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Nicole Petrino-Salter
Passionate, right or wrong.
Interests: writing christian fiction favorite actor: johnny depp one favorite movie line: "i know whose blood ya need." (for multiple reasons) pirates of the caribbean, curse of the black pearl music: third day, mercy me, mylon le fevre, serving the lord jesus christ above all else, however he decides, novels, novels, novels
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Good for you, Bren! We never know which one will be our last. There are many things in life that require determination. You're facing a bunch of them. I'll be praying this one is a knockout punch for you and that eventually many more will follow.
Toggle Commented yesterday on What it takes . . . at Into the Fire
Thank you, Bren! So much.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on . . . in a love song at Into the Fire
We're friends! And you're my editor, first reader, etc. So you get to see all the weird and sometimes sane stuff this author thinks, writes, says. ;) Love ya, Deb.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2021 on Authors at Into the Fire
You know I think we can almost stomach the many pages "where nothing happened" IF the writing leads us to something meaningful - and that writing has to be exceptional and with promise to do that. Repetitive is annoying although I understand the intent to see it through another character's viewpoint. However, that only goes so far. "too hokey" is a killer. I started a book once about a genuinely sympathetic-inducing situation, but somehow it couldn't generate that sympathy. I didn't get but a few pages in and moved on. Cliches can be inevitable, but we hope to use/recognize them as just that. Struggling to find a new (aka interesting, haunting, beautiful) but truthful way to describe/say something is the genuine author struggle. Hate "predictable" in relationship conflicts. (The average romance novels.) Coffee has become a trendy tool. I've used it myself. One of my unpublished novels (Wounds . . . and Healings) opens in a coffee shop. The owner is the heroine, but since I don't like or drink coffee, I mostly made it about the atmosphere, the people, and the branching relationships formed in that environment. Thanks for a great and meaningful list, Deb.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2021 on Thursday Thoughts . . . at Into the Fire
Bren and Deb, these are terrific responses, and I thoroughly agree. I don't know if I hold a "higher" standard for women in any kind of role that requires discipline, law enforcement, soldiers, spies, but when they do the "stupid" things or fail to communicate well, I find them particularly annoying. And I do appreciate the "stupid things" we do having a clear thought process that maybe won't excuse them but certainly makes that "stupidity" at least "understandable". May I add "honesty". I literally cannot stand grown people hiding their feelings when any normal person makes their feelings known without having a degree in body language. C'mon, just communicate, okay? Having said that, I mean when they should and they don't about those "stupid things" again. We all fail to communicate at times when it's too difficult, will expose us when we're not ready, etc., but in obvious things: just spit it out. 'K? Thank you both for your great answers.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2021 on Thursday Thoughts . . . at Into the Fire
Thanks so much, Deb. Your opinion means a lot to me.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2021 on Heard it . . . in a love song at Into the Fire
Aw, thanks, Bren. Appreciate you so much. Thank you!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2021 on Heard it . . . in a love song at Into the Fire
Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Yeah, baby. ;)
Toggle Commented May 24, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire
Either of the two women looked the part, I agree. I had to look up all three of them (not a Marvel, etc., watcher). Somehow I pictured Richard as a bit more "sophisticated" looking. I cannot for the life of me understand what they did to American Assassin. I think even worse than the casting of Mitch was the casting of Irene. Irene is fierce in a petite, understated way: the total opposite of how they cast her and Mitch was a "full grown man" even as a young agent. Not to mention the story changes. Anyway . . .
