What is it about?
While drowning his sorrows in a small downtown bar, Ben Langdon meets Lila. Only problem? She’s taken. Cutting his losses, he heads home.
Intercepted by a phone call from a stranger pleading for help and an address he doesn’t recognize, Ben is led to The Maze, an eerie dance club of which he knows little except its motto: “One way in. No way out.”
Leaving behind the woman of his dreams, Ben steps into the nightmare of his life.
On the Corner of Hamilton and Main
As Lila Donahue is acting as maid of honor for her best friend, she meets Ben in a little downtown bar on the night of the bachelorette party. He disappears into the cold night’s air, and because of the celebration, Lila tries to forget him.
Later that night, much to Lila’s dismay, the bride-to-be wants to party at The Maze.
Reluctantly, Lila participates only to be pulled into a reality that exceeds all her wildest dreams.
Bizarre, magical, surreal, 1700 Hamilton and On the Corner of Hamilton and Main are stories that will leave you gasping for breath until the very last page.
My review: 5 stars
I like how descriptive the writing is. I love character driven fiction.
"I know of no maze, but the one to your heart. Many have tried and failed to reach it."
I found this kind of like an Alice in wonderland adventure. Written in third person, but we begin by seeing the story through Ben's eyes. I was surprised when the story ends with Ben and picks up again with Lila, a re-telling from her. But you soon realise it makes sense to be done this way so you see more of the wacky journey.
There isn't romance as such, but you definitely glimpse the deep and genuine feelings between Lila and Ben. I usually need strong romantic elements, however this book holds its own.
I don't advise to read this while drinking. Not that I did... I just think it would be trippy.
I really enjoyed this and devoured it quickly. I will definitely be reading more by this talented author.
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My parents bought me an electric typewriter and I would sit after school and type up stories. I didn’t consider writing as a career until high school when my Advanced Placement English teacher told me that I was a good writer.
Besides writing, what do you love doing?
I come from a small boring town and it made a reader out of me simply because there was nothing else to do. Of course, I love to read now, and when I’m not writing, I’m beta-reading for a friend, proofing or editing for someone, or reading for fun—Indie authors, of course. I was quite a runner before I allowed writing to take over, and I even ran a half marathon last year. Whenever I can, I read in the bathtub. (Yes, I am a self-proclaimed destroyer of books.)
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Oh, my Lord. Okay, let me look. Boo, it’s not naughty! I mean, whew! It’s a picture of a formatting error in my book I sent to my friend Jewel. There’s an unintentional space and I was wondering if I should bother fixing it.
Did you get in trouble at school?
Define trouble? Like getting Mono from kissing boys from a rousing game of Duck Duck Grey Duck? :) I attended a Baptist school K-4th grade, and I got spanked in… I think 3rd grade for cheating. I remember they did it with a ping pong paddle. I only lasted one more year there and in 5th grade my parents moved me to public school. I didn’t even so much as get detention after that.
What is the weirdest thing you have eaten?
Probably the cat treat I inadvertently ate because it looked like a piece of bacon. In my defence, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in. Yes, it tasted gross.
What is one word that gives you the creeps?
Bugs. It sets off a whole chain of nasty reactions.
Who is your hero?
All the indie writers who are struggling to write, to edit, to publish, all on their own. All the writers who write, who query, day after day, week after week, month after month, for years. They have a dream, and they are working toward it! Nothing can stop them. I’ve never met a more determined group of people. They all deserve respect for not giving up.
Tell us a random fact about yourself
I almost always drink a mug or two of coffee before I go to bed.
My never-updated Facebook author page is https://www.facebook.com/VRheault/
Twitter is @V_Rheault
And my blog address is https://vaniamargene.wordpress.com/
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