Dear Life, Meghan Quinn – Blog Tour



We’re celebrating the release of DEAR LIFE by Meghan Quinn! Available on Amazon and #Free on Kindle Unlimited!

 

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DEAR LIFE
NA Contemporary Romance

Designed by: Meghan Quinn

Photographer: Lauren Perry

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Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life’s greatest challenges.
The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons…and prove their existence.
With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey.
Dear Life,
Please be kind.
Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.


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I’m gonna need sometime to collect myself after this beautiful story. God! It is SO GOOD. I DO NOT HAVE WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.

The characters, the plot, the setting, all of it, so very good and so heartbreaking. These four broken people, trying to start afresh are thrown together and make relationships to last a lifetime. Their journey is explored so beautifully, it’s just heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. They’re in denial, they’re scared and they’re grieving and I JUST WANT TO WRAP MY ARMS AROUND THEM AND JUST HUG THEM FOREVER SO THAT THEY KNOW THEY’RE NOT ALONE.

This book has made me cry some ugly tears and I don’t know whether I appreciate it or not. I mean, yes, ALL THE FEELS, but still. I got so wrapped up in the story of these four characters and their need to start afresh and it was sensational!  The four of them are so different and they deal with things in a very different way. They have a distinct voice throughout the story and it shines through.

Holly & Jace are dealing with some really hard losses and they don’t know what to do with life because of it. They’re so hurt and broken that they’re sure that they’ll never stand up again and they really made me cry bad. So, so, so bad. They’re just… going through so much and I applaud them for the strength that they have.

Carter, though not dealing with such a huge loss, has his own demons, his own issues that are so complicated and have him in trenches that he’s grappling in the sea and he can’t come out of the water and it’s killing him. His struggle is so profound, so real, it broke my heart. I related to him a whole lot. He’s stuck in a place he hates with no hopes of ever coming out of there and that sucks.

Of them, Daisy’s struggles are the least heartbreaking. Not to belittle her character, because she is AMAZING, but she hasn’t seen that bad a loss as the others have. She has so much life in her, despite the recent events in her life and that makes me like her so much more. She’s the strongest of them all and she’s ready to fight and that is so good.

All in all, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BECAUSE IT IS SO FREAKING SHIT GOOD AND YOU CANNOT MISS IT. OKAY?

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Top Ten Tuesday (#3) – Top 10 Debut Authors of 2017 I’m Excited For!

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This week’s prompt for TTT by The Broke & The Bookish is 2017 Debuts! And let me tell you, I AM EXCITED FOR A LOT OF THEM!

 

1. The Color Project, Sierra Abrams

2. When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

3. Caraval, Stephani Garber

4. Gilded Cage, Victoria James

5. You’re Welcome, Universe, Whitney Gardner

6. #famous, Jilly Gagnon

7. Textrovert, Lindsey Summers

8. Definitions of Indefinable Things, Whitney Taylor

9. Geekerella, Ashley Poston

10. Poison’s Kiss, Breeana Shields

In Your Arms, Shannyn Schroeder – Blog Tour

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30037290Sean O’Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans…the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes…the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she’s sworn off forever.

Emma isn’t just the the prim kindergarten teacher she appears to be. And somehow Sean can tell. As soon as he pulls up to her overheated car he knows that a fast bike and a cold beer will fix her rotten day better than compliments or a bubble bath. Her straitlaced exterior and her wild heart light him up. But Emma wants to escape her past and settle down—and if her desk jockey dates don’t understand where she comes from, at least she doesn’t worry about them bringing her back.

One weekend of intense connection can’t change the paths Sean and Emma have chosen. But with a little space to be themselves together, maybe the rest of the world can wait…

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Incandescently, Slyvie Parizeau – Blog Tour

Incandescently
Sylvie Parizeau
Publication date: October 22nd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

LIAM O’SHEA, bestseller author of the SciFi saga, Eiloe.

All I knew was pain – a childhood filled with cruelty and villains who used and abused.

Until Éolie.

I first heard her sweet, angelical voice in the dark of night, when I lay bathed in my own impending death. Seventeen years later, it’s not the nightmare she pulled me out of that haunts me, but the glimpse of Happily Ever After she revealed just before disappearing.

They said she was a figment of my boundless imagination. A wish. A dream. Until I had no choice but to believe them, cherishing my imaginary savior the only way I knew how – in fiction and lore.

