Passions in Paris

Revelations of a Lost Diary

Romance - Contemporary
818 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2013
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Author Biography

Canadian Indie author Rusty Blackwood believes the flair for fantasy is anything the mind wishes it to be, and she is a master at this. Within her expressive mind is found an endless array of romance, passion, textures and colors to sweep the reader to exotic, faraway places where anything is possible, proving that her words really do leave you breathless.
Ms. Blackwood grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and to Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher. Although unprofessionally trained in the field, Rusty has always had an affinity for the written word, a gift to express it, and has demonstrated this talent many times since becoming a serious writer in 2001.
She has written an eclectic array of Contemporary and Traditional poetry, publishing her first collection in October of 2009 entitled, “Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought,” which was later re-released in a second collection with additional content in 2011 under the title, “Impressions: A Poetic Rhythm in Emotion”. Feelings was followed in April of 2010 by a collection of assorted short stories for children, as well as the young at heart, entitled, “Young Minds,” which was later re-released as a second collection with additional content in 2012 under the title, “Through the Eyes of Innocence.” In March of 2012 Rusty released the short-story comedy, “The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom.”
Following a previously hard fought, misguided, and misleading publishing road into the competitive world of main-stream fiction, Rusty was finally given the chance to accomplish what she had originally set out to do, and this reprieve can be found within the pages of her new heart-touching romance/drama, “Passions In Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary” which will be available June 2013. This beautiful love story is expected to be followed by the suspenseful romance novel, “Willow’s Walk.”
Rusty is often asked how much of herself is found in her heroines, and she has been quoted to say a fair amount, adding that most writer’s inspiration comes from many different aspects of life experience, and reaping from them all that one can to use to one’s best advantage, so in that respect she would have to say that many sides, aspects, and flavors of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.
Rusty has always loved the Arts in their many unique forms, and this is demonstrated in the two Interior Decorating and Design diplomas she holds, as well as many years spent on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band, The Midnight Ramblers, and the country- rock – blues band, MIRAGE respectively, as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist.
Ms. Blackwood now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario, and when not at her keyboard, enjoys art, music, nature, gardening, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her loyal cat, Tipper.
All available titles of this eclectic author’s work can be presently obtained by typing Ms. Blackwood’s name into the search bar located under site bar at http://www.createspace.com, and search bar at http://www.amazon.com. All purchase outlet address’ as well as purchase links will be coming to her website’s bookstore in June 2013.
For those wishing a poetic interlude, you can do so by visiting Ms. Blackwood’s poetry site, ‘Inspiration in Thought’ at: http://www.poetrypoem.com/rusty5
You can contact Rusty by leaving comments on her website’s Journal, or by writing her at writerrusty@hotmail.ca
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

"Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary" is an 818-page novel by Rusty Blackwood. The story unfolds in Wychmere Willows, a beautiful place that overlooks Lake Ontario in Canada. The siblings Joe and Emily, with Joe's daughter CJ, await the arrival of other members of the family. Their grandmother and great grandmother, respectively, had just died and they decided to inspect the house full of her memories. They found her will and diary, as well as a manuscript that revealed to them her most extraordinary love story. In 1999, author Joy Wychmere and Irish actor Cullen Malone met in Paris and discovered that they were soul mates. They were then entangled in a complicated love story that not many can ever imagine. Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone's love goes through many difficult tests but will their love for each other prevail?

It is difficult not to get excited when reading the novel, "Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary". It is a passionate love story that aptly starts in Paris, one of the world's most romantic cities. The complex and stirring love affair between Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone is told through a diary. This does not make the characters less vivid. On the contrary, there is something exciting about the feeling of reading another person's private diary. And this is perhaps what makes this narrative unique because it makes the reader feel the excitement of intruding into the private life of the owner of the diary. The story also has its share of dangers and intrigues that will not let the reader put down the book too easily. This is because the author chooses her words well. The book is peppered with metaphors that enhances the romantic appeal of the narrative. Enjoyable and exciting, this is a book for people who have romance flowing in their veins.

