Monday, April 29, 2013

Demanding Ransom

5 star rating:


In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.

Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.

But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.

Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Maggie feel. Maybe meeting Ran is life’s little gift for Maggie—a sort of consolation prize for enduring everything she's had to go through.

But things don’t come easy for Maggie. Why should love be the exception? And just when everything starts to settle, it’s all turned on its head once again.

If there is one thing Ran has taught Maggie, it’s that you can’t sit on the sidelines of your own existence. When life takes something that’s yours, you have every right to demand it back.

Only for Maggie, that is easier said than done.



I absolutely loved this book; I could not put it down!!  Maggie gets a phone call and is on her way to the hospital, something has happened to her brother. While on the way to the hospital the unthinkable happens and Maggie is in a serious car accident where she meets Ran, the paramedic who just so happens to be at a stoplight near the accident.

“Oh man my head feels really light. So does my whole body. Like a balloon filled with helium. I like balloons too. Geez, what did they give me?

You don’t want me to call you Ma’am? He drags his hand through his hair in a tousled position.

No I don’t. I like your face and I like balloons but I don’t like being called ma’am”

And so it starts, Ran almost immediately feels drawn to Maggie, sending balloons and checking on her after the accident. Though the feeling is not automatically reciprocated, Maggie is less than enthusiastic about Ran’s, unwanted advice.

Mikey, Maggie’s brother was in the hospital and diagnosed with a brain tumor, and throughout the entire story has one complication after another that keep bringing Ran and Maggie together. So at last Maggie decides to give their friendship a chance. That is until Ran shows up on a motorcycle, Their entire relationship in the beginning was full of twisted words and lots of arguments, but somewhere along the way they found each other and really began to build a relationship, and Maggie began to work on other relationships in her life as well.

Maggie and Ran went off for a weekend getaway with Maggie’s mother and the rest of her family to their mountain cabin in the woods, Ran taught Maggie plenty of things about life during that getaway. A few days in to the trip Maggie’s sister became ill and Ran decided to take her to the local clinic to get some fluids, a few hours later Maggie got a call that changed her life as she knew it….. Ran had been in an accident and when she got to the hospital all he remembered about her was that she was the girl in the accident. Maggie was heartbroken, and decided to leave things alone……but love always has a way of finding its way back doesn’t it? To find out you’ll have to read the book J


About the Author:

I remember my first real endeavor as a writer. I was in the sixth grade and it was a short story about the brief life of a raindrop. The only thing was, the reader didn’t discover that they were actually following the descent of a drop of rain until the final words in the feature. I loved that little shock factor and the way it was received by my audience. I won some contest and our local newspaper displayed my image and story in the paper for all to see. But it was the first time I really understood the power of words. I loved that I could truly create something out of nothing. And I knew I wanted more of that feeling.

Fast-forward nearly twenty years. I still have that newsprint with my very first story, and it still inspires me to continue my craft. But now, instead of the lure of a first place ribbon, my drive to write stems from my inability to keep these thoughts in my head any longer. The characters, their experiences, and their emotions need to be told, and I realize that I’m the only one who can do that for them. I’m the only one who can tell their story.

And I love to tell stories in other forms, too. For me, photographing a life is just as natural as writing about one, and I’m blessed to be able to do both. I specialize in documenting these milestones, from newborn babies to high school seniors, and my work can be found at

When I’m not writing or photographing, you can find me in the car with a large McDonald’s Diet Coke, running all over town to pick up, drop off, and chauffeur my two kids, Abby and Jacob. I’m a night owl, a Jesus follower, a terrible chef, an anything-pumpkin lover, a native Californian, a laundry hater, and possibly even a slight hoarder (my husband would tell you that possibility is more than slight.)



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1 comment:

  1. I love Meg as a photographer! I would love to read her book, I'm sure she is just as good as an author.