Christina Paul 

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I have received some nice comments either via Email or Facebook, and I wanted to share them with you. 

 

I'll add more as they come in or as I can locate them (my old laptop is currently displaying the blue screen of death, so I am not sure if I will ever be able to retrieve information from it, but I will keep trying).

 

Please note, the initial comment was from many years ago when I was in the infant stage of my writing career, but whenever I am feeling frustrated or discourage with my writing, I reread the note from this editor and I have my confidence restored, so I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

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Linda R - 

Taking Chances: Second in the Bradford Series (Kindle Edition)

In Taking Chances by Christina Paul, Christian Bradford, son of Lord Graydon from A Second Chance:First in the Bradford series rescues a young woman in distress. As a gentleman would, he cares for her wounds and plans to escort her and her deceased father back to Ireland. However, he is very surprised to learn that she is well known by his Uncle Aaron as her father was part of the British Operative group for the Crown. Christian and Samantha Prichard begin an adventure of a lifetime finding a missing list that holds the names of many aristocrats whose lives are in danger. Their search will take them from England to Ireland and back again and involves many of the operatives for the Crown. During the journey their "hot" relationship is developed as they explore each other's motives as well! Steamy Georgian Historical Romance with some mild erotica. Hold on for a wild mystery, romantic steamy novel. (June 2013)

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Linda R -

A Second Chance: First in the Bradford Series (Kindle Edition)

Beautifully written Georgian Era aristocratic historical romance that tells the tale of Lady Kathryn and Lord Graydon. While visiting her husband’s grave, Lady Kathryn finds a bleeding, unconscious gentleman. Hiding him at her country estate, she nurses the man back to health to learn he was shot while trying to rescue his niece, Anna. When his family comes to claim him, Lady Kathryn becomes involved in a tale of intrigue as she helps them complete their mission. From the countryside to London, they pursue their goal as they decipher all information from dockside “pub chat” to government records to discover Anna’s whereabouts. Along the way, Lady Kathryn falls in love with her handsome Lord Graydon, daring to hope he could someday offer his heart in return.
Fast paced read, full of intrigue, with wonderful characters in a lovely historical setting. If you love historical romance, you’ll love A Second Chance. (June 2013)

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Merrill D - Hi! I just finished your second book and thoroughly enjoyed both. I am not real big on romance novels (50 Shades of Grey - ugh, couldn't wait for it to be over) but your stories were great, very engaging. When will the third one be ready? And congrats on the award! Well deserved! (May 2013)

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Jill B - When the Widow Kathryn finds a wounded man, Graydon, on her estate, she doesn't realize that her life is about to change permanently. Add in a kidnapped niece, a vengeful father, and mysterious missions for the government and you will find adventure in early 1800s England. This traditional historical romance is on the fast track to take you from polite society into the seedier side of life as love struggles to conquer all.

This was a typical historical romance without any special characters or plot to make it stand out. (May 2013)

 

This was only a 3 out of 5 start review, but I'm not disappointed.

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AMAZING NEWS (abridged version of the email I received):


May 6, 2013 - 


Hello,

I am writing with some fabulous news! Your book has been named the Winner in the Romance category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Congratulations!

 

Additionally, your book will be listed as a Winner in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America (“BEA”) in New York later this month to thousands of attendees including book buyers, library representatives, media, industry professionals, and others. Our intention is to promote the Winners and Finalists to as many people as possible.

All Finalists and Winners are invited to attend an awards reception at the Harvard Club of New York City from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 29th (during BEA). 

Once again congratulations from all of us at Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Catherine Goulet

Awards Chairperson

www.IndieBookAwards.com

 

Shelley Anderson

President and Awards Coordinator

www.IndieBookAwards.com

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Dorothy M. - Author Christina Paul continues her Bradford Series of historical romance novels, this time featuring Christian and Samantha's love story. After leaving a London pub in a rough part of town, Christian is about to mount his horse when he hears a scream. Seeing a damsel in distress, Christian rushes to her defense, quickly dispatches her assailants and throws them in the river. The lady is injured and unconscious. There is nothing else to do but take her home and enlist the aid of butler, Hugh, in caring for the lovely Samantha. The story comes out that her father has been murdered in the fracas, thus the mystery begins. Members of London's secret covert unit assemble to unravel the complex plot involving spies, secret codes, hidden lists, clues written in journals, and French operatives determined to find and murder those few members of the French aristocracy who have escaped the guillotine and fled to England. The story continues into the English countryside, over to Ireland and back again. Christian and Samantha are hopelessly drawn to each other and spend several hot nights in bed, before figuring out they are in love. Sigh. (April 2013)

