Thursday, April 24, 2014

On Tour: Love Illusion by Chineka Williams, Voices, and a Giveaway!

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Love Illusion

Love Illusion by Chineka Williams
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published February 18th 2014

Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way.

Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love.

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My thoughts about Love Illusion ~~ 

I love this cover. The reader gets the impression from the cover that the main character is going in a trip and is going to experience new places and  new people. 

Love Illusion is a story that invoked strong emotions in me. First of all there is Lucy, someone I know I would like to know. She's a successful business woman and is just looking for someone to spend her life with. I really liked Lucy and wanted her to find happiness. 

And then there's Jade, Lucy's best friend. She is about to get married and Lucy is there for her, just like she is there for Lucy. What a great friend! I enjoyed seeing the interaction between these two best friends. Sometimes it was all about Jade but then sometimes it was about Lucy. 

Probably the character that I felt the strongest about was Charles. Seriously creepy. And he is a respected doctor. Really? He has some serious problems. 
'He wasn't as mature as she had wanted him to be and then there were his anger issues.'
Overall I enjoyed Love Illusions. Chineka is very good at setting up descriptive scenes, such as the tea party that Lucy organized for Angela. I was able to visualize the party just as if I had been there in person. 

I did find parts of the story a bit choppy though and wished the author had added more to the scenes to fill them out a little bit more. Sometimes it felt like we were just getting the facts, without much background or emotion. 

This was a great first book by an author I will be keeping my eye on. It will be interesting to watch her writing talent grow and develop with each new book.  


Hi Chineka - Welcome to The Book Bag! I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me.

When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

I believe that all authors have voices in their mind. Whether it be from the characters of a work in progress or the many ideas that are constantly floating around concerning writing, the voices are always there. Like gears that always turn thoughts sometimes intersect and feed off of one another. For me, my mind rarely ever shuts off unless I am sleep.

Ideas about writing projects are always making themselves heard in my thoughts. With that being said I always have a mini notebook in my purse wherever I may be. With the use of dropbox I can also write the thoughts that I have in a note and they will sync to all of my other devices.

When I am out and about certain things that I see may evoke a thought about a work in progress. For instance, a steady rain may cause me to think of a character walking along the cobblestone streets on a rainy day in Paris.

Thoughts of all varieties can pop up at any time and as a writer I have to be ready to confront them and be willing to document them at a moments notice.

As writers we are not crazy with the thoughts in our heads, but creative. It is what makes us unique in our writing voices. We all have different ones, but are all writing for the love of the craft.

I am currently starting to outline the beginning of my second novel and the thoughts surrounding it are almost non-stop. I am getting fresh ideas about plot and character development almost every hour. With that being said, I have learned to separate  my thoughts and get them out of my head as soon as possible. This way not many of my thoughts concerning writing get jumbled up in my mind.

The last point that I want to make concerning the voices in an authors head is that as long as the voices are coming a writers outlook on the craft is healthy. When the voices are no longer heard then I would worry. 

About the author

Chineka Williams found a love of reading and writing early on as a child. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Books and Stilettos is the blog that she maintains for all things women's fiction and writing updates. 

Outside of reading, her hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet, photography, and DIY. She can always be seen with a cup of tea close by. Love Illusion is her debut novel.

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