Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cover Reveal: Stairs to You by Christy Dilg




RELEASE DATE: JUNE 21, 2015


SYNOPSIS:

Archer
"Dare" Andrews has a love of two things, classic cars and his best
friend, Atlanta.
He
has always been on the sidelines of both until a beautiful blonde woman
proposes an opportunity of a lifetime.

Atlanta
Reed is living a musician lifestyle from playing on Music Row, to touring the
country. This small town girl lives a big city life, except when she in her
apartment listening to old records.

Tragedy
strikes and lands Atlanta in a coma. With only a single flight of stairs
between them. Will they find their way to each other?








EXCERPT:




I am standing on the dance floor next to a dozen screaming
girls near the front of the stage. My best friend, Atlanta Lane Reed is singing
her new single "Flying" while the entire room is chanting the lyrics,
word for word along with her. We have been best friends since we were five
years old and our parents enrolled us at the local daycare. I will never forget
when she strolled into the playroom with her chestnut brown hair, sectioned in
pigtails dangling in front of her, and the way her glassy blue eyes peaked up
at me as I handed her my yellow transformer action figure. Here we are sixteen
years later and she still has no indication that I am insanely in love with her
and have been ever since she stole my juice box all those years ago at
lunchtime. She was a bully, but for the most part, she always had my back
unless there was something she wanted from me. What she didn't know was that I
would have given her anything she desired if it was in my reach. I, Archer
"Dare" Andrews, would give her everything even now.



Atlanta began singing on stage at the age of eight at our
school talent show and her parents took notice, as well as the head of the
chorus department. He immediately added her to part of the school choir and as
a result, I joined the band so I could be near her. Drums were the only thing
open that year, so I had no choice but to learn to play them if I wanted to be
near her more. I followed through playing the drums until we graduated from
high school, and no one ever knew how much I hated playing them. I spent my
whole life doing something I loathed so I could be near her. I hoped that one
day she would fall in love with me, or at least perceive me as more than her
friend. All I needed was for her to look at me once without the friendship
glasses on and fall head over heels for me. I have watched her go through
boyfriend, after boyfriend and I even tried to find love somewhere else but no
matter how hard I looked, it was her face that I saw when I closed my eyes at
night.




AUTHOR
BIO:

Christy Dilg is a wife and a mother. She works full-time at
the local hospital. Her favorite things to do are read, write, listen to music,
and spend time with family and friends. When she was in her teens, she told her
best friend that she wanted to be a writer. That was the first time she ever
spoke the words aloud. Then at the age of 34, she was diagnosed with thyroid
cancer and while battling the treatments she had time to stop and take a good
look at her life and accomplishments. Something was missing. It was writing.
Christy decided to not only live her life to the fullest, but also to embrace
her love for storytelling. She self-published her first novel Sept. 10, 2013
and released a second novel almost a year later. She has interest in writing
books from romance to biographies with the hopes of someday being traditionally
published. She hopes that her writing inspires others to live their dreams
regardless of the outcome. In December 2013, Christy was named to Amazon's
Romance Editor's List of Fan Picks for Top Debut Author.

AUTHOR MEDIA
LINKS:
 

Twitter: fancygrey
Instagram: @fancy_grey
Snapchat: fancy_grey
Email: Christy.dilg@gmail.com



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Forgotten Treasures by D. Hart Blog Tour

Title: Forgotten Treasures
Author: D. Hart
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2015
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
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Synopsis

In the aftermath of destruction, hearts were destroyed, strengths were stripped, and vulnerabilities were exposed.

A community was ripped apart after a tragic accident, and the loss hit one family particularly hard as it claimed the lives of three, leaving only one surviving member to pick up the pieces and move forward.

Baylor’s life was wiped clean in the blink of an eye. No family, no home, no name. That is, until she met Brandt. He took a chance, giving her hope and a reason to start over. A reason to rebuild a life full of forgotten memories. A reason to trust. A reason to love.

Finding love in all the right places should be easy, but when truths are revealed, it's anything but. Brandt will help her rediscover the true meaning of unconditional eternal love that will prove painful, life altering, and redeeming.

Together, they will try to face the future and will use each other’s strengths to learn how to live again. Can they rewrite history, or in the end, will the tragedies of their pasts be too much?

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••• Forgotten Treasures ~ Excerpt •••

Nothing was breaking the hold Brandt had on me. He scooped his hand under my chin and moved in slowly to my lips. “Is this okay?” he asked softly.

I couldn’t speak. My heart was pounding from the anticipation. All I could do was nod.

“Good, because I don’t think I could take no for an answer.”

