Blog Tour + Book Review & Giveaway | To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

To Be HonestTo Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Synopsis:
The author of The Big F is back with another snappy, utterly relatable contemporary novel about loving yourself and forging your own path, perfect for fans of Julie Murphy and Rainbow Rowell.

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

My rating:
5 star

News flash: fat isn’t a bad word, Mom.

When Savannah’s sister went off to college, she experienced a life-changing moment of her own. Having only Fiyero the monster poodle and her mom around, Savannah had to deal with her emotions and anxiety that was filled by her mom’s one-track mind to count calories and food restriction.

From her parents’ divorce to her mom joining a weight-loss reality TV show, Savannah felt her insecurities skyrocketed but I love how well she handle everything that has happened in her life. She’s funny, understanding and most of all accepts who she is—what body she has. Even if her mom says her otherwise, Savannah is confident enough and believes that beauty is not define by weight or size but rather comes from loving herself first.

Having said that, Kim, Savannah’s mom, for me was the complete opposite. She chose to go through an unhealthy transformation, and who am I to judge? The very person, who should have been there for her, broke not only her heart but also her trust. But her lack of confidence was not mainly rooted with her ex-husband cheating on her but with how she was raised to hate herself. So, Kim tried to earned her validity by being something she was not and living a fake reality brought by the media.

On a positive note, I adore the relationship between Savannah and Ashley. They accept each other’s quirks and queer, and always have each other’s back no matter what. That same goes with Savannah’s friendship with Grace. I love the humor they brought in to the story because they totally complement each other.

And let’s not forget how Savannah meeting George, her best friend’s cousin and an absolutely talented saxophonist, gave a light and fuzzy spin in to the story. The chemistry between them was 100% delightful. I love how they started off as friends like how real romance sparks and thankfully that family’s summer cookout with the Morenos happened. It was dreamy, sweet and feels like it’s truly meant to be for both of them.

Moreover, I love George’s character not because he’s nice, charming and kind but because he likes Savannah by simply being her true self without pretenses. This gives us the realization on how we could easily like a person base on their outward appearances but what’s far greater than that was how we truly knows them and falling in love with someone for all the right reasons.

Unmistakably, this story brought a powerful and positive fat representation in YA that every one of us deserves to have. In an interview I did with Maggie Ann Martin, where she talks about body positivity and how this book hit very close to home for her, she clearly pointed out the issues we have today about perceived beauty and body image.

Sadly, this fat stigma often begins during our childhood where parents project their own insecurities on their children. As a result, they were the ones who threw the first negative impression that being fat is ugly.

The author significantly highlighted this and the effects of media through Kim’s experience and gave emphasis on how we could change the culture towards size diversity the way Savannah did.

To Be Honest is a fun, breezy and affirming story about how you #LoveYourBody because #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies. From being fat to openly and happily living as gay, the story immensely surrounds itself with an attitude of acceptance and gave readers a strong message on self-love and importance.

There’s no expiration date on acceptance.

Thank you to NetGalley, MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group – Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours and Maggie Ann Martin for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!

About The Author:
Maggie Ann MartinMaggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway | Rewrite the Stars by Julieann Dove

Rewrite the Stars by Julieann DoveRewrite the Stars by Julieann Dove
Publication date: August 23, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Cover Design: Kristin Clifton of Sweet Bird Designs, LLC
Buy Links:
Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon MX | Free w/ Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis:
For ten summers Claire and her mother had been guests at the Prescott’s beach house at Kelly’s Cove. And for ten years she played with Mallory and her twin brother, Colin. But it wasn’t until she returned after college graduation for her last summer there, that she realized Colin had grown into a guy who made her knees knock just by smiling at her. Being from different worlds, she knew nothing would come from her attraction to him.

Having returned to the states from studying abroad for four years, the last person Colin thought he’d find staying in his bedroom was Claire Ashton. Lanky and awkward during her adolescent years, he had to look twice to make sure this was the same girl. After a week together it was obvious he’d overlooked something before, because he felt things for her he’d never experienced before. There was only one problem—his last name and all that came with it would never permit him to be with her.

In the end, it’s either love or prestige that will win in the game of love.Rewrite the Stars Excerpt“Colin, where are you taking me?” Claire saw he’d taken a right at the intersection, rather than the left that led downtown.

“I hooked us up with a private flight around the island. The instructor told me I can even take the controls to feel what it’s like to pilot the plane by myself.” His eyes became as large as fifty cent pieces, just like the little boy who’d gotten excited when his mother brought home a model plane for him to drive remotely around the side field of the house. Mallory and Claire saw very little of him that summer.

