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    Grace Doll Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

    I am such a huge fan of author Jennifer Laurens. So when I heard that her newest release, GRACE DOLL, was going on tour, I just had to sign up. I’d discovered her Heavenly trilogy when I was just a reader, during my angel phase, and just couldn’t get enough of her writing. I bought every single title she wrote and devoured them all and loved them.

    GRACE DOLL is on my reading pile this month and I can’t wait to read it, because it sounds absolutely amazing and I just know it will give me that twisty-turny feeling and be every bit as captivating as all her other books.

    If you haven’t yet heard about this awesome book or this amazing author, here’s just a little bit about them both.

    About the Book

    Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.

    Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him.

    With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.

    But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known… and embracing the role she was born to play.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

    About the Author

    I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don’t have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn’t write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.

    I’ve written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

    They say “write what you know” and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we’ve been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

    My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

    Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

    WHO IS GRACE DOLL?

    I asked a beta reader about titling Grace Doll. I said, “Which title do you like best? Immortal? Divine? Forever Love? Or Grace Doll?”

    She said, “I’ve heard of all the other titles before, none of them are stand out. But when I see Grace Doll, I’m like, ‘What the hell is a Grace Doll?’ “

    So, I decided to go with Grace Doll.

    In a book world where every book is a one-word title, it was a risk going with Grace Doll, but the significance isn’t just about the character.

    My aunt’s name was Grace Doll, and everywhere we went people were intrigued by her name. She was a vivacious, bubbly woman with a contagious laugh and southern drawl.

    When I originally wrote this story, it was a screenplay—and the character of Grace Doll was Laura Lainhart. In re-writing it for my young adult audience, I wanted everything about the story to be fresh. I settled on Grace Doll because my books always have an element of me in them, because I write for myself and my family first. And, Grace Doll, like all of my books are woven with bits and pieces of my life experiences. My family knows that, recognizes them and each book has a deeper meaning that way. Long after I’m gone, my posterity will read one of my books and remember when “that moment” happened or “that scene” or “that character is me.”

    Grace’s character was so wonderful to write because she’s a long-lived woman in a teenager’s body. I loved tackling on the difficulties and nuances that would create in someone. For instance, Grace has the idiosyncrasies of a mature woman ( i.e. not wasting anything, being OCD about organizing, etc. ) but the feelings and dreams of a teenage girl on the verge of experiencing her first love.

    Even though Grace has had lifetimes of living, her experiences have been limited. She’s at a crossroads when she meets Brenden, and she has to decide: will my life be more of the same? Or am I going to face my demons and break free?

    We were given fifteen amazing excerpts to choose from, and while I’d have loved to have posted all fifteen here, that would have been just too greedy so I chose a couple favorites, because choosing just one wasn’t an option.

    And yes, almost all of them gave me that twisty-turny feeling, made me sigh, and made me wish I was reading GRACE DOLL right now. Especially this one incredibly beautiful and sensuous excerpt, which I didn’t include, because it, I believe, should be discovered within the context of the story.

    I lean toward her. Her rapid breath teases my heartbeat into an eager pound, her chest rising and falling to the rhythm of my heart. I’m so close her breath slips into my parted lips. I expect to see surprise in her eyes—maybe warning. Instead, her blue gaze is heavy-lidded, almost dreamy. This isn’t a dream. I’m going to kiss you.

    Her scent drifts into me.

    “Brenden.” Her whisper floats around my senses. No, don’t wake me. This is my dream.

    “I can’t,” she says.

    “Why?”

    She swallows. “I don’t have relationships.”

    “It’s a kiss. Not a relationship.” But that’s a lie. I’m not here on Dad’s errand anymore, I’m here for her. For me. The realization that my heart has changed fills me with thrill and desire. For us.

    “I don’t kiss,” she whispers.