He brushed his lips lightly over mine, sending a blazing fire through my veins. I released a quiet breath, taking in the warmth of the heat generating in the space between us. He gently pressed his lips on mine and then released. Then kissed them again with the same careful touch, as if he applied any pressure I would shatter in his arms. He repeated this several times, revving up the desire in me. I could barely breathe through the intensity with which I wanted to ravage him. Hours could have passed, and I wouldn’t have cared. I just wanted to be here in this moment for a lifetime. His hand slid behind my neck, and he grabbed a lock of my hair in his fist as his breath became as uneven as mine. He gripped hard like that was the only leverage he had from losing control. He stopped his rhythmic kissing and rested his forehead on mine.

“I need you,” he whispered painfully.


This was more than desire. This was deeper than a first kiss. This was something else. Something I wanted, but something I knew I couldn’t do. As hard as it was for me to pull away from him, I forced myself to.


My Review

 5+ Stars 


I was lucky enough to be part of the beta team for this and I thought it was great. A 4 star read for sure but then I got the ARC for it with the promise of an honest review to be put up.

This was such an emotional read. All I could think about is this story. I LOVED it. When I started reading it I had a lot of questions and thought this girl is the most trusting person ever and that was very unrealistic but let’s face it this is a book and they can be that way without fear of being killed. So, I went with it and as for the questions, I always have questions when I read and I just have to see how it all plays out. Then if they aren't I may track the author down and say "WHY?" or "HOW COULD YOU!?" But in this case every one of my questions were answered and it made for an excellent read. It had me laughing, crying, and thankful for what I have. It not only was a great read but it also made me think about life and how we take things for granted. Even the simple things. I love stories that not only you can connect to and understand and feel for the characters but also make you think and want to put yourself in the characters place to see what you might think you would do even though I would never know unless in that position.

I could never put my full emotions of this book in to words no matter how hard I try but I am so thankful I got to read this great story that was well written and had great characters in it. Such a great book that might leave you feeling overwhelmed but will also leave you feeling happy.



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I'm a...
Mom
Firefighter Wife
Sister
Sister-In-Law
Daughter
Aunt
Friend
Multi-genre Writer
Reader
and so many other ordinary things.
I love my life and am so grateful for all of the support. I have the courage to live a dream.


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Friday, May 8, 2015

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur





Winner of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, Suanne Laqueur's astonishing debut novel follows a young man's emotional journey to salvage relationships destroyed in the wake of a school shooting.

As a college freshman, Erik Fiskare is drawn to the world of theater but prefers backstage to center stage. The moment he lays eyes on a beautiful, accomplished dancer named Daisy Bianco, his atoms rearrange themselves and he is drawn into a romance both youthfully passionate and maturely soulful. Their love story thrives within a tight-knit circle of friends, all bound by creativity and artistry. A newcomer arrives--a brilliant but erratic dancer with an unquenchable thirst for connection. And when this disturbed friend brings a gun into the theater, the story is forever changed. Daisy is shot and left seriously injured. And Erik finds himself alone in the aisle, looking down the muzzle of a pistol and trying to stop the madness. He succeeds, but with tremendous repercussions to his well-being and that of his loved ones.

Traumatized by the experience, the lovers spiral into depression and drug use until a shocking act of betrayal destroys their relationship. To survive, Erik must leave school and disconnect from all he loves. He buries his heartbreak and puts the past behind. Or so he believes. 

As he moves into adulthood, Erik comes to grips with his role in the shooting, and slowly heals the most wounded parts of his soul. But the unresolved grief for Daisy continues to shape his dreams at night. Once those dreams were haunted by blood and gunfire. Now they are haunted by the refrain of a Gershwin song and a single question: is leaving always the end of loving? 

Spanning 15 years, The Man I Love explores themes of love and sexuality, trauma—physical and mental—and its long-lasting effects, the burden of unfinished business and the power of reconciliation. Through Erik’s experience we reflect on what it means to be a man, a son and a leader. A soul mate, a partner and a lover. What it means to live the truth of who you are and what you feel. What it means to fight for what you love. 






 3 stars 
First it took a while for me to get into this book. I thought maybe after the first chapter it would be through with the kind of back story and it would be great. At almost 50% I finally started enjoying it. Of course I had put it down for a whole day and then picked it back up. It was pretty good for a little bit but then I just wanted it to be over. It wasn't awful or anything it just wasn't for me. It actually made me a little depressed and I had to find a comedy to read after it. 
My biggest thing is I didn't connect with the characters and I love when I feel like I know the characters and we could be friends. I didn't get that with this. The other big issue I had was it was really long and since it didn't grab me and pull me it I thought it was never going to end. The story line was good and the second half of the book is better than the first. If you can make it through the first 55% it gets better. I really wanted to love this one but just couldn't.