Claire’s anxiety level began to soar, higher than she ever wanted to experience from the air. “I’m not so good in planes, Colin. And that’s usually the commercial ones, with two hundred or so seats and a locked cockpit where I’m unable to see the pilot and all the buttons it takes to lift off into the clouds and stay lifted. I’m not so sure I can do two-seater tin-can models.”

“Do it for me?” He took her hand in his and pleaded, trying to stay on his side of the road.

She took a deep breath, teetering on thoughts of plummeting into the earth’s atmosphere and touching again on soil with all body parts intact. The last thing she wanted was to disappoint Colin. His father did enough of that already, and he looked so happy. His foot was tapping to the song playing on the radio and his smile was completely infectious. “All right, but the first time I’m scared, you’ll tell the pilot it’s time to come back?”

“Promise.” He crossed his heart.

“All right then. Let’s go earn you some wings!” she yelled.

He pulled into the parking space and grabbed her face for a quick kiss. “I love you.”

She opened her eyes quickly right before the contact of lip on lip. What did he just say? He must have caught that slip-up, too. Instead of following through with the kiss, he was doing somewhat of a staring-off contest, and neither one was blinking.

“Did you just—”

“I did. It wasn’t planned, I promise, and if it freaked you out…” He didn’t finish his sentence.

She didn’t know what to think. She thought of her mother instantly, and what advice she’d give her. Stop being so guarded, more than likely. Claire had a problem with letting people get close to her. Especially now that she knew how completely lost she was without her mother. But she knew if she was ever going to find love, she’d have to open herself for the possibility of having her heart broken, too.

“Aren’t we still in the trying out period?” She eased back a few inches from his beautiful intense blue eyes. Not that she hadn’t already fallen madly in love with him. But she was waiting it out, for him to figure whether it was something he wanted, too. Guys usually didn’t figure it out until years into a relationship. This was sudden and completely a pinch-me moment for her.

“I mean, did you mean what you said, or was it just sheer excitement and adrenaline over being able to fly a plane and me agreeing to go with you? Risking life and limb.”

His eyes didn’t waver with his answer. They stared at her, to the very core of her, and his words rang inside her ears. “I meant it. I do love you.”

Her heart leapt with joy. A thousand fireworks exploded inside her, setting off tinier ones for the smaller parts, like her pinky fingers and piggy toes. “I love you, too.” She tried her best not to sound fourteen when she said it.

There it was—spoken to the universe. Like a corked bottle finally getting release. Lightning could strike her if it was untrue. But it was true. And a secret. Like the ones Frieda told her the house held. A secret that had been burning inside her since high school. It was in those years after Colin had grown out of a little boy playing pranks and into a young man who was hell-bent on spending his time challenging Claire to swim out to the first beacon. Although both wore the guise of feeling indifferent, inside she wanted him to want her as much as she wanted him. The mask was now off and it felt wonderful to say it out loud.

He moved forward to kiss her again. This time slower, with a hundred percent more passion. His tongue fought to get at her. His chest heaved in and out, as he touched her breasts, straddling across the center console to do so.

“Colin, are you going to be late?” She backed away slightly, wiping her lips. “Not that I’m not enjoying this immensely and maybe hoping a little tiny bit,” she held up two fingers, “that the flight will get canceled and we can return to the guesthouse. But I don’t want you to miss this opportunity.”

“You’re right.” He adjusted his shirt from riding his neckline. “We’re supposed to be in there now. Thanks again, Claire, for coming with me.” He jumped out and ran to her side and escorted her to the tarmac.

About The Author:
Julianne DoveJulieann Dove lives in Virginia, where she loves collecting houseplants, sewing cute little quilts, and writing about messy love. She fell in love with reading at a young age, after following Nancy Drew in solving the mysteries of the world.

This carries on today, as crime shows are among her favorite to watch. Well those and the Hallmark channel love stories and mysteries. Keeping busy with soon-to-be six children, she needs time to unwind!

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Cover Reveal | Defiance of the Heart by Monica James

Defiance of the Heart by Monica James
Title: Defiance of the Heart
Author: Monica James
Series: Sins of the Heart #2
Publication date: October 17, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Pre-order Link:
Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook

Synopsis:
For never was there a story of more woe than that of Holland Brooks and her Romeo…

For as long as I can remember, London Sinclair was the boy who was forbidden. It didn’t matter that he made my heart skip a beat. Our surnames fated us to be sworn enemies. But when the truth was finally revealed, my life changed forever.

Lies have shaped our past, leaving London and me to pick up the pieces. But through the chaos, one thing is certain—I love London, and he loves me, and we won’t allow anyone to tear us apart again.

However, life has a funny way of proving us wrong.

As we attempt to make amends for the past ten years, we soon discover that the ghosts of our past will do anything to drive us apart. We are once again surrounded by deceit and betrayal, testing us in ways we never imagined.

