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Personal life[ edit ] Family and education[ edit ] Schmirler was born to parents Shirley and Art Schmirler. She was born with a club foot , which required her to wear a cast for two months. She had two older sisters, Carol and Beverley. She started out towards a degree in computer science , but transferred after her first year to work for a degree in physical education. On June 22, , they were married.
Showing Rating details. Sort order. I feel a rant coming on. For some reason I decided that the best way to try a new author was to read the very first book she got published. I am here to tell you this is sometimes a very bad idea. Jenna Petersen also writes under the name Jess Michaels. JM writes erotic romances. I read one last month Everything Forbidden and was amazed at how much I liked it.
So, I thought, why I feel a rant coming on. So, I thought, why not check out her Jenna Petersen books -- they are regular historical romances, they should be pretty good, right?
I should try to be nice, as this was her first novel. This silly book is about Katherine, who is engaged to a stuffed shirt named Cole or Colden or something. She has some tragic family background and is marrying him for companionship, as she has decided never to fall in love overused trope 1 and 2. Dominic, black sheep bastard of the family stereotype 3 in the throes of a serious identity crisis spies her on the balcony at a party and is instantly smitten cliche 4.
The story begins as Katherine and Colden are having a party to announce their engagement. A message is given to Colden that cancels the announcement -- his wife, thought dead in a shipwreck, might be alive!!!! Dun dun DUN! And Dominic, the bastard brother, shows up demanding that Colden turn over the keys to Lansing Square their mother's house to him. Colden, a complete dick under the Milton Milquetoast exterior, immediately hatches a plan.
To save Katherine from ruination after news of her now -broken engagement gets out, and to hide the fact that he has already transferred title to her holdings and spent all of her dowry AND paid off her guardians holy heck, that's a whole lotta subterfuge!
Excellent deal! Now, further complicating matters is the ridiculous way Katherine approaches her relationship with Dominic. Oh, how it peeved me! First she is overcome with his appearance, her knees threaten to buckle shortly after meeting him.
Then after they get married she is panting hot and heavy after him, but has decided that she can never love, or show him that she loves him another overused plot device, and one that I can't stand!
So she is a seductress by night, and an idiot by day. The only thing missing was her sobbing after their glorious lovemaking hey, I've read Shirlee Busbee and Kathleen Woodiwiss, I know how this works. We are also subjected to lots of words dedicated to her thought processes: That was why she couldn't trust him. She could never forget herself with him. Not if she wanted happiness.
Not if she ever wanted peace.
And why not, she's a temptress in the bedroom, a flirt in the dining room, she talks and laughs and makes him feel wonderful. She listens to him, draws him out and all the while she keeps herself completely detached.
Understandable, I guess, given her "tragic history" which she will not tell him not matter how many times he asks , but it made her completely unsympathetic. This star-crossed couple has other problems as well. She wants to redecorate the house, he says they're not staying. The servants are afraid of him, he won't reassure them that they won't lose their jobs.
She resorts to asking his best friend Adrian what's going on with him, while at the same time Adrian is talking to Dominic about whether or not he loves Katherine. By this point in the book I'm starting to feel like I've read this before at least times -- it's like the author took every goofy historical romance novel cliche, hackneyed plot device and cardboard character stereotype, threw them all into a hat and was drawing them out one by one.
Except for the dead wife showing up, that was a new one for me. And what a bitch she was. More on that later. There was the obligatory secondary romance between the Hero's spinster sister and his best friend, which was then ruined by some completely OTT remarks made by the Hero after he sees them together and freaks out: I won't have you taking advantage of her advanced years and loneliness to amuse yourself.
Up she popped, just a like a bad penny. They all descend on Lansing Square and the inevitable confrontation in the library occurs another over-used device, this would be about 10, I can't keep up! During this confrontation, the evil brother reveals Dominic's role in the plot to marry Katherine off and reveals that he is indeed born on the wrong side of the blanket, Dominic then rats out his brother about having sold Katherine's house and used her money, the evil not-dead wife throws in that Dominic and she almost had an affair years ago, Katherine finds out that her guardians were given a bonus to sell her off to Colden, and as the final straw she discovers that her good friend, Dominic's spinster sister Julia, knew all of that dirt and didn't tell her.