    She can’t be serious. No, she’s just being seriously harsh to send me a clear message, and it hurts more than I want to accept. But the look in her eye confuses me—regret—and conviction.  I’m pressed into the seat by disbelief. What happened to this beautiful, healthy, vibrant girl to make her want to choose life without relationships? We’re silent for a long, long, time. The deafening roar of the plane engine fills my head. Does this mean she’s resolved to never have love? The thought is like the riptide, pulling me into dark suffocation.

    “How…” Words crawl out. The comment stings my brain into dullness. “Is it because you’re in mourning?”

    Her expression is vacant. Dead. “I’m taking care of Oscar,” she says, resignation heavy in her voice. “You, of all people, should understand what that means.”

    “What about when Oscar’s gone? What then?”

    She turns away. I know how it feels having to accept fate, to face being alone.

    My hopes and fantasies take her answer like a sledgehammer to my heart. When Mom was dying, I wanted comfort I couldn’t have. I didn’t want to feel alone.

    Gently, tentatively I lay my hand over hers, bringing her face round again. Her hand trembles beneath my palm, and the shuddering moves. Fascinated, I reach over with my left hand and gently cover her wrist, just in time to catch the traveling vibration up her arm. Her eyes close, her head falls back against the seat. Her body soon looks as though it’s gone completely lax. Beneath her shirt, the rise and fall of her chest grows more rapid.

    “What happens when I touch you?” I whisper.

    Her lips part, but she says nothing. Her eyes remain closed. Euphoria draws over her fine-boned features like she’s in the middle of a blissful dream.

    I lean close.“Tell me.” I squeeze tighter hoping to urge the words from her lips.

    “Let me go. Please.”

    The warm comfort from Brenden’s hand streams through my arm in an electric current, igniting, stimulating, building into a frenzy. A parched desert dares to bloom. It’s difficult to allow myself to enjoy these feelings. The struggle is immense, like a butterfly stuck in a cocoon that won’t give.

    You can’t run away from this forever. Both Oscar and Jonathan told me that over and over again. Up until now, the easiest reaction has been to avoid—which I’ve done with great success. Until Brenden appeared.

    He planted hope inside of me.

    I remember this euphoria. Once, it was new to me, teasing with innocent possibilities. Then I met Rufus. Any innocence I possessed was demolished beneath his hands.

    It took every ounce of will I could gather to ask Brenden to let me go. I wanted to turn to him and fold myself into his body, giving myself to ecstasy. But I can’t use him for my own pleasure, that would make me no better than Rufus.

    He’s been stony since. I can’t expect anything else, and this is better for us both. I have to make seeing Rufus my first priority once we’re in Los Angeles. Anything involving Brenden will have to wait until that’s resolved.

    Tidy as that thought is, Brenden shines at me like a spotlight. I don’t want to ignore him. Complicating the issue is the possibility that he has feelings for me—why else would he try to kiss me?

    My romantic naiveté is a reality that hasn’t changed even with decades of living. An atrophied muscle that has left me with the thoughts, the wonders and fears of a seventeen-year-old girl.

    I loved getting to know where the name GRACE DOLL derived from. And I love that author Jennifer Laurens makes her family a part of her writing and her stories. It’s one of the things I enjoyed most about reading the Heavenly series.

    Grace Doll sounds like an absolutely fascinating character, that I can’t wait to meet! Especially after checking out all fifteen excerpts. Which I won’t go into detail about here, as I’m sure a few other blogs will be posting them throughout the tour. But I will just say that I’m more intrigued than ever about this character, this story and the secondary characters I’ve had the chance to meet, albeit briefly.

    And of course I just have to thank Jennifer Laurens for stopping by and for sharing with me and my blog’s readers that wonderful post about GRACE DOLL‘s creation and development. I am, and always will be, a fan and can’t wait to see what’s next.

    I also want to thank Kathy of I Am A Reader Not A Writer for allowing me to be a stop on this awesome tour she put together!

    Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour for more peeks at GRACE DOLL, author interviews, reviews and other awesome posts!

