But what is it that he keeps trying to say?
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book for review.
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