Nov 122012
 

 

Review by: Shanyn Hosier on Oct. 23, 2012 :  Smashwords.com star star starstar star
Emotional powerhouse of a novel!

“Eyes of a Stranger” is a wonderful metaphysical exploration of faith, romance, and destiny. A beautifully inspiring love story is deftly woven into nail-biting suspense, mystery, and cunning plot twists. Francine’s second release shows more of her great promise, and proves “From the Shadows” was no fluke.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

 

star star starstar star 5.0 out of 5 stars Life’s journey,November 10, 2012
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This review is from: Eyes of a Stranger (Paperback)

Having always viewed life as a journey, while this is a work of romance and suspense, it also prompts thoughtful consideration of life’s anguish and joys.
Surprising in content, challenging in thought this is a significant venture through romance and all the responsibilities of the human experience.

 

 Posted by at 4:38 am
Oct 282012
 

Reviews posted on Amazon for From the Shadows. Thank you everyone for the encouraging words!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, April 29, 2012
By
L. Baldwin – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
Unique with its passion and principles, this modern day love story holds intrigue and desire to the very end. Simmering sexuality and underworld cartels combine to make this first novel a captivating narrative. Sophisticated with sizzle.

4.0 out of 5 stars A strong debut novel from Annette Francine, October 17, 2012
By
shosier – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Kindle Edition)
Set in quaint Key West, Florida, the “shadows” of a dark underworld of drug smuggling threaten the peaceful neighborhood of Kendall Smith. But the piratical man she suspects is responsible is not only undeniably sexy, he’s not what he seems.
Francine captures the quirkiness of life in such a distinct setting with lovely descriptions, interwoven with thrilling suspense, complex character development, and riveting sexual tension. The drama culminates in fantastic action scenes, leaving the reader breathless. Hero Bryce is a compelling concoction of tortured soul in a hot bod, while heroine, Kendall, is a believable and sympathetic good girl. Her mistakes show she is flawed, not hypocritical, and her reactions are reasonable, not holier-than-thou.
Looking forward to more from Annette Francine!

4.0 out of 5 stars From the Shadows, September 26, 2012
By
R Kramme – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
This was a wonderful debut novel by Annette Francine. The characters were well thought out with layers of complexity. Their words and actions remained true to their motivations throughout the entire story. The scenery was also very believable and appropriately detailed. You felt you were in the Keys. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot as well as the pacing. This was a good summer read and I wish the author much luck as she develops her craft with future novels.

5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate adventure – A must read!!, September 22, 2012
By
Hollianne – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
This is quite a passionate adventure! I related so much to the heroine. The intensity of the passion and story never let up; I was on the edge of my seat. With each page turned I was more involved in the story. I found the writing to be exquisite with language that most writers don’t use to create vivid imagery for the audience. It was definitely a page turner for me. The writer was able to blend the world of romance and Christianity together successfully with steamy passion and morals. I loved it! A must read!

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling love story, August 19, 2012
By
Nancy Lee – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
A wonderful story of dangerous love. Francine colorfully depicts the sexual tension between the main characters. The story is gripping with unpredicatable twists and turns. The book was a great read!

5.0 out of 5 stars From the Shadows, June 18, 2012
By
Dorothy Ford – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
An interesting book, with many twists and turns. Encompassing Christian values. Has many chilling chapters. I thought it was great reading.

5.0 out of 5 stars Room for a sequel (I hope), May 28, 2012
By
Donna Raymond (Arizona) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
Loved this book! It had been a long time since I have read a ‘real’ romance novel and it was refreshing to experience a ‘grown-up’ story, one that didn’t involve vampires, damsels in distress (well…) or the unrealistic naiveté of the heroine. I appreciated the credible description of the setting and found myself relaxing in the low-key vibe of the island. I would not have minded if the characters had to each work just a little harder to win each other over, but that is irrelevant when countered with the impressive way their longing was expressed and cleverly sustained.
I was especially happy with the ending. While it was anticipated (it is a romance novel after all) it guarantees nothing, leaving this story open for perhaps a sequel… Or two. I hope.

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, May 24, 2012
By
Linda Meisling – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
Loved it. Couldn’t put it down. Wonderful mixture of romance, intrigue and admirable morale character. When’s the next one coming out? Recommending to my friends.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, April 29, 2012
By
kr – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
Great book. Read it twice! I loved the romantic tension mixed with the action. My heart raced a few times!!! Every girls fantasy to take the bad boy and turn him around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance With Soul Satisfaction, April 25, 2012
By
Jeanne – See all my reviews
This review is from: From the Shadows (Paperback)
Annette Francine creates a story that keeps you wanting more.The romance is hot, but also sparks inner reflection. I recognized parts of myself in her characters. A good read!

