Doors by Joanne Renaud
Jackie Karam always knew her friend Orne was a weirdo, even before he enlists her help in opening a door to an alternate dimension. His theory is that if one could find a book one lost, a book one loved but can no longer remember anything about, it might open a door to another world. Jackie just happens to have such a book in her past. A science fiction novel her high school teacher had recommended to her before he died in a car crash.
Jackie loves hanging out with her handsome, charming, eccentric friend, so she agrees on a trip back to her hometown to look for Mr. Forrest’s book. She finds it in the White Springs library, and just as Orne hoped, opens a door to another dimension, one altered from the world she knows. Not just altered, but better. Her career is a success, her old teacher is alive and well, and her relationship with Orne is so much more intimate. Her own world is so drab and hopeless by contrast, she’s tempted to stay.
But does she truly belong in this other world? What happens to this world’s Jackie if she stays? And what will happen to her, if she refuses to go back through that door?
“Thought-provoking, well-conceived with a hot ending! What could be better?”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Maria Marius
Did you ever read a book where you couldn’t decide whether you wanted to BE the heroine or just find out what happens to her? “Doors” is one of those books where you want to do both.
The story invokes the concept of parallel universes, so in that sense it’s a “parallel worlds romance.” But unlike many works of that ilk, the characters are fully realized people. You can visualize them going to the grocery store (although nothing so mundane occurs in the book) or haggling with a police officer over a traffic ticket. The point-of-view character is never boring because she grows and changes in surprising ways. She’s particularly entertaining when the universe starts bending a bit. The plot moves at a leisurely pace that builds and speeds as you go along. The last twenty or so pages of the book are worth the price of admission because they are steamy hot without being embarrassing. I loved it! I can only say that when I finished the book, the first thing I wanted to do was thank the author for writing it.
About the Author
Joanne Renaud, who earned a BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design, has been writing, drawing and painting as long as she can remember. She went to college in a variety of places, including Northern Ireland and Southern California, and enjoys history, comics, children’s books, and cheesy fantasy movies from the ’80s. She currently works as both an author and a freelance illustrator. Her novel “A Question of Time” was released in November 2012 from Champagne Books, and her illustration clients include Simon & Schuster, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan-McGraw Hill, Harcourt Inc., Zaner Bloser, and GOS Multimedia.