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Liana Laverentz

I have two contemporary romances published with The Wild Rose Press, Thin Ice and Jake's Return. Last October Thin Ice won the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award, and in March it won an EPPIE for best contemporary romance. It was also nominated for Best Contemporary Romance of 2007 at Long and Short Reviews.
My next novel, a murder mystery romance titled Ashton’s Secret, will be release by The Wild Rose Press in early 2009. After that, I have another romantic suspense planned. I am also working on some non-fiction book-length projects.   One, a narrative non-fiction book based on the life and times of a friend currently serving his 31st year in prison, and another based on my own experiences with health, healing, and menopause.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, and a charter member of Pennwriters, Inc., where I served as their critique coordinator, contest coordinator, conference coordinator, treasurer and president. In 1998, I won the Pennwriters Meritorious Service Award.

I also host a monthly chat on the Long and Short Reviews Yahoo Group the first Thursday of each month, where we discuss ways to find our balance between writing and Life, which tends to get in the way of our writing more often than not. For more information, go to www.lianalaverentz.com

Below is a 
Review for Thin Ice from Front Street Reviews:
Romance novels often fall victim to the genre’s standard plot devices such as trauma, emotional baggage, and interfering characters.  Liana Laverentz’s Thin Ice gracefully sidesteps such pitfalls.  Most of the standard elements of a typical romance novel are present, but Laverentz has created a romance with depth.

Thin Ice
sounds like it should be a typical romance.  The main characters appear to be polar opposites.  Dr. Emily Jordan hates violence.  When hockey player Eric Cameron walks into her ER after a fight, she takes an instant dislike to him.  Their paths cross again, and they form a tentative friendship that quickly turns to romance.  The story follows the usual pattern of highs and lows, breakups and makeups, but that’s where the similarities to other novels end.  Laverentz has included a dark undercurrent of domestic violence in this story.

Violence plays a huge role in the story.  It shapes the characters and their actions.  Emily is a survivor of domestic violence.  As a result, she remains vehemently opposed to all forms of violence.  She also bears emotional scars from her past.  These scars cast a shadow over her burgeoning relationship with Eric.  Fighting on the ice is just part of his job, but the violence unnerves Emily.  She worries about Eric’s ability to maintain his temper off the ice.  Emily’s lingering fears stem from her failed marriage and turbulent childhood.  With the characterization of Emily, Laverentz captures the long-term repercussions of abuse.

The most impressive thing about Thin Ice is the character development.  Laverentz manages to avoid stereotypes for all of her characters.  Emily is much more than a battered woman trying to run from her past.  In many ways she faces her past head-on through her work at the hospital and her volunteer work at the local women’s shelter.  Likewise, Eric is more than just a hockey hunk.  He relishes his volunteer work with local children and plays the cello in his spare time.  These are atypical, but genuinely likable characters. 

Even the supporting characters are well-developed.  Each supporting character serves a purpose in the novel.  Some characters provide insight into Emily and Eric’s past lives; others propel the story forward.  The cast of supporting characters includes a violent ex-husband, an abused former mother-in-law, and a reporter.  Laverentz does not waste a single character.

The plot is solid.  It features more than the usual number of twists and turns for the couple.  Of course, the ending is a foregone conclusion.  After about fifty pages, you know this couple will make it somehow.  This is one of those books where the characters’ journey is more important than the destination. Laverentz has also included a nice epilogue.

Despite the heavy presence of violence, Thin Ice is really a very enjoyable novel.  It has sharp characters and more depth than other romance novels.  It is a bit heavier than other romances, but it works.  Such well-drawn characters would be out of place in a lighter work.  Overall, it is a fun read.
 
Reviewed by Cynthia Murphy, Front Street Reviews
http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

Jake's Return is a contemporary romance with an element of suspense, and was released by The Wild Rose Press in 2008.  

Here is a snippet: "Ms. Laverentz has written a spellbinding story of intrigue, mystery, and love. The characters Rebecca and Jake are so powerful and well thought out that the reader instantly wants these two to find that they not only deserve to be together but that they also are each other’s halves. I was immediately caught up in the story with the first sentence, 'Rebecca Reed would never forget the sound of Jacob Donovan walking back into her life.' I could not only see it but feel it and smell it also. Thank you Ms. Laverentz, I can’t wait until I read more from you, and you’re definitely on my keeper shelf.”   Reviewed by Donna. To read the full review, please go to:

Here’s a snippet of what Brenda Talley at The Romance Studio had to say: “
This book was an absolute treasure—surprisingly in-depth with an original plot and characters to die for! I knew from the blurb that this should be a good book; however, I had no idea it would be such a find. This was my first Liana Laverentz novel but it definitely will not be my last." To read the full review, please go to: http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/jakesreturnlaverentz.htm

And to read what Author Jane Richardson has to say about Thin Ice, please go to:
 
My first novel, Ashton’s Secret, will be re-released by The Wild Rose Press in late 2008.  After that, I have another romantic suspense planned. I am a member of Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, and a charter member of Pennwriters, Inc., where I served as their critique coordinator, contest coordinator, conference coordinator, treasurer and president. In 1998, I won the Pennwriters Meritorious Service Award. Readers can reach me at liana@lianalaverentz.com or www.lianalaverentz.com.
A Note From Liana Laverentz

Thank you for stopping by my author page.  For more information about me and my books, please go to www.lianalaverentz.com.  You can also find me at   www.polkadotbanner.com

Have a great day!
 
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Visit Liana Laverentz's website: www.lianalaverentz.com

Liana Laverentz's Links:

 
(Five Angels and a Recommended Read Review of Jake’s Return)
 
 
(Author Jane Richardson blogs Thin Ice…twice!)
 
 
(Review of Jake’s Return from The Romance Studio)
 
 
(Review of Thin Ice by Clover Autrey)
 
 
(Interview at Fallen Angel Reviews)
 
 
(Romance at Heart Magazine Review of Thin Ice)
 
 
(Review of Thin Ice)
 
 
(Five Angels Review of Thin Ice)
 
 
(Four Cups Coffee Time Review of Thin Ice)
 
 
(Pennwriters, Inc.)
 
 
(Washington Romance Writers)
 
 
(My MySpace—Friend me!!)
 
 
(New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest)
 




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