Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Pause by Micki Fredericks (July 16-20)

Title: Pause
Author: Micki Fredericks
Genre: Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2018

“The perfect combination of love and angst.” ~Amazon Review

“Pause by Micki Fredricks is one of those books that holds readers in its spell for the duration of the book.” ~Amazon Review

An instant. 

That's all it took for Trey O'Brien's life to change, twisted into an unrecognizable mess. Paralyzed by the weight of his guilt, he was numb to anything that wasn't his self-induced loathing and isolation. And that was on a good day. 

Callie loftier spent the first part of her life in the shadow of her illness. Two years ago, she was given a second chance, and she intended to live life to the fullest.

She danced in the rain, sang as loud as she could and met every adventure head-on. 

Life was short, and since she knew nothing was permanent, she had no time for things like falling in love. 
But when Trey and Callie collided, life blurred into something beautiful. 

Could the secret Callie carries with her ruin everything and bring the entire O'Brien family down? Or will it be exactly what Trey needs to pause, and remember how to live again?

If they’d known about ADHD when I was little, my Ritalin dosage would've been OFF THE CHARTS!!

It goes without saying; I spent A LOT of time by myself after the teacher moved my desk out into the hallway. ** Silver lining** With all that alone time on my hands, I used my imagination to make the world a more interesting place. 

When I was little, people said I had an active imagination. In elementary school, teachers called me a daydreamer. My high school counselor said I needed to learn how to focus and my college professors warned me to buckle down if I wanted to be successful. 

Before I knew it, it was time to grow up.

So that's what I did. I grew up, got married and had five kids. I work as a full-time nurse, I'm part of the most amazing book-club, blog about books with my best friends and spend my days defusing the drama that only a household full of teenagers could bring. 
Oh, and I write a bit when I can and now people call me talented. 

Moral of my life story: Hug your kids and embrace their differences. Love them for who they are. Someday, the traits you think are struggles might be exactly what they need to make their dreams come true. 

Micki lives in small-town Iowa with her husband, kids and a fat Cocker Spaniel named Joey.


Blog Tour: The Calm Within by Crystal A. Blanton (July 9-20)

Title: The Calm Within
Author: Crystal A Blanton
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 16, 2018

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When you are lucky enough to find love, take it in both hands and hold onto it like it’s your lifeline. Don’t let go. Don’t let it slip through your fingers.

My name is Kinsley Carmichael. I’m one of the fortunate ones, I found my true love. 
I experienced it, felt it, tasted it. 
He was my best friend, my soul-mate. 
Life without him would be incomplete.

So what happens when that love is taken away? Is it possible to come back from something like that? Is it possible to want to move on? Can a person be granted more than one chance of an all-consuming love in one lifetime? I’m not sure, and I don’t know if I have the strength to find out.

This is my story… in all of its tragic glory.

The Calm Within
Chapter 1

  “It’s our birthday, Kit,” Ryker says softly through the phone. It’s midnight on the dot and I know he hasn’t slept a wink with the way the rasp grips his words.
  “It’s my birthday, Ryker. You turned seventeen six months ago.” I pull the cover over my head and put the phone on speaker.
  “Exactly six months ago, which means it’s my half birthday. That’s just as important.”
  I smile at our familiar words, my eyes remaining closed so I can imagine him by my side. “Ryk, one year I’m going to surprise you and say something different.”
  Our laughter coincides, dancing together until it’s dispersed into thin air.
  “I’m holding you to it. We only have forever.” A contented sigh passes his lips. I can feel how he has more to say. “I hope you enjoy your day.”
  That wasn’t what I was expecting.
  “Will I not see you?” We’ve spent all of our birthdays together—at least all the ones we could.           
  “You will,” he hesitates, “I just don’t know when.”
  “Oh.” It’s barely a word, but I know he can hear the frown in my voice. A minute goes by, the faint whisper of our breathing the only sound.
  “Well...I’ll let you get back to your beauty sleep.” He rustles with the phone. “Lord knows you need it more than me.” His words are lighter, yet I hear no smile.
  “Ryk?” I pause. Not for his response—for my own courage. “Fall asleep with me?” The words are not the ones I was going to say and he knows this but gives it no attention.


Crystal A Blanton lives in the Show Me State with her sarcastic, loving husband of fifteen years and two crazy, wild sons. She has a love for reading, writing, warm weather, Zero Ultra Monster Energy drinks, massages, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and chocolate; in no particular order.