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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Review of "Trapped" By Rhonda Gibb Hinrichsen

Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Publication Date: April 29th 2010 by Walnut Springs Press

Paperback, 293 pages

isbn 193521764X

A Forged Letter, A Golden Vial, An Ancient Curse...Filled with family secrets, intrigue, and romance The blog tour for Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen will have it all.

You know how writers are told to use a "hook" at the beginning to pull the reader in? Well the beginning of Ronda Hinrichsen's book, "Trapped" does exactly that. Here is the great introduction of the book...

"Secrets thrive in my family.” I wasn’t sure if I’d said the words or dreamed them, but when I heard a drawer slide open in the empty bedroom next to my own, my heartbeat jumped into overdrive, and I pulled the comforter up to my neck. “Sylvie? Is that you, kitty?”

Suddenly, a beam of light flashed across the hall wall just opposite my open doorway, pausing momentarily on my mother’s favorite Mansfield painting, and I no longer doubted what the noise was.
Barely breathing, I stared wide-eyed at the now-dark hallway, my ears tuning out the sounds of rain and thunder to focus on the groan of the floorboards as the intruder crossed my mother’s room just through the wall. Then I heard a soft, metallic thwack. A click. A jingle of music. My mother’s jewelry box! I clamped my lips over my mouth, silencing a gasp."

I was very impressed from the very first paragraph of this novel. The thought that went through my head, was that this book needs to be used as an example, at a writers conference, to show how to write a fantastic hook! If you are not a writer or an aspiring writer, you are just going to think that this is a great book from the very first.

I also was pleasantly surprised by the storyline. It was so exciting and suspenseful.
Here is more about the storyline of "Trapped" found on the back of the book....

Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap - a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She - the only firstborn female in hundreds of years - only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into evil designs.

As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it's too late?"

I recommend this book to those who like mystery, romance and want to read a tension filled thriller until the last page. Guess what? You can win your own copy from Mountain Spring Press, here's how...

We will be giving away THREE autographed copies! All you have to do is leave a comment (along with your email address if it isn't on your blog profile) and answer the following question. Which Austrian city would you most like to visit? The more blogs you comment on the more entries you'll receive. All comments must be left by midnight MST on August 27 to be eligible.

A blog tour Filled with family secrets, intrigue, and romance!

August 9
Heather Gardner

August 10
Jewel Adams

August 11
Mary Greathouse
Teri Rodeman

August 12
Lynn Fowlstone
Christine Bryant

August 13
Valerie Ipson
Sheila Stayley

August 16
Deanne Blackhurst

August 17
Connie Hall
C.S. Bezas

August 18
Kimberly Job
Tristi Pinkston

August 19
Karen Hoover
Nichole Giles

August 20
Alison Palmer
Jessica Williams

August 23
Joyce DiPastena
Laurie Lewis

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  1. Thank you for the great review and for your comments, Sheila. I really appreciate them. :)

  2. I'd have to say Salzburg. It makes me think of The Sound of Music.


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