By NJ Guy
I read this at the request of a friend. I’ve never read a book quite like it before (i.e. ‘Romance’) so I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing when authoring this review. Since I wasn’t certain where the book was going to end up even halfway through it, I thought that was very good for a work of fiction. I was very surprised and enjoyed the plot twist. I knew that somehow the man and woman would end up together in the end, but was baffled how the main female character would manage to “right the ship” with the male character. The author did a nice job of including many small details throughout the book, “painting a picture” throughout. I could visualize quite easily in my mind the inside of the house, on the boat, locations, settings, etc., so that is probably my strongest accolade overall and one that is very important to me in fiction writing. All in all, an interesting and good read. It was definitely worth the time I spent reading it and that’s the best thing I can say about any book.

 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Aug 192012
 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? I have 2 in process: The Ruins and Through the Darkness

Where did the idea come from for the book? Frankly, I have no idea. Scenes and characters spring to mind, seemingly out of nowhere. Many times they pester me until I get them recorded somewhere.

What genre does your book fall under? Romantic Suspense interwoven with Inspirational

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Depends on which book is under consideration. With that said, Meryl Streep seems to me to transform herself with every character she portrays. Perhaps a much younger male & female version of her?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Me? ONE sentence? Oh, that’s funny. Here’s the best I can do. The Ruins: When everything falls apart…to the point where life is on the line. Colin’s love has proven insufficient. Can newfound faith win Kristen back? Or will either of them survive? Through the Darkness: Murder. Spirits. Love & Faith. Can Alyssa’s love lead Judd through it?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Probably going to self-publish

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Unfortunately, years. Working on a few books simultaneously

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I haven’t read anything like what I write, so can’t think of anything to which to compare them.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? While hoping that I don’t come off as obscenely full of myself, I do believe that my drive to write is prompted by God’s plan for me.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The fact that they are inspirational but also include suspenseful romance and what I believe are real-life challenges and situations faced by fallible Christians and those who don’t (yet?) consider themselves Christians.

 Posted by at 3:23 am
Apr 212012
 

To promote my novel, From the Shadows, I’m giving away free e-book copies through Smashwords.com until July 29, 2012. Smashwords provides multiple versions for download, so you don’t have to own a Kindle or Nook. You can still read by downloading a pdf version, html or rtf version. You can also ‘sample’ up to 20% of the book without committing to downloading or purchasing.

Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/143332
Prior to check-out, enter code WW44H (not case-sensitive). You’ll see a 100% discount reflected.

After reading the book, I would be grateful if you’d post an honest review at Smashwords and Amazon for me. You may be honest. Hopefully you’ll really, really like it and encourage others to purchase it, or you can protect the innocent from undue trauma. (A worthy endeavor) As a new author, it is difficult to make potential readers aware that my work is out there. So, if you find my work worthy, all the help you might be willing to lend (telling friends, posting reviews, sharing it in book clubs, posting on Facebook and Twitter) is sincerely appreciated. Either way, thank you and God bless you and yours.

 Posted by at 6:13 pm
Apr 012012
 

Hello World. Welcome to Annette Francine’s blog and thank you for visiting.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t consider myself particularly brilliant, wise, remarkable or interesting, so I feel pretty silly and uncomfortable posting a “blog”. But, I’m told by my friends and associates in the business that this is what an author must do to market his/her wares. I don’t know how often I’ll be posting updates (my life is just not that interesting), but feel free to check back whenever you please.

My philosophy: try to be a decent human being, and try to leave this world in better shape than I found it. You may find that a recurring theme in my stories.

Annette Francine

I reside in the metropolitan Phoenix area. After writing romantic suspense intended for traditional publishers, but unable to suppress the Christian themes and understories persisting in my stories, I fully subjected myself to my muse. My books are best described as sensual romance, involving fallible Christian and non-Christian characters, simmering in a broth of suspense.

While I truly hope my readers find my stories both encouraging and uplifting, in order to depict realistic characters and situations, and also stay true to the stories I feel driven to tell, my stories do include some explicit language and sexual content. In addition, my characters do not always portray and should not be expected to reflect good examples of Christian behavior nor my attitudes. I realize this risks offending some of my fellow Christians–although that is not my intention. I see my primary reader audience as non-Christian or “passive” Christian . . . someone who would not ordinarily pick up an “inspirational” book, but who I hope will be encouraged by the various stories’ messages to consider and investigate some conflict points a little deeper, and also explore Scripture directly to better understand the tenets and beliefs introduced by the Christian characters.  Ultimately, love and faith always triumph in the end.

Free online Bible studies are available–many with audio lessons downloadable at your convenience. A really good, Scripturally sound one I’ve found is Versebyverseministry.org.

It’s important to me to help others and improve the circumstances of those in need. At least half of the proceeds from my novels are donated to Samaritans Purse, Care, St Mary’s Food Bank, Salvation Army, and/or reputable Veterans’ assistance organizations. If you did not purchase my book(s), or have it/them purchased for you as a gift, please consider donating the equivalent funds to a reputable humanitarian charity. (This does not mean I’m giving you permission to pirate my work, though. All my work is copyrighted, so please obey the law.)

So, thank you again for your interest. Please feel free to send a comment. If you have a criticism to share, I promise to fully consider it and thank you for taking the time to write. God bless and guide you.