Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review: ‘Out Of Mind’ by Jen McLaughlin

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Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Out Of Mind’ (Out Of Line Series-book #3/final) by Diane Alberts.

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Title: OUT OF MIND.
Author: Jen McLaughlin(Diane Alberts)
Series:  Out Of Line Series (Book #3 of 3 – Final)
Published date: (April 29th, 2014)

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The Synopsis of ‘Out Of Mind’:

Reaching for sunlight…

Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.

Lost in shadows…

All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘OUT OF MIND’:

**Possible Spoilers if you’ve yet to read ‘Out Of Line’ and ‘Out Of Time’ from this series**

WHAT. AN. ENDING.  This is the third and final novel of the ‘Out Of Line’ Series by Jen McLaughlin, titled ‘Out Of Mind.’  This was definitely such a bittersweet book to read, knowing that it was anticipated but also the finale to Carrie and Finn’s story.  In this novel, you get to read the story from both Carrie and Finn’s P.O.V’s(point of views).

Carrie Wallington loves Finn with all of her heart and is willing to stick by him through his recovery, no matter what.   Now that her parents know about their relationship, what else could stand in their way?  She put all her fiery personality away and brings out a softer side in order to care for Finn while he recovers physically and mentally from his deployment.  When he begins to push her away, she is left fighting to hold on but he keeps slipping through her grasp.  She’s left feeling helpless while she watches the man she loves, fight his internal battles, alone…

Griffin ‘Finn’ Coram loves Carrie and had her on his mind through out his ordeal.  He returned broken, damaged and feeling less than worthy of her love and of life, in some ways.  No matter how hard he tries, he can’t help but push her away. While dealing with the tragedy of his deployment, more tragedy touches Finn’s life again, leaving him in a dark place. He needed to heal and pull himself out of that dark place but he doesn’t want to drag her down with him… no matter how much he loves her.

‘Out Of Mind’ takes you on such an emotional journey, with both heavyhearted and heartwarming moments.  These moments will make you wonder if Carrie and Finn can fight to survive this journey together. Can love be enough? The story talks about Finn dealing with his P.T.S.D. after his deployment as well as dealing with a loss. Sometimes love means, letting someone go… and sometimes love means, never truly giving up on hope.  This novel was the perfect ending to this series and to Carrie and Finn’s story in so many ways, I can’t express that enough. Thank you, Jen McLaughlin for writing a wonderful story with a perfect ending. I highly recommend not only this novel, but this entire series.  Now, with the author note at the end of the novel I have to ask: What’s in store for Hernandez, Marie and Riley? Do I see Spin-offs in the future? Hope so! 🙂

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★★ MORE NOVELS IN THE ‘OUT OF LINE’ SERIES!★★

Book #1 – OUT OF LINE (Out Of Line Series) Available Now!

Book #2 – OUT OF TIME (which is the review you’ve read above) Available Now!

Book #3 – OUT OF MIND (Out Of Line Series) Expected: April 22nd, 2014!

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘OUT OF MIND’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

1 star rating 4.5

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How I imagined Finn and Carrie while reading ‘OUT OF MIND’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM ‘OUT OF MIND’

Finn’s thoughts:  Without fail, I would have a nightmare every night.  Also without fail, she would come in and comfort me until I fell back asleep.  Then in the morning, we pretended it never happened.

Carrie and Finn: “You were having the dream again, weren’t you?”-(Carrie)
I flopped back down hating that she was seeing me like this. Scarred. Weak. Broken. Scared.

 Carrie to Finn:  “I’m always looking at you.  You’re gorgeous, brave, kind, and loving.  You’re Finn, and I love you just the way you are.  Forever, no matter what.

Finn’s thoughts:  I’d known, deep down to my soul, that we were meant to be together forever.  That I was the best man for her, because no one would make her happier than I could, because our love was just that fucking strong.  I’d been certain of it.  I couldn’t say the same thing anymore.

Finn and Carrie: “The sun is always shining around you, Ginger.”
My heart warmed. “Indeed it is.”

Finn’s thoughts: She took my heart with her, but I knew it would be safe in her hands.
Always.

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Book Review: One Blogging Reader’s Review: This Time Around by Chantal Fernando.

Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘This Time Around’ by Chantal Fernando

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

About the first installment of the ‘Maybe Series’:

Title: THIS TIME AROUND – Book #2
Indie-Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Maybe Series (three books as of this post…maybe more to come)
Publisher: Self-Published

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The Synopsis for ‘Maybe This Time’ via Goodreads.com:

I loved her.
I lost her.
But I’m not willing to let her go.