    The Tour

    October 29th
    I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off

    October 30th
    Books Complete Me – Review & Guest Post or Tens List
    The Book Bug – Excerpt
    Pandora Poikilos – Peace from Pieces – Interview

    October 31st
    Bibliophilia, Please – Tens List or Guest Post
    Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
    Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Interview
    Hopeful Happiness – Interview & Review

    November 1st
    Once Upon a Twilight – Review
    Acting Balanced – Guest Post or Interview
    Me & Reading – Guest Post
    Books Beside My Bedside – Guest Post & Review

    November 2nd
    Reader Girls – Review
    Fiktshun – Guest Post or Tens List
    The Mod Podge Bookshelf – Guest Post or Tens List

    November 3rd
    Getting Your Read On – Review
    Promiscuous Diva – Tens List
    Publishing the Paranormal – Tens List

    November 4th
    Mommy Adventures with Ravina – Review
    icefairy’s Treasure Chest – Excerpt
    Read for Your Future – Interview

    November 5th
    We Fancy Books – Playlist
    Bookworm Lisa – Review & Tens List
    Lena Sledge – Guest Post
    The Young Folks – Review & Tens List

    November 6th
    Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
    booklove101 – Review
    Book Haven Extraordinaire – Tens Post
    The Happy Booker – Guest Post

    November 7th
    The Busy Bibliophile – Guest Post
    Late Bloomer Online – Guest Post & Review
    Lisa’s World of Books – Review & Guest Post

    November 8th
    MK McClintock – Interview
    Read in a Single Sitting – Review & Interview
    Reviewing Shelf – Review

    November 9th
    Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways – Interview
    Book, Books the Magical Fruit – Interview, Guest Post or Tens List
    Why Not? Because I Said So – Excerpt

    The giveaway is the same at all stops, so if you’ve already entered, you don’t need to enter here! It is being hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer, so be sure to check out the giveaway rules.

    ***Ends November 15, 2012***

    What’s up for grabs?

    A $10 Amazon Gift Card & a copy of Grace Doll + Swag

    A copy of Grace Doll

    (Paperback – US only; eBook – International)

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    My Reading Pile #74

    Well, after the epic loss of books from the post office the other week I ended up getting a few replacement trades. Not the eight books I traded for originally, but they are five awesome books.

    Though surprise, surprise, the post office apparently located seven of the eight missing books. But instead of sending them to me, they’re sending them back to sender so that we can try this all over again. Hey, maybe they’ll lose them again and find only six of the seven. Anyway….

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    I clearly had an issue taking the picture of my pile of books this week. And as I don’t have Photoshop on this computer I couldn’t make them at least appear somewhat straight. Sorry about that.

    All the books I received were replacements for that original trade the other week. And, except for one or two, they’re all different. But I’m excited about having all of them early, even if I am not completely caught up on a couple series – The Iron Fey and Legacy.

    What’s Left of Me looks and sounds really cool. And I’ve been super curious about Break My Heart 1,000 Times. I really hope to get a chance to read some of these books early. But as they’re not on the pile this week…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (August 12 – August 18, 2012)

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    First up on the pile is Rift by Andrea Cremer. I received an ARC from the publisher, Philomel, just over a week ago. While I have purchased the eBook, I’ll be reading the printed ARC for review this week.

    I love author Andrea Cremer’s writing and I loved the two books in her Nightshade series that I read. I still haven’t read the final book as I hadn’t wanted to see that series end. But had I known there would be a prequel written, I’d have definitely read it already.

    As I won’t have time to read that book and this one in a timely manner I will be reading this prequel out of sequence, which will be interesting. As it’s a prequel, hopefully I won’t be spoiling anything about the end of the series, though I’m sure I’ll be missing some of those “aha” moments that relate to things in that final book.

    I’m really excited about checking out this book which the description says chronicles the “rise of the Keepers.” And I’m thrilled to read this story about Ember Morrow and Barrow Hess.

