Gwen Thames

Archaeologist by day, Adventurer in my dreams, my stories are a mix of fantasy, action, and adventure with a touch of humor and steamy romance. In the end, true love and the good guys always win!

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A Good Story

An interesting story in which the MC is not the primary heroine, but is viewing everything more from the from the sidelines. Overall, I liked the premise of the story, though I felt Anna was treated pretty poorly by her friends. I also almost felt like the story could be split into two, with a sequel picking up after her escape from the tower. It seemed a bit long winded towards the middle. Anna should also be more mature by then, viewing everything through older eyes. By the end of the story, I felt her dialog became more age-appropriate, but some of the other long-term characters still felt very immature for being around 40 yrs old. If the book were split, I think making that age transition in dialog would be easier. Otherwise, a lot of grammatical and spelling errors to fix. Copy and paste into Word for easy fixing, then copy back into Inkitt. Makes it super easy! I enjoyed reading this book overall!

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Excellent!

Wow, this story was a fully packed! The details and descriptions were on point and the storyline made it difficult to put down! The characters were relatable and vivid! And the writing was superb! The end had me a bit teary! I highly recommend!

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An Interesting Sneak Peek

I think the story premise is really good and there's enough going on to make the reader want to continue on. For example, I'm dying to know why Ellie's mom married Jared.

Otherwise, the writing style is easy to follow. Good for younger readers without being too simplistic.
There were some tense issues - past and present, but otherwise grammatics and formatting were good.

Nice work!

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A Love Story of Historic Proportions

As Valentine's Day comes to a close, I find it a perfect time to talk about a novel (and series) that truly speaks to the heart! ETERNITY is book #2 in an ongoing series by fantastic author, Jacky Pringle Velasquez. If you haven't read the first in the series, FOREVERMORE, then I beg you to stop now and download it to your reading list asap! Only then can you can enjoy the second installment.

ETERNITY picks up where FOREVERMORE left off, with the budding relationship and understanding of two individuals, who at first glance would never be suited for one another. The intimidating and emotionally scarred Vladimir (i.e. - Count Dracula) and young, innocent mortal Julia. Yet, together, they find out what true love really is - and it's just begun!

If you are truly into vampires and have an interest in history, this series is for you!
If you're NOT into vampires, but love a GOOD love story, this series is for you!
Not the everyday 'campy' vampire story, Jacky has built up historical facts about Vlad the Impaler and blended them beautifully with Bram Stoker's Count Dracula to create her own extremely vivid and realistic character - Vladimir Drakyla! Not only can the reader envision him, but Jacky has reached deep down inside his mind and past to shown us his very soul - though he may deny having one!

As the story progresses, she shares how his horrific trials in life created the monstrous man history knows as Vlad the Impaler. Yet, she brings him down to Earth by sharing his fragility and vulnerabilities to the point where the reader finds themselves rooting for him! That feat in itself truly shows how well written and thought out these novels are!

On the other hand, Julia (our other protagonist) starts out in FOREVERMORE as a 16-year-old teen who, as most teens are, needs to mature in many ways. Though despite the horrific things she's subjected to, she digs deep within herself to really evaluate not only herself and her own insecurities, but those around her. By ETERNITY, she has matured into herself over time and is even more caring and loving, though not perfect - which makes her just that much more vivid and realistic as well!
Together, they make a perfect pair - a couple that is truly out for one another and strives to understand and love the other despite their imperfections - or maybe because of their imperfections...

Behind the love story, we also find plenty of interesting tidbits of real historic facts and locations, while also engaging in the fantastical world of the vampire and werewolf governments and societies. We find friends and foes, who bring us laughter and smiles, and also edge-of-your seat suspense.

Jacky's writing style and technical skill is exceptional and makes her novels difficult to put down! Her tone makes the reader feel like they are listening to the protagonists' points of view, and her descriptions details paint realistic pictures in the mind! It is evident that she's put a lot of work, heart, and soul into these books!

I highly recommend both ETERNITY and it's prequel, FOREVERMORE! And I can't wait for the third installment, ALWAYS to come out soon!

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A Series Starter with Lots of Heart!

All the hard work, research, heart, and thought Jacky has put into this book over the years of its fruition more than shows through all 45 chapters! Not the average vampire tale, this edge-of-your-seat and heart-wrenching story gives readers a taste of both Bram Stoker's Dracula AND historic Vlad the Impaler all in one - both of which create a very much alive character, with so much depth you want to hate him, but end up feeling deeply for him yourself! The other characters - Julia, Roland, Lelagul, Emilie, and Ginger, etc. - are each so distinct and add to the depth of Vlad's character and the overall plot.

Jacky's writing style is beautiful! Technically, it's spot on, while she builds her scenes and characters with elegantly done flashbacks and poetry. If you are interested in history, vampires, fantasy, and want a seriously good read, I highly recommend "Forevermore!"
I can't wait to continue the saga next with "Eternity!"

Nice work, Jacky!

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Excellent!

Thanks for hosting these awards, Coalition Awards Community! It was a great experience and while I wasn't a judge, I was given the opportunity to read several of my fellow authors' works, which I may not have found otherwise!

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to all the judges!!

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Excellent!

As an OIF and OEF vet myself, I found this heartfelt series of poems to be very emotional and appropriate to the internal battle that many service men and women have faced over generations of wars. While I deployed twice and know well the feeling of wondering whether you're going to make it home to your young child and family, I was fortunate not to have to experience the extremes of what the author and many others have.

But, I do remember coming home and wondering what kind of crazy world I was in. People just didn't understand, wearing rose-colored glasses while attempting to talk about the war like they knew. No one really knows unless they've experienced it.

Love, bless you and your family - and thank you for your service! And I especially thank you for sharing your story in such an eloquent way!
Have you shared this with any veterans organizations? I think it may be helpful to others who may be suffering from PTSD!

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Kept me on my toes

I'm not really a huge fan of the wolf shifter genre, but this one was well worth the read! This book had it all: emotions, romance, action, and quite the plot!

I did get quite frustrated with the MC at times. I would have left Derek to burn long before and her complete disregard for her mate and the doctor... She could have averted half of her problems if she just listened. I had a hard time feeling sorry for her. But, you know that the character is well-written when you're talking out loud to your phone telling them not to do such-and-such! :)

Very few grammatical errors, nothing a quick run-through wouldn't fix.
Excellent story!!

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A lot of fun!

This was a ton of fun to read! A lot of laugh out loud moments! The characters were loveable and real. The plot flowed well and I had a horrible time putting it down! Nice work!

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Excellent Book and Loveable Characters

This was a wonderful story! Loved the development of the characters - they really came to life! Had a difficult time putting this one down!! Will begin #2 tomorrow!! 😍

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Great plot!

I really liked the premise of this story and could see it being expanded in more detail. A beautiful storyline that kept the reader interested, so much that I couldn't quit reading despite the fact that the grammar and punctuation needed quite a bit of work. Some inconsistencies with details and sometimes the personalities of the MC and her uncle felt confusing. With some tweaking this could be a really, really good story!!

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Intriguing

So far this is quite intriguing! The way the thief regards the jewelry is really well done! A couple sentences could use some reworking, but great grammar and writing style! Can't wait to read the rest!

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A good start

I know you're going back to edit, and I look forward to seeing the finalized version!
This story has great potential, though the first half seemed hurried and a bit sporadic.
The second half was awesome with minimal errors, and really showcased your excellent writing skills!! You captured a lot of good descriptions and dialog! I suggest adding more background info on the characters in the beginning few chapters, as similar names, along with nicknames got confusing at first, but made sense later on.
Otherwise, nice work - keep at it!

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