Thursday, December 3, 2015
Daughter of Valor by Emily Mims
Daughter of Valor
By Emily Mims
The main reason why I personally wanted to read and review this book was because it has to do with the Military, and I feel that the Military doesn’t get enough justification. Sure we can support them, and hear about them, and know they are out there supporting us, and protecting us, but not many people want to write about, and tell a story or even share with you from their stand point. So when someone finally does, I want to be the one to share it with you. After all, it needs made public, and people need to see and feel from those whom have lived and dealt with things like this, from those of us who have, and from those of us who care for those of you who have. I hope that makes sense.
As for this novel, it is very intense, and well worth the read, because it is going to make you see and feel things and understand many different aspects and views that you would have never thought possible.
Our main character: Holly gives you a look at her life, and she desires and needs for a military career, and what all her plans were, and how they ended up ruined by an ambush. She has to learn things about herself, and make choices she had never anticipated. Her Uncle, a Judge, after her rehabilitation and recovery, than helps Holly by finding her a Nanny position. Because Holly doesn’t want to sit around and do nothing, she jumps at the chance to do it.
Jimmy, the man she is now to Nanny for is trying to get elected. But in the midst of all of this, you wouldn’t expect to find murder in this book too, now would you? Yes, low and behold there is even murder! Why? Because someone is trying to ruin Jimmy’s chance at getting elected by framing him for what would or could be murders.
In the meantime, Holly and Jimmy work on their communication skills, restructuring his family, and focusing on his campaign, and figuring out who could be doing this to him and why.
I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone, because I am famous for being a spoiler alert specialist. So I will stop here.
I will tell you, that I loved this book. It was very detailed, and intense, and leads you through a lot of emotions, and directions. It is worth your time and money to read this book. I give it five stars, and think everyone would truly enjoy it. If you want insight on Military, and knowing little things, politics, and how people feel and work, and recover, and what not- this is another plus for you. Truly I suggest reading this book. It is very different from most!
Thank you, Emily for the chance to read this!
Here are my questions for Emily!
1. What made you write this book? I wrote this book for several reasons. I live in San Antonio, and because of SAMMC we have a lot of wounded warriors in our city-it's nothing to see a handsome young veteran chasing a toddler across the mall on a pair of prostheses or a severely scarred warrior in line at the grocery store. I admire these courageous people so much! I also began Holly and Jimmy's stories in the original book in the series (Solomon's Choice) and wanted a chance to tell theirs.
2. Do you have any photos or descriptions of Holly and/or Jimmy to share?Just what's on the cover
3. How long did it take you to write this book?I began work on it before I'd even sold 'Solomon's Choice'. I wrote a version that my agent told me was terrible (ouch) so I went back and rewrote it in the form it's in today. So the answer would be over a couple of years. Now that I have a publisher and am writing regularly, that same book would take maybe four months.
4. What all have you written prior? I wrote a string of novels and novellas for Candlelight Ecstasy in the 1980's, three of which Boroughs has re-released. I have a full-length novel and two short stories in the Texas Hill Country series that precede 'Daughter of Valor; in the story line, and have another short story, two novellas and a full-length novel that come after it in the series. I recently finished the last book in the Texas Hill Country series and planted two heroes to go to Appalachia for a series of stories set in the bluegrass and folk music world.
5. Who are all your favorite Author(s)? Hmmm. I love Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz and Heather Graham (Jayne and Heather wrote with me at Candlelight). Cynthia Eden hits the spot as does Lori Wilde and Lori Foster. And just about everybody in the Boroughs stable is a favorite of mine. Oh, and let's not forget Roxanne St. Clair.
6. What are you working on now? I just finished 'Second to None' in the Texas Hill Country series and am plotting the Appalachian series. (I'm a serious plotter-this does a lot to prevent writer's block.)
7. What are your hobbies? I play 5 musical instruments-piano, organ, guitar, dulcimer, and ukulele-and play the ukulele with two performing bands.
8.Have you ever served in the Military? No, but my son is career Army.
9. What suggestions do you offer to future writers? Don't let ANYBODY tell you that you can't do it. When I was in college my creative writing profs told me I had no talent and to go back to the science department. I invited them to my first autograph party.
10.Any ways to reach you and follow along with you: I'll list my website and contact info below. I usually send my readers to Amazon but am also available on the Boroughs website, Allromance, Smashwords and Nook. Plus, Daughter of Valor is also available in print from Amazon.
11. Any info you’d like to add: Just that I love and appreciate every one of my readers!
And thanks again! Be sure to send me the link so I can share on all of my media sites.