This time, I’m playing for keeps.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ of ‘MAYBE THIS TIME’ by author Chantal Fernando:

This is the second novel of the Maybe Series by Chantal Fernando and it follows twin-brother, Ryan Knox and Taiya Knox. As the reader, you will get to enjoy the story in both of their P.O.V’s(point of view), which is always great.

Ryan Knox is Reid’s(from Maybe Series-book #1) twin brother. He has the same blonde hair, handsome face and super hot-fit body. His differences are that he has a less broody personality and seems to be more upbeat and flirty. Underneath the flirty-womanizing side of him, is the pain caused from one mistake made a year prior, causing his wife to leave him. He tried to hide the pain he felt after finding a note from his wife Taiya basically telling him ‘goodbye’. After she left, he tried to cover his broken heart and regret by sleeping with women that were down for a good-time. It seems none of them would ever compare to the woman he still craved for deep inside.

Taiya Knox is married to her childhood sweetheart, Ryan Knox. They were both each others first everything and had planned to be together forever. That was until something happened causing her to want to pack up and move as far away from Ryan as she could get. After returning a year later, she is ready to pick up her life and start over again on her own. Only problems are, Ryan wants her back and will do what he has to, to try and win her over and she can’t deny that she still loves him even after every thing.

In this novel, we get to see if they can work out their problems and find that love again. Can forgiveness happen when the truth is revealed? I’m happy to say that we also get a glimpse into the other possible relationships that may be developing between other characters for hopefully, future novels to this series. Xander will be next! Check this novel out. If you love this series, expect another great story. If you aren’t familiar with it, I recommend you check out this series and these stories that aren’t your average love-stories. Looking forward to the next in this series! 🙂

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★★More about the ‘Maybe Series’★★

Maybe This Time – Book #1 of Maybe Series (Published: October 14th, 2013)
This Time Around – Book #2 of Maybe Series (January 21st, 2014)
Time Will Tell – Book #3 of Maybe Series  (September 2014)

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MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘THIS TIME AROUND’  4 out of 5 stars:

1 star rating 4

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How I imagined Taiya, Ryan, Summer, Reid, Persephone, Xander, Jack, Dash and Tag from ‘This Time Around’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘MAYBE THIS TIME′

Taiya’s thoughts on Ryan:  Knox Tavern.  The place looks different since the last time I saw it.  I walk in and my eyes immediately zoom in on him.  I don’t see anyone else in that room except him.

Ryan’s thoughts on Taiya:  She is the only woman in the world with the power to hurt me, and that’s exactly what she did.

Summer and Ryan: “Listen to me. You are Ryan Knox. Local heartthrob and all-around amazing guy.
Whatever you messed up, you can fix it. The question is how much work are you willing
to put in to win her back? Just how important is she to you?”-(Summer)
I puff out a breath. “She’s everything.”-(Ryan)

Ryan’s thoughts:  Friends is better than her jumping down my throat with her harsh words and throwing the past in my face, like she did the last time I saw her.  I would say anything right now to get a second chance with her, and I’m not above playing dirty to get what I want.  I’d do anything to go back in time, to be how we were.

Taiya’s thoughts:  He’s trying to insert himself back into my life, and while I feel the pull towards him more than ever, I can’t let myself be vulnerable around him again.  Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… Ryan and I are over.

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ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review: ‘We Are The Goldens’ by Dana Reinhardt.

ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘We Are The Goldens’ by Dana Reinhardt.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title:  WE ARE THE GOLDENS
Author: Dana Reinhardt
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: May 27th, 2014

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The Synopsis for ‘We Are The Goldens’:

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

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My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading  an ARC-Early Copy of ‘WE ARE THE GOLDENS’:

I was invited to read and review an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of ‘We Are The Goldens’ by Author Dana Reinhardt.  This story follows the close bond shared between two sisters and a moment in their relationship that tests that bond. You will read the story through the main character’s P.O.V.(point of view), Nell Golden.

Nell Golden is a freshman in high school, who has a special and close relationship with her big-sister, Layla Golden, who is a well-liked junior at their high school, City Day. They’ve always been close, shared secrets and have supported each other in the ways that close siblings and best friends do.  In Nell’s eyes, her sister Layla is the most beautiful person, perfect in every way and can do no wrong.  But this year brings changes and a bite of reality to Nell’s life. With Nell experiencing changes in her own life stemming from her friendship with her best friend Felix, dealing with her sister being secretive and experiencing her first high-school crush, Nell has so much to deal with.

