Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Undone by Rebecca Shea


I'm really excited to be a part of Shh Moms Reading tour for Undone by Rebecca Shea. Take a peek, click the links and make sure you sign up for the rafflecopter drawing. MAJOR prizes to win!

Title: Undone
Author: Rebecca Shea
Release: February 19, 2014

Synopsis:

Companion to "Unbreakable" -- Landon's story

**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter.It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.**

I’ve found it’s easier to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her.

Self-assured and independent, she doesn’t need me—but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don’t know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I’ve left untouched—undone.

As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever.


Review:

Rebecca completely blew me away with Undone. Having read Unbreakable just recently I really thought I knew what to expect from Undone. Wrong. I fell even harder for Landon, understanding why he did the things he did. Watching the trials and obstacles that Reagan and Landon's relationship went through just made me appreciate every little ounce of effort from before. When you think it will be a "cookie-cutter" style romance, something is thrown in here and there to make you want to strangle one while wanting to snuggle the other.

Undone will have your stomach in knots one minute and in tears the next. This is a rollercoaster ride, to say the least, BUT I highly recommend it. I didn't want to give away the farm on this review, as it was the companion to Unbreakable and you really need to start there first, so it may seem a little vague, but TRUST me when I say, you will NOT be disappointed in Rebecca's books. Go one-click them BOTH now!


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Buy Links:



https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/undone/id797250498?ls=1&mt=11



Bio
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

Social Media Links
Goodreads book link  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17852231-undone


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: 'Til St. Patrick's Day by Holly Gilliatt

As per the usual, my life has been running in 1,000 different directions since, well...last year. Yeah, the holidays. Hockey has devoured our lives since October and we FINALLY finished our last tournament this past weekend. So, hopefully now that practices and traveling is over, I can get back to READING!!!

So, back to why we are here today. Last June (sigh...yes, 9 months ago) my family and I went to St. Louis for a little getaway with the kiddos. My hubby is from the area, as he grew up in Dorsey, IL, and graduated from Edwardsville High School (I won't mention what year). He still keeps in touch with his high school best friend so we were excited to hang out with his family while we visited. Well, one morning while we were at breakfast his wife mentioned she had a friend that wrote a book. I immediately dropped my fork into the syrup and picked up my phone to look it up. LOL It sounded really good, so I marked it on my wish list (because I can't remember anything if I don't write it down) and figured I would purchase it when I got back home. Well, the next week I received an email from Ms. Gilliatt! I was ecstatic to hear that she was interested in sending me a couple signed copies, one to read and review and the other to giveaway!

So here we are in March with St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's only fitting to share it with you now.

'Til St. Patrick's Day
 
 
Synopsis:
 
For three best friends, one winter will change everything.

Chronically optimistic Jayne is surprised she's still single at twenty-eight. But as always for Jayne, there's hope. This time his name is Gray--a successful, gorgeous marketing VP that she can't believe is going out with her. She's never given up on the belief that the right man for her is out there, somewhere. Maybe Gray could be the one...if she just works hard enough to make it happen.

Her cynical friend Karen is suspicious of Jayne's new guy with his model looks and over-inflated ego. She's concerned for Jayne, but has her own relationship to worry about. Not that anything's wrong with her boyfriend. He's actually perfect for her, which is why she's terrified. Not sure she can ever fully trust a man again, she considers bailing on yet another relationship.

Claudia is always there for her friends, no matter what they're going through. She mothers them like the children she craves to have, relieved she's no longer navigating the dating world. Happily married, Claudia can't wait until the day her husband finally agrees it's time to start a family.

'Til St. Patrick's Day is a novel exploring the depths of friendship and what happens when love doesn't go according to plan.
 
Review:
 
Let me start by saying I don't care for John Mayer. Yes, the singer. You're probably asking yourselves, what in the hell does he have to do with this book? Well, you see, the title of this book is based on the premise of his song, St. Patrick's Day. Have you heard this song, like really listened to the lyrics? It's really sad in a hopeless romantics mind. LOL Here's the jest of the song, basically, you're in a relationship that usually ends by St. Patrick's Day because no one wants to be alone over the holidays. OUCH!!! I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book after all! LOL I want a happily-ever-after, or at least a go 'ol college try...not a "I'll-keep-you-around-so-I'm-not-alone" relationship.
 
So going into this book I had this in the back of my mind. Let it go, let it go...  So, when I was introduced to Jayne, Ms. Ray-of-Sunshine and Optimism, I thought, oh man, this woman is in for a rude awakening. Her two best friends, Claudia and Karen were my "keepin it real" sistas. LOL I really don't know how better to describe these two. All three are very strong in their own rite, but they all have their own struggles, everyday struggles, that we ALL go through. I was able to identify with each one in a certain way, which made it that more enjoyable. I was able to laugh at myself in a few instances even. They weren't millionaires, they weren't famous, they were just suburban women trying to find their paths in this crazy world. Refreshing.
 
That is, until Jayne meets Gray. A successful, Marketing Guru that probably sleeps with his Blackberry and watches the Dow before he goes to bed. He makes Jayne feel things she never has before, and keeps her wondering if this is the man that she has always wanted to fall in love with. I won't go into too much detail with this, because there was frustration...or struggles, I should say, when it came to this relationship. SOOOOO effing frustrating! Like, I wanted to shake some people because of it. But here's the thing...this stuff, that Holly wrote about, it's true! IT HAPPENS EVERYDAY! Again, why it's so frustrating!! Because if you've ever had a best friend fall for "that guy", all you want to do is shake the shit out of her. LOL I digress...
 