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Dorothy M. - The author, Christina Paul, begins this first book in the Bradford series as the widow, Kathryn, visits her husband's grave. It would have been 20 years today, since her parents arranged her marraige to John, as was often the custom among the English aristocracy in 1785. She was 15, he was 18. Within two years she bears him two sons, after perfunctory unions. She had never experienced being "in love." Now, leaving the grave, a riderless horse seems to beckon her into a nearby woods. She discovers an unconcious man, bleeding from a bullet wound. She hurries home and summons servants to fetch the stranger, and help Kathryn clean him up and bind his wounds. Kathryn nurses him back to health. Graydon, turns out to be a widower, a Marquis of something or other and an operative in a covert agency, working for the government. Of course, they fall into deep love, although they do not realize it, as yet; this is a romance, after all. The plot thickens as Graydon, their handsome sons and an uncle chase down kidnappers, evil and vengeful men, out to snatch the lovely Anna and spirit her away on a sailing ship. The book has all the ingredients of the genre, with the requisite ball, ladies in magnificent gowns,jewels and fancy hairdos, twirling around the floor with handsome men in black with sparkling white cravets. There are horses, carriages, butlers, cooks, maids, weddings, and ladies in distress. Paul writes well and will do well, indeed, in this popular genre. An entertaining read. At the end of the book, Paul includes a chapter from the next novel in the series. Warning: If you read it, you will be compelled to get "Taking Chances." Fortunately, it is available on Amazon, on this page. Lucky for you. (March 2013)

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Marcy F. - I loved the fact that your heroine(s) had spunk. Full of life and they were protectors not damsels only in distress ALL the time. Your main heroine, Kathryn, had a major backbone and she stood up for herself. Graydon didn't try to over take her either he helped her be who she was, even when he was worried about her. The whole story was full of complimentary characters. Even Kathryn's sons were strong and independent. I have just started reading your second book, enjoying your new heroine already... Sassy thing that she is (lol). (March 2013)

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Alan B. -  I went to your website - Links - and read the first chapter of Taking Chances. I tip my proverbial hat to you. You are quite an accomplished writer. Great story flow, characterization and plot. Your style matches what I'd expect to hear from people in that time if I was there - in fact I felt like I was. Outstanding job, Christina. (March 2013)

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Rebecca S.  - I really enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down and finished it too quickly. I cannot wait for the next book to come out!!! (October 2012)

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Lisa Conor (Manuscript Reviewer)  - You have a terrific writing style. You have obviously done a significant amount planning and preparation in crafting your work. Your prose is nicely written with details that capture the reader. Right from the start your plot was very engaging.  You do a nice job of slowly making your way through the story with details and a certain voice that allows your reader to really interact with the characters (who are all round and very nicely developed). The greatest value in fiction, it seems to me, lies in what we can learn about our own lives when we take time to analyze someone else’s — even if that someone else is just a character in a story. Characterization is one of the most important elements of any successful story.  I always love it when I leave a story feeling like I know the characters.  This is true for your prose. So many authors rush through their stories without really developing them.  Not you. Your book read like a movie in my mind. You have crafted a quality piece of writing. (May 2012)

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Cynthia Sherman (Professional Editor/Critique hired by my initial literary agent) - I believe you can turn this into a marketable story. It has all of the necessary elements:  good characterization; interesting (and well-described) settings; and authentic-sounding dialogue. This is an amazing manuscript. The characters are fabulous, as is the plot. I am impressed with your imagination, writing skills, and storytelling ability. The readers will truly love this material. This will be a great success. I sincerely wish you luck with this endeavor. However you will not need luck, as you have a gift for writing. The readers will love the constant movement throughout. Your characters are strong and completely enjoyable. I do expect to read more of your work in the future, as you are a natural. The readers can see themselves within each scene with these characters. Nicely accomplished. (2009)

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