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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"The Ghost of You and Me" by Kelly Oram

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The Ghost of You and Me
by Kelly Oram


This book blast and giveaway for The Ghost of You and Me is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on If We Were a Movie.

Description
How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?
From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.
The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most - his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.
Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right ... even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.
With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.
This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

Excerpt
“What is he doing here?” Liz whispers from somewhere behind me. The sound is distant, barely registering in my mind.
“What do you mean? Who is he?” Charlotte asks again.
Wes Delaney is here. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s been almost a year. He dropped out of school a couple of weeks after Spencer’s accident and disappeared from Columbia High’s social radar. My heart pounds at the sight of him.
Wes pays the lunch lady for his food, and when he turns around, his eyes immediately land on me as if he already knew which direction to look. My mouth goes dry when our eyes meet. I didn’t know how much I’ve missed him until this exact moment. My entire body yearns to reconnect with him. And yet ... I have no business feeling that way. I squash those feelings and let my old friend, guilt, swamp me. Guilt is all I deserve where Wes is concerned. Still, I can’t look away from him.
He seems different - older and hardened. His head is shaved nearly bald. Only a dark layer of fuzz remains that is no longer than the five o’clock shadow ghosting his face. It’s a surprisingly good look for him. While Spencer eventually outgrew his awkward tween stage (mostly), Wes never experienced one. He was always hot. Now, he’s just plain sexy.
With his hair so short, his dark eyes and long lashes stand out more than normal. And he’s so built that even from my seat across the cafeteria I can tell his body is rock hard beneath his tight plain white T-shirt and low-hung jeans. He looks tough. Jaded.
“What’s he doing here, Bailey?”
I ignore Trisha’s question. I couldn’t speak right now, even if I knew the answer—which I most definitely do not. I can’t breathe. Can’t think. I’m locked in his stare, and I can’t decipher the look on his face.
Where has he been for the last year? What is he doing here now? What is he thinking? Why can’t he take his eyes off me? Is he going to tell everyone what really happened that night?
Feeling sick, I jump up from my seat and run from the cafeteria as if my life depends on it. Right now, it feels like it does.


Praise for the Book
"I absolutely love every one of her main characters in this story. [...] As with all of her books, they are perfect for teen readers all the way to adult. She’s a pretty clean writer and one that I let my own teen daughter read. This book is so worth the read." ~ Monic Mccarver
"It's really a great story about grief and love and understanding and the power of true friends. The voice is excellent and drew me in. The compelling emotions of everyone involved made me cheer Spencer on and root for his success as he tried to help the loved ones he'd left behind. The Ghost of You and Me was an emotional journey and COMPLETELY worth it." ~ Karie
"I loved it... this book was raw, gritty, real and real! the characters had so much depth and brokenness that you could feel exactly what they felt as their stories were uncovered." ~ Mel
"This book is heartbreaking and poignant, and made me cry, and if someone else had written it I probably wouldn't have loved it so much. Kelly Oram's writing elevates any tale to a level that is difficult to achieve. So thank you Kelly for making me cry, and for introducing me to the latest characters in your head." ~ Lissa Hawley
"As with all of Kelly's books I laughed, and as expected from title and premise, I also cried. This story was touching, moving, happy, sad and beautiful. May I even chance the pun and say it was Hauntingly so? The emotions were real and raw, but so is the happiness at the end! A definitely must read, especially if you're a reader who wants ALL the feels!" ~ Llscott


About the Author
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen - a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.



Giveaway
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Chasing Fireflies" by Taylor Dean

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Chasing Fireflies
(Power of the Matchmaker Book 7)
by Taylor Dean


Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean is the seventh book in the Power of the Matchmaker series which features one recurring character – the matchmaker. The series will consist of twelve standalone novels by twelve bestselling authors, which will be released once a month throughout 2016. Currently available: the prequel novella Power of the Matchmaker (FREE; read my blog post), Broken Things to Mend (read my blog post), Not Always Happenstance (read my blog post), If We Were a Movie (read my blog post), Love is Come, Four Chambers, and O'er the River Liffey. Available for pre-order: Between Heaven and Earth.


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Girl of Mine.

Description
My sisters think I’m crazy.
But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.
She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.
When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.
It’s destiny.
My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.
Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?
My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.
Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.
The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable - and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.
I will find Paul ... I will.
Note: This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series. Each book in the series is a standalone novel. The books can be read in any order, and they all have one thing in common: The Matchmaker! I suggest reading the prequel novella, Power of the Matchmaker, first. It tells the story of how the Matchmaker became the Matchmaker. However, it is not required in order to understand this book.