Layla’s been acting strange and distant.  She has become uninterested in most of the things that that her classmates seem excited about like parties, high-school boys and hasn’t been hanging out with her friends as much as she use to.  Nell has her suspicions about what might be the reason behind the changes she’s seen in her sister but she continues to deny it and cover for her big-sister, in hopes that her sister will open up to her about what is actually causing these changes.  When Nell finds out that Layla has been having a secret-relationship with their young, attractive art-teacher, she is torn about what to do. 

Nell knows it’s not right but she can’t help but do like she always has, and that is to cover for her sister and try to support her. But can she keep hiding her sisters huge secret?  This story has a steady paced storyline, with a few interesting and climactic moments.  I enjoyed it for the most-part but I do wish that the ending lasted a little longer in order to give a more solid conclusion.  It almost felt like there were a few points that left the storyline mildly-vague between ‘Nell and Sam’ and left me asking three questions:  Did the entire truth come out? And how will things go with Felix and Nell’s friendship?  Is there a follow-up novel planned, which would explain the ending better?  If you enjoy a nice story that seems relate-able in a ‘real-life’ sense, give this one a read. 🙂

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘WE ARE THE GOLDENS’  3 1/2 out of 5 stars:

1 star rating 3.5

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How I imagined Nell, Layla, Mr. B and Felix while reading ‘We Are The Goldens’:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WE ARE THE GOLDENS’

Nell’s thoughts:  When things are right between us, that’s when I feel like me.  It’s always been this way; we know the family joke.  When I first learned to talk I called myself Nellayla.  Nellayla.  You were so much a part of me I thought we shared a name until you told me: “I am Layla,” and you tapped your chest, then reached out to touch mine.  “You are Nell.”  I can’t remember, but I’m sure this rattled my tiny universe.

Nell’s thoughts on Layla:  Somehow I think the story begins with that self-portrait from school, the one with your faraway eyes.  If I could go back to the moment I saw it,  and if I had known what I was looking at, I’d have pulled you aside and said: No. Stop. Don’t.

Nell’s thoughts:  We are the Goldens, but we aren’t perfect.  We’re going to have some hard times, and I wanted to calmly and wisely say some version of this to you: I am your sister, I’m here to help, we’re close, our lives are intertwined, you can trust me.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Felix to Nell:  “What if I only have one chance?  Wouldn’t I want to make the most of that?  And if I only have one chance” -he locked his eyes on mine- “I really want that chance to be with you.”

Nell’s thoughts on Layla:  It’s like that quote you like.  Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.  Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

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ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review: ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ by Tillie Cole.

ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ by Tillie Cole.

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⭐★⭐★⭐★⭐

Title:  IT AIN’T ME, BABE
Author: Tillie Cole
*New* Series: Hades Hangmen Series – Book #1
Publisher:  Independently published (Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: April 28th, 2014

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The Synopsis & My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading  an ARC-Early Copy of ‘IT AIN’T ME, BABE’:

After reading the synopsis for author Tillie Cole’s upcoming novel, I knew I had to read and review it.  The storyline for ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ is about two very different worlds, one being a motorcycle club that deals in dangerous and illegal business and the other, a secluded cult of people ruled under a man known as the Prophet David and his followers.  The story is told in the two main-characters P.O.V.’s(point of views); one is a young woman known in her cult as ‘Salome’ but also goes by ‘Mae’ and then there is River who is known to the MC (motorcycle club) world as ‘Styx’.

The story begins when two young children meet by chance for a short time in a secluded, wooded area.  The eleven-year old boy named River was there with his father, who at the time, happened to be a dangerous leader of an MC(motorcycle club) known as Hades Hangmen.  He comes across a young girl with beautiful pale skin, black hair and blue wolf-like eyes, who looked so sad behind a high fence in the middle of nowhere.  River happens to have a speech impediment that leaves him dependent on others to translate his sign-language and only a few have heard his actual voice. Something about meeting this young-beauty makes him want to make the effort to speak. After their brief encounter, they share a small innocent kiss and before River must leave, he asks the young girl what her name is.  He begs her for this bit of information. The young girl who is about to run away simply replies,”My name is Sin, we are all sin.”  They both part ways, to return to their very different worlds, never to see each other again…

The story then continues fifteen years later…

Salome is in her early twenties and is a beautiful woman now with the same jet-black hair, blue eyes and pale beautiful skin. Unfortunately for her, the cult that she has known as her family all of her life, views her beauty as a bad thing.  They have come to label Salome and three other women in the cult as ‘The Cursed’.  Salome is promised to marry the Prophet David who is the leader of their cult and is set to become his seventh-wife.  After having to deal with so much for so many years, Salome is ready to break free of all she knows.  She needs to do as her sister told her to. Run.   The world outside of the fence that surrounds the commune, has been described to Salome and everyone in her cult as being  full of nothing but sin and evil.  She has no choice but to leave her home and escape into the outside world of sin. By doing so, she finds that things outside of the fence that has caged her all of her life, has so much more than she ever could imagine.

River ‘Styx’ Nash is in his mid-twenties and is now the leader of the Hades Hangmen MC.  He is tall, has dark short-hair, tattooed, built and ruggedly-handsome but has a deadly reputation that is known through out the MC world.  Along with his deadly reputation and their illegal business dealings, he has been given the name of the ‘Hangmen Mute’ because he never talks.  No one has dared to question his leadership because of his speech impediment because of how dangerous and deadly he is and how well he is at being his chapter’s leader.  He never gets close to anyone and the only one who knows so much about him is his best friend and VP to the Hades Hangmen MC,  Kyler ‘Ky’ Willis. 

So much begins to happen in the story. Styx’s path crosses with a face he never thought he’d see again but one he had thought about many times. Then, there happens to be someone interrupting the illegal business dealings of the Hades Hangmen MC, for which they start trying to figure out who’s behind it. ‘Styx’s life becomes a dangerous roller coaster ride filled with suspense, mystery and emotional battles.

This story was very enjoyable, despite its really dark moments.  I’ve yet to come across a story like this before so the uniqueness of the MC world and secret cult world and the dynamics that blend the two, make it a true suspenseful story.  Will ‘Salome/Mae’ ever be completely free of the cult? Can ‘River/Styx’ deal with the emotional battles he’s faced with?  Can the Hades Hangmen find out who is interrupting their business dealings before it’s too late?  I definitely recommend this novel and truly hope it becomes a novel series because there are so many great characters with so much depth and potential, that I’d hate to see them go to waste.  And, I must add that I LOVE the fact that the story happens to mention the city I love, Austin, Texas. Extra kudos points for location and characters! Yes, it’s gritty, dark, violent at times but it also brings forth great moments about fate, love, hope and sacrifice.  Great story, indeed.

Small warning: The story is of the New Adult genre and contains strong-sexual content at times, mature situations, violence, and taboo topics such as a cult lifestyle and abuse.  Recommended only for readers- ages 18+.

UPDATED NEWS FROM AUTHOR TILLIE COLE(as of: May 16th, 2014):

“Well guys, after all your persistence, messages/posts/tweets of support, your endless pimping of IAMB and your relentless campaigning, I am happy to announce that the Hades Hangmen WILL be made into a series!!!” – Tillie Cole

Read the full announcement via: tillecole.com by CLICKING HERE! She let’s readers know that there is always room for more to this series. 😉 Below are the novels that will be coming out as early as by the end of this year from the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’.

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★★‘IT AIN’T ME, BABE’ is the 1st novel of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’. What else is in the series:★★

IT AIN’T ME, BABE– Book #1 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ –  The first novel of the series follows the story of Styx and Mae (Available Now – 2014) – *ARC Review Posted Above!*

HEART RECAPTURED– Book #2 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The second novel of the series follows the story of Ky and Lilah (Expected release date: Fall/Winter 2014)

SOULS UNFRACTURED– Book #3 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The third novel of the series follows the story of Flame and Maddie (Expected release date: Early 2015)

DEEP REDEMPTION– Book #4 of the ‘Hades Hangmen Series’ – The forth novel of the series follows the story Rider (Expected release date: 2015)

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘IT AIN’T ME, BABE’  4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

1 star rating 4.5

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How I imagined the characters while reading ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’. 🙂

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘IT AIN’T ME, BABE’

River ‘young Styx’s thoughts:  From my new position, I could see her hair was as black as coal and her skin so pale.  I’d never seen no one like her before.  Then again, I didn’t know many kids my own age; no one did in club life.  There was Kyler, of course, but he was my best friend, my club brother.

Young River ‘Styx’ first talks to Salome ‘Mae’:  “Wh-wh-who a-are y-y-you?”  As I fell back in shock, my eyes widened.  I’d never been able to do that before, speak to a total stranger.  My hands fidgeted in excitement.  I could talk to this chick!  I could talk… that made her number three.

