An Interview With Lindy Zart

lindy zart(Z) Frequent followers of this blog may see Lindy Zart’s books on here every few months. Well, she’s fabulous. I jump on her blog tours and reveals in a heartbeat. If I had asthma, I’d probably need an inhaler each time she announces a new release; that’s how excited I get. Her intricately developed characters, clever dialogue, various plot decisions, and great personality are like a magnetic pull to my Kindle shelf. I’ve had the joy of stalking following her on Facebook for a little while now and love how down to earth she is. Anywho, I’ve asked her a few fun questions about her writing process and life so you can get to know her just as well as I have!
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(T) The Truth

You can’t handle it.

I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews lately from folks who were unhappy with the book they read because it doesn’t have a Happily Ever After(HEA) ending. Or because the topics were too heavy. Or because they didn’t like reading about a gay couple. Or because there was too much romance. Or not enough romance. Or because there was divorce… Gosh, this list could dribble on for ages.

What happened to enjoying reading about the truth? Not every love story has a happily ever after. Not every person is a healthy, joyous individual.

Maybe it’s the need for an escape from real life when you read. The heavier topics weigh you down, when a lot of people read to get away from the things that weigh them down.

I understand why you may opt out of reading this type of book, though I don’t know why you’d read a book with disclaimers about suicide, disease, death, abuse, etc and then give the book a lower rating because the book made you upset.

Just my two cents worth.

(S) Steady as the Snow Falls by Lindy Zart

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Steady as the Snow Falls
By:
 Lindy Zart

Publication Date: April 14, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Hired by a stranger to write his life story, Beth Lambert arrives at a seemingly abandoned house in the hills near her hometown. She knows the rumors, she knows it is dangerous and unwise. But she needs the money. And she needs to prove that it isn’t a mistake to think she can make a career out of a dream.
Inside the house of emptiness and coldness, she finds a man with curt words and haunted eyes. He is eccentric, odd. Brutish, even. He scares her, and he intrigues her. When she learns who he is, she wants to run. But there is the money, and there is the dream, and eventually, there is simply Harrison Caldwell. The haunted man with the black, ugly truth.

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“My regular followers are probably aware by now that I review everything Lindy Zart releases. You can call it an addiction if you’d like, but I prefer to think of it as dedication.” -Me

Steady as the Snow Falls was an incredible read for me. It was everything Zart, of course. It was beautifully written, poetic with a hypnotic rhythm. I melted into the words, surrounded by the snow, cold, and weariness. I stopped reading to get work done (what?!) and couldn’t stop thinking about this book until I picked it up again. At night I’d fall asleep and be pulled into my own world, reminiscent of some of what the main character, Beth Lambert experienced with her past.

One character in this story made me uncomfortable, but not the one most would expect. More specifically, Ozzy’s made me uncomfortable. He was odd and twisty, with a sense of entitlement. He was so well-written, I felt like I knew him. Maybe I have known an Ozzy at one point in my life.

I love Harrison Caldwell’s character. Loved him in the beginning, loved him after his “black, ugly truth” was revealed. I love their relationship and the build between them. Between Beth’s persistence and Harrison’s stubbornness, I was sucked right in.

If nothing else, I can always count on Lindy to make me feel something. She pushes the boundaries of regular literature and creates something memorable with this book. This is a wonderful read that you should get right now! 

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The Final Countdown

Characterization – 5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 5/5 Stars
Plot – 5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 4/5 Stars
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 4.5 Stars

Links
Amazon Buy Link
Amazon.ca Buy Link
Amazon.uk Buy Link
Amazon.au Buy Link
BN Buy Link
Kobo Buy Link
iBooks Buy Link
Goodreads Book Page

About the author:

Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.

You can connect with Lindy at:

Google.com/+LindyZart
Twitter.com/LindyZart
Facebook.com/LindyZart
Lindyzart.com
Lindyzart@gmail.com
Listen to the playlists for Lindy’s books on Spotify.com
Get an eBook autograph from Lindy at Authorgraph.com
Check out Lindy’s YouTube channel.

