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Title: Winter Sparrow

Author : Estevan Vega

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: Stonehouse Ink

Release Date: Sept 2012

Edition/Formats Available In:  Ebook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

“I’ll grow wings all by myself.”

Mary is a young artist about to enter a new chapter in her life. After years of waiting and searching, she has finally found true love. She’s also just discovered that her fiancé Joshua has inherited his father’s rundown countryside mansion. To add to the rising pressure, her wedding day is so close she can practically hear the music. All she has to do is accept what the future holds. Accept…and be happy.

But something’s missing.

As the seasons change, her doubts turn to fears, and her fears become reality. Through struggle and loss, the love she once possessed for Joshua transforms into contempt. When Mary is confronted with a magical escape, the life she has and the life she dreams of will collide, awakening a mysterious change within. But no choice comes without cost, and each one will draw her closer to the truth.

At times both beautiful and haunting, Winter Sparrow dares you to step into a world where eternity is a moment and every breath is a second chance. The fantasy begins….

Excerpt:

By the end of September, dawn resembled dark poetry. A spellbound earth sat behind the hills and clouds and dim but rising light. It was made new by irregular colors. The trees on the south end of the mansion flexed rebelliously out of the black dirt womb and created skinny branches. The shades of leaves faded. Mary imagined mutinous veins charging up the bark of its tree—the very same wires that showed the lifeline of every leaf that would soon slip off to die—as a nearly invisible force that plagued the world. The world was so unbalanced. When would she be able to explain the mystery of death? The mystery of change? Or perhaps no clean answer existed for why things were lost. Perhaps only the fallow grounds of the earth displayed the questions with similar unfinished lines.

Mary blinked and realized the sunrise had already come, and she had missed its final movement. She turned her gaze from the strange reality of nature to her still canvas—a pale, man-made thing desperate to come alive again with a fresh soul. Her paint¬ing had no beginning and no end. Where was her inspiration?

The light reaching down from a sky with no conviction seemed like a curse. There was no common ground in her, she knew that now more than ever. Maybe there had never been. She was purgatory, if such a wretched place could be conceived while wives were left empty.

The sounds of her husband hammering in the hallway less than fifty feet away encompassed her. Every time he swung against that drywall, she felt her brain brush up against her skull, wondering if ever he’d hit it hard enough to render her unconscious.

The center of her quivered at the thought of being reunited with him. He didn’t deserve to have her. Nor did the sky, with all of its apathy and neglect. Stuck in this spot. Stuck in this house. Stuck in this body with no life. Her roots had been planted deep, with no true comprehension that these grounds would seek to contain her for eternities no dream could compose.

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Sparrow-ebook/dp/B0098OI5JC/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1361232552&sr=8-1

Amazon Print

http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Sparrow-Estevan-Vega/dp/1938426630/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1361232552&sr=8-1

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16077251-winter-sparrow

My Review:

The Bad:

Descriptions are heavy handed, to where I found myself wanting to skim. I get that Mary has some deep issues, but I think they are focused on too much. She’s supposed to be getting married, right? Where’s the happiness? The metaphors confused me, drawing me out of the story each time. Several parts were so confusing they pulled me out of the story. The entire last half of the story had me in a storm of confusion. The ending makes no sense.

The Good:

Joshua really cares for Mary. He’s everything a husband {or fiancee} should be. Strong, patient, understanding, encouraging. I enjoyed the playful verbal banter between Joshua and Mary. I liked that Mary was an artist and Joshua wasn’t against doing the repairs himself, though I think it would have been more meaningful if they’d worked on them together like a couple. I liked the scene where Mary sings. The struggles were realistic and heartwarming.

About Author:

Estevan Vega

ESTEVAN VEGA FELL IN LOVE WITH STORYTELLING IN THE FIFTH GRADE WHEN HE WAS FORCED TO WRITE SHORT STORIES EVERY DAY FOR ENGLISH CLASS. THAT’S RIGHT, FORCED. BUT WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FATHER, HE REALIZED, HE ACTUALLY LIKED WRITING AND LOVED PEOPLE’S REACTION TO HIS WORK. NOW, AFTER MANY, MANY MOONS, EVEGA HAS AUTHORED 6 BOOKS AND SEVERAL SHORT STORIES ALL READY TO BE CONSUMED BY YOU. HIS HOBBIES INCLUDE SINGING IN THE SHOWER, GOING TO CONCERTS, AND TRYING TO ALWAYS EMULATE OPTIMUS PRIME. HE LOVES MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM, WRITING PECULIAR TALES, AND STILL HASN’T LEARNED HOW TO WHISTLE.

Social Media:

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/Estevan-Vega/e/B004RKKALI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1361235414&sr=8-2-ent

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/estevan.vega

Facebook Page We Are Arson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-are-Arson/169456703074871?fref=ts

Goodreads

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1085216

Twitter

https://twitter.com/estevanvega

Website

http://www.estevanvega.com/

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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