The Woman on the Painted Horse by Angela Christina Archer

The Woman on the Painted Horse

The Blurb

“Alexandra Monroe is a slave smuggler, smuggling slaves north where they can live as free people. Her crime is sedition and her punishment, if caught, is death. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Montgomery, Alexandra lives a life not by her own accord, but a life she willingly accepts for her secret quest to save the lives of slaves. One afternoon, Alexandra comes face-to-face with handsome William Graysden. Although forbidden for his Creek Indian heritage, he captivates her. They fascinate one another, and ultimately find in each other a bond they don’t wish to ignore. After a series of events, however, William must face the choice to continue the dangerous pursuit of Alexandra’s affections or forget about her.”

My Review:

The Woman on the Painted Horse sucked me in from the first line to the last. I fell head-over-heels for the characters, and became part of their rich and living world. My heart beat with Alexandra’s, and I quickly felt as though I was smuggling slaves by night and juggling a life that wasn’t where I belonged by day. With the turn of every page, I wanted to know more and go deeper.

Angela created a sweet romance – one that delves into the depths of the relationships of Alexandra and several of the townspeople, the hero, and the protagonist. Angela took her time crafting a well researched, historical romance. She successfully took me back in time with her realistic characters. Angela is a talented author, and her beautiful told story held my attention from the time I opened the book until I finished reading – in fact, I don’t think I stopped reading to eat even once. I award this beautiful novel 5 lucky shoes because this skillfully crafted story tugged at my heart, made me angry, made me laugh…it made me feel.

She created a depth within her characters that rattled my bones. They seemed to come alive with every word I read, as if I could almost reach out and take hold of them. I was rooting for Alexandra from page one!


Plotting a movie or a novel?

(Today’s guest post was written by Angela Archer. You can check out her blog here to learn more about her! Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook, too.)

Have you ever watched a movie that so profoundly ignites your passion for plot you immediately go online to search for the book version? You pound on the buy button with feverish fervor, wait anxiously by the mailbox, tear open your package before you even enter your house, park yourself on the couch, open the book, and by page ten throw it across the living room, screaming “That’s not what happened in the movie!”

I have.

With The Last of the Mohicans.

Talk about Hollywood changing a plot! Holy cow. I wonder if James Fenimore Cooper actually rolled over in his grave when they wrote the script for that movie. Of course, at the same time, Mr. Cooper’s Historical Novel wasn’t ever well received. Even he, himself, acknowledged inconsistencies in his plot and characters. But, my point and question is why? Why did the scriptwriters and producers change the plot? Was it too confusing? Did it lack drama?

For the most part, people tend to believe that the book is always better than the movie. It offers more details, and more insight. While movies from novels written in first person offer the points of view from the other characters, an intriguing twist, certainly, a more vivid picture of the story can be told better in a novel than a 90-110 minute film. Even with visual effects, the imagination is far more advanced than any computer could ever dream of being.

Not to mention, usually books are read first, and by nature human beings don’t like change. We saw it one way in our heads; we don’t like to see it another way on the big screen. I remember someone once told me that seeing the movie Twilight before reading the book ruined the book for her because as the characters were introduced in the book, all she envisioned were the actors.

Anyways, back to my point. About two years into writing my novel, I had an epiphany to add in a few other elements to the story. Thickening the plot by filling it with the drama and a depth I believed it was seriously lacking, and thrusting my characters into a whirlwind tailspin with secrets that could destroy them. My quest turned into not simply writing a boring love story, but to write a novel that bestows readers with a passionate love story AND a story of rebellion, blackmail, and greed in a time when our country was divided by war. *Insert evil laugh*

My manuscript had more plot twists than Lombard Street has turns, and I loved it.

What I didn’t realize was I was writing a movie. Not a book. And, in trying to intertwine all these different plot twists and plot points, I lost my novel’s place in this world. It hovered between two genres. It hovered between two plots. Just like movies do. I was creating too much and was cheating my main characters out of their story with unneeded drama.

Thankfully, the error of my ways was pointed out to me, though it wasn’t until after I had submitted my manuscript to a dozen agents and publishers. Grr… Oh well, everyday we learn something new, right? Hopefully, the changes I have made have fixed the problem.

I suppose I will find out after I submit the revised draft to the publisher who was interested, but wanted my obvious movie problem fixed. Fingers crossed!