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Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 2

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Volume 2 by Chautona Havig

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

This collection includes episodes six through nine of Past Forward. Willow, battling grief and anger, drives Chad from the farm, but he finds himself drawn back, despite her determination to keep a wall between them. An accident and the chance of a lifetime threaten everything she thought she held dear. As the walls crumble, Chad and Willow’s friendship deepens into something truly special, but to what end? Everyone around him pushes Chad into a relationship he both wants and fights, knowing that Willow simply is not ready.

Someone is wreaking havoc around her farm. Afraid for Willow’s safety, the police take turns guarding her place when off duty and she finds it hard to endure the disruption of her tranquility.

And then, Chad asks her to dance. Can she trust him? Find out in this second volume.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 2 is the collection of episode six through nine of this serial novel. If you don’t like reading in little snippets this is for you. Encompassing about three hundred pages its novel length and the story isn’t even over. If you missed any episode since five this is also for you. The drama is revved up in this volume.

At first I was so disbelieving that Willow would be that naïve. Then I remember that she IS that naïve. Then it was like WOW. We live in a world, which the public has fostered us, to be intrusive on Public Figures’ personal lives.

More so than the previous volume I feel like a voyeur, reading about the development of a woman kept in captivity. I’m excited that she’s starting to adjust to being around larger groups. Even when nothing’s really happening I’m too invested to be disappointed.

When Christmas takes place its interesting how Chautona Havig addresses Willow’s isolation during the holidays. Her apparent naïveté to Christmas traditions is refreshing as a seven year old on Christmas Day. Willow’s grandparents are one of the “elephants in the room.” Their characterizations fall into the suspected coloring with their previous introduction to the reader. I’m shocked at the deceitfulness and depravity that doesn’t become known until the nearing of this volume.

It wasn’t until Aggie and the kids came over for Christmas that I realized this was interconnected in the same world as Chautona’s other works. There’s a plot developing subplot that I just can’t figure out it purpose. I don’t understand the motives of the character that’s driving this device or why.

I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 2 4 out 5 Gs.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 by Chautona Havig



Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.
 
Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.
 
When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.
 
From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.
 
In this episode, the foundations of Willow’s life are shaken from several sides. Suffering from a blow that will take months to recover from, Willow is also given the opportunity of a lifetime. To accept would change everything, but is she ready for her life to turn upside down?
 
Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.
 
Released weekly as a serial novel.





Released on 02 Aug 12, Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 is just as good as the previous five episodes, but I think the real conflict of this novel was revealed. At first I was so disbelieving that Willow would be that naïve. Then I remember that she IS that naïve. Then it was like WOW.
 
We live in a world, which the public has foster, to be intrusive on Public Figures’ personal lives. How couldn’t you see it coming? I’m literally three hours away from Mayberry. I could see this one coming. Why couldn’t Chad, maybe he really isn’t ready for Rockland.
 
This episode just makes me feel sad sympathy for Willow Anne Finley. I don’t pity her, that’s exactly what comes to your mind as you’re reading this. She’s like a child discovering Santa Claus isn’t real. [If this just shattered your reality, I’M SORRY. It hurt when I realized it too.] The secret that has defined her life is out there for the public.
 
Intentional or not Chautona Havig gives an example of how desensitized we have become. It’s the reporters fault but I really can’t blame him he was just ‘doing his job.’ You can’t blame the vulture for pickin’ at a carcass. It’s just another example of how old world values clash with modern values.




I give Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 6 4 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Volume 1

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 by Chautona Havig



Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

This collection of the first five episodes of Past Forward starts with Willow’s life-changing discovery and gently guides the reader through aspects of her life–the past weaving through the present and into the future. Experience her first morning in church, her first movie, and the culture shock of her first trips to the city. A birthday party and a street faire add welcome diversion from butchering, canning, and the beating of area rugs. Disaster strikes. Will she be able to continue her life, or will an offer in the city change it all? Find out in this first volume.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.


Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 is the first five episodes of Chautona Havig’s thoroughly engrossing serial novel released weekly. These first five introduce us to Willow Anne Finley, a character whose character and upbringing illuminated just how convoluted out lives really have become.

There’s a quote something like “You can never have time, if you never take time.” This is the philosophy of Willow’s life. Kari, her mother, has raised her in an almost Amish life style. They are as self-sufficient as one’s in modern society can be. Together they developed their own world. When Kari died it shattered.

This world they created isn’t without problems, this introduce Chad Tresdall, a sheriff’s deputy on the Fairbury force. It’s through his eyes that we see Willow. It’s their friendship that is the driving force behind these first five episodes and the new experiences that Kari’s misguide ways sheltered Willow from.

For me it was a journey that I looked forward to read. During the fourth and fifth episode I lost my uncle, he left as sudden as Kari. It helped me to empathize with Willow more. As Willow finally started to process her mother’s lost, I was in the throes of grief. These past couple of weeks, it wasn’t just an amazingly written story. It’s an escape for me to clear my head and read about how this character is continuing their life after a lost.

