I knew from the first page that I was going to enjoy Al Riske’s writing style. It’s clean, uncluttered and without unnecessary drama. His characters are real, whole people with the usual assortment of insecurities and vulnerabilities (except for scene-stealing
with her big boobs and bigger mouth). The dialogue is excellent and sizzles in all the right places.
The first half of the book unfolds slowly and builds the pace as you get to know Sabrina, a 31-year-old hair stylist with a passion for painting who is insecure about her talent. And Joshua, a 17-year-old who falls in and out of “love” with the girls from his high school. After breaking Sabrina’s window with a flying newspaper, the two become unlikely allies in Joshua’s coming of age over a long, hot
summer. An innocent
dinner out together sets the town’s tongues wagging as the rumor mill churns
out, as only a small town can do, ever more salacious allegations. Taos,
With his mother dead, Joshua has no female mentors to help him understand the teenage female psyche. He finds it easy to talk to Sabrina and the two start to harbor fantasies about each other as potential lovers. With a former lover still interested, a current lover getting jealous and a hormonal teenager mooning over her, Sabrina is more than conflicted, as Tara is quick to exploit at every turn.
Sabrina’s Window is a well-written and wonderfully conceived exploration of lives intertwining in unexpected ways. No spoiler but I sincerely hope, however, that Al Riske is working on the sequel as the ending was incomplete.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!
Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as three new titles from Luminis Books--we're calling them the Luminis Literary Triad—tour the blogosphere in a way that just can't be ignored. And, hey, we've got prizes!
About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of A River So Long by Vallie Lynn Watson, or an autographed copy of its tour mates, Sabrina’s Window by Al Riske, or Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos. Here's what you need to do...
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Luminis Literary Triad tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
About the Author
Al Riske grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and ghostwriter. His short stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Pindledyboz, Switchback, and Blue Mesa Review, where his story “Pray for Rain” won the Review’s 2008 fiction prize. His second novel, Faint Promise of Rain (Luminis Books) is due out in the spring of 2015. He now lives in California with his wife, Joanne, and their dog, Bodie.