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(M) An Interview With Michele G. Miller

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Michele PhotoI’d like to introduce you to Michele G Miller, an amazing author, my first client, and a good friend of mine. She’s a dedicated writer who loves to dabble in a bit of everything. Pushing herself to always do more, write better, and explore the world of literature makes her a standout in the independent world. 

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(L) A Whole Lotta Lovin’

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I’ll read almost anything. I don’t mind a little quirk, a young adult fantasy, a short thriller, or a long monologue. Whatever it is, it needs to pull me in. One thing I’ve been straying from lately is the predictable romance. This isn’t easy to avoid these days, when romance is all over the place. Hey, I get it. Sex sells. Always has. Always will. Of everything that this world has been through, all of the changes, romance remains.

Whatever the case, love and sex can be found in many nooks and crannies and wide open spaced of a book these days. It gets bored, honestly.

I like to read a story with a plot based on something besides the kiss the character keeps envisioning or the between-the-sheets playtime of the main character and her conquest.

I love me a romance just as much as the next person, but does it really have to be the focus of a book? Why can’t more people write books about strong characters who don’t rely heavily on love or lust? Why can’t the lifeblood off a main character be independence? 

*end rant*

(K) Kindles

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I always told myself, and anyone who would listen, that I’d never cave and get a Kindle or any other type of e-reader. I refused to sink into the reasons for the demise of paper books. Well, I started this blog and caved a few months later after finding an e-book being offered for free on Amazon. The rest is honestly history.

I used my cell phone for quite some time, hopping onto the Kindle app and changing the font size and coloration of the books I was reading, killing the battery on my phone during late night reads. My husband and parents surprised me a couple years ago with a Kindle Fire, and I swear I started crying. I don’t know why. I think I didn’t expect it. And I’ve always believed that the greatest physical gift you can give someone is a book. When you grasp a book, you literally hold a world in your hands.

I love my Kindle now. I’ve had the same one since that birthday and have filled it with all types of books and games.

The Kindle Oasis just came out, and I’m intrigued by what it has to offer, though the price tag is WAY out of our budget. Besides, why should I buy a new Kindle when my older one is amazing?

(J) Book Review: Jessie’s Girl by Lindy Zart

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Jessie’s Girl
By:
 Lindy Zart

Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Genre: New Adult

Synopsis:

The road trip from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and back is meant to be the final adventure before four friends go their separate ways in the fall.

Except nothing goes as intended, beginning with the unexpected addition of Catherine Tate, Jessie Keller’s new girlfriend. Sam Kent denies his attraction to her while simultaneously deflecting unusual interest from his pal Hannah Lopez. Dickie Dean is the socially inept book lover who surprises them all.

Amidst a malfunctioning vehicle, being caught in the middle of a robbery, beer drinking, mosquito attacks, and other teenage drama, the five experience courage, broken hearts, fear, and laughter. Most importantly, they make memories.

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“My regular followers are probably aware by now that I review everything Lindy Zart releases. You can call it an addiction if you’d like, but I prefer to think of it as dedication.” I started out my most recent Zartian review with this statement, and I think I should just make it my opener for all Zart posts.

Anywho, onto the review. I enjoyed Jessie’s Girl. This is a fun, 80’s-set novella filled with fun adventure and great use of era dialogue. Zart doesn’t waste any space with this one, as it is far shorter than her other books at around 30,000 words. All of the characters in the book are so exceptionally diverse in personality and looks, but somehow have a dynamic friendship with one another. The inclusion of Jessie’s new girl, Catherine Tate, throws a wrench in the core group’s plans for a road trip. 

The only thing I would have liked more of  was visual imagery; I got an idea of what everything looked like, but I wanted more. 

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The Final Countdown

Characterization – 4/5 Stars
Dialogue– 4/5 Stars
Plot – 4/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 3.5/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 5/5 Stars
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 4.1 Stars

Links
Amazon Buy Link
Smashwords Buy Link
Goodreads Book Page
YouTube Book Trailer

About the author:

Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.

You can connect with Lindy at:

Google.com/+LindyZart
Twitter.com/LindyZart
Facebook.com/LindyZart
Lindyzart.com
Lindyzart@gmail.com
Listen to the playlists for Lindy’s books on Spotify.com
Get an eBook autograph from Lindy at Authorgraph.com
Check out Lindy’s YouTube channel.

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