Your Blues Aint Like Mine

Sienna Mynx
Your Blues Aint Like Mine
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The Divas Pen LLC
Release Date
October 2010
Erotic Romance, Horror Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal Romance

Mud Lake, Mississippi, is known for two things: its cotton fields that still flourish, and unseen darkness that permeates the night. Mud Lake is also the home of Tommy ‘T-bone' Walnut. A troubled boy who found a home and adoptive family after being orphaned at ten, he grew into a man with a single wish. He wanted to be a blues singer.

He travels the Delta with his best-friend and surrogate brother, playing juke joints in hopes to be a blues star. The tragedy deals him a soul-crushing blow. And then, Tommy Walnut, a white man who has found love and friendship with a poor black family in the 1960s Deep South, is forced to face his demons.He's forced to stand at a crossroad and decide. Is a short time of happiness and fame after a lifetime of misery worth risking it all? That fateful night, a hellish bond is made, promising Tommy fortune and the love of his life. But there remains a single price. His soul.

Book Review by DH Starr (author)
Jan 05, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
152 people found the following review helpful
YOUR BLUES AIN'T LIKE MINE by Sienna Mynx is about Tommy Walnut, a man with a dark past and a challenging present. The book opens as we learn his history of seeing his mother killed by her pimp at the age of 10. He then finds his way to Mud Lake and is taken in by Daddy Legs and quickly becomes a part of the family. Davis, his best friend, and Daphne,
Davis's twins, become like siblings to him.

As the years pass, Tommy and Davis play blues together, but Tommy's skills don't match he desires. While on a gig, Davis's betting catches up with him and two men come to collect. As Tommy tries to help his friend, a series of events is set into motion that leads him to Blue, a witch who offers him a chance to have everything he's ever wanted. With the choice of having the love of his life and fame, he needs to decide whether he's willing to pay the price…his soul.

The story starts out like a contemporary romance, perhaps a historical since it's set in the 1960s, but it has a timeless feeling as the emotions and issues Tommy faces are very human and believable. About halfway through the book, the story takes on a paranormal element.
The shift occurs smoothly and, while it came as a surprise, once it happens, I could see how Ms. Mynx wove it in before we meet Blue.

As Tommy is confronted by Blue in his hometown before he makes it home to Daphne and Daddy Legs, he is lured to her home and strikes a bargain that will give him five years of happiness in exchange for his soul. From this point on, the tone of the story shifts. Time passes in large chunks with much of what has happened in-between briefly glossed over.

Whereas the first half of the book moves along at a comfortable pace, developing the characters and establishing the plot, the second half of the book feels like we are jumping from scene to scene. The difference between the first half of the story and the second half is only marginally distracting, since the author has done a good job of drawing the reader in up to that point.

A novella of 12,000 words, I think that the addition of more connective tissue between each jump forward in time might have given the story a more fleshed out feel than it currently has. I would have enjoyed experiencing Tommy's emotions as his dreams come true, watching his happiness grow and develop and having him reflect his growing anxiety as the five year time clock rapidly winds down. In the absence of those details, I had to fill in the gaps for myself.

Overall, the story is creative and enjoyable. I would recommend it as a quick and entertaining read.
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