Oh, the perfidy!!!!! As if that wasn't enough, Dominic is still searching the attics every day to find out who his father is. Katherine, displaying lots of behaviour that looks like love, offers to go with him to talk to his mother. They go, she still won't tell Dominic anything about his father, and Dominic finally realizes that her denials have freed him -- that Katherine is his family now.
Of course, at the same time Katherine has realized that she is pregnant, and in her self-absorbed, bitchy way decided that she won't tell him about the baby because she won't have her child grow up in a home without love. She also then conveniently finds letters hidden in an old piano that say who Dominic's father is.
She decides that the best thing for Dominic is for her to sneak away before he reads the letters, so she can leave him alone just when he needs her most. That clinched it for me - - "what a bitch you are," I thought. She so didn't deserve him. Dominic's sister rats her out as soon as he comes home and off he goes to find her.
In the meantime, Katherine has gotten as far as the inn where they spent their wedding night, and in a touching little scene with the innkeeper's wife, she is told: Don't throw love away over some foolishness". Of course, having heard these sage words she realizes that she does indeed love Dominic, who then conveniently shows up banging on the door to get to Katherine. Cue the big, big eyeroll.
Then there's a whole bunch of dialogue that doesn't make any sense -- they say one thing then do another, everything is resolved with a simple "I love you" from each of them. None of this rings true for me and I hate Katherine by this point.
Her mother still loved him and put up with all of his crap, then there was a coach-crash and they were killed. Dominic wins with his story - parents unhappily married, brother a complete asshole, mother gets drunk one night and tells him his daddy ain't his daddy but won't say any more other than she can't stand to look at him. Dominic starts asking everyone who his father is, pretend daddy and asshole brother treat him very, very badly. Of course, Dominic and Katherine go to see his father, who is, wait for it How many cliches and tired tropes is that?
Too many for me to keep counting all the way through. That's my biggest complaint about the book. There are some glimpses of the great writing I saw in Everything Forbidden, but I'm thinking it took her a few books to get there. Oh, and the characters -- fairly two-dimensional, and they seemed to think one way and act another. You'll hate it. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a forgettable romance with lots of sex, cardboard characters and a story jam-packed with cliches and standard plot devices, you could do worse than this one.
Gonna have to start a "this sucked" shelf. View all 15 comments. Regency Era fans. But it wasn't bad. It was the debut of the author. First I have read. There was a lot of sex at the beginning I did like the relationship of the brother and hero. It was very understandable why there was such dislike. I will definitely try her novels again. Apr 15, Mary23nm rated it liked it Shelves: I had a hard time figuring out where and when the story was taking place.
After awhile, you do find out it takes place in London, but there is nothing in the character's speech or any kind of atmosphere building that would indicate that. As for the 'when', you might guess the 's, with the mention of mistresses, bastards and a dowry and the clothing on the cover. Other than that, the basic premise was good, but there was not eno view spoiler [Not much 'historical' in this Historical Romance. Other than that, the basic premise was good, but there was not enough story and too much filler.
Dec 12, Susan rated it it was amazing. So happy to recently discover this one by Jenna Petersen aka Jess Michaels when I thought I had read all of her books. Awesome love story.
I so enjoyed Dominic and Katherine. Highly recommend! Apr 26, Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it. Stopped at chapter six. The story did not keep my attention.
Hero is the black sheep of the family. He returns home during his brother's betrothal ball to ask again to download a piece of family property he wants for some mysterious reason. There is something there that has to do with his origins. His mother is still alive, so why he needs the property instead of asking her questions is beyond me. The entire family knows that he is not their father's child they call him a bastard, but that i DNF. The entire family knows that he is not their father's child they call him a bastard, but that is an untruth.
Technically, he's a coo-coo, not a bastard. His motehr was married at the time of his birth. He can inherit property. He is not a bastard.
