The Essence

The Essence

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by Nancy Deswik MacCreery
     
 

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Disillusioned by divorce, reporter Sophia Smith Dubonnet gets her chance at a big story – interviewing a reclusive dictator in a third world county. What she finds challenges her perceptions as she becomes enamored with the General and his ideas, struggling to remain aloof despite his charisma. But before she can enjoy a brief romance, she’s forced to

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Disillusioned by divorce, reporter Sophia Smith Dubonnet gets her chance at a big story – interviewing a reclusive dictator in a third world county. What she finds challenges her perceptions as she becomes enamored with the General and his ideas, struggling to remain aloof despite his charisma. But before she can enjoy a brief romance, she’s forced to make a decision at gunpoint: does she side with what she’d previously believed to be right, or take a chance on where her heart might lead her?

With believable characters, lots of action, a bit of humor and romance, this book is a great weekend escape, airplane or beach read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000692103
Publisher:
Nancy Deswik MacCreery
Publication date:
05/16/2009
Series:
Scoops and Schemes , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
365 KB

Meet the Author

I try to write the type of books I love to read -- with action, humor and usually a touch of romance.

Most of my writing is done on the deck of a whitewashed beach house furnished with a jungle of plants, a well trained parrot and several blue-tailed skinks. The skinks are welcome guests as they scurry about keeping the insect population in check.

When not dipping my toes into the water, watching the waves or tripping over shells on the beach, I'm sailing into the sunset with my mysterious man on his 40' teak wood sailboat.
But not for long, as it doesn't have wireless! I'm a bit addicted to the Internet...

Of course, very little of the above is true -- what did you expect from a writer of fiction?
My life is not that interesting, but my characters have enough adventures to keep things lively.

Seriously, I hope you enjoy reading "The Essence" and "Unexpected Impact". To continue the series, I'm working on another adventure for Sophia and Chuck.
Please let me know what you think of my books -- and if you like them, please consider writing a review. Reviews are one of the main ways independent authors can get their books noticed and are very much appreciated.
If you have any other comments or questions about the books, please send them to me at my gmail address, NDESMAC, with "book comment" in the subject line or post on the Facebook page listed below.

Thanks -- and happy reading!

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The Essence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ardentreaderAA More than 1 year ago
The author vividly portrays romance in a hostile and totalitarian environment in the eastern bloc. The story begins with the main character, a writer from the free world set out to interview a dictator. Having pre conceived notions of the dictator as a result of the media’s depiction of him; she initially finds every aspect of the general troubling and becomes more and more assertive that the image she had constructed prior to her visit was indeed the right one. But in a well constructed twist to the story, after certain circumstances and spending time with the General, she begins to unravel the General’s true personality. The story flows smoothly from chapter to chapter – I was glued to it till the very end. Excerpts from the author’s portrayal of the General’s mannerism make one feel as if you are watching a movie “The General sandwiched her hand between both of his. He had large, strong hands with a gold pinkie ring on his left hand. All she could think was that she wanted her hand back. His grip was gentle, but somewhat unsettling.” Some passages provide intricate details regarding the General’s grandeur lifestyle which gives the romantic story a royal touch. There are a few glitches like for instance too much detail is given about inanimate objects such as the talking robot which side tracks the story for a little while. At other times, the author seems to have a few characters in the story of little significance like the book keeper in the library whose entries and exits in the story sometimes disrupt the flow. Overall the reader will truly enjoy the plot and make one ponder that impressions made at first are not necessarily the right ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago