TEASER TUESDAY: The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

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THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE (Falling #3)

NA Contemporary Romance

Scheduled to release: June 23, 2015

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BLURB:

I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

About the Author:

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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NEW RELEASE: Combative by Jay McLean

To anyone who follows my reviews on Goodreads, it’s no secret that I love all things Jay McLean. There’s just something about her writing style that captivates me, establishing her work as exceptional among what’s being published right now. (Click on the book titles for my reviews on More Than This and Where The Road Takes Me.)

So, what’s the big news? Jay McLean has a new book out, and it’s ON SALE for the next couple of days (It can also be found for FREE on Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1KYlCT8
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1KYp8N6

Summary:

We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create.
They define who we are.
And sometimes if we’re lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past.
I’m not one of the lucky ones.
I never have been.
Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will help bring justice—not just for me, but for my brothers.
The problem?
The deal is a ticking time bomb.
One I didn’t know existed.

I’ve got my copy already–can’t WAIT to dig in!

Book Review: Every Breath by Tasha Ivey

Every Breath (Every Life, #1)Every Breath by Tasha Ivey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every now and then, I stumble onto a story *seemingly* by accident…

And then that story is completely and utterly mind-blowing…

And then I ask myself questions like…

“HOW HAS NOBODY RECOMMENDED THIS TO ME BEFORE?” and “HAVE I BEEN LIVING UNDER A FREAKIN’ ROCK?”

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, here’s how I came to discover Every Breath:

Tasha Ivey is listed as one of the authors who will at an upcoming author event/book signing that I’ll be attending as a reader/fan/blogger. My goal is to systematically read as many of the participating authors as possible, in no particular order.

When I looked up Tasha Ivey on Goodreads, I found the blurb for Every Breath. I wanted something sweet, maybe a little suspenseful, but not terribly angsty. It came down to two books: this one and another by a different author.

So then I did the first-page test. (You know, where you read the first couple pages of a book to see whether it grabs you or not?) Well, this one passed the first-page test and then some.

The writing style absolutely blew me away and is what ultimately sold me on this read. In a word, it’s phenomenal. All dictated from the heroine’s point of view (except for a small part of the epilogue), the manner of narration is engaging, witty, and conversational. At times I felt as if Makenna was telling me her story personally. Like the two of us were sharing a heart-to-heart (at a coffee shop, perhaps?) during which she untabled her problems and concerns.

Another thing I enjoyed about this novel is how unpredictable it was. Sometimes romantic fiction can be the opposite. And, let’s face it, sometimes that’s what we want from romance, isn’t it? Nevertheless, this one surprised me. And then surprised me again. So many things about it I just didn’t see coming.

The characters are well developed, and no plot holes exist that I’m aware of. I thought Callie (a secondary character) was hilarious, and I have an immense amount of respect for both Sawyer and Makenna. The former is a hero for serving in Afghanistan, and the latter is a saint for teaching second graders (with an insane amount of patience, I might add) even after surviving her own personal tragedy.

Every Breath is a good mix of both heavy and light subject matter. While some serious topics surface and are subsequently addressed, the novel isn’t entirely given over to a somber tone. Many, many funny and sweet parts balance out the tenser moments.

All in all, I recommend this one highly! From the storyline to the characters to the writing, Every Breath is a gem, and I’m really thankful to have stumbled upon it.

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Book Review: Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks

Before He Was Gone (Starstruck, #2)Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the beginning of Before He Was Gone, the heroine Alyssa is dumped by her famous band member boyfriend. Even though she’s been thrust in the limelight due to his fame, readers quickly learn that she’s actually level-headed and down to earth as opposed to how the general public has come to view her (i.e. high maintenance and entitled).

She applies to join the cast of Deserted, a Survivor-type reality show, in order to escape the post-relationship fallout that’s bound to feature in the media. Joshua, the novel’s other main character, has a very different reason for joining the show’s cast, which isn’t revealed until much later. In addition to the privilege of participating in such a rich, intense experience, the winner of the contest will win a significant sum of prize money.

My two favorite things about this novel are its tropical setting and its depiction of reality TV. (While reading, I imagined Before He Was Gone as the love child of Disillusioned and Undertow, Wunderland #1—both novels I’ve read recently and enjoyed immensely.)

First, I’m intrigued by people who are able to survive any length of time without modern amenities, even when the actuality isn’t always pretty. (With respect to Before He Was Gone, this means killing and eating animals–chickens, fish, a goat, and a snake–for sustenance. While those parts of the story aren’t exactly pleasant, I did find them to be necessary and true-to-life.)

Then again–according to Alyssa at least–the seclusion and simplicity of island-living, plus the absence of technology, has its perks:

“However messed up it is, I love our world already. I love not having a schedule or deadlines or headlines written about me. I love the innocence and excitement of getting to know people properly, fully, without phones or emails or miscommunication. […] I love being free. I wanted an adventure and now I’m having one, on my terms.”

I’m also a sucker for reality TV, which now extends to the genre’s depiction in fiction. This particular novel details the entire process, from the interviews to the casting to the ins-and-outs of filming. I don’t know how much of it is accurate, but all of it is entertaining.

“As for my fellow castaways, the stereotypes are out in full swing. I know that’s how they planned it, but looking at them all is like looking at the cast of a grown-up Glee.”

Due to the casting technique referenced above, readers are introduced to some colorful characters. I ended up liking most of them, with Shan and Punk emerging as clear favorites.

As a regular viewer of reality TV, I know how difficult it is to believe in romances developed on camera. Even so, I completely and totally bought the chemistry, the emotion, and the depth of the main characters’ relationship.

“Maybe we’re just two souls, forced here to acknowledge what we would’ve otherwise missed.”

