FVP Featured Author Victoria Bastedo has graced us with this delightful, daring entertaining selection of quaint articles, helpful advice, terrifying advertisements, and a travel diary in her lively, turn of the century magazine. Chantiki’s Boudoir is now available on Amazon. Also features a short-story by esteemed guest author, Kennedy J. Quinn, “The Fickle Face of Time” ~A tale of a vexing vixen, a beguiling beauty, and the gentleman caught in their spell.
Congratulations to FVP Featured Author Victoria Bastedo. She solicited Kirkus for an Indie Review but was surprised and delighted to learn that they freely chose to also Feature her book, Mini-Droids and Tea, A Seattle Romance, in the July 1 2019 Kirkus Reviews Magazine – page 174! It’s a wonderful review and we’re so proud of Victoria. She’s a diligent and prolific author – not to mention fun to read – and FVP agrees this is a well-deserved honor. Check out and purchase Mini-Droids and Tea with it’s Newly Released Updated Cover HERE!
You can read the Kirkus Review of this delightfully fun read, below…
Cathy Yardley has provided priceless and highly appreciated advice to many of the FVP Featured Authors over the past few years. Her writing craft is exemplary and her books are fabulously fun to read. Here’s a review of her latest release by Rachel Barnard, FVP Featured Author.
Game of Hearts: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts Series) by Cathy Yardley
A Romantic Comedy published by RYW Publishing (01/30/18)
Kyla runs a mechanic shop with her brother Billy, one they inherited from their now retired parents. Billy is happy to let Kyla do the paperwork and work out in the shop as well as take over all operations when he needs to take a vacation. After he breaks his arm, though, all responsibilities fall to Kyla. She had other plans. She wanted to submit costumes for a contest that’s coming up in a few weeks. This is her dream, so she calls the only person she knows to help. Jericho Salomon hasn’t been in town for years, for good reason, but he can’t ignore his childhood best friend’s little sister.
Mechanic, Snoqualmie, Bookstore, Geeks, Convention, Contest, Family, Friendship, Romance, Sex, Auto-Repair, Motorcycle, Family Friend, Biker…
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Jump on board the Runaway Sleigh, from FVP Author, Victoria Bastedo. A heartwarming and hilarious romance perfect for the season.
Ollie had rebel in her genes; at least the half she knew about. From her Grandpa’s stint as a stuntman to her mama’s tendency to take flight, perhaps it wasn’t surprising to find herself in a runaway sleigh wearing six-inch-heeled stripper boots. What did surprise her was to discover that the man in her past that tried to help her when she was making her worst mistake would be the one rescuing her now… READ MORE
This much acclaimed Time Travel Romance is a fun read…
The writing quality and overall story deserve a five-star rating, but I gave it a four. The deduction of a star is due to a personal preference that might cause others to add a star. The author, Katherine Lowry Logan chooses to take every thread of the story to its bitter (or beautiful) end. This reader prefers a place of understanding showing the direction of conclusion rather than full explanation on some plot points, so I thought the book somewhat outlasted the story.
That being said, it was a rich journey well illustrated in words. Kit McKlenna’s character is complex enough to be captivating and raw enough to be a fully romantic woman. She’s inspiring and vulnerable, heroic and needy in just the right measures. Cullen Montgomery starts with the perfect name and continues to woo the reader with an excellent balance of masculine strength, educated tastes, wild passions and gentle understanding. The relationship between them rides the path of the west like a spirited stallion, taking great leaps and requiring meticulous care to thrive.
The time travel aspect of the plot has a well-traveled approach using a talisman as a vehicle, but there are some fun twists regarding its origin and purpose. Their slow revelations throughout the book add to the mystery and depth of the relationships. This isn’t the type of time travel that should be inspected by science. There are some changes to history and the whole thing could unravel like a loose lasso if scrutinized too harshly. But the treatment has integrity enough to carry the romance and the beautifully conceived circle of time and march of MacKlenna generations.
The only serious dent in the time travel machine for this reader was the readiness of the 19th century characters to accept Kit and her technology as coming from the 21st century. Since romances are about relationships, this psychological stretch was harder to run with than the scientific issues. I recently read a statistic that in our present time we process more information in a week than 19th century minds did in a lifetime. Even Cullen who was educated would’ve had very little new information to adjust to and live with. To have such a drastic change in paradigms would have bucked them out of their psychological saddles. The author does address it through Kit fearing they’ll think her a witch, but I think it would derail their journey together. I believe any acceptance would come hard, especially given my experience with the stubbornness of the progeny of those that survived covered wagon crossings that I have the pleasure to spring from. They were exceptionally slow to change, even in the 20th century when change was the norm.
I do understand that stopping to solve this acceptance issue would’ve made it a completely different story. So let’s set technicalities aside and enjoy the ride. It’s a good one. I was entertained and looked forward to reading the next part of the saga each night. I can heartily recommend it as a fiery romance and a great escape.
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I could listen to this author’s voice all day long. Much of the enjoyment of this book is the way the story’s told and yet the words never get in the way of being there. I was in the lives of Cori and Ken laughing with them, feeling the awkward moments and the sensibilities of living and relating of doubting and of having fun.
The story was simple and seemed effortless and yet I was drawn in and stayed up way too late to keep reading on more than one occasion. I’m not a romance reader, but this story goes beyond romance to the humanity of us all. I love that the characters are older, well-developed individuals with hang-ups and believable optimism. It was a delightfully entertaining read and reached the heart of life for me.
The publication style is basic, but don’t let that hold you back from escaping into this well-written story.
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