REVIEW! - Terminal 19
By L.R. Olson
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
My dad always said you can’t run away from your problems, but I’m sure as hell going to try. And where do you go when you’re trying to escape life? You go to Europe. Or Scandinavia to be exact, because Scandinavia does have the hottest guys. Have you seen Thor? I’ve got my bucket list and I’m ready to live life to the fullest. Go abroad where no one knows my past? Check. See the sites? Check. Hook up with a Scandinavian Hottie? Check.
Despite the threat of my past hanging over my head, everything is going great…until Scandinavian Hottie wants to get serious. It was never my intention to take things to the next level. After all, I don’t want to hurt him when he finds out the truth. However, the more time we spend together, the harder I fall, and in the end I’m not sure if it’s his heart or mine that’s going to end up broken.
I continue a series based on the number of reviews and sales. Why reviews? Because reviews sell books! Yes, I love a good review. All authors do! But the reason I need reviews isn’t because of my ego, but because of my greed. Just kidding! Seriously, of course I love to write, and even if I wasn’t making money I’d still write. But to write as a full time job and devote hours a day to the craft, means I have to make money. I have to be able to support myself and my family. To do this I have to sell books. If a book doesn’t make money, sadly I can’t continue the series. Would you work months for free? Of course not! Even if a book doesn’t sell well, I still might continue the series…it will just take me much longer. Canceling a series is nothing new; New York publishers cancel book series all the time if they don’t sell well. It’s been going on for years.
I write young adult books under Lori Brighton. I decided to write under the name of L.R. Olson to separate my young adult from my more R-rated books. I’ve always felt a bit guilty writing R-rated books and young adult books under the same name. After talking to some of the mom readers over the years, and having them confirm that they would feel more comfortable if I used another name, I decided to write my contemporary under something new. L.R. Olson will focus on adult-only books.
Why L.R. Olson? I wavered back and forth about what name to use. I even used another at first. But then I got an email from a reader so excited that we shared the same last name. I had to explain that it was actually a pen name. Being someone who is interested in heritage and family trees, I decided to use a family name. Since I’d only written one short prequel under my other name, I knew I needed to change it before it was too late. Yes, Olson is a family name. My father died when I was younger and I never knew his family well. So to honor them I decided to use their family name…Olson, which is Swedish. In case you’re curious, I’m also of English and Norwegian descent.
I have no idea when my next book will be out as I never schedule things, and have learned better than to promise a date that I will probably break!
I love T.V.! My favorite shows? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrow, Jane the Virgin, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Downton Abbey, Bluebloods, The Blacklist just to name a few. Favorite movies? The Bourne Trilogy, Pride and Prejudice (both versions), The Saint, Captain America: The Winter Solider, Harry Potter, and a lot more.
I also love to travel and learn about other cultures. I love other cultures so much that I even went to college to study Anthropology. Favorite places? I don’t think I can pick! Alaska, Ireland, England, Scotland, Hawaii….
I love to meditate and do yoga, but unfortunately for my peace of mind, I don’t do it nearly enough.
I speak a little German. A little, and not very well.
I can’t read your manuscript or give you a quote because I seriously don’t have the time, and legally it’s just not a smart thing to do. Find a trusted critique partner, or critique group to help.
I really, really respect people who are non-judgmental, positive, loving, and never take things personally. These are the characteristics I constantly strive to achieve, although I many, many times fail!
I do have a Twitter page where I mostly talk about T.V. shows. Feel free to follow me @AuthorLR_Olson.
I do not currently have an agent, as I haven’t felt I needed one at the moment. Any inquiries about book rights can be sent directly to me.
Review & Wrap-Up:
"There are certain, special moments in our lives that we'll remember forever. Even when we're ninety and on our death bed. For some, it's their first kiss. Others, it's marriage. For many, it's the birth of their children. Important memories we cling to in dark moments, memories that give us strength and provide happiness at the times we need joy most."
If I'm completely honest with myself I am a romantic at heart. I believe that there is one person out there that completes each and every one of us. And I believe that if we look hard enough we'll find them and live happily-ever-after. Terminal 19 gave me hope for those people who don't try hard enough, have given up or don't believe at all.
Hope, a terminally ill cancer patient, is trying to make the most out of the months - maybe years - she has left. She travels abroad, by herself, to make up for the lost life that she never had, and never will have. With her bucket list in hand, she begins to cross the items off her list:
- Don't Die
- Travel Abroad
- Find a Scandinavian Hottie
- Go on a date with Scandinavian Hottie
- Celebrate Birthday in Europe
- See the Countryside
- Be Morse Social and Spend Time with New Friends
- Lose Virginity
- Go to a Fancy Dinner
- Travel to Norway
- See the Sites in Norway
- Go to a European Dance Club
- Visit Bergen, Norway
- Go on a European Shopping Excursion
- Travel to Sweden
- Revamp Life
- Accept that I'm going to Die
She finds that Scandinavian Hottie, but she never thought she'd fall in love with him. She doesn't want more. She doesn't want forever. She has already accepted her ill fate, and he doesn't know that she's sick.
But the Hottie, Christian, falls in love with her too. To save him from having to go through the pain of her dying, she has to push him away and hard. Will Hope survive her own heartbreak, or will it kill her before the cancer does?
Terminal 19 was a sweet and uplifting romance with a serious side. While the story was light and airy at times, it's view of looking at life through the eyes of someone who's dying left a profound impression on me. It had me questioning at times what I will see on my ninety-year-old death bed.
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚🔖
(A bookmark:🔖, is a half a stack of books. i.e: 📚📚🔖 = a score of 2.5)
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