    I love that its described as “fast-paced and breathtaking” and with the promise of “action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality” I’m certain that this is a book that I will absolutely love.

    Next up on the pile is Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens. I won an ARC from the author on her blog and I’m dying to read it. I have loved everything I read by this author, as she always manages to write these angst-filled and twisty-turny stories that just tear me up inside.

    I can’t wait to meet Grace Doll and see what choices she ends up making. I hope she gets the freedom she wanted and that she doesn’t become ensnared once more in the controlled life she’d left behind.

    I am curious to know just what this stranger promises and whether Grace ends up with a happy ending. I feel like it’s been ages since I last read a book by this author and I’m so excited to get to read this one just a little bit early.

    ***

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I wish I could read Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout this week. After having read Onyx I’ve been in major JLA withdrawal. I am dying to meet new characters and discover a new story that she’s written. And I love the idea behind the book.

    But as I am behind on some of my required reads because I went a bit off pile, it will likely just be a wish, hope and dream of a read and not an actual read this week.

    ***

    Those left behind:

    I went completely off pile last week and didn’t end up reading any of the books in the Lorien Legacies series as originally planned. I got totally caught up in reading Silver by Talia Vance late one night. I fell madly in love with that book in the first few pages and couldn’t bear to stop reading until I’d devoured it.

    And then I was lured in by Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas which I had on an earlier reading pile but decided to set aside for a bit as I joined the book tour and wasn’t due to review it until early September. But the idea of assassins and high fantasy was too much to resist and so I snuck that one in.

    I hope to get started on the Lorien Legacies books before I start this week’s reads, but I may not be able to resist checking out both Rift and Grace Doll before then.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I did not get any new books from NetGalley this week. I actually had looked on NetGalley and found a book, but it was a Disney-Hyperion book and of course they don’t approve blogger ARCs so I was saved from yet another NetGalley read on the pile.

    While I am still a bit behind on reviews for books I’ve read – like Unravel Me and Demon Eyes – I have written and posted a couple reviews this week, so I’m not too far behind. And I will be writing my review for Silver today, so I just need to catch up on those other not as pressing reviews.

    I’ve been trying to get ahead on required reads for books I’m participating on tours for. I just have one more book to read – Inbetween by Tara Fuller – and I’ll be caught up, which takes away a lot of that stress.

    I am really hoping not to go on any more tours in the near future, but it’s one of those things I find just too hard to say no to.

    Anyway….

    I know this post is a day late, but I had a post scheduled for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour which I couldn’t move. So, a belated happy reading week and I hope you have some amazing books on the pile this week!

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Heartbreak Row #1

    As I mentioned in my Crush List post, there are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Thankfully there aren’t too many books that shatter your heart into a million pieces. But, here are five that have earned their place on Heartbreak Row.

    As some of the reasons they are so heartbreaking would involve spoilers, I will be slightly cryptic with my answers as to why I’m heartbroken. But if you’re willing to risk a broken heart, definitely check these books out.

    (Also, I could have called this Devastation Alley instead of Heartbreak Row, but that just sounds too over-dramatic, now doesn’t it?)

    If I Stay has earned a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I still can’t even think of this book without tearing up. As much as I want to read it a second time, knowing how affecting it is, I just can’t quite willingly put myself through that again at the moment.

    And, this is one of those books that is just so powerful the first time around that you have to think about whether or not a re-read will take away from the experience.

    Why I’m heartbroken: It’s just so, so sad. The writing makes it impossible not to feel the depth of pain, the incredible loss, and the difficult choices that the main character is faced with.Delirium earned a spot on Heartbreak Row that I hope is not permanent. As it is the first book in a trilogy and I haven’t a clue as to what is going to happen next, I am keeping hope alive that things will be less devastating in the second and third books in the series. Of course, having now read two books by this author I don’t think that will be the case.