When I’m faced with a proposition to end this heartache once and for all, I blindly agree. That decision changes everything, and I soon learn that those who act in haste create their own destruction.

Does love really triumph all? Or will London and I succumb to what was always written in the stars?

First book in Sins of the Heart series:
Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James

About The Author:
Monica JamesMonica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping toleave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life. She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Blog Tour + Book Review & Giveaway | How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner

How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky SkinnerHow to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Wordery

Synopsis:
Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?

My rating:
5 star
For almost ten years, Kates’s constant companion was nothing but the water. Her life usually revolved around swimming, but most of all, the pressure of competing and being the best so she can have her father’s approval.

All her life, she has been longing for her father’s affection that she thought she could earn by letting him control her every move. That was why when Kate caught her father cheating; everything she had built which constitutes her belief that swimming was all she is, changed.

When Kate and her mother moved in to Portland to have a fresh start away from everyone they used to know including Kate’s best friend, Harris, her mother played match maker and met Michael—the boy across the hall in their apartment building.

Once more, I decided to test my reading choice and went blind on this book. And it seems like I had another fantastic, unforgettable experience because I was instantly hooked the moment I started reading the book.

This story shows how everything turned out differently for Kate because she found herself caught in the middle of knowing who she really is and what she truly wants in life. Her love-hate relationship with the pool and memories of her father only gave her anxiety and panic episodes, and soon became a traumatic event for her that she needs to overcome.

Like everyone else, Kate experienced the same effects of toxic stress dealt from having helicopter parents. Her character is a real depiction of those children, young adults and sometimes, even adults who was put under an enormous amount of pressure and expectations by their parents who gear them up towards success.

I love how genuine her character was. Kate was a sixteen year old who struggled being the new girl, trying to adjust with her new life whilst fighting a crush over someone’s boyfriend, added a teenage feels that I’m sure most of us experienced when we were in high school. She also learned to be free from every expectations and gain not her father, mother or even her sister’s approval but her own, which was brave and admirable.

On the other hand, I understand why Lily, Kate’s older sister, ditched her own wedding even if she knew how much she loves Tom. The divorce of her parents gave her too much doubt that she feared her own relationship would end up to be like theirs. She may always be there for Kate but in the end, both of them are just the same—drowning, struggling to keep up with the wave of life.

That same goes with Michael. His tremendous love for his mother was truly touching and heart breaking and yet scary because he might be taking good care of his mother, but he wasn’t taking good care of himself. The pain both him and Kate experienced was what brought them together making the slow burn romance sweet and tragic all at the same time. And although his relationship with Kate somehow started as awkward, I love how in every furtive glance, comforting gestures and simple touch, the chemistry between them could steal each page time.

Michael’s character also shows how smoking may gave emotional comfort but like any other kind of addiction, the effect was totally frightening. He may have fought it once with Kate’s help but the moment he admitted he went smoking again but thriving to be better, was a real life story.

The issue about using drugs in the world of sports was also brought through Harris’ character that rooted from peer pressure. He wanted to be as good as Kate that he resorted the easiest way he knew.

The emotional depth pulled in each character including the supporting ones was what made this book easy to read. From Harris, Patrice to Coach Masterson and Kate’s mother, Vicky Skinner was able to write a story that vibrated a deeper connection between her readers and those of her characters.

The writing style brought me into a new journey of emotions, making me feel what they feel. And considering this, the story ended quite satisfying and eventful given that everyone may not have their own happily ever after but rather, the author leave the characters at their own pace.

How to Breathe Underwater is a story that renders how we go on freestyle when it’s too much and giving our best stroke when it is not enough. It is a heartfelt, moving story about pain, loss and new beginnings.

Thank you to NetGalley, MacMillian Children’s Publishing Group – Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours and Vicky Skinner for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!

About The Author:
Born and raised in Texas, Vicky Skinner doesn’t act like much of a Texan. She likes cold weather and hates country music. She has a gorgeous husband, two dogs, and a Literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

If she’s not at home reading a book or doing laundry, she is probably at the bookstore, nannying three rambunctious boys, or stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. She is a reader, a writer, and a bit of a crazy person.

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Author Spotlight | Behind The Pages With Maggie Ann Martin

To Be HonestTo Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pre-order Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Wordery

Synopsis:
The author of The Big F is back with another snappy, utterly relatable contemporary novel about loving yourself and forging your own path, perfect for fans of Julie Murphy and Rainbow Rowell.

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.Behind The Pages With Maggie Ann MartinHi again awesome fellow bookworms! Today’s special guest for the author spotlight, a segment I’m calling Behind The Pages, is Maggie Ann Martin!

