INSIPID by Christine Brae has been released. What a beautiful story of one woman’s journey into figuring out that sometimes the past is just the past. Check out my review and author interview. i loved this book!!! I will also be giving away 2 Kindle copies of Insipid. Leave a comment to this post to enter.
Banal. Lifeless and Colorless. These are the words that describe my life. I’ve made the right choices, done all the right things. I’m strong, intelligent and highly successful.
I’ve lived scrupulously, loved greatly, and shared my blessings equitably.
But life hasn’t been fair with me.
Now I’m drowning in the middle of the ocean, desperately searching for the shore, surrendering to the fact that I will never be happy.
Then he came along.
Life is unpredictable. You can play it safe and resist change for fear of the unknown. Or you can close your eyes and take the leap with the knowledge that your life will change forever.
Which one will I choose?
My name is Jade Richmond and this is my story.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having read Christine Brae’s previous two books, I was excited about Insipid. The title alone, makes it a TBR book. One point about her books that really attract me to her stories is the utmost sincerity– you have to live some of the heartbreak experienced by her characters to write about it. Women who have suffered loss on so many levels (family, love, personal, self, emotional) will know what Jade Richmond, the female m/c journeys through in this story. Women who on the outside have it all but on the inside are trying to fill a void will understand. Insipid isn’t a story of weakness but a story of strength and knowing your self worth. Finding the true love that is within yourself– to fight through the insipid confines of life from letting go of the vibrancy of love to save the heart.
Christine Brae’s writing reminds me of the sea. You can float along with the story, revel in its beauty but when you aren’t expecting it, there can be a harsh undertow. Her words flow like a gentle tide and there are some scenes that crash like a wave into your heart. And you drown in the depths of those emotions. I absolutely that her stories are of true love not fantasy and unattainable. Love that all of us women can experience or have experienced. The insecurities of love, the truths of love, the strength of love and the ever changing seasons of love.
Her metaphors and descriptions in scenes and character interaction are beautiful and thought provoking.
There were a couple of characters and a couple of scenes I felt did not add to the story and were just there. However they didn’t take away from the story or interrupt the story. Simply, they made me question the motive for including them.
Her characters can be loved and hated. They are insecure. They are arrogant. They are undesirable and the are most certainly captivating. Her stories also offer a sense of spirituality without preaching or being over the top. In a sense her stories are calming, even amongst the angst throughout the plot.
I love that I can curl up with a mug of tea or a glass of wine and wrap myself in Christine Brae’s stories. The words she puts to pages are ones that resonate with you. They merely aren’t only in passing. For me, Insipid was one of those must reads.
Hey love, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions here at Flirty and Dirty.
- This is your third book now. How has your writing changed form your first to this one?
Hi! I’m so happy to see you. What an honor once again to be here with Flirty and Dirty.
Oh gosh. I was just asking myself that question. I only know that my writing has evolved because people tell me that it has. To me, it is still the same process of putting the thoughts and emotions that bombard my head in written form. But what I do notice is that it gets easier to do this with every book that I write. Insipid was written at a time in my life where I was going through unbelievable angst and self-discovery. I wrote it as I experienced it, kind of like a diary in fictional form. And it was easier to do than the first book.
- What is your favorite genre to read? Favorite author?
Romance is my ultimate favorite genre to read. I love Anita Shreve. I love Alice Hoffman. I love so many mainstream authors. I’m a hopeless romantic who believes that true love will always win. That if he doesn’t move heaven and earth to have you, he doesn’t love you enough. Or if he tells you that he loves you but ends up with someone else, don’t believe him. Right time, wrong place and vice versa – those don’t work for me. You make your life what it is. Make it the right time and place. He’s 34 and you’re 50. So what.
Oh gosh. That is totally unrelated. Sorry for the rant.
I also have many favorite Indie authors who are also such wonderful friends. It becomes difficult to name a favorite author because I see them more as real people. And so, if you asked me who my favorite Indie friends are, it would be more appropriate. And then I will tell you that I don’t have to name them. You know.
- Is there a topic which you will never write about or aren’t comfortable writing about?
I will never ever be able to write Erotica. I’m just not good enough. I don’t have the words to describe those types of “events”.
4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have much free time at the moment, but when I do, I love to read. And write. I love to travel too. Seeing new places and meeting people from other cultures.
5. You know this question is standard here… Tell us one flirty ting about you and one dirty thing.
Ha. This is going to get me in trouble! But I feel so at home with you that I’m going to spill!
Flirty – I was in a bar with friends in New York a few weeks ago and I must have done something when they left me to go to the washroom because the next day, I was getting texts and calls from 2 guys that we met at that bar. Those texts still keep on coming…One thing I want to say to all the women out there – we all deserve to feel beautiful, pretty, wanted. Revel in the double takes that men give you when they pass you on the street, smile back when someone’s eyes linger on you a while longer – whether you’re married or single it makes any long term term relationship much more exciting. And there’s nothing wrong with being a flirt!
I couldn’t agree more. 😉
Dirty – Hmmm. Ask my husband what’s on his phone…
You know I’m going to right? LOL
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