Toggle Commented May 23, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire
Who? Who? Who! do you have to play those parts?! I would agree it isn't the same with Kyle Mills, but I think he's doing an admirable job to fill huge writing shoes. I think the thing that Vince was capable of doing with HIS character is to capture the emotional turmoil - although rarely confronted - of Mitch Rapp. I don't see it as skillfully done since he's gone. (My reasoning is the God-quotient. As far as I'm able to discern, Mills is not spiritually inclined. Vince most definitely was a believer. In spite of Rapp's ability to be a stone-cold killer when necessary, he had a distinct conscience to identify good and evil. That alone comes from God.) I never understood the changes to and casting for American Assassin. A good action flick, it definitely was NOT American Assassin. The only casting they got right was casting Keaton as Rapp's mentor role. I would love to also see The Famous One made into a film, but I'm a terrible compromiser - so I couldn't tolerate too many adjustments to the story. ;)
Toggle Commented May 22, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire
Excellent point, Bren. And so true. It's therapy at times, I think.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2021 on Throwback Thursday at Into the Fire
I love you, Deb. Truly do.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2021 on Having a moment . . . at Into the Fire
Yes, and it's like being in the world, isn't it? So many people who have bad situations in their lives choose not to seek something higher and better than themselves. Sad, disappointing. I think that's why I love Mitch Rapp - he's almost there, and in spite of his life and lifestyle, he still has a moral code. I would love to write his final story. Oh, would I love to do that.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2021 on Pondering . . . at Into the Fire
Such an encouragement, Bren. Appreciate you so much. It's what we authors who have chosen to serve Jesus must do. I know you do as well. Thank you, Bren.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2021 on Unashamed at Into the Fire
Vehicles definitely have to fit the character. I don't blame you with the VW bug guy. Hahaha! And of course I love long hair on men provided it's clean, not stringy, etc. Maybe it's because I grew up in the late 60s and 70s. But you're right, it always has to fit the character. I don't really know why hair makes its way into my character development, but it does. I think all of my protagonists have long or longish hair except Michael Jamison in Breath of Life. THE most beautiful long hair I've ever seen, bar none, and not exclusive to either sex was my husband's when he wore it down to the middle of his back (many years ago). Dark, almost black, natural wave, shiny, clean. All he had to do was wash and towel dry it, and it would hang perfectly! Amazing hair. Now of course he wears it short - still great hair.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire
Me too! Although, it was a computer-operator problem. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2021 on Oops! at Into the Fire
Yes!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2021 on Tuesday Tunes at Into the Fire
Third Day is indeed exceptional - they have it all. We got to see them years ago in a Church of All Nations concert before they really hit the big time. It was such a great and meaningful concert. Loved it/them. I'm an old rock 'n' roller so when that kind of music is basically incorporated into Christian music with the beautiful lyrics - it's near perfect.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2021 on Tuesday Tunes at Into the Fire
I have the same fear(s), Bren. This novel has been a long time coming on its journey to become a movie. Years ago, it didn't make it to a film. This time it was filmed in South Africa which is unique in itself. We shall see.
Thank you, too, Bren. I'm honored when people appreciate my reviews/recommendations. Really am. I want a good blurb too, but it seems like Christian Fiction tries to tell the story on the back cover. I try to limit myself to the first two sentences and sometimes that's even too much when searching for a story! What's up with that? I've got a two-sentence blurb for the book I'm writing now. I don't know if I'll expand on it. I really like those two sentences. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2021 on Wednesday Wondering . . . at Into the Fire
"I have read recommendations on Amazon of books I've already read to see if they're trustworthy. They are not, sometimes completely inaccurate." -- I couldn't agree more, Deb. Some reviews are not only inaccurate, they're spiteful and smug. Sometimes I wish more people who've liked my work would write a review on Amazon, but, ultimately, I only hope they like the book(s) they've read. I'm honored that you enjoy my reviews. I've eliminated reviewing the novels I didn't care for or felt like I didn't really have anything of value to say about them. That way I'm not creating a review which does the book injustice for those who might enjoy it. As you know, Deb, I once wrote a few scathing reviews. No more - at least not with identification of author and title. Thank you for all you do for me, Deb, in my work. Can't thank you enough.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2021 on Wednesday Wondering . . . at Into the Fire
Thank you, Bren and Beth! I do hope you'll enjoy it.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2021 on TA DA! Coming Soon . . . at Into the Fire
Ah, thanks, Deb. You know my feelings concerning it, but for a romance, it'll do. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2021 on TA DA! Coming Soon . . . at Into the Fire
I recall silly things from my youth, teen, post teen, adult years, etc. I mean, there's a never ending list of them - and it seems I can remember them when I least want to. ;) And I'm older than you, Brenda. Ah, one of those country music fans. Nope, not here. Yeah, I hate stuff on my hands.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire
Oh yeah, with you on Gone Girl and both of those movies (even though I didn't see ToE). I might be confusing Gone Girl with another movie with Gone in the title. Either way, didn't trust the critics/raves on these two. (Did GG have a missing child in it?) Yikes! That would've been scary with the fire that got away. Lesson learned. ;) What's funny about my hand thing is that I always put any kind of horse liniment/medicine on our horses with my hands. Didn't need gloves or balk at doing it - didn't even occur to me. But lotions, sanitizers, etc., for human hands? Yuck! That's why Gold Bond is all I use because it absorbs almost instantly and I don't have to feel it for long. Crazy, I know. ;)
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2021 on Friday Five at Into the Fire