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Bad Martha’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

RINGSLoriI was so thrilled to discover this latest review by Bad Martha, thanks to Declan Finn:

Reflections on the Ring is a vignette about an unexpected turn in a ladies night out. The women have gathered together to share their wedding albums when one woman admits she doesn’t have pictures to share. Instead, she has a love story.

Told from author Lori Colombo Dunham’s point of view, her tale is about how she married a man she hardly knew after conceiving his child. Fortunately, he is the kind of guy willing to start (or continue) a family, though she wonders if she’s making a mistake by choosing to share her life with a complete stranger.  Through hard work and commitment, the couple make the marriage a success.

Sprinkled with quotes from various self-help books and the Bible, each chapter ends with Reflections on the Ring, a few thoughts on what it takes to make a marriage.

In a “me first” society with so many examples of Bridezilla stories, it’s refreshing to read about a woman who puts her marriage and her family at the top of her priority list.  The Reflections on the Ring provide a nice reminder (or possibly new information) to women who want the same thing.

It’s a quick read, and the author will hopefully put it on Kindle.

Yeah, about that Kindle thing. It should be available in that format and on Amazon in a few more weeks. At least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ll make an announcement here on the blog when it is. Thank you for your patience, readers. I’m still navigating my way around the brave new world of self-publishing and social media. 😉

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Declan Finn’s Review of Reflections on the Ring

FACEBOOK PROFILE-600x600 copyNot being a “chick-lit” kind of guy, I am thankful for Declan’s honesty and tact in tempering some valid criticism with genuine praise. Visit A Pius Man Novel to read the full review, which I am excerpting in part here:

So, was it good? Sure.  I’d give it about three to four stars, definitely leaning on A for effort, A for narrative style, and a B for execution.
Why wouldn’t I give it five star?  Well, I had to slog through a few pages here and there. Have you ever had the prose of a book turn you off? Five pages in, I was going to just stop reading, lie to Daria and say that something had come up and I wouldn’t finish this in time. There were at least two pages of mea culpa that just rubbed me the wrong way.
Thankfully, the cringe-worthy setup rhetoric was wonderfully deflated by more sarcastic, wry commentary.  For example, describing “Tom… the male character in an ill-fated courtship that led to my starring role in a summer romance novel.” Or, perhaps,

“Samantha, one of the most glamorous girls in the group… never misses a Pilates class or dares to leave her house without flawless hair and makeup, even if she’s only headed to Publix..She fixed her big blue eyes upon me with the same intensity a prosecutor might employ while interrogating a witness.”

While not my usual thing, I liked it. There were moments at the beginning that I was tempted to shut things down, but thankfully, the narrative saved it. It keeps the rest of the book from becoming a collection of misery or a collection of sap. The narrative flow worked here.

Welcome to my new blog! UPDATED

RINGSLori

The rings that inspired it all.

Ok, I have a lot to learn here not being exactly a die-hard “techie” or someone who even enjoys social media. But I agreed to set up this blog understanding how important it is to have a place to connect with my readers. My story is certainly not unique so I am looking forward to hearing from other women (and men) who’ve had similar experiences. How did you turn your marriage and family around? Or are you still struggling and need some support?

Either way, I hope you’ll share your insights and visit often. In exchange, I promise to do my best to offer suggestions that have worked well for me and/or others, and direct you to some valuable resources on the web. Please understand: I am NOT a licensed counselor. I’m just an ordinary woman who applied the principles of some very wise authors and teachers when faced with very challenging life circumstances.

Right now, the book is still in production but we’re definitely on track to meet our November 9 release deadline. My graphic designer just sent me several excellent options so it looks like I’ll have some tough decisions to make in the next few days. Once that’s done I can get my social media networks set up and begin the fun process of online marketing.

Many thanks to everyone who’s supported me throughout this journey, including beta readers Renee Gatz, Kia Heavey, Delcan Finn, Joan Swirsky, and Brooke Musterman. Your feedback is much appreciated!

Readers, please stay tuned for updates as we get closer to publication!

UPDATE: Better late than never, I guess! The book will be available for purchase on Friday, November 22. The creative process can be kind of tricky but I am glad we waited until the cover design met my vision. Many thanks to Carrie Lundy for her patience and persistence!

After much collaboration, we arrived at the final cover design.

After much collaboration, we arrived at the final cover design.