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Blog Tour: The Way With You (The Way #2) by Anne Mercier

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Title: The Way With You
Series: The Way #2
Author: Anne Mercier
Genre: Coming of Age/New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Finding a “happily ever after” was hard enough. 
Keeping it is even harder.
Olivia Brennan and Cameron Stone have both gone through Hell and back to finally find their way to each other.  With obstacles set against them, the struggle to stay connected is harder than ever.  Between their academic schedules, Olivia’s newfound campus infamy, and a conniving ex stirring up trouble, Liv and Cam begin to struggle to keep what they’ve worked so hard for.
But when something unexpected fractures their trust, they must decide if they can repair what’s left of their fragile love or will they discover that “happily ever after” is just for fairytales?
I’m walking back to the dorm after class when someone bumps into me—hard. I look over, biting back a curse, and when I see it’s Alison, I wish I’d let it out.
“What’s your problem?” I bark.
You. You’re my problem,” she sneers.
I roll my eyes. “Why is that? Because you want to screw Cam but he’s with me? Because Cam made me his girlfriend when all you were to him was a piece of ass? Both of you,” I correct when I see Brittany standing beside her.
“You little bitch. I’m going to ruin you,” Brittany shouts.
I’m so afraid right now. I know what Alison is capable of—but with Brittany by her side? I can’t even imagine. I swallow that fear and pretend. I’m good at that—pretending I’m okay.
“Could you be any more dramatic?”
Alison steps closer. “Watch yourself, Muppet. You’re overstepping.”
“No. I’m not. I’m minding my own business, living my life, and you nut jobs start with your threatening and bullying. What are you—twelve?” I mock.
Alison’s nostrils flare. It reminds me of a bull in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. You know the one? Where the steam comes out of the bull’s nostrils because Bugs keeps taunting it? That’s the one. I smirk at the thought and Alison’s hand comes flying at my face before I can even think.
She slaps me and she slaps me hard—not just once, but twice. The burn, the sting of the slaps hurts like a mofo. I won’t cry, but I can’t stop the tears that fill my eyes. Damn it. I hate showing her any signs of weakness.
“Feel better now?” I ask, lifting my chin.
She hides the shock well, but I still get a glimpse. I am not the same girl I once was. I’m not sure who I am, exactly, but I’m no longer weak.
She cocks out a hip. “A little. But Muppet? There’s a lot worse coming.”
The Way Back to Me (The Way #1) – Released Feb 23, 2016
She was perky, fun, and full of life—everything I hated about girls and their bullshit exterior. People called her bubbly; I called her “fake-as-hell.”
The edgy, dark, lonely girl in front of me was not the Olivia Brennan I knew from high school—far from it, actually. I knew the story—the whole town knew the story, we witnessed it all. It happened in the blink of an eye and the girl we knew was gone.
But I refuse to watch it anymore—I can’t stand it. I’m going to fix it—fix her. It’s time I showed Olivia Brennan her way back…
Back to the girl she used to be.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and still live here today with my two sons and puppy. (Though one day soon I hope to move to southern California!)

I’m an avid reader who gets inspired by reading the stories from my favorite authors as well as listening to various types of music. I am a huge fan of music, chocolate, fruit, desserts, autumn, M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold, and Milo Ventimiglia. Through my books, I am proudly creating new Avenged Sevenfold and Milo Ventimiglia fans one reader at a time.

“The best part of being an author, to me, is being able to take the reader to that one place they long to go when they need to escape reality. Knowing I can do that, for even one reader, makes what I do worthwhile.” ~ Anne Mercier