Dr. Oliva Dsouza

When the Wychmere family get together for the funeral of their much beloved grandmother Joy Wychmere, they are surprised to find the contents in her diary. Was their grandmother really the woman they all knew? They are surprised to learn how her life took a different twist after she won a contest. She gets to live her dream when she is invited to meet the famous movie star, Cullen Malone, a man she has dreamed of all her life. Along with her husband Dean, she visits Paris to go on a date with Cullen Malone and what unfolds is a dream and nightmare rolled into one. Is love at first sight possible? Does being married to Dean and sharing children and grandchildren with him hold no meaning for Joy? Is the threat to Cullen's life part of some nasty game? Will Joy be able to bring back Cullen from the brink? With ever loving assistance from Dr.Andre, is there any way out for the star-crossed lovers? Will they be able to hold their families together and still make sense of what they have gone through? Finally, will her grandchildren and family learn the truth after reading all there is to know but will they have the same regard and love for Joy as they had before they knew the truth about her?

"Passions in Paris" by Rusty Blackwood explores the anatomy and physicality of an extra marital affair, a love affair that consumes the very soul and mind of the protagonists, Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone. The book makes you wonder whether soul ties are for real and how love can make people cross social boundaries without thinking. Love solves all problems and heals all. This is a good book and with a bit of tweaking it could be a great one. But beware of explicit sexual content in the book.

Karen Coakley

I would like to express how much the book of “ PASSIONS IN PARIS” is such a good and enjoyable book to read. It keeps you wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next, it makes you feel as if you are right there sitting in the rooms with them. The characters are so full of anticipation and excitement. I feel that if you haven’t read it you should and I would rate as excellent. I would give it 5 stars as being one of the best books that I have read and hope that Rusty continues to keep writing them – I have read some of her other books and would rate them the same.
Keep up the good work!

Linkk Kulakane

Passions in Paris I think stands it ground with these other powerful romantic stories like The Notebook
by Nicolas Sparks . A long kindled love, which finds its place from a romantic spark in the mind of
one, to a mounting real life experience between two different worlds, brought together by an on going
weave of circumstances, doubts, mystery, and intrigue, that sets ablaze forbidden emotions on a roller
coaster ride of endless desire, and surmounting obstacles, that test the strength of their determination
to prevail. Miss Blackwood has a rare talent to bring this and more into the minds and hearts of those
who have had the privilege to be transported into her wonderful world of story telling.

Kathryn Bennett

What I like about this book is that Rusty Blackwood has certainly done research on Paris. With the smattering of French that is found throughout the story, you can feel yourself taken more into the world and it is presented in such a way that even if you don't speak French you can understand what is being said. Cullen and Joy are also not your typical romance couple since even though they are very much in love, there is a lot more under the surface to their romance. Complex characters with a dash of intrigue to the story always make for a nicer read. So purely on the basis of the story I found it a decent read. There is a good amount of build up and many turns that you may not see coming. When I was into the book I was enjoying the journey I was taking with the characters. It is a fast read and one that would be perfect for someone looking for a quick romantic read.

Cat Howard

Eternal love, finding your true soul mate; this story has it all.

Fred Pifer

Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary is a fascinating book of a love story that seemed to be written with me in mind. In the book 'Love Story' by Erich Sega, he told of a deep abiding love story that reminds me of Cullen and Joy's in Ms. Blackwood's book, but the twists of intrigue and mystery that she adds keeps the reader on edge throughout.

Ulla Rasmussen

I liked the book quite a lot.
And the title is certainly well chosen because it is a story about passioned people fighting for their love.
The book is dramatic, eventful and exciting. One read the almost 800 pages wondering however the author will manage to get her characters pretty safely through their ordeals but as a talented woman she does manage in the end.
.. sorry if that last information spoils the suspense :-)
It is a book for grown-ups with both sex and swearwords but no more of either than can be defended considering this is a story about modern grown-up people.

Alison Meeks

A compelling story of a love not to be denied. This dramatic love story is a page turner and was cause for a couple very late nights of reading before I was delivered to the end of the tale.

Maria Beltran

It is difficult not to get excited when reading the novel, "Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary". It is a passionate love story that aptly starts in Paris, one of the world's most romantic cities. The complex and stirring love affair between Joy Wychmere and Cullen Malone is told through a diary. This does not make the characters less vivid. On the contrary, there is something exciting about the feeling of reading another person's private diary. And this is perhaps what makes this narrative unique because it makes the reader feel the excitement of intruding into the private life of the owner of the diary. The story also has its share of dangers and intrigues that will not let the reader put down the book too easily. This is because the author chooses her words well. The book is peppered with metaphors that enhances the romantic appeal of the narrative. Enjoyable and exciting, this is a book for people who have romance flowing in their veins.

Marie McNiven

"What a wonderful setting for romance and passion! Rusty has us captivated right from the first few pages...you get to know the characters pretty soon after meeting them. A page turner for me, always wanted to know 'what's next". Make a great movie script.