But fantasy has a way of transforming reality. When I finally tire of being a citizen of the world, I take an impromptu sabbatical as a professor at a small college on the coast of Maine. And there I see her, the girl with the sea-green eyes and angelic voice.

My world turns upside down. Turns out my girl is for real, and the pull between us is anything but imaginary.

Happily Ever After has a story … and this one is mine.

 

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Incandescently is the story of finding a Happily Ever After. I love that. This just a journey of two people who’re in love and how they adjust to being together and starting a life together. And I think that that’s brilliant.

The story starts with Liam, the hero, a scifi writer taking on the position of a guest lecturer at a college. He starts having bad dreams about Eolie, a girl he’s talked to his mind in the past  when he was a child, a girl who his therapist has convinced him is just a figment of his imagination and nothing more. But, he’s having dreams about her and she’s in danger and he needs to find her. So, he gets his best friends on it and they’re all desperately searching for her and here, Eolie reaches the college, in search of Liam. They meet and they fall in love. And find their happily ever after. That is the story of Incandescently.

The story is beautifully written and I love it. I love the friendship Liam shares with the rest of his squad. All the boys ready to lay their lives down for each other. I love the instant connection between Liam and Eolie and how that develops through the story. I love the initial days when they’re getting to know each other, all the small moments they share that string along into such a big life. It’s beautiful.

Liam and Eolie are both such wonderful characters. They’re both so in love it makes my heart melt. Always hugging, kissing, cuddling. It’s really heartwarming. Gah! So adorable! Liam is extremely protective of Eolie and she’s just this burst of light that really brightens up everything around her.

What I don’t like is that the book doesn’t explain things. We don’t know how Eolie and Liam shared that connection, how they were able to talk to each other, how Eolie heals really quickly (and I mean in the blink of an eye quickly) and exactly what happened with Liam when he was a kid. We know the story superficially but not exactly. And there was so much potential to develop on with Eolie’s ability to reach out to Liam and with all the visions she had, but we don’t know how or why she had those. She just did. And that was the end of it. It was like a characteristic she had. Like brown eyes or blonde hair. She had visions. That is it. So, the book loses a lot of points for that.

But, I’m seriously in love with the whole dynamic of the book and how it’s based on the want of one person to find his ‘normal’, his version of ‘happily ever after’ and that’s what I absolutely adore about this. So, it gets some of those points back.

All in all, this a great read and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a light, feel good romance.

 

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A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at http://www.sylvieparizeau.com

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The French Impressionist, Rebecca Bischoff – Blog Tour

 

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The French Impressionist
Rebecca Bischoff
Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in sunny southern France with a single goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life, a new family, and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious.

Desperate to escape haunting images from her past and a stage one helicopter parent, Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and a communication disorder that has tormented her all her life. She believes her dream of a new start will come true, until she unwittingly finds herself enveloped in a decades-old mystery that threatens to ruin her only chance for success. Determined to stay, Rosemary must choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.

Dramatic, heartwarming, and full of teenage angst, The French Impressionist perfectly captures the struggle of those who feel they have no voice, and also shows the courage it takes to speak up and show the world who we really are.

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I look around. My room, my beautiful new room, has forests and oceans and mountains painted all over the walls. It has stars and planets on the ceiling. A mustard-colored rug spattered with paint sits on the floor. On the bed is a vivid quilt that’s a kaleidoscope of colors. The room has a window that looks out over redtiled roofs and palm trees. It even has a cat! Amber eyes glow up at me from the puff of grey fluff resting on the rug. I was never allowed to have a pet. I stare at the pile of grey fur for a second, not sure what to do. Will it chase me from its territory? But the puffball simply closes its yellowy eyes and goes to sleep. I turn back, close the blue-painted door, and stare at the knob. There’s no lock. On this side or on the other side. It’s perfect. A couple of tears spill down my face, but I swipe them away. My new life just started, and I’m going to live it. I’m going to head back down to the shop and get to know my new family. But when I grasp the doorknob, I stop. I don’t want to leave just yet. I turn to check out the room one more time, straining a little to see the murals as the light from the window changes from bright to dim. Outside, clouds cover the sun and a summer storm spatters rain onto the glass. I don’t bother to turn on the light, though. I know this room well already. I walk along the walls, tracing the paintings with a gentle finger. The photo of this room on Sylvie’s blog was what started it all. It’s part of the reason that I’m here and why I chose Sylvie and Émile to be my new family. The mural at the head of the bed is my favorite. A trail curves through a forest, then up the side of a steep canyon, where it angles back and forth in sharp switchbacks. Every so often, along the trail is a boy who carries a backpack and walking stick. The boy, lanky and brown like Sylvie, gradually grows taller. It’s their son, Ansel, now gone. He painted himself somewhere on the trail each year for his birthday. The figure at the very top of the cliff is Ansel at eighteen, heading to Paris. He’s smiling and pumping a fist into the air. I kiss my fingers and touch them to the painted boy’s tiny head. “Thank you, Ansel,” I whisper. I couldn’t be here if he weren’t gone. “I promise I’ll take care of the room for you.” A gleam of light glows on the wall a few feet away. I jerk my hand back in surprise. Painted on the other side of Ansel’s cliff is a wide expanse of stormy sky over a dark ocean. Streaks of bright lightning cross the gloomy haze, but one line of lightning extends downward in a straight line, cutting through sky and cloud until it plunges into the ocean. I move closer until my nose is practically against the paint and stare. The straight line, of course, isn’t painted lightning. It’s a crack in the wall, one so deep that light from the next room shines through it. Then, before I can even begin to wonder, the crack disappears. What just happened?

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Rebecca Bischoff currently resides in Idaho with her family and works as a speech-language pathologist. She loves helping others, especially kids and teenagers, discover their own unique voices and learn to share who they are with the world. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, spend time with her kids, and make awkward attempts to learn foreign languages. She is drawn to all things both French and Italian, used bookstores, and anything made out of chocolate.

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Bad Boys After Dark : Dylan, Melissa Foster – Blog Tour

 

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Bad Boys After Dark: Dylan
Melissa Foster
(Bad Billionaires After Dark, #2)
Publication date: December 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Bad Billionaires After Dark are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

“With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!” -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner

“Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!” -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

Indulge your inner vixen with these sexy billionaires!

Meet the Bad Boys… Four fiercely loyal, sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies.

Everything’s naughtier after dark…

Sinfully sexy bar owner Dylan Bad has a thing for needy women. He’s a savior, a knight in shining armor, and his mighty talented sword has no trouble bringing damsels in distress to their knees. Enter Tiffany Winters, a gorgeous cutthroat sports agent who looks like sex on legs, f**ks like she’s passion personified, and wouldn’t let a man help her if she were dangling from a ledge and he was her only hope. One night and too much tequila might change their lives forever. The question is, will either one survive?

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I’ll start off by saying that this was such an amazing romance! I’m quickly becoming a fan of Melissa Foster and her writing. I’m a complete sucker for romance. I mean, I read a whole lot of it. Whatever I can get my hands on. But, not all of them are good, you know. They all have one thing or the other that’s good but I haven’t come across many authors who have a whole package of the good stuff like Melissa Foster.

I loved this story, even if there was a little too much of sex for my liking. I mean, I understand why. The story started with what was supposed to be a one night stand and the lead pair is very sexual in showing their appreciation for each other, so yeah, obviously there was going to be a lot of that. It was good that it was tastefully done.

But, the story is nice. For once, it’s the guy who isn’t afraid of commitment. Of course that’s what I liked best. Dylan went in full force and did what he needed to win the girl over. Sometimes that included giving her space and sometimes it meant smothering her with attention. But, he knew when to push and when to hold back and he never, ever forced her to do anything she didn’t want to, even if it meant working on their dates or having her leave him in the morning. He was always patient and understanding and even if he was disappointed at times, he did his best to be there for her. I love that. You don’t see that in people very often these days.

An added bonus is that he’s smart, witty, funny, charming and hot. Oh, so hot! He gives his girlfriend cute nicknames and he leaves unexpected presents at her door when he’s courting her in an effort to woo her. And he works for charities. And he bakes. And he owns a bar. Yes, my friend, the word you’re looking for is perfection. *Sighs*

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Tiffany, she is such a hard ass. She’s always busy with work, likes no strings attached one night stands (because that’s all she’s got the time for) and loves her family. She’s a coveted sports agent and takes her job very seriously. She is literally available 24X7 to all her clients. Workaholic much? But, though she has this reputation of being a hardass, she’s actually this amazing, sweet girl who’s just awesome. I like her. She’s not really sure how emotionally available she is and the path she goes on with Dylan to actually discover what kind of live and what kind of relationship she wants is beautiful. She admits to her flaws and never believes that she’s perfect. I like that. She’s gorgeous and she’s successful and what a dynamite! Most men would be salivating for her. Stuff like this makes people cocky, but she isn’t cocky. She knows she isn’t God’s Gift to Mankind. She’s humble and she’s good and she’s awesome and I love her!

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This story is so well written. I love everything about it. The characters, the situations, the little surprises, the dates, all the family time, the importance of careers, the importance of love. Everything that is highlighted in this book is awesome. If you’re a romance fan, you HAVE TO PICK THIS UP!

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook or her personal website.

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Lessons Learned, Syndey Logan – Book Review

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32066715A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

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The Two – Night One – Night Stand, Ryan Ringbloom – Book Review

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31673279A girl. A guy. And a talking peen.

Holly Martin isn’t the type to have a one-night stand. But a crushing break up, a sexy blind date, and a few shots of Fireball is about to change all that.

Matthew Daniels is an introverted PA who claims he’s too busy to date. But that doesn’t stop his older brothers from encouraging him to let loose and get out there, because as they put it – the right girl won’t just walk up to you.

But what if she does?

Is it possible for a one-night stand that happens twice, to actually become more? Could two nights of reckless debauchery actually lead to true love? Or is this just another case of a whisky induced disaster?

This Romantic Comedy is sure to have you laughing, cringing, rolling your eyes, shouting at the pages and looking for a shot glass of your own.

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*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and views are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

This book is a quick, fun read as far as romantic comedies go. The characters, especially the male lead are funny as hell and the situations they get themselves into, well let’s not get started on that.

The story begins with a case of mistaken identity when Holly, the heroine, mistakes Matthew, the hero, for her blind date which was set up by a friend of hers. Matthew who finds Holly attractive goes along with it and doesn’t come clean until after they’ve slept together. Of course, this causes their not so relationship relationship to end before it even begins.

They keep bumping into each other again and again and then stumble into a happily ever after.

So, yes, cute read. It’s short so it won’t take much of your time. I did think that the drama was a tad overdone here. Like, a lot of unnecessary stuff happening. At one point it seemed like the author was putting in all these situations only because there was nothing else to do. The couple could have united much earlier, in my opinion. Like 4-5 chapters earlier.

Overall, it’s an okay read if you’re looking for something to pass the time.

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7246436Hi, I’m Ryan Ringbloom, a Jersey girl who doesn’t write Alphas. I couldn’t if I tried. Social Media stresses me the frick out, yet I can’t seem to walk away from it. I love to binge watch TV. I think cats are awesome. I’m obsessed with coffee and Fireball. But never together. My road rage is ridiculous. And if there is ever a zombie apocalypse, I won’t even try to run. I will let the first one I see eat my brain and get it over with.

*I am aware that these bios should be written in third person. Whatever. I wrote it in first.

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#TheLateLateReviews – Holding Up The Universe, Jennifer Niven

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28686840Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

 

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I do not have enough words for this story. I just love it so much. So very much. The story is absolutely beautiful, the characters so good and the writing flawless. I mean, this book has it all. Total points to Niven for writing such a beautiful story.

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Libby, the female lead, was dubbed America’s Fattest Teen. She had an eating disorder which came into picture after her mom died. She ate away her sorrows and then she was so huge she couldn’t leave her house. They had to cut her out. Then, there was the news and the hate mail and everything went to shit, excuse my French. But, Libby remained headstrong and now, two years later, she’s lost almost 300 pounds and is ready to go back to school for her senior year. In school, she meets Jack, a fellow senior with problems of his own. After a rocky start, they start becoming friends when doing community service as part of detention.

What I like about this story is that though Jack and Libby share their fears with each other, they overcome it own their own. Yes, finding a person who understands them helps, but everything isn’t sunshine and roses because they’ve met that one person. The problems don’t disappear. They’re still there. They’re still gnawing in the back of their mind. And, through the course of the story, Jack and Libby overcome them. Without each other’s help. That sends across a huge message. You don’t need anyone else to fight your battles for you. You shouldn’t need anyone. You are enough.

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That is the best part about the book, but the story in itself is amazing as well. The struggles that these two 18 year olds face and the way they deal with everything is beautifully written. High School can be vicious and this shows how much. People will bully you but it is necessary to not let them affect you. Libby did that. She came on top despite being bullied, despite people putting “you are not wanted” notes in her locker. If she did it, so can we. She’ an amazing character and watching her finally let go of her insecurities is great. She’s making so much progress and it’s great to see throughout the story. I love that even though she’s fat, she doesn’t shy away from dancing and running (as many of us do. I’m fat and  I hate to dance or run in front of people). Not only does she do it, she’s bloody awesome at it. I’m in awe of her. The way she handles herself is truly beautiful. She’s amazing!

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(Excerpt from a letter that Libby passes around her school to everyone.)

Jack is frustrating and annoying in the beginning. He is in an on again off again relationship with a bitchy girl and you wonder why that is because Jack isn’t like her. But, as the story progresses, we find that Jack is with her because he’s trying to find the fourteen year old girl he liked. One that doesn’t exist anymore. Add to the fact that she’s safe. And she’s like a bad habit Jack can’t let go. But, then, Libby comes into the picture and his dwindling feelings for his ex start fading even more. Through the course of the book, he falls for Libby. I absolutely love that he associates Libby with sunshine. It’s the cutest thing ever. He loves his family and even though he isn’t brave enough to tell him suffers from prosopagnosia, he tries his best. Things aren’t always great with is brothers and his father is an asshole, but, they’re his family and he loves them. He’s there for them when it counts. There have always been issues and there’s stuff that’s bad, but there’s also stuff that’s good and he make do – s with what he’s got. His family dynamic is another thing that I love about the book. It shows how you can dislike (even hate) people for things they’ve done but still love them. I think Jack is an amazingly written character. Really good.

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This a story that I would definitely recommend people to read because it’s real and it’s about people who are bullied, who are fat, who have suffered depression. There are many of us out there. Many of us who feel unwanted because of whatever life has thrown at us. It is not true. You matter. What you think matters. You are wanted. It is important that we remember that.

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PS: The quotes are from Holding Up The Universe and the pictures and GIFs are not mine. Thank you, Google.

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45592By the time I was ten, I had already written numerous songs, a poem for Parker Stevenson (“If there were a Miss America for men, You would surely win”), two autobiographies (All About Me and My Life in Indiana: I Will Never Be Happy Again), a Christmas story, several picture books (which I illustrated myself) featuring the Doodle Bugs from Outer Space, a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister entitled Blindness Strikes Mary, a series of prison mysteries, a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (an internationally famous rock star detective), and a partially finished novel about Vietnam. I was also an excellent speller from a very early age.

In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written nine books (#9 will be out Oct 4, 2016), and when I’m not working on the tenth, I’m writing the screenplay for All the Bright Places, contributing to my web magazine, Germ (www.germmagazine.com), thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.

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Liar, Liar, L. A. Cotton – Blog Tour

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Liar Liar

by L.A. Cotton
Liar, Liar #1
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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For eighteen-year-old Becca Torrence, the chance to finish high school in a new town, where no one knows her or the secrets of that night, should be a dream come true. But when the first day of school rolls around, something is wrong.

Instead of being greeted with warm smiles and reassuring hellos, Becca finds herself on the receiving end of icy stares and cruel whispers. Putting it down to her status as an outsider, she holds her head high, because they can’t know.

They can’t.

Can they?

Determined to make her new life in Credence work, Becca is willing to do whatever it takes to fit in. Even if it means losing herself in the process.

A white lie can save you … Too many lies will break you.

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I don’t have a lot of thoughts about this. I mean, the blurb is really promising and I was really excited to read this, but for some reason, I didn’t really like this story as much as I thought I would.

All through the story, the main lead, Becca is talking about how this new town is her fresh start. She’s saying it, her parents are saying it, but we don’t know from what. There are only vague implications of a boy being involved and him ending up in the hospital for xyz reasons. I mean, if I don’t know this girl’s story, how am I supposed to root for her? How am I supposed to want for her to have a better life when I don’t even know what was wrong with her old one in the first place.

To top that, she’s in a secret relationship with this boy and only a few of her friends know about it, which is stupid, all things considered because something like this got her in the mess the first time around.

So, yeah, plenty of stuff to not like.

Though, I really, really like the writing style of the author. This book was so promising when it kicked off and it ended in a killer cliffhanger and I LOVE THAT! The story flows so easily and it’s just written in an amazing tone. I like that.

I like Becca’s friends – Scarlett & Lilly especially and I abhor Kendall, the bully of the school who had it out for Becca for reasons unknown. Their characters were really well thought out and their arc was interesting. I like Evan, the love interest too. He’s moody and shit, but when it counts, he’s always there for Becca and his baby brother is the cutest thing in the world!

All in all, it was an okay read, I guess. I’m sure I would have liked it a whole lot more if Becca’s past was explained. But, that’s why we have the sequel! So, yeah.

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Contemporary romance and romantic suspense
… written with feeling

L.A is an author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists, and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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