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Rick Bettencourt has truly outdone himself on this one. The characters have so much life to them. The story has so much originality and is filled with twists and turns. I found myself reading reading through the night, through appointments and through conversations that I was supposed to be having with others. I’m not one to give anything away by telling the story, that’s what the blurb is for. I fell in love with Carolyn, Michael, Michael, Becky, Bernie, Dereck, Viola and yes, even Food. Mr. Bettencourt mixes in humor along with the occult some paranormal and just some plain old Love into the story and kept me wanting more after it ended. This story fits seamlessly in with his others featuring the same characters along with me ones that it was such a joy to read the back stories on Carolyn and the others. I recommend this book along with the he has written to anyone looking for some quality reading for a change. READ THIS BOOK!!!
But can he succeed in this new paranormal genre? He already has proved that he can with SOULBOUND, so step aside from doubt and just enjoy this excursion into entertainment, stage fright, and competition married very well indeed to sorcery and covens of witches.
Rick’s synopsis is solid: ‘ A bully’s been tormenting her for years. A witch is the medium. An actress the victim. After Carolyn wrecks her singing career, she and her best friend Michael set out to New England for a spellbinding adventure—a complex brew of suspense, drama, and the supernatural spiced with a dose of humor and fun. Rising talent Carolyn Sohier dreams of breaking into the spotlight and achieving the kind of stardom her father—a deceased hippy-musician—could never realize. But severe stage fright relegates her to singing backup and making cheesy television commercials. Carolyn can’t seem to tap into the energy trapped deep inside her and show her talent to the world. Self-doubt plagues her worse than the demon she vomits up on stage at Radio City Music Hall. Now, the creature follows her around the set of her first feature film—Witches of Salem—being shot on location in New England. Salem resident Rebecca Farney longs for acceptance in the Official Witch of Salem’s coven and recognized as a real witch. Despite the community’s protest, Rebecca can’t pass up a chance to be part of the movie and turn Witches of Salem into a camp hit like her favorite television show Bewitched. Perhaps casting a spell on the film’s actors and crew could win her recognition from the Salem coven…Michael, Carolyn’s best friend, has spent a lifetime protecting the star and bolstering her ego. Yet all the money he and his partner—a software tycoon from Seattle—have, can’t shield her from what’s about to happen…’
And so Rick Bettencourt expands his influence and there naturally is applause! Grady Harp, November 17
70 of 75 for 2015. This is NOT a gay harlequin. Tim is a fat, out-of-work momma's boy whose mother died in a horrific car wreck three years ago. A wreck that Tim blames on himself as he was driving at the time and did end up going the wrong way down a one-way street. Tim has one friend, a plump woman he's known most of his life. He is all but a virgin, and his self-loathing will probably keep him that way unless someone can get through to make him see how wonderful he really is. Javier is a straight Venezuelan co-worker who "lets" Tim give him a blowjob in exchange for a loan of $1000. Will Javier pay back the loan, and if so, with what? Will he stay in Tim's life, even though he's straight? Will the two find true love and redemption at a production of West Side Story? Well, those are the questions if this really were a harlequin romance, but it's so much, much more. And Rick Bettencourt is a much better story teller than your average formulaic romance author. I don't want to give away a bit of this story which just itself is redemptive reading. I give this book my highest recommendation.
I immediately signed up for Bettencourt's mailing list, and this week got an invitation to pick up a free copy of his "newest" book, Summerwind Magick: Making Witches of Salem. Full disclosure, I got the free copy (in e-book format) with the proviso that I would write a review of the book and have it ready to post when the book officially goes on sale November 10th, 2017. Bettencourt has changed his online portal, and in truth, getting my preview copy was a bit of a challenge, but I persevered. Downloading the book on November 8th meant that I had two days to read the novel and get my review ready. I like to say that I read a book a day, but still, it seemed a bit rushed. Fortunately, the book drew me in almost immediately and I put aside almost all the rest of my (admittedly scant) responsibilities and sank into my recliner, e-book reader in hand.
No, I didn't finish the book the day I started it, but I was done by 10 am the next morning. What can I say. Another book I loved. I will admit that my memory of Tim on Broadway was a bit sketchy and, indeed, for a while I was wondering if I had wandered into a parallel universe. The Summerwind characters and setting were familiar, but seemed a bit off. A quick glance back at Tim and all was explained. Summerwind's central character, Carolyn Sohier, appears in Tim as does the resort setting on an island off Maine's Bar Harbor. Described as a Greta Garbo like recluse, Carolyn even plays a part in helping Tim realize his own potential. That said, she has little more than a cameo role in the first book. Summerwind Magick tells her story, almost from the beginning.
I refer to Summerwind Magick as Bettencourt's "newest" book for a reason. In his introduction to the novel, Bettencourt admits that he has worked with the story for quite some time, even letting it sit "in a drawer for several years." I, for one, am glad he saw fit to pull it out of the drawer and get it in front of the public. The story begins and ends on an island off the coast of Maine, where much of the action throughout the book takes place. But between the covers, Bettencourt takes us to Salem and Peabody, Massachusetts, Miami and Key West, Florida, and New York City. Of all the places the book visits, I have actually spent any time at just one, Key West. But Bettencourt's skill is such that I felt as if I were actually on location throughout the book. And as for characterization, the people in the book are so fully-fleshed, I felt as if I knew every one of them. Moreover, they were people I would dearly love to call my friends. I give this book my highest recommendation, and look forward to more from Rick Bettencourt.
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