Title: New Beginnings
Author Name: Cori Garrison
Publication Date & Length: November 2, 2013 – 73 pgs
Sometimes life takes unexpected turns. Sometimes we hide the very core of our existence because we fear the judgment of others. Sometimes the universe shifts and we are provided with a brief moment to begin anew. These moments allow us to become fearless and let our perfectly created souls shine.
Sam has the perfect life, or does she? When her life is turned upside down, will she seize the opportunity to be true to herself? Sometimes true love finds us when we least expect it.
I have to say I think this book failed to capitalize on the things it had going for it. It feels like a first book, to tell the truth. I believe I saw something in the book from the author saying what her debut novel was and where you could get it, but this is the first book I could find on Amazon. Truthfully, I think the book could stand to be rewritten. I liked the premise of the plot. I totally felt for Sam after her husband died, but even before he died, I got the feeling that she wasn’t long for that relationship anyway. This clears the way for Jenna to come into the picture. And it explains why their relationship progresses so quickly. But honestly, I feel that this relationship should have slowed a bit and developed a little more slowly. It seemed rushed, and the feelings of both Sam and Jenna just seemed to all happen too quickly.
Then we have Shawn and Rebecca. Shawn is Sam’s sister, and is the “out” lesbian, and therefore pariah, of the family. This provides an excellent reason for why Sam never felt able to explore any of her desires or leanings toward other women. Again, we have a relationship that seems to happen at lightning speed. Slow down and let me enjoy the two of them getting to know each other. The whole disagreement on their first date was almost incomprehensible to me. Shawn said she didn’t want just a hook-up, and for some reason this to Rebecca meant that Shawn didn’t want to have sex with her at all. But Shawn did want to have sex, she just didn’t want it to be a one-night stand. Well if that’s all you want, says Rebecca, then forget it, and stop playing me. What? Totally left me confused. And that doesn’t even take into account that this part seemed like a totally new story. We had one story about Sam and Jenna, then in the middle of the book, we were in a new story that was about Shawn and Rebecca. It was essentially two books in one, but not enough time or plot or even development was given to either story.
That said, there were redeeming qualities to the book. Garrison made me like her characters. She drew me in to their stories. Her sex scenes were pretty darn hot. And she has an easy writing style that made it easy to keep turning pages. I see a lot of potential, but I think she needs to fine tune her plot development. I’ve got the second book in the series and it looks longer, so I’m hoping to see a lot of progression in her development as a story-crafter.
Cori Garrison was born in northern Florida, raised in northern Indiana but has called St. Louis her home for the past 16 years. She lives with her girlfriend, 4-year-old son and 3 dogs. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in business and holds two Master’s Degree equivalent certifications in Employee Benefits and Human Resources. She majored in American History for the first two years of college and loves all things historical! She spent 14 years of her career working in Human Resources in the aviation industry before transitioning to IT. She currently works full-time as an IT Solutions Analyst (just a fancy title for a liaison to the business side, configuring software to meet their needs). Cori and her family enjoy exploring, travelling and spending time with family members.
Writing lesbian romance part-time was a hobby for years before deciding to self-publish her work. Her focus now is to write stories that share some of the struggles that LGBT people face in life and with their families and how those cause feelings of inadequacy, guilt, shame, etc. She wants to produce a story that actually speaks to readers and is not totally focused on sex. Of course, she always includes the steamy, romantic and quite frequently erotic, scenes! She currently is a one-woman show; writing, proof reading, editing, doing cover art, marketing, running social media sites and publishing her own work.