It helps, of course, that we’re shown some of the aftermath: what happens when Alyssa and Joshua aren’t under the watchful eye of the public any longer.

Chock-full of laugh out loud moments, tense challenges, and characters you can root for, Before He Was Gone is a romance read that should NOT be overlooked. Its unique aspects are guaranteed to break up the monotony of your reading list.

Oh, and DEFINITELY check out the bonus chapter on the author’s website!

*Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
**I have not read the first in the “Starstruck” series (Before He Was Famous); the one I have reviewed works fine as a standalone.

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Book Review: Shifting Lines by Abigail Lee

Shifting LinesShifting Lines by Abigail Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review will be brief—just long enough to convey my ringing endorsement of Abigail Lee’s Shifting Lines.

What this read is:
• Fast-paced
• Low angst
• Even-keel
• A standalone
• First person point-of-view, with both MCs represented in alternating chapters

What this read isn’t:
• Long
• In-depth
• Riddled with emotional ups and downs
• Anxiety-inducing

At the novel’s start, the heroine (Riley) has just broken things off with her controlling boyfriend of three years.

“When you sit and hope that your boyfriend will cheat on you just so you have a reason to leave, well, that pretty much screamed the relationship was over.”

So she isn’t exactly looking for love or a new relationship when she stumbles upon the hero (Luke). When she sees him for the first time, she misreads a situation involving him and responds accordingly. Needless to say, the two get off on the wrong foot.

Once they’re able to get past that and find some common ground, however, their instant attraction grows into something more. Feelings develop rather quickly, and then it’s all about the two of them finding their “new normal” together.

I think what I loved most about this novel is Riley’s resolve when it came to what she wanted for herself. Since she’s just gotten out of an unhealthy relationship, she knows she doesn’t want to settle for that same dynamic again. When Luke crosses a line, she’s quick to call him on it and let him know that any controlling behavior isn’t going to fly.

“…I couldn’t fall back into another relationship that forced me to be a certain way or where the guy controlled everything.”

In addition to liking the MCs, I liked the secondary characters pretty well too—Adam, especially. I’d definitely read a novel about him finding his own HEA.

Recommended to me by a friend, Shifting Lines was the perfect answer to my reading mood at the time. I needed something relatively low-stress that I knew would culminate in a happy ending, and this one delivered. I highly recommend it to readers of new adult and romance!

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COVER REVEAL–The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott

THE GIRL I WAS BEFORE (Falling #3)
 NA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: June 23, 2015
BLURB:

I’m the selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. I’ve heard the other things, too. “Paige Owens is a pretty girl with nothing else to offer. She’s just a good time at a party. She’s stupid, heartless, cold and useless. All she cares about is getting a guy to look at her. Why would anyone want to be her friend?”

Some of those things are true. Others were true. They’re all hurtful.

None of it matters.

I’m ready to make the hard choices. I’m ready to face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way.

I’m ready to become the girl Houston Orr sees when he looks at me.

Houston isn’t a star athlete. He doesn’t play in a band. He’s never going to be president, and his life is so far away from simple and easy it isn’t even funny. He wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m starting to think plans are overrated, and maybe our stories are what we make them. And mine depends entirely on me, and the choices I make…starting now.

Houston is my fairytale. He’s perfectly imperfect. He’s poetry and life. He’s truth and heartbreak, all rolled up in a tall body with dark hair, broad shoulders and green eyes that lull me into submission. He’s nothing I ever thought I wanted, but the very thing I need. He’s the only guy I’ve ever really loved, and he thinks I’m a princess. I fell into him, and now I’m holding on.

But sometimes life takes away our ability to choose. Sometimes…things aren’t in your control. Sometimes, it hurts to be selfless. My only hope is that when it comes time to choose, I get it right.

Welcome to my once upon a time and wish for happily ever after.

EXCERPT:

I’m slow with my hand, and when she sees my fingers near her cheek, her breath hitches again.

“I like you, Paige,” I repeat, my voice a whisper, my lips close to her ear. I barely remember how to do this, how to do any of this, but every movement, every word with her right now feels so natural. “I don’t want to. You don’t want me to. But I do. And so do you. And we can keep fighting, and you can walk away from things, and you can yell at me when nothing makes sense and you don’t have anyone else to blame. I’m okay with that. I’ll be that guy. Even though part of me doesn’t want to. That part is fucking terrified. But the rest of me…”

I step back again, my hand fully on her cheek now, her weight resting on me, her eyes closed, lips still trembling.

“The rest of me just wants to kiss you,” I say, closing the inches quickly until my lips touch hers, surprise hers, claim hers and quell her fears all in one action. Her protest is short, and soon her hands find my shoulders and then my back and she pulls me into her. My hands are holding her face, and we both walk backward until her back is against my door.

I reach with one hand, frantic to find the doorknob, desperate to open the damn door. Panicked that if I break this contact she’ll stop, that she’ll slap me, that she’ll go back to not wanting to…anything. When I get the door open, we both fall inside, but our lips never part, our grip remains tight on one another. Reaching with one hand, I close the door behind us gently, not wanting to make any sound that could possibly get us caught.

This cannot be interrupted. It’s still too new, too at risk for being the only time I get to feel this. Goddamn does she taste like the most expensive drink I’ve ever had. Scooping her into my arms, I pull her even closer to me, until my legs hit the bed. I don’t want her to think anything other than this kiss is enough. I’ve thought about more. Fuck, I think about more twenty-three of my twenty-four hours, dreaming when I’m sleeping, daydreaming when I’m awake. But this kiss—it’s enough right now.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild
Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she
often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot
quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has
been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than
15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors,
scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work,
visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a
baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce
Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GingerScottAuthor

Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thegingerscott/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GingerScottAuthor

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GingerScottAuthor/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/GingerScott

Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com