Moving on...
 
The first half of this book moved pretty slow for me. I just really couldn't find that flow I was looking for, probably because I was so damn frustrated with a couple of these characters. BUT, the second half moved so much better for me. The plot lines started to take twists and turns that I really didn't see coming, which kept my interest and certain characters made uncharacteristic moves. Ahhhh redemption!! I am a BIG believer in the fact that people are put into or lives for a reason. We may not know that reason right off that bat, but through simply things that are revealed in our journey, we eventually realize it. It may be that we see changes in ourselves or someone else for the better, of find something or someone from that experience that makes a huge impact down the road.
 
All in all, this was a pretty refreshing Women's Fiction read. It wasn't an "insta-love" novel, but the emotions did churn until that one page turn, when BAM!! Holly grabs you, hook, line and sinker.
 
In closing, Holly's 'Til St. Patrick's Day  just confirmed what I have always believed to be true: You don't find love, love finds you in the most unexpected way possible.
 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Against All Odds by Angie McKeon


 
Title: Against All Odds (Standalone)
Author: Angie McKeon
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Early April, 2014
 

BLURB:

Our lives shattered... Our hearts broken... Our souls torn to pieces...

He was my world, my whole life. My reason for breathing. I had a perfect marriage, a baby on the way, and I felt fulfilled—almost invincible.

Until the day life hit, leaving me broken, vulnerable, and alone.

She was my life. My ray of hope on the cloudiest day. With her, I thought I had the ultimate safety. A love that would never hurt or betray me. I gave her my heart, my body, and my soul.

Until she broke me, destroying every dream and illusion I had about life, love, and marriage.

In our grief, we made a mistake. A mistake I'm not sure we can come back from.


 

PROLOGUE

I’m so cold. It’s the kind of cold that seeps into my bones and makes me feel as though I’m going to die. My body trembles from the drugs and sheer terror coursing through my veins.
Why is this happening to me?
What did I do to deserve this?
 
  Please, God! I can’t handle it.
I open my mouth to scream, to cry, to do something, but nothing comes out. I’m aware of doctors and nurses surrounding me. They’ve placed Kayla on my chest. She’s still warm from being pulled from my body, but she's not moving.
She’s lying there . . . lifeless.
I’m in a state of disbelief as tears slide down my face. My world shatters when I look at my precious baby girl. She's everything I’ve always wanted, always dreamed of.
Slowly, I run my fingers over her delicate lips; they’re so soft and small. An instant reminder of Cooper’s lips. He doesn’t have full and luscious lips like mine but small ones that almost disappear when he smiles. As I run the tips of my fingers across her puffy cheeks and closed eyes, I try to memorize every last detail of her dainty face. She’s so beautiful it takes my breath away. Her hair reminds me of caramel; it’s light brown and silky to the touch. It looks like mine did when I was a baby. Her face is peaceful, and for a single moment, I’m so thankful she’s not in pain.
Looking at my little girl is a moment I’ve always dreamed of. I love her instantly, and I want to hold her forever. To breathe her into me. To never let her go. The realization that I’ll never hold my precious baby again sinks in, and I feel my stomach clench as pain rips through me. I’ll never get to see her smile, laugh, roll over, or take her first steps. I’ll miss it all.
How do I move past this?
Can I move past this?
As grief consumes me, my sobs become brutal. I feel as though I’m dying. Like my heart is burning up and turning to ash. I’ll never ever be whole again.
I pick her up and cradle her against my body, wanting to feel her skin against mine. She feels warm—soft and smooth, like velvet. As I curl my arms around her, my tears drip onto her perfect head. I feel an overwhelming urge to fix this, to bring her back. I don’t want to lose my sweet baby. Everything in my body, my soul is screaming to bring her back.
Desperately looking up at Cooper’s green eyes, I will him to fix this, to make it better and help me. Help her. He’s always been my rock, my glue, the person who makes everything better. But all I see in his eyes is sadness, desperation, and helplessness that I know is killing him as much as it is me. He rubs his big, shaking hand gently over her tiny head. He looks as though he’s being tortured. Sobs rip through his body as he wraps his arms around me and our precious bundle while climbing into bed with us. I feel myself collapse against his chest as we sob over our loss.
There’s nothing we can do.
This is the end of a shattered dream.
Our spirits are slowly dying, and I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to heal.
 All rights reserved. Against All Odds © 2014 Copyright, Angie McKeon.

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AUTHOR INFO:
 
A multi-tasker from birth—and now proudly able to add 'writer' to my resume—I'm a
mother, wife and blogger. I love to read, write and drink copious amounts of iced coffee.


All three aforementioned addictions are detrimental to my sanity. I have a voracious
appetite for dark, painful and twisted reads. I'm enamored with the concept of
love and heart break. I believe life is a journey, a tale in its own for each
of us. The road to happiness is sometimes paved with stones from hell, or
glitters of satisfaction graced from the heavens above.
 
In my upcoming debut novel, 'Against All Odds,' I strive to make you feel. I believe any emotion—whether painful or happy—is good. To me, the key to living is to go through life feeling it’s ups and downs. Love is dark and it can be painful
but, at the end of the day, it can save the most lost of souls and the most broken of hearts.


 
AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Angie_McKeon
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7389718.Angie_McKeon
Website: http://angiemckeon.blogspot.com/