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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Books on My Want to Read List

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant... 
Before that morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature.
But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made — Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers.
After that morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible — she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.{via Goodreads}






What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? 

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined. {Via Goodreads}












Restless souls and empty hearts. 

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca died a year ago, and now their friend Gabe has died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there, waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca chasing her through her dreams. 

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying so hard not to feel the pain of missing Lucca. But when he begins receiving messages from his dead brother, telling him to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface. 

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest. {Via Goodreads}




Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over "breathers". Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. 
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees. 
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad — and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance... {Via Goodreads}









An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.
dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.
Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself. {Via Goodreads}








At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?
In this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along. {Via Goodreads}

Monday, June 7, 2010

Virtual Book Tour~Returning Injury by Becky Due~review



About Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength

Rebecca’s life just keeps getting better.  With Jack away on business, she’s looking forward to four days alone to work on her new client’s PR campaign to help women take back their lives.  But her past intrudes.  Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison.  Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength.  But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

My Review:
I love to read books that help empower women to see that no matter what the rest of the world might think, we are strong and worth just as much as the man standing in line with us. 
Becky touched on a lot of issues that plague women in the world today, and helps to show that there are many forms of abuse that us women face daily.
All of Becky's character's are strong, independent women who aren't afraid to take charge and go for what they want. 
The main character, Rebecca, has finally gotten everything she wants in life, but is plagued by the imanent release of her abusive-stalker ex that she sent to prison years ago. With his release looming and her wonderful hubby out of town; Rebecca and her pug "Lily"  are left home alone and during that time rebecca is very nervous of every noise she hears.
Throughout the story Rebecca realizes she needs to take control of her life and stop being the victim.
 Overall, I think this is a good book that is very successful in portraying women in a strong, positive light.

Virtual Book Tour~Returning Injury by Becky Due

Returning Injury
Join Becky Due, author of the suspense novel Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strengthas she virtually tours the blogosphere in May & June 2010 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Becky Due

Becky Due
Becky Due, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next novel.

Happily married she and Scott live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with their two “kids” Buddy the Cat and Shorty the Pug.
Becky has been a guest on national radio programs and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women through her novels. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools within the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, Becky started, Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her novels, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women through her novels.
Becky’s latest book is a supsense novel titled Returning Injury: A Suspense Chelebrating Women’s Strength.  You can visit her website at www.beckydue.com.
Returning Injury
Returning Injury by Becky Due (click on cover to purchase)

About Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength

Rebecca’s life just keeps getting better.  With Jack away on business, she’s looking forward to four days alone to work on her new client’s PR campaign to help women take back their lives.  But her past intrudes.  Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison.  Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength.  But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

Here’s what critics have to say about Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength

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Returning Injury Tour Schedule

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Monday, May 3
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, May 4
Book spotlighted at Examiner

Wednesday, May 5
Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Thursday, May 6
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Friday, May 7
Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, May 10
Book spotlighted l Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking’s Book Club Selection – Day 1

Tuesday, May 11
Book spotlighted l Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking’s Book Club Selection – Day 2

Wednesday, May 12
Book spotlighted l Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking’s Book Club Selection – Day 3

Thursday, May 13
Book reviewed at You Have How Many Kids?

Friday, May 14
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

Monday, May 17
Book reviewed at Reading at the Beach

Tuesday, May 18
Book giveaway at Readaholic

Wednesday, May 19

Thursday, May 20
Book reviewed at Broken Teepee

Friday, May 21
Book reviewed at Blog O’ the Irish

Monday, May 24
Book reviewed at Rundpinne

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, May 27
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, June 1
Interviewed at Examiner

Wednesday, June 2
Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Thursday, June 3
Guest blogging at Blogging Authors

Friday, June 4
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, June 7
Book reviewed at Chaotic Book Obsession

Tuesday, June 8
Book reviewed at A Musing Mother

Wednesday, June 9
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Thursday, June 10
Interviewed at Divine Caroline
Book reviewed at Knowlton Nest

Friday, June 11
Interviewed at Working Writers

Monday, June 14
Book reviewed at Books R Us

Tuesday, June 15
Guest blogging l Book Giveaway at Night Owl Reviews

Wednesday, June 16
Book reviewed at My Favorite Things

Thursday, June 17
Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More

Friday, June 18
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Monday, June 21
Interviewed at American Chronicle
Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, June 22
Book reviewed at CMash Loves to Read

Wednesday, June 23
Book reviewed at Writing Daze

Thursday, June 24
Book reviewed at Lynn’s Corner
Book reviewed & book giveaway at Literary Lolita

Friday, June 25
Book reviewed at Marta’s Meanderings
Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Black Pearls Magazine ATL Chocolate Social





 Join Ella Curry and the  Black Pearls Magazine fans Thursday night, July 29, 2010 for a night of bookclub introductions, live author readings and great food at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. 
Located on Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown Atlanta's entertainment and excitement, this event will bring readers up close and personal with fantastic authors! 
If you are in town for the National Bookclub Conference, this is a great way to spend your first night networking! We want to introduce readers to a diverse selection of books for review.

Tickets: $25.00
Your ticket includes buffet meal and beverages, gift bag valued at $20, live entertainment and readings from authors.  ALL ticket sales ends June 30, 2010 at 6pm EST. 

Click below to view the event details and directions.http://bpmchocsocial.eventbrite.com
Retweet this event. Post to your Facebook page.  Spread the word to your network down South too!  This is the event of the year for readers to meet authors.

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