May 09, 2017 Shatter – First book review
I said in one of our Facebook lives that I am a reader… like, I read a lot… excuse me while my glasses slip off my nose. On the Facebook live I said that I REALLY want to read a book in each place I visit that is written by a LOCAL author. I put it out into the universe and sure enough it answered back. A few days later I met Nikki Trionfo, who lives in my home city Riverton, Utah. Ironically she came to do a walk through of our home when it was for sale.
We started talking about what we do for work. She said she is a writer who just fulfilled her dream/bucket list item of writing a book. I said that we are currently fulfilling one of our dreams to travel the world for a year. In the air between us there was a silent acknowledgment that we are both on the same path of filling our lives with meaning and fullfilling our heart goals. I said that I planned to read books as a part of our journey and I would be honored to start with hers, especially since it is from my home town.
We are both artists supporting each other. Dreamers chasing our dreams.
Next I will be traveling through the Pacific North West and NYC. I’m looking for book recommendations from those areas! Please comment below if you have any for me.
This week Nikki is doing a raffle alongside the release of her book Shatter for a $30 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, answer this question in the comments below “What do you love most about a good mystery book?” Then click here to enter. You must leave a comment to win.
Shatter Book Review
With help from my sister in-law who’s also an avid reader, here is our review of Shatter!
Nikki Trionfo’s debut novel Shatter is a coming of age novel brimming with mystery, thrills, and romance. As the subtitle suggests, “Three bodies. Two Liars. One Killer”
Salem, our protagonist, is devastated after an explosion kills her sister. Trying to come to grips with the events surrounding her sister’s death, Salem becomes suspicious and suspects it was more than an accident. She follows the trail of clues into the dark corners of her world where friends become enemies and enemies become friends. But who can she really trust? And how far will the killer go to cover the secrets Salem is so desperate to reveal?
An effortless read that never felt shallow. The pacing was perfect; enough to keep the story moving while still keeping you guessing until the very end. The characters were endearing and true to life. I especially enjoyed the message underscoring the novel, illustrating the pitfalls of judging a person’s character too quickly based on appearances and socioeconomic factors. This was a compelling read from the first page to the last.
So along with your flip flops, sunglasses and sunblock, make sure you throw Nikki Trionfo’s book Shatter into your tote bag for the perfect summer day. Get your hands on some fun summer reading, click here for your copy of Shatter!
Guest Post by the Author:
“When Your Author Dreams are Just That . . . Dreams
I’m in love with the idea of a writing bucket-list these days, not just because other cool people are doing it but because of an aspect of writing that’s difficult for nearly everyone. Eternal . . . . . . Waiting
For almost ten years I wanted to be an author. I wrote and wrote for six years. I finished a second manuscript and loved it. I was proud. Today, four years later, it’s debuting. That’s a lot of waiting! Waiting messed with my head. Definitions also messed with my head. In many ways, I was just as accomplished a writer then as I was now, but wasn’t an author. For four years.
Becoming an author is not like becoming an NBA player. With NBA dreams, by the time you’re twenty-five, you have what’s known as an ANSWER. You are either 1) a professional NBA player, or 2) mourning your no and moving on.
Writers, on the other hand, have no idea what an ANSWER is because we are told never to move on in the face of a no. Did you get rejected by fifty-six agents? Query fifty-six more. Besides, thirty-four of the agents you queried haven’t responded, so technically they could still say yes. GO CHECK YOUR EMAIL NOW!!
It was like breaking the space-time continuum. The time-loop scenario was so embedded into the process of writing that sometimes, even when I made progress, I couldn’t see it. I jumped directly from trying to get a manuscript written to trying to score an agent to trying to get a contract with no sense of accomplishment.
That’s where a writing bucket-list came in and saved me.
I jotted down a whole bunch of things I dreamed of doing, and celebrated when I accomplished them even though Taylor Swift has still never written a song about the main character of Shatter. I did this long before I got any publication contract. I framed the award certificate of a small writing contest. I splurged on $15 worth of business cards—color business cards. The real deal. I volunteered to teach teenagers about writing even though I wasn’t a “real author.” My friends were already doing cool stuff like this. Heather Clark had a bumper sticker that simply read “Writer.” Eric James Stone got more specific with his personalized license plate: SFWRTR.
You might be like me. You might have all sorts of writing bucket-list items that don’t require achievements like being published or being a best-seller. Don’t fall into the time-loop and lose out on them. Write them down. Do them. Celebrate them. The silly ones. The little ones. The big ones. And I’m not going to limit your imagination by listing sixty things below. This is about what you want. To get the ball rolling, however, I do plan to tweet a few of my items each Tuesday for the next month. Feel free to join in. I’ll use #WritingBL since #WritingBucketList is so long.
There. Did you see that? I just accomplished my Writing Bucket List Item Number 43: “publicly declare a new writing-oriented hashtag.”
Try it yourself. It feels amazing!”