Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 8: The "We Ain't The Brontes" Blog Tour w/ Rosalyn McMillan

About the Author

Rosalyn McMillan is a dedicated wife and devoted mother of four, and grandmother of five, who is currently surviving both rheumatoid arthritis and Alopecia Totalis, a disease that causes bodily hair loss. Rosalyn worked as a sewing machine operator at Ford Motor Company for nineteen years before medically retiring. She used the challenges in her own life as inspiration to become a successful novelist. Rosalyn loves to research newsworthy stories and use them as sub-plots in her real-life novels.

Her first novel, Knowing, debuted as a highly successful initial achievement. Knowing sold over 70,000 hardcover copies and over 400,000 paperbacks. It was a national best-seller and charted admirably on many book lists.
Rosalyn then followed the success of her first book with One Better, then Blue Collar BluesThe Flip Side of SinThis Side of Eternity was Rosalyn’s fifth novel; the plot centered around the sanitation workers strike in 1968.
Rosalyn remains a loyal student of her profession by reading two to three hundred books a year. She feels that it’s imperative for an author to keep abreast of the New York Times best-sellers as well as fresh voices of fiction.

Currently, she lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband, John, where they relax fishing in their stocked pond.
Some of her favorite authors are John Sanford, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Toni Morrison, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kimberla Lawson-Roby and Terry McMillan.

Visit the full blog tour and LIVE Radio schedule at http://bit.ly/WeAintTheBrontes.

About the Book

The relationship between Charity Evans and her sister Lynzee Lavender brings new meaning to the term “sibling rivalry.” Lynzee writes science fiction, and her New York Times bestseller status gets her into A-list parties and fattens her bank account. She can’t stand the fact that Charity is a published author too, though she swears that Charity is nowhere near as good.

It seems like the publishing industry might agree, because Charity is having trouble getting her contract renewed. Is it possible that Lynzee has had her blacklisted? With her savings dwindling, Charity struggles to pay her bills, and the pressure is putting incredible strain on her marriage. Things only get worse when Lynzee drops a bomb: she reveals that Charity’s husband is the father of a child she gave up for adoption years ago.

Charity’s life goes into a tailspin as she struggles with the shocking news. Should she tell her husband about the child he never knew he had, or would that be more drama than their already fragile marriage can handle? Charity chooses to fight back against her sister in a very creative way, but the fallout from all this drama might leave plenty of casualties in its wake.

Bestselling author Rosalyn McMillan narrates the tale of two literary sisters that will make readers ask: How much of this is based on actual events?

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Book Review

Date:                         3/6/141

Title:                         We Ain’t The Brontes
Author:                     Rosalyn McMillan
ISBN 10:                   1-60162-243-0
ISBN 13:                   978-1-60162-243-3
Pages:                      296
Publisher:                Urban Books
Cover:                      Paperback
Reviewer:                Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders!  
Rating:                     3.5 Stars

We Ain’t the Brontes is the long awaited, come out of retirement, novel by bestselling author Rosalyn McMillan. Charity is a struggling writer who is about to lose everything if she doesn’t get another publishing contract—including her family. Her husband resents her for their mounting debt and need to live like the ‘Joneses’.

Lynzee, a bestselling author, is Charity’s older sister and she has a vendetta against Charity. Lynzee does everything she can to sabotage her sister’s career, including blacklisting her in the publishing industry. 

Things are about to go from bad to worse when Charity finds out that her sister Lynzee had a child over thirty years ago, and feels her world falling apart when she finds out who the father is.

In We Ain’t the Brontes, I was very angry with these characters. Lynzee is a ruthless diva and Charity is passive-aggressive and a gluten for punishment.  I want to take a hit out on Lynzee and slap some sense into Charity at the beginning.

Although the story line and the characters were great, I feel that the story could have been written better as it is not typical of Rosayln’s bestselling work. After reading her sister’s latest novel, I found We Ain’t the Brontes to be a mere extension of her sister’s angry and conniving characters and/or voice. I’m sure I’m not the first person, who has read the book, to wonder if there’s a little bit of truth to this story.

This is not Rosalyn’s usual great writing, but I sense that if she is back in writing mode, she will begin to pump out those stories that we all remember her for, nearly ten years ago.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting the We Ain't the Brontes Blog Tour with Rosalyn McMillan this week.