Hugs and love,
Anne xoxo

Release Day Blitz: The Way With You by Anne Mercier

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Title: The Way With You
Series: The Way #2
Author: Anne Mercier
Genre: Coming of Age/New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Finding a “happily ever after” was hard enough. 
Keeping it is even harder.
Olivia Brennan and Cameron Stone have both gone through Hell and back to finally find their way to each other.  With obstacles set against them, the struggle to stay connected is harder than ever.  Between their academic schedules, Olivia’s newfound campus infamy, and a conniving ex stirring up trouble, Liv and Cam begin to struggle to keep what they’ve worked so hard for.
But when something unexpected fractures their trust, they must decide if they can repair what’s left of their fragile love or will they discover that “happily ever after” is just for fairytales?
The Way Back to Me (The Way #1) – Released Feb 23, 2016
She was perky, fun, and full of life—everything I hated about girls and their bullshit exterior. People called her bubbly; I called her “fake-as-hell.”
The edgy, dark, lonely girl in front of me was not the Olivia Brennan I knew from high school—far from it, actually. I knew the story—the whole town knew the story, we witnessed it all. It happened in the blink of an eye and the girl we knew was gone.
But I refuse to watch it anymore—I can’t stand it. I’m going to fix it—fix her. It’s time I showed Olivia Brennan her way back…
Back to the girl she used to be.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and still live here today with my two sons and puppy. (Though one day soon I hope to move to southern California!)

I’m an avid reader who gets inspired by reading the stories from my favorite authors as well as listening to various types of music. I am a huge fan of music, chocolate, fruit, desserts, autumn, M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold, and Milo Ventimiglia. Through my books, I am proudly creating new Avenged Sevenfold and Milo Ventimiglia fans one reader at a time.

“The best part of being an author, to me, is being able to take the reader to that one place they long to go when they need to escape reality. Knowing I can do that, for even one reader, makes what I do worthwhile.” ~ Anne Mercier

Hugs and love,
Anne xoxo

Release Day Blitz: The Way With You by Anne Mercier

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Title: The Way With You
Series: The Way #2
Author: Anne Mercier
Genre: Coming of Age/New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Finding a “happily ever after” was hard enough. 
Keeping it is even harder.
Olivia Brennan and Cameron Stone have both gone through Hell and back to finally find their way to each other.  With obstacles set against them, the struggle to stay connected is harder than ever.  Between their academic schedules, Olivia’s newfound campus infamy, and a conniving ex stirring up trouble, Liv and Cam begin to struggle to keep what they’ve worked so hard for.
But when something unexpected fractures their trust, they must decide if they can repair what’s left of their fragile love or will they discover that “happily ever after” is just for fairytales?
The Way Back to Me (The Way #1) – Released Feb 23, 2016
She was perky, fun, and full of life—everything I hated about girls and their bullshit exterior. People called her bubbly; I called her “fake-as-hell.”
The edgy, dark, lonely girl in front of me was not the Olivia Brennan I knew from high school—far from it, actually. I knew the story—the whole town knew the story, we witnessed it all. It happened in the blink of an eye and the girl we knew was gone.
But I refuse to watch it anymore—I can’t stand it. I’m going to fix it—fix her. It’s time I showed Olivia Brennan her way back…
Back to the girl she used to be.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and still live here today with my two sons and puppy. (Though one day soon I hope to move to southern California!)

I’m an avid reader who gets inspired by reading the stories from my favorite authors as well as listening to various types of music. I am a huge fan of music, chocolate, fruit, desserts, autumn, M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold, and Milo Ventimiglia. Through my books, I am proudly creating new Avenged Sevenfold and Milo Ventimiglia fans one reader at a time.

“The best part of being an author, to me, is being able to take the reader to that one place they long to go when they need to escape reality. Knowing I can do that, for even one reader, makes what I do worthwhile.” ~ Anne Mercier

Hugs and love,
Anne xoxo

Blog Tour and Review: To The Steadfast by Briana Gaitan

Book Info
 To The Steadfast by Briana Gaitan
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
Cover Artist: Romantic Book Affairs
Release Date: August 31st 2015
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Resolute. Firm. Unwavering
That was my love for him.
Steadfast for as long as I can remember.
 
As my best friend’s brother, he ignored me before noticing me. He protected me, bought me my first beer, but eventually became my undoing. 
 