If you have missed any episodes or you want to catch up, this is the perfect for you. At the time of this writing there is only one more episode out, Episode 6. I hope you find the time to join the rest of us, Past Forward.


I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Volume 1 4 out 5.

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Desolate (Desolation 2)

Desolate (Desolation 2) by Ali Cross


Where darkness lives, all will become desolate.
 
It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.
 
Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.
 
And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.



Desolate (Desolation 2) is just as amazing as Become, more so because it didn’t have the slow start. Prepare yourself for the twist.
 
I really wanted to start this book after finishing the first, but life and the Olympics called. In a way I’m glad. It gave me a chance to digest the first book. I like the character of Desolation, but I can’t even imagine what kind of life she’s life to be so freaking pessimistic. This girl isn’t just half empty; she shatters the glass so nothing CAN be held.
 
Every decision she makes is wrong. But what can you expect from a girl raised in hell and is named Desolation Black? As an Asgardian, half-Valkyrie princess, half-demon princess, I still expect more because she is capable of more. It’s frustrating to read.
 
This novel ends on a resolute cliff-hanger. I wanted a third. Desolate is the perfect name for this novel. Every character at the end is left there. Even Miri the most upbeat character in the series is left their and its plausible.
 
It’s rollercoaster of a ride. Ali Cross telegraphs some parts are like a bad poker player until you realize she was showing her hand to distract you when she swiping the entire table from under you. The newer characters are perfect characterization, especially Helena, long after her chapters I was still thinking about her. What kinds of demented do you have to be to create Hell?
 


I give Desolate (Desolation 2) 4 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 by Chautona Havig

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, the foundations of Willow’s life are shaken from several sides. Suffering from a blow that will take months to recover from, Willow is also given the opportunity of a lifetime. To accept would change everything, but is she ready for her life to turn upside down?

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.

 

Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 is bittersweet. This week my oldest uncle died this week, so I was dealing with the grief of his death. The impact of Willow hitting the depression state of grieving had greater impact on me.

People rallied around Willow just like all of my extended family. This episode was strangely surreal when I read it. Willow’s drama in this episode was a comfort more than entertainment. It let me escape the pain and drama.

It helped because, not only was she starting to grieve but she was physically not at her best. It made her more vulnerable than I think she’s ever been in her life. This reliance on other people is the catalyst for this most unusual woman by today’s standards to begin the grieving process.

 

I give Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 5 4 out 5.

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Become: A Novel of Desolation

Become: A Novel of Desolation by Ali Cross
 
 

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.
 
When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

 
 
Become: A Novel of Desolation is an amazing novel and cover. The only reason I don’t give it 5 out 5 is that it took so long for me to connect with Desi’s story. The elements were sprinkled throughout the beginning. I was more than half way finished when I started to absolutely loved this novel.
 
The instant I finished this novel I wanted to start, Desolate (Desolation 2), the next one in the series. But I’m fully invested now. I have rarely read books that make use of Norse instead of Greek mythology to create the world.
 
Most of my exposure to Norse mythology stems from Marvel’s Thor comic. Even that was limited until I researched the characters in the Thor movie. This is the extent of my Norse mythology. Yet Ali Cross has created a far richer mythology in her one book. This fact sets her novel apart, in my opinion.
 
Because of my limited knowledge of Norse mythology, the way I envisioned the characters did come directly from the Marvel movies. So it created immense amounts of laughter, in me, when I realized Thor’s part in Ali Cross’s world. Chris Hemsworth. Just thinking his name makes me laugh now; he’s never what I picture for THAT icon. Thank You, Ali Cross.
 
The composite mythologies for the characters are what won me over; it’s something that can’t be explained without spoiling the novel. Because I classify this as Modern Mythology it’s just as good as any story told by DC or Marvel. Become: A Novel of Desolation is an origin story of a heroine.
 
I think this novel speaks to more markets than its genre classification. Anyone that loves mythology won’t want to miss this novel. Anyone new to Young Adult will definitely like this novel.
 
 
 
I give Become: A Novel of Desolation 4 out 5.

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Past Forward – A Serial Novel: Episode 4

Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 by Chautona Havig

 

 

Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

 

 

Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 this is just as amusing as any television show. I’ve trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. Just enjoy the revelation of the story.

Episode 4 is a welcomed returned to form. I was apathetic to last week’s episode. This week’s had parts that made me laugh, not so much as they were funny but I made erroneous assumptions. This is what makes it such a joy to read. It makes you see the world differently.

Willow is the driving force behind the novel. But our journey is really with Chad. The episode more than any of the previous ones you see the noticeable changes happening to the character.

Even after four episodes, it still amazes me Chautona Havig shows us how much we take for grant. The one also highlights the differences between country and city life. It’s a question posed to Chad and something he’s going to have to deal with in the future.

 

 

I give Past Forward — A Serial Novel: Episode 4 4 out 5.

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