River ‘young Styx’s thoughts:  Most folks in my world, I knew, would see my signing as a weakness, so my pop told me I had to toughen up and use my fists instead of words.  Now folks just thought I was dangerous.  Like Ky said, I was born to be feared: the Hangmen Mute.

Young River and Young Salome: “A n-name! I’m be-be-begging you!”-(River)
The chick stopped dead still, looked up at me- no, she looked through me- her blue eyes weirdly wide, and whispered, “My name is Sin. We are all sin.”-(Salome)

Styx’s thoughts: Who the hell wanted a stammering, fuckin’ mute as a leader?  But the brothers voted unanimous.  Hades Hangmen would stay with the rightful historic line.  At the age of twenty-six, I found myself Prez of the most notoriously lethal MC in all the States.

Mae’s thoughts:  I had never been kissed before or since.  He was my only secret… my biggest ever sin.  He had become almost like a dream to me.

Styx’s thoughts:  And it killed me knowing she didn’t belong here.  For the first time in my life, I wanted to do right by someone, and her being a part of this club, a part of me, wasn’t doing right by her.

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BOOK: COVER REVEAL and Author Q&A! ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ by Ginger Scott

New! Cover Reveal for the upcoming novel titled:
‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’ by Author Ginger Scott.
And check out our Author Q&A with Ginger Scott below.

How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

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Synopsis for ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’:

When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home.

Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?

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Author Q&A with Ginger Scott

Q: How do you feel you’ve grown as a writer since your debut novel, in comparison to the writer you are today? 
Ginger Scott: I read every bit of feedback I get–through reviews, emails, posts on Facebook. And I read the good and the bad. I’ve learned what readers like and what they don’t like. I’m still learning–I think I’ll always be learning. But even knowing what the reading public likes and dislikes, I still try to write to my own instincts. But I’ve gotten tighter. I have learned to keep my characters rich and full of detail without giving too much and overwhelming a reader. 

Q: Your debut novel ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’ is one of my favorite coming-of-age stories. Did you find it easy or difficult to write in the frame of mind of teenagers experiencing their first-love while going through the motions of high-school? By the way, your execution on the story was perfection! 🙂
Ginger Scott: Firstly, thank you so much for saying that. I fought really hard to make sure everything I wrote for that story was honest and authentic–making characters say things they would really say and feel how they would really feel. Sometimes it’s hard to show weaknesses in your hero and heroine, but I think it was necessary for that story to work. Maybe I am one of those people who will never grow up, but the high school frame of mind was the easiest for me. I love that time, and I love how vulnerable teenagers are. Every emotion is new and raw–like Bambi trying to learn how to walk. I’m looking forward to writing high school again. 

Q: Would you ever consider writing a third novel in the ‘Waiting On The Sidelines Series’ or are you completely done with that storyline?
Ginger Scott: I think about it all the time. I may write a novella or a spin-off story on some of the other characters. Nothing concrete has formed in my head yet, but I won’t close that storyline down completely. 

Q: If you could choose your favorite male character from the awesome leading men in your own stories, who would you say is your personal favorite: 
Reed from ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’, Cody from ‘Blindness’ or Mason from your upcoming-novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’? And why?
Ginger Scott: This is hard, because they are all so different. Reed will always have a special place in my heart — he’s that homecoming king that you always think about, and he’s a football player. But Cody has the biggest heart of them all…although, hmmm Mason is pretty good too. And he’s a musician. I think I’d still go with Reed. But Cody and Mason are sharing the silver medal. At least, right now they are. I may change my mind later!

Q: Will ‘Blindness’ and your upcoming-novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ be stand-alone novels or are you keeping the option open to possibly turn them into series’?

Ginger Scott: ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ will be a stand-alone for sure. There’s always an option of telling the stories of other characters, but that storyline is complete for that hero and heroine. I may write more for ‘Blindness,’ though. The story as it reads right now is complete. I don’t like leaving things undone, so it can be read on its own as a standalone. But I’ve had some interest in more, and I have pages of notes on more for Cody and Charlie, and I’d kind of like to open them up again at some point. 

