Author: Trista Jaszczak

Review: Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

Posted September 3, 2013 by Ginny in Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Little Red by Trista Jaszczak
Little Red by Trista Jaszczak
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Published by Front Porch Romance on June 18, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 207
Source: Tour Host

Purchase Links: Amazon
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers their lives and their love poses. Can he keep her safe from himself?

Ginny’s Review:
I love fairy tales. I’ll say that right off the bat — and reading new versions of them or seeing different takes on them, I love them even more.  I think everyone does — it’s the reason why shows like “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm” are so popular — and certain episodes of “Supernatural”. All of this factors into why I requested to review this book.  I actually wrote a paper on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood back in college.

Having said that, this book, or at least the review copy I received, could use some more work.  Part of this comes from me as a book lover, and part of this comes from me as an English Lit major.  There are unfinished thoughts, sentences and phrases that an editor somewhere should take a second or third glance at.  Also, Sam, a.k.a. “Red”, needs some character development… or perhaps I just didn’t like her.  She is very …. simple… or girly… she cries – a lot. I know part of this is due to a hormonal thing, but she doesn’t really come to her own rescue.  I understand that Little Red Riding Hood, the original, was eaten and then the Hunter came and carved her (and her grandmother) out of the wolf’s stomach, but we’re in a different era.

I felt disappointed by this book. Which I hate writing, because I want to give good feedback, but I also want to give honest feedback as well.  I didn’t like that Red cried all the time and was kind of simpering. I didn’t like that when someone was killed, another person shot and taken to the hospital, the cops didn’t immediately enter the picture. And it wasn’t some lowlife person who was killed — he’s the son of a lawyer and a judge. An ambulance shows up to take the wounded man to the hospital, but no cops are called. It takes a chapter or two (possibly a day or two in the storyline) for the cops to even show up and talk to the man in the hospital. In real life, the cops would be there immediately! Gun shot wounds are immediately reported to the cops by EMTs and the emergency room. If 911 is called for a gunshot wound, both EMTs and the cops are called.

-sigh- Again, I dislike giving negative feedback, but the book really does need a little bit more work. I know it has been released already, and the general story line and idea I enjoy. I enjoy the first person POV switching between Red and Ethan (who can be a real a-hole at times, but that also makes him more real). But there are some editorial bits (which I’m willing to admit may have just been from my copy being for a review copy, who knows) and some character developments that need to be done.

I’m giving it a 2.5 out of 5 because I do like it… it just needs more work. I would love to read more stories by Trista Jaszczak and am interested to see what other fairy tales she takes on.

Guest Post & Giveaway: Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

Posted August 8, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways, Reviews / 5 Comments

Little Red Banner 450 x 169Today we welcome Trista Jaszczak to the site.  Her latest, LITTLE RED, is the first in a brand new series.  Trista is here sharing the music that was integral part of creating LITTLE RED. Be sure to leave a comment for Trista for your chance to win some great prizes.  Welcome Trista!! 

The Music That Moves Little Red
Trista Jaszczak

If there is anything that a good fairy tale needs, or any book for that matter, is a good play list. So, as I was writing Little Red, the music was up loud and it moved me through each chapter and helped to guide my characters from one page to the next. I want to share those songs with you right now and I want to tell you why I chose each and every song. I do hope you enjoy it and I hope as you read, these songs will, at times, run through your mind.

“Hey There Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs – This song speaks for itself and is truly the theme song for Little Red. What better one could there be?

“True To Your Heart” by 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder – If there is one thing in this book that my characters had to learn, that was being true to themselves and their hearts. Which is why this Disney tune is a perfect addition!

“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas – If there is one thing that the Parkers believe about themselves it’s that they’re dangerous, unpredictable, and maybe a little bit crazy. But, they’re lovable, caring and they have the biggest hearts ever. They think the worst in themselves but really, they are good. So “Carry On Wayward Son” is definitely for my Parker boys. I’ve grown to love Aaron, Colt, James, Eli, Trent, Ian and Ethan…so boys, this one is for you!

“Can’t Fight The Moonlight” by LeAnn Rimes – This song applies to the book in so many ways as the moon is very powerful both for the Parkers and Ethan and Red. Even if they tried they couldn’t fight the moonlight.

“Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morissette – Perfect for Ethan and Red who basically do go head over feet. I feel it’s also a little different and different, to me, is good.

“Marie Laveau” by Bobby Bare – Given the book’s mention of some old bayou magic, I needed something with a little voodoo twist. “Marie Laveau” was the first song that popped into my mind. It’s different, fun and absolutely perfect. James even says in the book himself…”Who didn’t fear Marie Laveau…” She is the ultimate voodoo queen and I  needed this one.

“I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum – Another tune for Ethan and Red, that when you read, you’ll see how they ran for each other. I won’t give away any details, but there is a purposely short scene with Red, that this song came into mind.

“I Won’t Go Home Without You” by Maroon 5 – There’s a spot in particular with Ethan and James and this one popped in my head. Ethan is hell bent on finding Red and I felt this was perfect since he was so far from home. The song has a different meaning but for me, it was literally that Ethan wouldn’t go home without her.

“Drive” by Incubus – Any time Ethan was behind the wheel of his Jeep, this song was going through my mind,

“I Miss You” by Incubus – Towards the end of the purposely shortened scene where Red is alone and she just can’t shake this feeling…this song began playing. A little too perfect.

“Bad Moon Rising” by CCR – Nearing the end of the book where…well, I won’t say too much, you’ll have to read the book 😉 but there is something huge about to happen. And, it’s on the night of a full moon. As I sat down to envision this scene CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” was more than a perfect fit.

“Enemies” by Shinedown – There are more than a few scenes with Ethan and his enemies and this song fits them perfectly, don’t you think?

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you get the chance to listen to the music and read Little Red. I hope each of my songs for the soundtrack play a good role for you as you read the story of my Red and her Big Bad Wolves.

♥ Trista Jaszczak 

Link –

Little Red by Trista Jaszczak
Little Red by Trista Jaszczak
Believe Series #1
Publisher:  Front Porch Romance 
Published: June 18, 2013 (Ebook) and Fall 2013 (PPB)
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
207 pages

Book Description:

Follow Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past, where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker.

When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his six older brothers, Sam finds her life changing in ways that she never imagined. Filled with feuding families and a little old bayou magic, can Ethan put aside everything he has ever known to keep Sam safe from the dangers that their lives and their love possess.

[clearboth] Purchase Links:  Amazon | All RomanceFront Porch Romance
Add to Goodreads

About Trista Jaszczak

Trista Jaszczak (pronounced Jazz-ick) is a writer, military spouse and a mother. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the military sends her and her family, which is currently Anchorage, Alaska. She has a great love for writing, the outdoors, fitness, guitar and the arts.

Tourwide Giveaway

tour wide giveaway compressed

  • 8 custom made beaded books marks (made by ClaraBelle’s Custom Creations offered by Bewitching Book Tours)
  • 6 Little Red eBooks (PDF form)
  • 6 Little Red signed posters (those about 11×17)


[clearboth] US shipping for the book marks and signed posters.

Giveaway is sponsored  by author/tour host and Urban Girl Reader is not responsible for winner selection/contact/prize eligibility/prize receipt.

a Rafflecopter giveaway