    And it is definitely possible that either of the next two books will be even more heartbreaking, but for now, Delirium is right where it should be.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The ending. And that lead up to the ending. Crushing. A complete tear-jerker ending. Shocking. Sob-inducing. The writing throughout is absolutely beautiful. It lulls you into a state of calm and then the floor drops right out from under you.

    Black Halo has a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I have not yet read the last book in the series, Grace of Day, but that wouldn’t matter, although I have a feeling that it might be right up here with Black Halo when I do get a chance to read it.

    The series itself tugged at my heart multiple times in each of the books I’ve read. There are just so many moments that squeezed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

    But none come even close to the one scene in this book which had me crying out loud without even realizing I was.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The scene between Robert and Grace – the one in which Grace puts her love for Robert above all else. My heart is breaking right now thinking of it. The scene was so raw, so real, so powerful and so unbelievably heartbreaking. Oh yeah, and then there’s the last page of the book.

    Shadow Kiss is another permanent fixture on Heartbreak Row. I was completely annihilated by the events that transpired in this book. Spirit Bound was a contender, but as it only had the one line which crushed me, Shadow Kiss was way more deserving of a spot. It is an absolute heartbreaker.

    Now, this is not to say that my heart wasn’t shredded a little bit in every single one of these books. But Richelle Mead reached in, grabbed my heart, ripped it out, and played football with it in Shadow Kiss.

    Why I’m heartbroken: For Rose. For what happens toward the end of this book. For having to walk away, completely helpless, unable to do anything even though it’s killing her. Rose’s heart was broken, so was mine.

    Absolution – and really the entire trilogy – caused me enough heartache, suffering and anguish to have earned a prime spot on Heartbreak Row.

    Every book in the trilogy lifts you up, gives you hope, and then smashes you to pieces. But as Absolution is the final book in the series, it’s the ending that kills – when there are no more pages to keep hope alive, when the story wraps up and you realize that the once possible future is no longer.

    Why I’m heartbroken: Because it had the right ending, even though it wasn’t the ending I had hoped for. Because I could see happily-ever-after being ripped away. Because I continued to hope until the very last possible moment. Because I fell in love with the idea of something impossible.

    ***

    So, this is just a peek at five of the books I have on Heartbreak Row. Books I’m glad that I’ve read without an audience. Books that make me glad I keep a box of Kleenex handy.

    And books whose pages deliver pain, sorrow, anguish and total heart-stopping devastation. Stories that are just as beautiful as they are cruel. Books that I will remember always.

    What books have you read that left you heartbroken?

    As I’m a total heartbreak junkie, I’d love to know!

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    Quickie Giveaway: Heavenly Trilogy

    The Heavenly trilogy by author Jennifer Laurens is one of my favorite series of all time. Some days I dream it had stopped after book one because the heartbreak only continues as it goes along. But it’s an amazing series and one I’ve already gifted to a friends and family who also fell in love with it.

    Perhaps you haven’t yet read this amazing series? Well, it just recently had a cover makeover for the eBook editions. And they are gorgeous! I may have to re-purchase them for myself.

    Today on Twitter the author had another surprise giveaway and I was a winner. As she is always doing such great things for her fans I, as a huge fan, also want to share.

    So, since I just posted a quickie review of something today, I’m going to do this as a quickie giveaway.

    The giveaway:

    All three Kindle eBooks with those new covers of The Heavenly trilogy by Jennifer Laurens to TWO WINNERS.

    The details:

    – Must be 13 or older to enter

    – Giveaway is to anyone who can accept Kindle gifts from Amazon

    – Only one entry per person

    – Random.org will be choosing the winners

    – Giveaway ends at midnight tonight

    – Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    – Kindle gifts will be sent as emails from Amazon

    Leaving a comment will be your entry into the giveaway. No follow, like or Tweetish stuff required!

    If you haven’t heard about this author or series, she can be found on Twitter @jenniferlaurens or on her BLOG.

    If you want to check out what I had to say about the first book in the series, click here.