Q: The synopsis for ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ sounds very interesting. Can you share some backstory about the characters with us from your upcoming-novel?
Ginger Scott: ‘Waiting on the Sidelines’ will always be my baby and special to me because it was my first. But ‘Gravity’ is probably my most precious story. It touches on a subject near to my heart–autism. It’s a love story, first and foremost. But, the heroine is what I like to call a warrior. I’ve met and interviewed dozens of parents of children with autism in my volunteer work, and the strength they have to fight daily battles for their children is awe-inspiring. Avery, my main character, is a parent of a child with autism, and I hope she stands as a tribute to those strong and brave parents I’ve met over the years. Mason is one hell of a sexy singer/songwriter type. He’s a Les Paul guitar-playing, jeans-wearing, messy hair and scruff, blues-lovin’ musician trying to get a big break but failing. Avery and Mason have history, and it’s messy and tangled, and at the start, that history means more to Avery than it does to Mason. But as the story progresses, those scales start to shift. ‘Gravity’ is really a story about second chances and finally becoming the person you’re meant to be. Sometimes it just takes that other person in your life to show you what’s important. 


Q: You mentioned that your upcoming-novel touches on a subject that means something special to you, the subject being autism. What inspired you to write ‘How We Deal With Gravity’?
Ginger Scott: My first real encounter with autism was as a young journalist for a magazine. I didn’t know much about autism, but I wanted to tell its story. So I spent a lot of time with an amazing family, and a woman who was inspired by her son’s diagnosis to help found an organization to help other diagnosed families find answers. That organization is called the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and since my first story on autism, it has grown to become a leader in research and therapies for children and adults with autism. That first story also sparked a lifelong connection in me to help to continue to tell autism’s story. I volunteer to write cover stories for the organization’s magazine, ‘Outreach,’ and I’ve interviewed dozens of families on their experiences. I’ve also had family and friends who have experienced a diagnosis since that first story as well, which has made my connection that much more personal. 

Through these experiences, though, there was always this common thread–these parents are so strong, and they fight so hard for their children. But they rarely put themselves first. It got me to start thinking about how they find love. There are many marriages that have not survived a diagnosis. And I started to think about those single parents fighting this battle and they’re chance for love. That’s really the nucleus of the story. 


Q: If ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’ or ‘Blindness’ were to be optioned for film, who would you love to see cast in the movie adaptations?
Ginger Scott: Oh man is this my favorite game to play:-) Let’s start with ‘Waiting on the Sidelines.’
There’s a model from Brazil named Arthur Sales, and he has a GREAT Reed Johnson look, especially a college Reed. But, to go a little more mainstream and cast an actor, I’d probably go with Steven McQueen from Vampire Diaries. I think Nolan needs to be someone with a certain amount of toughness, but a vulnerability to her at the same time. I’d love to see Chloe Moretz. And I LOVED Hit Girl!

Now to ‘Blindness.’ Again, I have a real-life motocross racer who makes a great Cody. His name is Kerim Fitz-Gerald and he’s from South Africa. But, to stick with the actor mode…the perfect Cody is Cam Gigandet in my head. Charlie might be Aimee Teegarden or Ashley Benson. 


Q: What is your favorite genre to read from? What is your favorite genre to write from?
Ginger Scott: I really love coming-of-age romance, and it’s probably my favorite to read and write. There’s something about all of these firsts and not knowing what to do or how to act. Even as you mature, you still hold on to those insecurities that you started out with, at least on some level, and I think that’s what makes coming-of-age stories so powerful. 

Q: Do you have any future novel plans you can share with us at the moment?
Ginger Scott: I can’t wait to get ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ in front of readers, and that’s my focus right now. But I do have a story I’m working on outlining–one that really sinks into the trenches of that first year of college. I’m really excited about it and it will be my next project for sure. Then, I think I may look into that ‘Blindness’ notebook and see if there are other places to take Cody and Charlie. I have some ideas in mind.

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Book To Movie Adaptation: IF I STAY. [2014] Watch Trailer Now.

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MOVIE NEWS: About the highly-anticipated book to film adaptation ‘If I Stay’—starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley. (Trailer below)

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The film ‘If I Stay’ is based on author Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel with the same name. The story follows a talented teenager named Mia Hall, who seems to have it all: musical talent,  is in love with a great guy and has a supportive and loving family.  Life was great, until the car crash. The crash changes everything.  Mia’s family is met with tragedy but it seems that she isn’t ready to go just yet.  As a result of the crash, her body lies comatose in a hospital — but unbeknownst to anyone, Mia has been having an out-of-body experience since the crash occurred.