But I digress. Hero sees the heroine on the terrace and even though he is certain she is a virgin, he tries seducing her. Before it goest too far, they are interuped not seen by anyone and he finds out the woman is betrothed to his older brother. I'm getting to hate the instant attraction thing in romance novels. These speak a few rods to each other and are suddenly panting and groping in the dark.
They don't even know each other's names for heaven's sake!!!! The older brother widowed for three years is ready to toast his comming wedidng when a messenger rushes in to tell him that his first wife is very much alive and will return to the estate in a couple of days.
To avoid scandal yeah, like a wife coming back from the dead after three years won't be talked about , the older brother convinces the hero to marry the heroine, to protect her from ruination that the breaking scandal will cause. They all seem to think no one will want to marry her if people find out she had to step aside because a wife returned from the dead. Yeah, but she is a wealty heiress!! Have money; get husband. The brother turns out to be a snake. He knew his wife wasn't dead and he manipulated the heroine into a betrothal because he needs her money and property he seems to have a gambling problem.
In exchange for handing over all of her money, property and inheritance, the hero will gain the title to the property he so desperately wants. The hero agrees without much of an argument. He has moeny of his own and really wants the property that his brother will not sell to him at any price.
Yeah, seems they hate each other. Neither of them plan to tell the heroine that she's being used by the family and by her guardians, for her money. She's been thoroughly duped by them all. Oh, yeah. Seems the brother's wife had slipped into the hero's bed. He kissed her, but nothing more. And was caught kissing by his older brother. The wife and elder brother are a perfect match - and more interesting characters than the hero and heroine.
The hero plans to "guard his heart. Whenever a mistress asks for more than the physical, he pays her off and finds another. Okay, on to the heroine. She's twenty. She selected the hero's brother as a husband because she doesn't want to marry a man she could possibly fall passionately in love with. Guess her mother loved her father, but the feelings were not returned.
Her fahter used her mother's love to manipulate. So the heroine decides passion and love are not for her. Do writers even know what love is anymore???? So, I got tired of the heroine's internal thinking, why she had to keep her emotional distance from the hero doesn't even want to like him, or get to know him, or to become friends with him.
And where does she get the idea that lust is love? How does she think she can be a wife and NOT feel some type of affection? The wedding night is "recipe sex. Best guess as to why I lost interest: One would think they would be planning the rest of their lives, not obsessing about the feelings that they DON'T have for each other.
Sep 30, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Kathrine and Dominic are thrown together in marriage under the pressure of scandal. Though the scandal s that brought them together was not a shared scandal. Kathrine has just found out that her betrothed's wife is still alive mere days before her wedding. Notice how whenever he can, Stephen uses a more specific, descriptive word in place of a more generic one. Details also help us visualize the emotions of the people in the scene.
Finally, the detail of actual speech makes the scene pop. Instead of writing that the other guy asked him to unlock the van, Stephen has the guy actually say his own words in a way that sounds like a teenager talking. They could also mean any number of things—violence, abandonment, poverty, mental instability. Obviously, knowing how to clean burning oil is not high on the list of things every 9-year-old needs to know.
This helps keep the tone meaningful and serious rather than flippant. This connection of past experience to current maturity and self-knowledge is a key element in all successful personal essays. Colleges are very much looking for mature, self-aware applicants.
These are the qualities of successful college students, who will be able to navigate the independence college classes require and the responsibility and quasi-adulthood of college life. Even the best essays aren't perfect, and even the world's greatest writers will tell you that writing is never "finished"—just "due. But using too many of these ready-made expressions runs the risk of clouding out your own voice and replacing it with something expected and boring.
Stephen's first example breaking into the van in Laredo is a great illustration of being resourceful in an unexpected situation. But his essay also emphasizes that he " Want to build the best possible college application? Prep Scholar Admissions is the world's best admissions consulting service.
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We know what kinds of students colleges want to admit. Learn more about Prep Scholar Admissions to maximize your chance of getting in. After a long day in first grade, I used to fall asleep to the engine purring in my mother's Honda Odyssey, even though it was only a 5-minute drive home. As I grew, and graduated into the shotgun seat, it became natural and enjoyable to look out the window. Seeing my world passing by through that smudged glass, I would daydream what I could do with it.