    Thank you to everyone for entering my Quickie Giveaway for the Heavenly trilogy. I will be choosing winners shortly via Random.org and post their names here. Stay tuned…

    Winner #1 is…

    Winner #2 is…

    Congratulations LadyVampire and NoraBell! You both are winners of the Quickie Heavenly Trilogy eBook giveaway.

    I will be notifying you by email to expect eBook gifts from Amazon. I believe they have to be sent separately as you can’t gift multiple Kindle books in one order. So you may see three email messages from Amazon.

    For those who aren’t winners, stay tuned, as soon as the author releases the print editions with the new covers I will be doing a giveaway for a set or two of those!

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    The Extras: Teasers #2

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

    Amelia’s thoughts:

    For one sunlit season, I had laughed and I had loved and I had been extraordinary. It was a glorious ruination–my madness was mine–and for that, I was not sorry.

    I can’t put my favorite passage here or I’d be giving away a spoiler but if you read the book you’ll find it at the very end.

    Ashlyn’s thoughts:

    His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.

    ***

    Colin’s brief touch at my shoulder was assuring. What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn?

    Eden’s thoughts:

    Memories rose, rippling like pebbles tossed into the lies she’d told herself to try to forget about him.

    ***

    With a whispered breath, he moaned, “Love.” It rolled from his lips like a promise, echoed layer after layer. Deep inside her, something shivered.

    Kathryn’s thoughts:

    The human voice, it turns out, just isn’t that strong. Human hatred, on the other hand, is.

    Violet’s thoughts:

    He smiled then, a sad smile that almost made my heart break into a million little pieces.

    ***

    Raising one hand to his lips, he kissed his fingertips, and then pressed them against my heart. Something about the gesture said more than any words could, bringing tears to my eyes.

    Aristanae’s thoughts:

    He pulled me closer, tighter, deepening the kiss as though starving, yet taking the time to savor every second. I knew how to kiss, knew the mechanics involved, but this was the first time I’d ever lost myself, ever wanted it more than breathing and wanted to keep doing it until time stood still and the earth faded away.

    I do have a favorite passage close to the end, but it is a spoiler. Here are just a few of the overwhelmingly many beautiful passages in this book.

    Kendall’s thoughts:

    She counts the steps to one hundred, and then she can stop and really concentrate on the ball. She loves the way it moves over the grass, like a hand on bare skin, seeking out all the nuances.

    ***

    She is forever in that moment just before sleep, that sweet hovering of a moment where nothing else matters. Sounds, urges, all is deep background noise. This, she realizes . . . this is truly where her brain doesn’t rule her world.

    ***

    The desk :

    Save me. I’m alive. Say yes. I need you. Come back.

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    Review: Overprotected

    Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens was released in the U.S. on February 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, though at time of this post it is less expensive in both formats at Amazon.

    Published by Grove Creek Publishing the paperback is 252 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

    Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

    Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

    Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

    Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.

    Daddy was wrong

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    Most girls would take comfort in the knowledge that they are being protected. That they are shielded from the evils of the world. That their parents love them so much that they want to make sure that no harm would ever come to them. And that Daddy would do anything for his little Princess.

    But sometimes that protection can become a burden. The comforting embrace can become a noose and protection can quickly cross that fine line to overprotection.

    Ashlyn Adair yearns for freedom. Trapped in her gilded cage on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with her every move watched, she only wants to be able to assert her independence and make her own choices.

    No longer the little girl who basked in the glow of Daddy’s affection, she wants to be seen as the young woman she has become – someone able to take care of herself, someone who can be trusted to make the right decisions.

    But Daddy is not ready to let go. And when Ashlyn’s current bodyguard fails in his duties, he finds someone who he thinks can keep her in line – her childhood tormenter, Colin Brennen. The boy that she hates and fears. A boy that Daddy knows will protect her but will never be anything more than the hired help.