During her out-of-body experience, she is told that life or death-‘if you live – if you die, it’s all up to you; whatever fight you got in you, you gotta pull it out now.’  Mia goes through memories from her life before the accident while her body lies in the coma.  As she tries to figure out what to do next, she is given the chance to see what there is to live for still.

The director is R.J. Cutler and Shauna Cross is the scriptwriter. The film is based on the YA novel ‘If I Stay’.

UPDATE  June 5th, 2014

NEW OFFICIAL ‘IF I STAY’ PROLOGUE. Watch it here:


“If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.”

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The cast from the ‘If I Stay’ Film: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Jakob Davies, Liana Liberato. (pictured below)

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‘IF I STAY’ hits theaters: August 22nd, 2014.(U.S.)

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ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review: ‘Fighting To Forget’ by J.B. Salsbury.

ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Fighting To Forget’ (Fighting Series book #3) by J.B. Salsbury.

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Title: FIGHTING TO FORGET
Author: J. B. Salsbury
Series: Fighting #3
Publisher: JB Salsbury LLC (Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: April 15th, 2014

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The Synopsis & My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading  an ARC-Early Copy of ‘FIGHTING TO FORGET (Fighting series book #3)’:

I was very excited to be invited to review an ARC-copy of ‘Fighting To Forget’ which is the third novel of the ‘Fighting Series’.  The story follows Rex Carter and Georgia McIntyre in Las Vegas.  You will be reading the story through the two main characters P.O.V.’s (point of views).  Fighting To Forget is about forgiveness, healing from a dark past and finding you’re inner peace after experiencing real life nightmares.

A young girl named Gia, visits a young boy every chance she can at night once her parents are asleep.  She worries about him and wonders why he’s always so sad and broken.  She shares books, a teddy bear and her time with him, singing Christmas songs that seem to sooth him. This goes on for a time until one day, he she calls to get him help and he’s taken away.  Gia never sees the sad boy again.

MMA fighter by day, and talented music-odyssey by night, Rex Carter, is always in great shape thanks to his constant training and his short black hair and blue eyes.  Only difference between him and many of his fellow MMA fighter friends, who he views as family, he chooses to cover much of his body with tattoos and piercings because the pain is almost like an addiction. He finds that physical pain of fighting, tattoos and piercings calms the storm that brews inside him.  Rex gets nightmares that seem to always haunt him that he can’t tell if there is any truth to the small glimpses of horrible images he sees.  The worst part is that he can’t seem to remember much from his childhood.  He numbs himself to any kind of emotional connections with anyone and his friends who are the closest thing he has to family, don’t even know how deeply damaged Rex is.  This was his life until one day when his life crosses paths with a young waitress named ‘Mac’, who works at a bar that his band ‘Ataxia’ performs at on Sunday nights.  Music has been another way Rex has been able to find a release from the secrets that haunt him.  From the point of their meeting, his life goes sent through a tailspin of events and will never be the same.

Georgia ‘Mac’ McIntyre is a black haired, pale skinned, light brown-eyed beautiful waitress who’s been working several months at a local bar in Las Vegas.  She didn’t just happen to fall into this job or this part of Las Vegas by coincidence. ‘Mac’ came here on a mission to set things right, confess to Rex what she knows about his past and find her own peace along the way if she can.  She has been waiting to find the right time to make contact with Rex, but seeing him now, has stirred some strong feelings inside of her that have made her hesitant.  She’s afraid that all of the information she needs to share with Rex may only destroy the man he’s become.  ‘Mac’ looks nothing like she use to and she knows that once she reaches out to Rex, he may end up hating her. That would just tear her world apart. Her past should’ve broken her but with only the hopes of finding revenge, some kind of peace and Rex, has kept her going.

The Fighting Series has yet to disappoint and this story ‘Fighting To Forget’, is so compelling with its tumultuous story, the depth of the characters and the battles they must face and fight to overcome.  Can Rex handle the truth about his past or will it destroy him completely?  Can ‘Mac’ find the peace she seeks? Will they both be able to survive the past demons that haunt them both? And find out what ever happened to the young girl named ‘Gia’.  I highly recommend this novel and this series, it will not disappoint readers who appreciate a great story with imperfect characters that you can’t help but hope to see them get some kind of happy ending. I love this story and these characters and look forward to the next novel of this series.

Small warning: The story is of the New Adult genre and discusses child abuse and has some strong sexual content.  I’d recommend only for readers ages 18+.

