Even at a young age, Carmela Barrios has always been a story teller.
She wrote her stories in a notebook, allowed her siblings read it and then they loved it, asking her to write more. For her, they are not just characters that her mind conjured, they are people whose voices and stories needed to be heard, waiting to be told.
Aside from that, she found books as an escape from reality. Carmela believes in fairy tales, happy endings and forever but she knows it will never be easy. To achieve great things, hard work is required. She doesn’t believe in sitting around and waiting for the right guy to come, real life doesn’t work that way. One should make sure she is the right girl instead.
It was on July of 2012 when Carmela joined an online community called Wattpad, mainly to read great stories from unpublished authors. It was a great experience. Reading all those stories encouraged her to post her own. It was scary, to make yourself vulnerable, to let people read what’s running in your head but Carmela knows that the people inside her head needed to be heard. She doesn’t care if people won’t vote or comment, she just wants it out there, out in the open. Since then, her works had garnered reads and votes from people who found her stories both entertaining and empowering, that’s how her dream to influence people’s lives through her stories started. She wanted to empower people to be better, to learn from her craft and be great.
She mainly writes about romance, making it as realistic as possible. Her characters don’t always make the right decisions or choose the best choices but that’s how people are, we don’t know what’s certain in this life. This journey would always be a matter of trial and error and Carmela incorporates that in her books.
She’s the author of And So She Fell.
Synopsis: Vanessa Bennet was in the car when her mom lost her life in a tragic ‘accident’, with her mom’s words ‘I’m sorry’ burned in her memory. Years later, her boyfriend was murdered. She witnessed all of these deaths, right in front of her. But the worst part is, she survived. Her father blamed her for her mother’s death. Their ghosts haunted her dreams.
She knew all too well that allowing herself any form of attachments to somebody else would only end up with her, picking up shattered pieces of her heart with bloody fingers. And twice is enough, Vanessa didn’t want any more part with that.
But then her father sent her to Willacy, Texas to finish the remaining six months of her senior year. She hated her predicament though she couldn’t do anything but to agree; for Art School would not be just a dream if she completed this deal her father gave her. And that’s where she met Jackson Matthews, the son of the cattle ranch owner where she would spend the rest of her senior year.
He’s cocky. He thinks he’s funny. He is full of himself. But Vanessa couldn’t help but admit that Jackson Matthews showed her that there is more to life than loss. He promised he’d catch her if she falls.
Now she’s just waiting for life to test that promise. However there’s more to her mother and boyfriend’s death that is yet to be uncovered. Sometimes, secrets are too dark that they are better left alone. But those dark secrets can’t stay hidden forever; it would always find its way to visit Vanessa and remind her what loss is, again.
Review by Tony Parsons:
Willacy, TX. Vanessa Nessa Bennet has had a horrible haunting past child/teen lifestyle.
Carissa Bennet is her mom, Joshua Bennet is her dad, & Caleb Henderson is her B/F.
She goes to live on a cattle ranch with the Matthews’ family: Hilda (wife/mother), Gary (husband/father), Jackson Jack (20, son) & Paige (daughter). How will Vanessa’s life turn out?
Warning: This book contains graphic adult content, extreme violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this (short story) book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written romantic book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great romantic movie, or mini TV series. To be continued? A very easy rating of 5 stars.