by Alysha Kaye
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.
I tend to approach romance books like a 10 year old boy: Love!? YUCK! It’s stupid really because I need love stories as a sub-plot to my murder mysteries, survival thrillers, and superhero stories. …
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So I had the amazing opportunity to do my segment of 5 Quick Questions with the lovely author Alysha Kaye. She is the most sweetest person I know. And her students thinks she’s the greatest. Yep, she’s a full time teacher and writer on the side. Also she wrote this tear-jerking romantic story about what true love really means. If you haven’t read The Waiting Room, what are you waiting for. You will fall in love with Jude the same way I did. Also you can read my gushing review for the Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye. True Love at it’s Finest.
Well enough about me and my gushing. You want to know the dirt. To spill the tea for my down south friends. Not to keep you waiting any longer here are the 5 Quick Question with Alysha Kaye. Like I said before she’s amaz-ing.
1)I guess I…
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Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, Texas, where she also earned her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamed about “The Waiting Room” and that became her first novel, which was recently published.
Yes, I am crazy enough to try to teach writing at same time as trying to BE a writer. It’s not always the best of times…but luckily, I’m not in this boat alone. I’ve connected with so many other (usually English) teachers who have published, are working on publishing, or…
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The Waiting Room
by Alysha Kaye
What would you do for love? How far are you willing to go—to be with your one true love?
Are you willing to…..wait?
That’s the whole premise of The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye. A thought provoking and poignant novel about love, lost and longing. Meet Jude and Nina—the personification of what love is and should be. Strong. Unbreakable. Standing the test of time. Even through death.
Jude is quite suddenly taken away from his beloved wife and soul mate Nina at a young age. Instead of going to heaven, he is stuck in the Waiting Room. A room when souls go to be reborn in a sense. Reincarnation comes to mind. But here’s the kicker; Jude is an anomaly. His name his not called from the list and the people who work in the Waiting Room don’t understand why. So Jude…
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What happens after death? This is a question that mankind has questioned since the beginning of time. The possibility of an afterlife has created different religions and beliefs, and many radical theories. Kaye’s novel joins the group of fiction novels that challenges and creates the idea of a life after death.
After his death by car crash, Jude is stuck in the waiting room, as are numerous others. After a while, their names are called, and they vanish. Everyone, except for Jude. He doesn’t know why he’s special. No one knows what’s going on. So he waits.
I actually just started following Alysha Kaye’s blog a little while ago, and if you want to check out her blog as well, I’ll have it linked. ( Alysha’s blog )
I first want to start off talking about the plot and premise of the book, because that’s what I enjoyed…
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As more and more authors leap into self-publishing, there are a handful that have proven themselves well above the ordinary. These writers not only take the craft seriously, but have a knack for marketing their product.
Debut novelist Alysha Kaye is one of these authors.
As a biographer and nonfiction author, our paths would never have crossed if it weren’t for our mutual interest in self-publishing. We read the same blogs, listen to the same podcasts, and follow the same authors. Kaye isn’t just on the sidelines watching and studying what others do; she’s on the front lines, establishing a name for herself.
In fact, recently she was offered a publishing contract by a small press, which she declined.
As she put it in her blog, “I was led to believe that their marketing wouldn’t be any better than my own.”
By day, the author teaches high school in…
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Author’s Note: Trying something different out..reviewing a book by an AMAZING new author. Check her out! 🙂
I found out about this book after Alysha followed my blog. I was instantly taken by the fact the book is written in first person. I have a thing for first person narration. Especially when the story takes on the 2 or more character viewpoints.
The Waiting Room is the story of Nina and Jude, two married people who are madly in love, living an average life together. Steady jobs. Steady dreams to do something beyond the mundane, everyday thing. One morning, they leave for work, and Jude passes away in a car accident. He is taken to The Waiting Room. So I don’t spill the whole book, I’m going to list what I loved about the book.
1. The way Alysha incorporated the ideas of love and waiting. I think not in…
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“Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.”
Alysha Kaye Author of The Waiting Room Interview
Today I’m spotlighting newly published author Alysha Kaye. Her debut novel The Waiting Room was just released at the end of June and we are fortunate to be…
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