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★★‘Fighting To Forget’ is the 3rd novel of the ‘Fighting Series’. What else is in the series:★★

FIGHTING FOR FLIGHT – Book #1 of the ‘Fighting Series’ – Follows Raven and MMA Professional Fighter Jonah “The Assassin” Slade’s story (Released On: February 25th, 2013)

FIGHTING TO FORGIVE – Book #2 of the ‘Fighting Series’ – Follows Blake Daniels, Jonah “The Assassin” Slade’s Best Friend and fellow professional fighter (Released On: November 19th, 2013)

FIGHTING TO FORGET – Book #3 of the ‘Fighting Series’ –  Follows Rex Carter, Jonah “The Assassin” Slade’s Friend and fellow fighter who loves piercings and tattoos (Expected release date: 2014) – *ARC Review Posted Above!*

FIGHTING THE FALL – Book #4 of the ‘Fighting Series’ –  Follows Raven’s best friend who’s – Eve Dawson and the new CEO of the UFL and former fighter Cameron Kyle (Expected release date: October 2014)

MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘FIGHTING TO FORGET’  4 1/2 out of 5 stars:

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MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘FIGHTING TO FORGET’

Lyrics by Rex: Because inside my shell I’m that boy
Who was never given a say
The real me I’ll cover and destroy
To keep the worst of the pain away.–Ataxia.

Rex’s thoughts:  Groupies are notorious for blabbing about their sexual conquests. I prefer to keep my encounters private, but not for the reasons most would think. It’s not the media I care about or the fear of getting a playboy rep; it’s that I hate doing it. Nothing turns my stomach more than my body’s primal needs.

Mac’s thoughts:  I lie in bed half the night, fighting sleep for fear the dreams will come: memories of the life I lived before I got free, locked up and alone with revenge as my only company.

Mac’s thoughts:  From what I can tell he’s managed to keep his past a secret.  I don’t blame him.  But Rex doesn’t know everything, not the most important thing.  If I can just get close enough to him to form a friendship, then I can fill him in on the part of his past he doesn’t know.  The one thing that could change everything.

Rex and Mac: “And you call me stubborn. That’s three times tonight I’ve had to beg you to let me help you.”-(Rex)
I study my lap to avoid his probing glare.
“I’m not used to people wanting to help me.”-(Mac)
Especially the one person whom I promised to help.

Rex’s thoughts:  I don’t know a thing about this girl, but something about her feels familiar.  Maybe it’s her easy-going attitude.  She acts more like a guy than a chick.  Not what I’m used to at all.  Most of the girls that I’ve hung out with whine when the waitress forgets the lime in their cocktail… Funny I haven’t noticed her before.  I mean it’s not as if she blends in. Shit.

Mac’s thoughts: My intention has always been revenge first, absolution second.  Here I am, sitting a foot away, holding information that I thought would bring Rex the peace he deserves, but watching him over these last few months, it seems he’s doing much better than I am.  This is a mistake.

Rex and Mac: “I really like kissing you.”-(Rex)
His voice is so quiet that if I weren’t paying close enough attention I would’ve missed it.
“Is that bad?”-(Mac) All I want to do is fix it, make whatever he’s going through better. Take his pain away.
“It is for me.”-(Rex) Finally he turns toward me, and I fight the urge to recoil at the war raging behind his eyes.

Mac’s thoughts:  Rex is my addiction.  On some level he always has been.  But not like this.  I’d beg, get on my knees and plead for him to take me, control me, and have me for no other reason than his pleasure.  I scrub my hands over my face.  That sounds insane.  But it’s true.

Rex’s thoughts:  The urgent need to protect her, keep her safe from any and every thing is there, but there’s something else too:  an egotistical drive to posses and claim her, willing to fuck-up anyone who tries to take her away.

Georgia McIntyre:  They can lock me up, but they can’t keep me in here forever.  I’ll find my way back to him.  Always. –(Georgia McIntyre, age 10)

Rex’s thoughts:  Life lies within the chain link of the octagon:  the sweat, blood… the pain.  It’s the only thing that reminds me I’m alive.  When most of the time I wish I were dead.

Rex’s thoughts:  Gia, my savior in the dark.  I wanted to remember so badly.  I felt lost without the knowledge of my past.  And now that I have it all back, I’d give it away tomorrow for the chance for one more night with Gia.

Georgia McIntyre’s thoughts:  The girl who set eyes on a young boy and knew he’d own her heart forever sings from the dark part of my soul, reminding me that there’s hope.  And maybe with time our love could raise her from the dead.

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