    With the need for freedom so strong and with a lifetime of caged emotions, Ashlyn can turn to the only person that Daddy lets into her life. Colin.

    ***

    Overprotected is yet another brilliantly torturous standalone novel by author Jennifer Laurens. Ashlyn Adair is a girl on the verge of adulthood who is still treated like a young child. Smothered by her father’s overwhelming need to keep her safe after a childhood trauma, his protection verges on obsession and Ashlyn is finally reaching the end of her patience.

    A vain attempt at getting rid of her bodyguard only results in his replacement with her childhood enemy, Colin. But as much as she despises him, Colin is not the creepy, infatuated protector that Stuart was. His good looks and easy charm soon begin to stir up feelings that she has bottled inside, and her fear of him is quickly erased as it is replaced by something more.

    Overprotected shows us that no matter what the level of captivity, the spirit’s desire for freedom cannot be quashed. And that even with moments of hopelessness and despair, the heart can still find love and joy and understanding and forgiveness.

    Jennifer Laurens has done an exceptional job in developing her characters and story. Ashlyn’s plight is very believable and readers will be able to really connect with many of the things she’s going through. And Colin is more than just the focus of her affection, but is someone who is on her side, listens to her, understands her and sees her as her own person and not just the prized possession her parents showcase.

    The author’s writing, as always, has such beauty and flow. Her passages are crafted in such a way as to create amazingly vivid pictures in the mind, pull you deeply into the characters situation and tug at your heart when they suffer.

    Just two of the stunning passages – I’ve left one off as it’s a spoiler:

    His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.

    Colin’s brief touch at my shoulder was assuring. What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn?

    For anyone who has yet to read a book by this author, either Overprotected or A Season of Eden are the perfect books to start with. But the Heavenly trilogy should not be missed.

    And while Overprotected is in part about the love story, it’s not the sole focus, as is the case with some of the author’s other works. But it is just as wonderfully emotionally tormenting as all the rest.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    Jennifer Laurens has a fan for life in me. I can’t imagine not loving anything she writes. The writing never gets stale, the emotion never gets old and the torment never stops coming.

    I never feel like I’m reading something repetitive when I read her books. Nothing feels formulaic as can sometimes be the case when reading angst-ridden love stories. I get sucked in every time and suffer anew.

    I really sympathized with Ashlyn in this story. Sympathized, but not pitied as she is not a pathetic character. Her life to the outside world was very different than the one she lived behind closed doors. Her only outlet and freedom was with her music – the only boundary her mother and father wouldn’t cross.

    I went from happy, to sad, to a nail-biting mess at various points during the story.

    And although I tend to cringe when people over the age of thirteen refer to their father as “Daddy” I did not cringe once here.

    This is a definite must read. It is quick but will absorb all your attention so you won’t even know how much time has passed. And you won’t want to put it down. I didn’t.

    ***

    To read an excerpt from chapter one, click here to visit the blogsite for Overprotected.

    Book trailer for Overprotected:

    (And yes this song is totally haunting. If you watch this on YouTube you’ll see contact info for the artist and she’ll send you the song.)

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    The Trailers: Overprotected

    Overprotected is a new book by author Jennifer Laurens. It is currently available in the U.S. in paperback and in eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Grove Creek Publishing, the paperback is 252 pages.

    Although the publication date on Barnes & Noble lists a release date in April, it is currently available.

    To read an excerpt from chapter one, click here.

    Jennifer Laurens is the author of the Heavenly trilogy, A Season of Eden, Falling for Romeo, Nailed and Magic Hands. All of which are fantastic books and I can’t wait to start reading Overprotected.

    Ms. Laurens often has great giveaways, so be sure to check her site and her Facebook fan page often. If you’d like to be entered in her current giveaway, please click here.

    Blurb from Overprotected‘s blog:

    Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

    Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

    Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.Daddy was wrong.

    Book trailer for Overprotected:

    (Please note, although I’ve posted this trailer here, I am not entered in this giveaway.)

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