In elementary school, I already knew my career path: I was going to be Emperor of the World. While I sat in the car and watched the miles pass by, I developed the plan for my empire. I reasoned that, for the world to run smoothly, it would have to look presentable. I would assign people, aptly named Fixer-Uppers, to fix everything that needed fixing.
That old man down the street with chipping paint on his house would have a fresh coat in no time. The boy who accidentally tossed his Frisbee onto the roof of the school would get it back.
The big pothole on Elm Street that my mother managed to hit every single day on the way to school would be filled-in. All the people that didn't have a job could be Fixer-Uppers. Seven years down the road, I still take a second glance at the sidewalk cracks and think of my Fixer-Uppers, but now I'm doing so from the driver's seat. As much as I would enjoy it, I now accept that I won't become Emperor of the World, and that the Fixer-Uppers will have to remain in my car ride imaginings.
I always pictured a Fixer-Upper as a smiling man in an orange T-Shirt. Maybe instead, a Fixer-Upper could be a tall girl with a deep love for Yankee Candles.
Bridget the Fixer-Upper will be slightly different than the imaginary one who paints houses and fetches Frisbees. I was lucky enough to discover what I am passionate about when I was a freshman in high school. On my first day, I learned that it was for developmentally-disabled students.
I hadn't had too much interaction with special needs students before, and wasn't sure how to handle myself around them. Three years have passed helping out in APE and eventually becoming a teacher in the Applied Behavior Analysis summer program.
I love working with the students and watching them progress. When senior year arrived, college meetings began, and my counselor asked me what I wanted to do for a career, I didn't say Emperor of the World.
Instead, I told him I wanted to become a board-certified behavior analyst. A BCBA helps develop learning plans for students with autism and other disabilities. Basically, I would get to do what I love for the rest of my life.
He laughed and told me that it was a nice change that a seventeen-year-old knew so specifically what she wanted to do. But it occurred to me that, while my desired occupation was decided, my true goal in life was still to become a Fixer-Upper. I'll do one thing during the day, then spend my off-hours helping people where I can. Instead of flying like Sue, though, I'll opt for a nice performance automobile. Bridget takes a somewhat different approach than Stephen, but her essay is just as detailed and engaging.
Let's go through some of the strengths of her essay. Bridget starts each paragraph with a clear signpost of where we are in time: I would assign people, aptly named Fixer-Uppers, to fix everything that needed fixing. I wanted to become a board-certified behavior analyst. It helps that the metaphor is a very clear one: people who work with students with disabilities are making the world better one abstract fix at a time, just like imaginary Fixer-Uppers would make the world better one concrete physical fix at a time.
This essay uses many techniques that make Bridget sound genuine and make the reader feel like we already know her. The second technique is the way Bridget coins her own terms, carrying them through the whole essay. It would be easy enough to simply describe the people she imagined in childhood as helpers or assistants, and to simply say that as a child she wanted to rule the world. The third technique is to use sentences of varying length, syntax, and structure.
Most of the essay's written in standard English and uses grammatically correct sentences. However, at key moments, Bridget emphasizes that the reader needs to sit up and pay attention by switching to short, colloquial, differently punctuated, and sometimes fragmented sentences. The essay begins and ends with Bridget's enjoying a car ride, but this doesn't seem to be related either to the Fixer-Upper idea or to her passion for working with special-needs students.
It would be great to either connect this into the essay more, or to take it out altogether and create more space for something else. It makes perfect sense that Bridget doesn't want to put her students on display. It would take the focus off of her and possibly read as offensive or condescending.
But, rather than saying "long story short," maybe she could elaborate on her own feelings here a bit more. What is it about this kind of teaching that she loves? What is she hoping to bring to the lives of her future clients? Find out more about Prep Scholar Admissions now: How can you use this discussion to better your own college essay? Once you have your list, keep it next to you while writing your essay to remind yourself to try and use those same techniques in your own essay.
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