Cover Reveal: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard


Title: The Forgotten Ones

Author: Laura Howard

Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Expected release date: May 15, 2013

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney

Book Description:

 

Allison O’Malley just graduated from college. Her life’s plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother.  She doesn’t have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.  When Allison’s long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

 
 
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Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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I have ranted and raved about Colleen Hoover on this blog before. The published author of Slammed and Point of Return delivers yet another bestseller. As you all know, I don’t dabble much in this genre, but I heard so much about this book that I just had to pick it up and give it a try.  And that book cover! So beautifully haunting. I stayed up all night one night during the holidays to read it. I really didn’t think this book would affect me as much as it did, but it did. It took me a few days to get over it. It took me much longer to stop thinking about it.

When Sky meets Dean Holder, she is taken aback by his urgent need to get to know her. Holder is intense and volatile, he just won’t leave her be. Sky is an almost normal teenager who has often stopped to wonder why she doesn’t do relationships. She just shies away from them.  As their friendship develops, Sky learns that she isn’t who she thinks she is and neither is Holder. They have a connection to the past that when revealed, will change her world forever.  And there is no turning back.

This story isn’t your typical boy meets girl YA romance. It is a heart wrenching account of one young girl’s coming of age and learning the truth about who she really is. It is about a boy who has searched for his friend for so long, he doesn’t know what to do when he finds her. When he does, what he knows will break her.  The book focuses purely on the stages that Sky goes through in the process of accepting who she is and what had happened to her. She is not alone, however. She has Holder. Their conversations are deep and lingering, emotional and tormenting. Colleen Hoover in all her eloquence manages to evoke a rollercoaster of emotions in every single page of her book. When you can physically feel the poignancy of a writer’s words, your heart commits them to memory.

“When I woke up and saw you in my bed I wanted to cry, Holder.  I wanted to cry because I needed you there with me so bad. I knew in that moment that I was in love with you…..I knew that no matter what happened with my life, you were my home. You stole the biggest part of my heart that night.”

There are events that we experience in our lives that somehow get filed away in the recesses of our mind. Our brains have a way of tucking them in a neat little corner waiting to surface as time progresses, as we connect the pieces of our lives. It’s our coping mechanism, it minimizes our damage.  Somehow we always knew, we always know, and when it all comes rushing in, we are faced with the anguish of acceptance or denial.  Holder’s love for Sky is her saving grace. And at the end of it all, we find out that “Hopeless” isn’t a word to describe their future.  Simply put, it was really was just a name.

“I’m scared of how disconnected I feel to Hope. I know we’re the same person, but I feel like what happened to her didn’t really happen to me.”

Cover Reveal: True -L-o-v-e- Story by Willow Aster

True Love Story by Willow Aster

This introduction means a lot to me because the author is a good friend of mine.  I have no doubt it will be a wonderful book – this lady can write! She is also kind and genuine and real. You can’t help but want all the best of success for her. This is Willow Aster’s first book and expect nothing less than a stellar debut novel!

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Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places, and each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

Release date:  February 19, 2013

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The Struggle and the Juggle….Why It’s Still Worth It

imagesBelieve it or not, there is a big production involved in getting ready to go to work on a Monday. Bills have to be tallied and paid, five loads of laundry have to be folded and put away, blogs have been written and the family’s schedule has all been discussed. And let’s not forget that the outfits have to be planned and the weekend purses need to get put away. Everything needs to be transferred to my work purse.

 The transition this weekend has been especially difficult because last week was a week that highlighted the struggle that all working moms, wives and women go through. I was as sick as a dog. It started when I arrived from Christmas vacation on the 2nd of January. I showed up at work on the day I arrived all packed with another suitcase ready to face the Year End process head on.  By noon, I was sniffling and coughing and sneezing and as the day progressed, I knew I was in for it. I also knew that I was stuck at the office for late nights and travels for the rest of the week. It didn’t help that three Walgreen’s branches later, there was NO THERAFLU!  WTH, where was the Theraflu, my flu buddy, the only medicine that helps me breathe enough to get a good night’s sleep? So after chilling and sniffling and tuning out during long drawn out meetings, I was finally home for the weekend. Only, I was feeling worse……Fast forward to the following week, and the ENTIRE house was down. Me and the boys.  In pajamas, occupying couches and beds.  Instead of getting the much-needed rest to get better, I was up every hour of the night, sponge bathing, medicating and checking on my son whose fever was off the charts.

 And now it comes down to the start of the work week. I’m stressed and bugged out, knowing what is waiting for me at the office. Auditors and deadlines.  Plus throw in an acquisition with the “newly acquired” folks coming down to Chicago for a dog and pony show to be presented by …guess who? The sniffling, coughing lady. How can I even get started on a Power Point presentation, my mind is all fogged up!  But the funny thing is this. I AM excited to get back to normal. I am excited that I’m no longer contagious and that I get to do what I love to do once again. It is because I do what I love to do that I can look forward to vacations and that I go to sleep each night with a thankful heart.  Just knowing that I’m making a difference both at home and work, no matter how half- a**ed it might seem, makes it worthwhile.

I’m ready for the week ahead.

P.S. I was obsessing about this song all weekend long. Don’t you love it? I want to write my thoughts about it soon.