Excerpt
“Savannah, you’ll always be my baby, even now when you’re twenty-six years old.” Her voice wavers unsteadily as she tries to express herself in her weakened state. “You were a surprise to us all. I thought my child bearing years were over, and then along you came, ten years junior to my youngest child. You were a joy to raise. Quiet and unassuming, content to spend your time watching your sisters and their crazy antics. But it’s your time now, my dear sweet girl. No more watching.”
“Mom ...” I whisper, angst evident in my tone.
“Life will happen for you, Savannah. I know it will.”
The defeated feeling that sometimes besieges me must be etched in my features because Darling Emma lifts her head off the pillow with strength she doesn’t possess, ready to object.
“Don’t give up, Savannah. I know life has thrown you some hard knocks. But you are strong, stronger than you think. I know you’ll find your special someone, I know you will. Keep searching. I want you to have love in your life, a love like I have known. It’s my greatest wish for you, the utmost desire of my heart. You are a special girl, Savannah. Never doubt your worth. Promise me you’ll never give up on life. Promise me you’ll demand a life that requires all the love inside of you, a life that reaches inside of you and squeezes out every ounce of love from your heart. Only then will you find happiness.”
I have no idea how to find that kind of life for myself.
Mom doesn’t mention my obsessive search for Paul, even though I know she’s never approved of my determination to find him. Instead she’s doing as she’s always done, kindly leading me by the hand toward another path.
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Praise for the Book
"It was like Taylor Dean left a trail of chocolate chips leading to a plate of delicious cookies at the end. Yummy! I had to eat every single one and now I’m full and feasting on the satisfaction of a well written story." ~ Author Charissa Stastny
"Taylor Dean is such a creative and skilled author that she has the ability to make the unusual and the unthinkable seem real." ~ Lisa, Goodreads Reviewer
"As always I lose myself in Taylor’s books, experiencing rather than reading the story, from that first glance and butterflies in my belly, to the inevitable heartache, to the amazingly captivating events that lead us to the blissful happily ever after." ~ Mylissa’s Reviews and Book Thoughts


About the Author
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense – you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.






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Thursday, April 28, 2016

"The Convergence" by Tenille Berezay

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The Convergence
(Converters Book 1)
by Tenille Berezay


The Convergence is the first book in the new Converters series by Tenille Berezay. This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.


Description
Hiding unbelievable physical abilities, seventeen-year-old Desiree Morgan buries herself inside the realities of high school. But when Blake Thomas infiltrates her life, all of Desiree’s secrets begin to unravel. With answers come more questions and soon she is entangled in a world of secret societies, human experimentation, perilous power-struggles, and ultimate sacrifice. To escape, Desiree can’t be simply extraordinary … she must redefine the impossible.
The Convergence is a story of one girl’s search to understand herself and the realization of what makes her truly great.


Excerpt
Ten days. Ten days of brutal analysis down and I wake up to the realization I’ve lost. Lost my faith, dignity, reason. After being chipped apart bit by bit, it’s all gone. Maybe it was the memory of the flash flood, or the last Doren-supervised beating. Regardless, somewhere along the way, I lost it all for a father I’ve never met.
Knocking on the door, Talbot enters. It’s something he’s done religiously ever since I mentioned how disconcerting his sudden appearances were. “Ready for more analysis?”
“Abuse.” The word slides off my tongue.
He glances at my tray of uneaten food and his eyes disappear under a hood of regret. “De—”
“Talbot, I’m…” My mouth forms around the word. With one word I could forget, could go home. That word braces itself in me, becoming impossible to say, if for no other reason than the fact that I’ve come this far.
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Praise for the Book
"If you like the action of Divergent, romance of Twilight, and super human powers like X-men, you’ll absolutely love this book."
"I have read a lot of young adult science fiction/romance and this is right up there with the best of them."
"I was captured from the beginning by Desiree’s story, but even more so by the handsome and charming Blake."

About the Author
After living throughout the western US, Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book - whether her own or another author’s - she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.


Giveaway
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"A Kiss and a Dream" by Linda Andrews

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A Kiss and a Dream
(Love's Great War Book 6)
by Linda Andrews


A Kiss and a Dream is the sixth book in the Love's Great War series by Linda Andrews. Also available: Hearts in Barbed Wire (FREE), Entanglements, Unmask My Heart, A Gift from St Nick, and The Christmas Ship.


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader, Not a Writer. You can also follow the blog tour commencing 9 May.


Description
She escapes with a dead woman’s name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife’s betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth?
Gretchen Foltz honors her late father’s request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger’s home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust.
Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he’ll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he’s left yearning for more.
Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?

Excerpt
In this scene, Gretchen learns that Kian has a secret dream to be a carriage driver on the island. She has a dream of her own and knows the power of them, so she is determined to help him achieve his goal.
“It was a stupid dream. I should sell it, ta pay ya.” Kian jerked the covering into place and turned away.
“Nein. No.” She followed him. “Dream is not stupid. Dream is good.”
She slowed down to hit the correct sound at the end. Just so he understood.
He yanked pieces of oak from the pile near the door and dropped them into her pail.
“I help you vith your dream.” She pulled out the bigger pieces and returned them to the stack before tugging the handle from his grip. Selecting the right size for the cook stove, she filled her bucket. “You see.”
“Why?” He stared at the wood pile and huddled in his jacket.
She didn’t want to think too hard about the why. Instead, she clasped the pail to her chest and hustled for the door.
He beat her there and pushed back the snow, so she could squeeze through the opening. Before she exited, he stayed her with a hand on her arm. “Why?”
“Because I have the dreams, too. And you are helping to make them true.” She ducked under his arm and walked into the cold. More than he knew. Maybe more than was safe for her heart.
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Praise for the Book
"This was a compelling and very interesting read. I loved the setting, both dealing with the effects of the war as well as the small town feel. It was definitely part of a series (one I'd love to read more of) but stood on its own well. Gretchen was a wonderful character, both hard working and strong. Kian is a romantic reluctant hero. They both balance well their selfish motivations for needing the other with their obvious desire for a real relationship. There are several great twists and turns that kept me dying for a happy ending. It was a sweet and lovely romance. Great side characters, obviously borrowed from earlier books, made you feel like you really were there in the small, close-knit community. I must say, I loved it." ~ Clean Romance Reviews

About the Author
Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal."
All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.

Giveaway
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