There was a time I would have died to get him to notice me, now I’d do anything to forget him. 
I’m not the one who can tame him, and he’s not the guy who will change for me.
This isn’t a story about falling in love, this is a story about falling out of love.
Unrequited love. 
And finding the strength to move on.
Here’s to the steadfast.

*This is a standalone story that crosses years from YA into NA genre, due to heavy subject matter this book is for ages 16 and up. This is not your typical love story.*


My Review
To The Steadfast is not your typical love story. To The Steadfast is a coming of age, YA to NA crossover. This story is broken up into three parts; Dakota at 16, Dakota at 18, and Dakota in the present.
When we first meet Dakota, she is only 16 years old and we see her friendship with Violet and Mischa. Violet and Mischa may have seemed like amazing friends, but really, they were anything but. Their family is toxic and heavily involved in drugs. Dakota spends a lot of time partying with Mischa and Violet, even after police raid their house. As the story continues, you begin to see that Dakota has more than friendly feelings toward Mischa. She wants to experience all of her firsts with him and gives him one of her most treasured firsts. Meanwhile, Dakota’s life continues to spin out of control; making her parents take some pretty drastic measures to try and fix things…..Two years pass and Dakota is finally on the right path. Coming home for one last summer before college will prove to be a huge challenge. Once back home, Dakota is once again thrown into the lives of her old friends. As Mischa and Dakota grow close once more, a huge secret has the power to destroy everything…..Will Mischa always be her undoing? Will Dakota ever have the strength to move on?
To The Steadfast was different from the books that I normally read. There wasn’t a typical HEA ending. To The Steadfast is full of angst and drama. It shows how blinding first love can be. How it can consume and destroy you. It shows just how toxic some people can be and the strength needed to break away from those people.
I found the characters to be unique and complex. They captivated me, sucked me and made me want to know more about them. Yes, they did frustrate me at times, but I think that was part of the pull in this story.
My only complaint was the ending. I don’t mind that it wasn’t your typical HEA ending. That type of ending wouldn’t have made sense for this story. My issue was that little something placed just before the epilogue, that confused me. I felt like I was missing something. I also would have liked a touch more closure with the characters. I’m a big fan of closure.
Overall, I thought this book was a really great read. To The Steadfast had a really unique story-line. It flowed really well and I had the hardest time putting it down. This is my first book by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


About the Author

Briana Gaitan is the bestselling author of the Hollywood Timelines series (The Last Thing and The One Thing) and coauthor of the Ethereal Underground series. 
Briana is a southern native and self-proclaimed geek. She has never wanted anything but to create whether it be composing music, decorating her house, or giving voices to the characters inside her head.Her days are spent obsessing over a good read, raising her three kids, and watching anything on the SyFy channel. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to believe in the impossible.

Teaser: To The Steadfast by Briana Gaitan

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To The Steadfast by Briana Gaitan

Genre: Coming of Age Romance

Cover Artist: Romantic Book Affairs

Release Date: August 31st 2015

Resolute. Firm. Unwavering

That was my love for him.

Steadfast for as long as I can remember.

As my best friend’s brother, he ignored me before noticing me. He protected me, bought me my first beer, but eventually became my undoing. 

There was a time I would have died to get him to notice me, now I’d do anything to forget him. 

I’m not the one who can tame him, and he’s not the guy who will change for me.

This isn’t a story about falling in love, this is a story about falling out of love.

Unrequited love. 

And finding the strength to move on.

Here’s to the steadfast.

*This is a standalone story that crosses years from YA into NA genre, due to heavy subject matter this book is for ages 16 and up. This is not your typical love story.*

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Cover Reveal: To The Steadfast by Briana Gaitan

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To The Steadfast
by Briana Gaitan
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
Cover Artist: Romantic Book Affairs
Release Date: August 31st 2015
Resolute. Firm. Unwavering

That was my love for him.

Steadfast for as long as I can remember.

As my best friend’s brother, he ignored me before noticing me. He protected me, bought me my first beer, but eventually became my undoing. 

There was a time I would have died to get him to notice me, now I’d do anything to forget him. 

I’m not the one who can tame him, and he’s not the guy who will change for me.

This isn’t a story about falling in love, this is a story about falling out of love.

Unrequited love. 

And finding the strength to stand up for myself.

Here’s to the steadfast.

*This is an standalone story that crosses years from YA into NA genre, due to HEAVY subject matter this book is for ages 16 and up. This is not your typical love story.*

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About the Author
Briana Gaitan is the bestselling author of the Hollywood Timelines series (The Last Thing and The One Thing) and coauthor of the Ethereal Underground series. 

Briana is a southern native and self proclaimed geek. She has never wanted anything but to create whether it be composing music, decorating her house, or giving voices to the characters inside her head.Her days are spent obsessing over a good read, raising her three kids, and watching anything on the SyFy channel. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to believe in the impossible.

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Excerpt:

We don’t have drinks this time so instead I raise my hand for a majestic fist bump. I’m not sure what to wish/salute to this time. Over the weeks, we’ve gone through everything. Well, almost everything.

“To love,” I say, knocking my knuckles against his.

“To infatuation,” he corrects, fist bumping me again.

“No, to the steadfast.”

Our eyes connect. Both of us realizing how cruel life can be, how tempting it is to get swept away in the people that pay attention to us.

 

Release Day Blitz and Book Review: Two Blue Lines by SC Montgomery

His fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice.

What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you?
Lied to everyone?
Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one.
And now, he must decide for himself . . .
Man up or walk away?

SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable.

***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.

 

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Excerpt:

Tears filled her eyes, reflecting the kaleidoscope of colors from the sky above. “I don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost you.”

I scooted over and pulled her close. “Why would you lose me?” Okay, sure, I’d had the fleeting thought of running for the hills, but I’d never leave her. Baby or not. My heart was too fully invested. God, didn’t she realize she was the first girl I’d ever kissed? She was the first person I thought about in the morning, the person I wanted to call when I was happy, when I was bummed . . . Melissa Summers had become my everything since I laid eyes on her in that middle school cafeteria. I couldn’t think of one single solitary thing that could make me leave her now. Besides, I had a responsibility to this baby.

She threw her arms around my neck and her tears soaked through my T-shirt. “What if you decided you hated me or the baby? What if . . . ?” She choked on a sob as I squeezed and shushed her.

“It’s okay, Mel. I’m not leaving you, and I could never hate you. Never. Or the baby. How could I?” I stroked her back as the fireworks popped furiously above us in a resounding finale.

It finally grew quiet, the smoke from the show settling down over the water, people around us mumbling and picking up their chairs. I continued to hold her, my eyes straying to a couple holding hands as they strolled, another not holding hands, not touching, obvious tension shimmering between them as they towed a fussy toddler. My heart ached that I couldn’t do more to ease her. “God, Mel, I love you so much,” I whispered, wishing she’d believe me. Wondering why she’d suddenly doubt. We may be in a heap of trouble, but I never wanted to lose the spark that made us. Even at sixteen, I knew it was special.

She finally pulled back and looked up into my eyes. I used the pad of my thumb to wipe the tears from her cheeks. She simply stared for several moments. We said nothing. I let her look. Maybe she’d find whatever reassurance she was seeking. Then, gently, her eyes slipped down to my mouth. I leaned in and kissed her, giving her all the love, all the promises, all the comfort I had.

And all the hope.

My Review

Two Blue Lines is a wonderful coming age story that follows the lives of Reed and Melissa. They are young and in love. They last thing either one of them plans or expects is to become parents at the age of only sixteen. Suddenly, their whole world has been turned upside down and have no idea what their future will hold. Not only are they dealing with the unexpected pregnancy, but they are also having to deal with the disappointment from both of their parents and questions about their future. Now, they are both forced to grow up way too fast. And on top of everything that is going on, you find out that Melissa is hiding a very big secret. This secret is not what you are expecting at all and is completely shocked me.

One of the things I really liked was how mature Reed was and the way he supported Melissa through it all. Yes, they had their ups and downs. But it was handled in such a realistic way. Their journey wasn’t always sunshine and roses. And maybe that’s what I loved the most, that it was believable. It showed just how stressful the idea and reality of being a young parent is and all the struggles along the way.

Overall, I found this story to be very enjoyable. I felt that it was well written and the characters were easy for me to connect with. Two Blue Lines does deal with some very difficult issues and I really appreciate the way that the SC Montgomery handled them. This book has a great message of Love(not just romantic love, but family love), Forgiveness, Making Mistakes and Learning to deal with them……

 

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

 

About The Author

SC Montgomery is a self-proclaimed nerd and readaholic.  She has dabbled in telling stories since she was very young by letting her imagination play out with her Barbie dolls and her bestie many a weekend.  She also writes Contemporary adult romance under the pen name Shauna Allen, and it was in one of those novels that the YA bug bit when she wrote in a teenager loosely based on her own son.  Her first story, The Summer of Lettie, was penned as a gift for her mother, but was published with her blessing, and it’s just taken off from there.

SC is married with three teenagers of her own, who give her plenty of inspiration and advice, and are a constant source of laughter and new terminology.  Besides writing, she loves reading, movies, singing and dancing reality shows and going to the beach.

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Praise for Two Blue Lines:

An emotionally intense story about two teens having to grow up way before their time . . . Hard to put down, this story will stay with you for a long time.-New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter

Book Review – Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

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I have had Loving Mr. Daniels on my Kindle for a couple of weeks. It’s been waiting patiently in my To-Read folder but it was constantly getting overlooked. Finally, I decided to give it a go and see where it took me. Why the hell didn’t I read this book sooner??? Like, the day it came out! Someone should have whacked me on the head and told me to bump it up the list! I LOVED it.

To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. 

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. 

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. 

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours. 

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. 

-Ashlyn Jennings

This book has had a ton of amazing reviews written about it already so instead of writing a big long review with aaaaaaall of my feelings (there are a lot) laid out, I’m going to write this as a list of the main things I loved.

1. The dedication at the start of the book –

“To all of the Tonys of the world.

I see you.
I hear you.
I feel you.
I love you.

And you are not alone.

It didn’t mean much to me at the start of the book but I reread it when the book had ended and the meaning behind it is beautiful. Perfect. Brittney C. Cherry is obviously not only very clever, but has an amazing heart (sorry I can’t say anything more about it or it will be spoilery).

“History sometimes repeated. Tonight, souls cried both on earth and in heaven.”

2. The originality of the story. Often when you pick up a book the story can feel very familiar. This wasn’t the case at all with Loving Mr. Daniels. All the characters, scenes and situations were unique and interesting. Even the romance was different to anything I have read before. It made for a super enjoyable read.

“Before her, I never knew life. After her, I’d never know death.”

3. The ‘coming of age’ element that the story had. I loved how it wasn’t all about the romance all of the time. Ashlynn and Daniel weren’t so completely wrapped up in each other that no one else existed. Plenty happened outside of the romance. The supporting characters each had their own struggles, and their stories were well thought out and portrayed in an authentic, touching, and heartbreaking way. 

Why was it that you wanted those who ignored you to love you the most?”

4. The song lyrics by Romeos Quest at the beginning of each chapter. Most of us have read a book that had cringe worthy song lyrics in it. It happens in books. A lot. However, these lyrics didn’t make me cringe at all. They were poetic and beautiful and I LOVED the meaning behind them. 

“Touch me when you’re gone. Leave me when you’re near. Love me with my shattered pieces ~ Romeos Quest”

So there you have it. These four things were my main loves in this book but there were so many other things about this book that kept me completely hooked. It really was a brilliant read. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Warning – I spent a good portion of time crying while reading it, so have tissues handy. It’s the type of story that will stick with you for a long time afterwards but still leaves you feeling satisfied at the end. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from Brittainy C. Cherry in the future! 

Loving Mr. Daniels

By Brittainy Cherry


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