Welcome Laura Kreitzer!

I feel so honored to have Laura Kreitzer stop by the blog today as she releases yet another great book for her fans and fans-to-be to enjoy!  Laura has written many fantastic books and I discovered Laura and her great talent when I was fortunate enough to review the first book in the SUMMER CHRONICLES, PHANTOM UNIVERSE. Now with the release of the second book in the series, FORSAKEN HARBOR, we all get the privilege to hear a little from Laura about how she develops the characters that are so dimensional and tangible.

So, Cici’s readers, I turn the page over to the wonderfully talented Laura Kreitzer.  Enjoy!  Thanks so much Laura Kreitzer for stopping by the blog today to discuss Character Identities

When characters are first formed, at least for me, I usually have a sense of who the character will be. From there I pick names. Sometimes picking the name becomes the most tedious task of all. Once you pick the name, you can’t go back after the book is published. As I gain a sense of a character, I begin to see the one-dimensional aspects of that character form. This is what the outside world sees, or what the character wants others to see. It’s how they are perceived. Their appearance, their response, even their dialogue is something that can be manipulated to only let the reader see this one-dimensional side of a character.

As the character is fleshed out, I form their two-dimensional aspects. What the character struggles with, their emotions and feelings, their background and situation. Who they are inside at this exact moment is where I start to bring my characters to life on the page. The question is: how do you take this information and turn it into someone realistic, someone the reader will have strong emotions for, be it hate or loveability. This is where the third dimension for a character is written into the novel.

As a character grows, reacts, and changes, the reader witnesses this third dimension. There are internal struggles and external influences that dictates how the character will turn from a name to a person the reader can perceive as realistic. Not all characters are this fleshed out. Sometimes only seeing the one-dimensional aspects of a character is all that is needed. It is the main characters that we witness growing and transforming as the story unfolds. It’s not always about liking the character, sometimes a villain can be shown sympathy by the reader depending on how the character reacts to their circumstances. This is what makes a character, in my opinion. Not their extensive background or situation but how the character responds to them.

With the Summer Chronicles, most of my characters have pages written about them for my reference. Each of their lives from childhood to the age the reader meets them at is fleshed out, though as a reader, you might only see certain aspects of what is on their long rap-sheet. As the series continues, each character will show many of their dimensions, especially Summer. Her transformation from Phantom Universe to Forsaken Harbor might seem slight in the overall scheme of things, but the reader sees all the dimensions of her character. There are still two books left in the series, in which we will see how Summer and her friends cope with their situation on and off the island that is called Forsaken Harbor.

Thank you, CiCi, for having me on your blog!

Laura Kreitzer

February 18th, 2012 Guest Posts 1 Comment


FORBIDDEN by Syrie James & Ryan M. James

About the book:

She should not exist.

He should not love her.

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. . . .

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

My Thoughts:

Special thanks to the ladies at DAC Tours for including me on the tour for FORBIDDEN.  I really appreciate the opportunity to read ARC’s and to share books.

I never used to think I would enjoy reading about angels, but the more books that I read, the more I enjoy them.  FORBIDDEN certainly didn’t disappoint.  I liked the many different angles of the story.  There was a lot of  mystery behind Alec, Claire’s mother and Ian.  Not only was it a good storyline that kept me reading, but my curiosity got the best of me.  So, whether the book was good or not, I was going to get some answers to some of the questions that I had about these characters!  Wait…I guess that would make it a good book huh?  Well, it was.  I certainly wasn’t ready for the outcome of some of the characters and I absolutely love when I am a little surprised by a book.  I really appreciated that while it had a great anchoring love story, it was very clean and very suitable for the YA genre.  It is often hard to find a good clean YA love story that is worth picking up.  I would recommend this book to all ages that ‘qualify’ for the YA genre.  As a mom, I appreciate seeing well-written, clean, captivating stories.

While the cover was pretty, I wish it were a little more Claire.  The coloring was a visual of what Claire’s aura might be like, but I would have liked a more vivid coloring with a bit of a more aggressive girl on the cover.  Unfortunately, I think the covers of YA novels are becoming a bit boring.  The cover really needs to represent the story a little bit better.  It certainly didn’t seem to do the book justice.

Overall, great book. Congratulations on a great debut!


Cici ♥

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Follower Love Giveaway Hop!

One of my favorite holidays is St. Valentine’s Day.  Not because of roses, chocolates or lovey dovey stuff….well maybe chocolates.  But seriously, I LOVED making a Valentine’s box, taking our little valentine’s cards, getting sweet little notes from friends, ALL THE RED AND PINK DECORATIONS!!!!  Ahhh, so fun and exciting.  Anywhoo….

Special thanks to Kathy at I’m A Reader Not A Writer and Rachel Renee Anderson for hosting the SECOND ANNUAL FOLLOWER LOVE GIVEAWAY HOP!

One of you lucky winners will win a copy of Judy Blume’s FOREVER and a custom made book thong and a little something special for Valentine’s!  A SECOND winner will win a custom made book thong for yourself AND a custom book thong for a person you’d like to share it with.

To enter all you need to do is….become a follower via GFC and then leave me a comment with your gfc name AND your email address AND a little about what you love about Valentine’s Day (no email, no chance to win).

Bonus entries include:

+1 for following via Twitter

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As always, thanks for stopping by!



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Thanks all for stopping by the block and entering for a chance to win a copy of FORBIDDEN! I appreciate each and every one of you. Unfortunately there can only be one winner and that winner is……


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