We're taking a trip into the future and to the past with The Winner (Romantek) by Patricia Green.
Blurb: Audrey Beacon is a winner. Because of her slogan writing ability, she's won a fabulous vacation - one which only the rich and famous get to experience. It's a big leap for her; she's a small town girl, in a dull dead-end job; she's never had an adventure. Nevertheless, she accepts the prize and is whisked away to a fabulous cruise ship and then the prize: a RAVE - a dream-generated reality adventure. She picks a time-travel RAVE, and goes to 1850s Nebraska.
While in her old West adventure, Audrey meets White Star Smith, a Native American man who has little tolerance for undisciplined females. He's not hesitant to show his displeasure in order to help Audrey improve her attitude and behavior. Audrey feels totally free to let go for the first time in her controlled, unadventurous life, because of course White Star isn't real. In short order, Audrey is in love.
Coming back to the real world is tough, and gets harder when Audrey realizes that White Star might actually be a real person. So what was he doing in Audrey's RAVE? That was not part of the deal!
Can he love her, despite her low social status? Can she show him that she loves him, or is her heart too much to risk?
This was a romantic and thought provoking story. During the RAVE Audrey is in a dream generated adventure, but she knows it, so we get to watch her navigate 1850's Nebraska with her 22nd century mind.
It's fun to think about what the future is like and probably even more fun to write about it. According to Patricia Green, in the 22nd century, rice and mashed potatoes will be a luxury. I think mashed potatoes are now, but that's just me.
During the RAVE Audrey meets White Star Smith, a Native American man. She assumes he's part of the cast of her adventure and shy Audrey turns into the vixen of Pollyville.
Poor White Star. He wants to stay away from Audrey, but she keeps screwing up and needs spanking and he also can't keep his hands off her.
But, what happens when Audrey returns to reality and finds out that White Star was another RAVE client whose adventure was combined with her own?
- If you could time travel, where would you go?
- Romantek, the company that produces the RAVE, implants a chip into the brains of participants a week before they go in order to learn their subconscious desires. If that happened to you, do you think you might be surprised at what they find out about you?
- What is it that's so appealing about Westerns and cowboys?
- During the adventure, Audrey behaves very differently from her 'normal' self. When you go on vacation, do you act differently from your usual day to day self?
Any other thoughts on this book?
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November 22--- Cursed Waters by Casey McKay