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Cover Reveal: Reckless Abandon by Andrea Randall

It’s almost here! Coming March 15, 2013

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The much awaited sequel to Ten Days of Perfect:   Reckless Abandon by Andrea Randall. I had the privilege of being one of the beta readers of this book and I can’t wait for Andrea to share it with the rest of the world!

Ember, Bo, Adrian, Monica and Rachel, are all back to continue their stories. While I loved Ten Days of Perfect, Reckless Abandon is a testament to Andrea Randall’s blossoming as a writer and storyteller. The writing in this sequel is much more intense, more passionate and more gut wrenching than the first book. There is prose and song to enhance the reader’s senses. There is real emotion, palpable pain and symbolic eloquence in every chapter of this book.

I can’t wait for you to read it.  You will not be disappointed.

November Harris is lost. After a failed romance with musician Bo Cavanaugh, Ember is left struggling to regain her true self. The problem is, Bo won’t go away and Ember’s stance is firm—she doesn’t want him back.

Adrian Turner, Ember’s ex-boyfriend-turned confidant, is patient with her heartbreak, but he can’t hold back his own feelings forever.

As she sorts through her past, in an effort to plan a solid future, Ember will find that sometimes even the best laid plans bow to the soul’s desire for reckless abandon.

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Book Review: Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

15832316Are you surprised? Of course it’s 5 Stars!

I must truly love Tarryn Fisher because I am deathly ill from the flu and here I am whipping up this review because I just had to write my thoughts out about this wonderful book.

We all know how it feels to take something that doesn’t belong to us. That pencil that you took from a  classmate in grade school, your sister’s favorite sweater.  They look good on you, you feel good in them. But no matter how many compliments and praises you get, you know it’s not yours. So you wallow in guilt while doing all you can to hold on to that momentary high that wearing it or using it makes you feel. Sadly, you know that one day, you’re going to have to give it back.

 This is Leah’s story. This is Leah’s life.

Part Two of the Love Me with Lies series is told from Leah’s point of view. You remember her from the Opportunist right? The one who manipulated her way into getting Caleb to marry her? Flash forward to sometime later, and Caleb and Leah are married and with a baby, while Olivia is (happily?) married to Noah.  Through Dirty Red, we are given insight into Leah’s empty life. We get a view into her life through those vacant, expressionless eyes.

 From the outside, her life is complete. She is married to Caleb and they have a new-born baby, Estella. Caleb is head over heels in love with the baby. As far as she’s concerned, Estella is another threat to the already scarce attention she is getting from Caleb. Caleb is in another world of his own, we find out, he is still pining for Olivia. Every day of her life is spent finding ways to make Caleb love her.

 When I first heard that the sequel to The Opportunist was going to be from Leah’s point of view, I was worried that it was going to be a rehash of the past in a different voice. I was so glad to learn that the story continued on from where it left off. Like the first book, Dirty Red is eloquently written. Tarryn Fisher is a genius at ripping your heart out, stomping on it and leaving you to carry on as if nothing had happened.  And I’m not talking about the way I feel about Leah. I am referring to Caleb.  Sure, Leah had it rough as an adopted child who did not have the love of her parents. Sure, she was overshadowed by her older sister and always had to compete for attention. How many people do we know who suffered the same experience would want to continue their adult life with the mistakes that they swore never to commit once they grew up? Not me. Not very many people.  And yet,  Leah weaves her own web of lies and pretenses, grapples with self fulfillment through shallow, material things, and disregards the values she clamored for as she was growing up.

But Caleb.  He is desperately trying to find something to replace the hole in his heart when he let Olivia go.  He finally thinks he can find it in Estella. My heart breaks for him because I know he might never find it. The author so cleverly leaves but one chapter for us to hear Caleb’s voice. She knew that by the time we hear it, we would be willing to accept all of his shortcomings and faults to throw a happy ending at him. He deserves it. He is just so broken.  I also have to mention how much I enjoyed the addition of Sam, Estella’s manny.  He is the conscience that Leah does not have and desperately needs. He is perfectly snarky and frank and genuine. I sure hope he sticks around to see this story through.

So once again, Congratulations to Tarry Fisher for delivering another masterpiece in every conceivable way. The storyline, the characters, the writing once again leaves no room for criticism. Reading Tarryn’s books makes me feel more like I am listening to an audio book. Every word speaks to me, and if I close my eyes long enough I can feel every stab of pain, every flutter, every touch. Her choice of words are perfect, her analogies create the perfect vision.

 Hate is such a prodigious feeling. It’s hot and oppressive like fire……It moves on to your humanity next, hot tongues flicking across the few remaining threads of innocence until they melt into each other and morph into something ugly. Then, in the rubble of what you were, hate plants a seed of bitterness. The seed grows to a vine and the vine chokes what it touches.

Dirty Red is the perfect second book for a character so misunderstood and disliked.  It is also a realistic glimpse into life and the choices that we make and the irreversible damage of our actions.  These books mean more to me because of personal experience, they speak to me, they teach me, but most of all, they let me know that I’m not alone. But as in my life and those of others, every new day is a second chance.  I am holding out against all hope that Caleb and Olivia get theirs one day….I simply can’t wait to continue this journey.

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