In this interview, she will talk about her latest novel, To Be Honest, which will be release this month. Maggie will also share how Savannah’s story hit too close to home for her. So, if you haven’t pre-order her book yet, check the details after this interview for a chance to get amazing bookish swags or win cool prizes!

Hi Maggie! Welcome here at Tale Out Loud and congratulations to your latest novel, To Be Honest!

Thank you so much for having me!

How different it is to have your second book than when you had your debut, The Big F?

It’s a whole new experience, which has been so great. With my debut, I agonized while I counted down the days for the book to come out where now with TO BE HONEST I feel like the time has just flown by!

Talk us through the joys and difficulties of creating Savannah’s story. What made you write this book?

I always knew that I wanted to write a story about a plus-sized character, and the moment that Savannah walked onto my page, I knew that she deserved a full story. While it’s been amazing, incredible, and actually quite cathartic writing about her journey, it’s had its tough moments. A lot of her emotions and what she has gone through in the novel hit very close to home for me.

What are the three things you love most about Savannah?

  1. She calls it like it is. She’s never going to beat around the bush. I sometimes (usually) wish that I could be more like that.
  2. She is fearlessly herself.
  3. She values friendship. Her love that she has for her best friend, Grace, her sister, Ashley, and George is so pure and real and I always respect that in characters.

In To Be Honest, Kim (Savannah’s mom) was so caught up in social media after she joined a weight-loss reality show. How do you think it affects the way we see ourselves especially those who struggle with body image?

I honestly think it’s ridiculous and toxic how much emphasis television puts on fat people and characters losing weight. This is not the only storyline for fat people, and that narrative can only change when we recognize this pattern and stop it. In the book, social media is just another avenue that supported this toxic idea for Kim. But, you’ll see throughout the novel that Kim is very lonely in real life. Sure, she has support from people online who watched her on the show, but her real life friends are not present.

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For anyone who had even had that word used against them that wanted to reclaim it. For me, who needed to hear that when I was a teenager who only saw fat characters being the butt of the joke in movies and TV.

Tale Out Loud DividerDo you agree that this pressure of being perfect or sexy can start at a very young age?

One thousand percent. As a society we are conditioned to want to change our bodies and teach young children that you should strive for slender. That being slender is sexy. That in order to earn attention from men (ie. be sexy) we need to be skinny. That mindset is changing, but it’s going to take a long time to be completely erased from our collective conscious.

If you could change the way contemporary female bodies are represented in the media like magazines, television, movies and advertising, how would you do it?

I think the push to continue showing real bodies that aren’t retouched in ads is a huge step in the right direction. I think there is still a ways to go in how fat people are represented in television and movies, but there are some shows making the right strides (Dietland, My Mad Fat Diary, etc.)

Later in the story, Kim and Savannah had a confrontation about being fat. How powerful do you think parental involvement is in influencing body ideals and standards, especially for girls?

There is definitely a disconnect between kids who are growing up in a culture that is finally starting to tell them to embrace their bodies versus their parents who grew up in a culture that told them to change. I think this is a real tension in the modern parent-child dynamic that should be explored even more. Kids emulate their parents, so if they’ve grown up seeing their parents fuss about their weight their whole lives, they will inherently fuss about their weight, too. Breaking away from the ideas that your parents have about their your body image is hard, but it can be done. I wanted to show kids that.

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Write the story you’re afraid to write! There is someone out there that is dying to read it and see themselves reflected in your words. I know it can be scary, but you can do it!

Tale Out Loud DividerOne of my most favorite parts in the story is when Savannah said, “News flash: fat isn’t a bad word, Mom.” When you wrote that line during that time, who did you specifically write it for?

For anyone who had even had that word used against them that wanted to reclaim it. For me, who needed to hear that when I was a teenager who only saw fat characters being the butt of the joke in movies and TV. For everyone who is fed up with having to explain their fatness to other people because they are “concerned for their health.” For so, so many people.

In what way do you think readers, especially young adults, connect to this story and Savannah’s character?

I’ve heard that the relationship between Savvy and her mom has hit close to home for readers. The insecurities that Savvy feels on her journey to self-acceptance have also really resonated with readers. I wanted her to be a real person who wasn’t always completely confident in themselves. Because no one ever is all the time.

To Be Honest is just one of many books that promote body positivity. Are there any other titles you would like to recommend that give the same message?

Yes! Here are my favorites that I’ve read.
1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
2. Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
4. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
5. The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy SpaldingBooks about Body Positivity

What one piece of advice do you wish to leave for those who have the same story to write but were not able to find their own voices?

Write the story you’re afraid to write! There is someone out there that is dying to read it and see themselves reflected in your words. I know it can be scary, but you can do it!

About The Author:
Maggie Ann MartinMaggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.

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Website | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramTo Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin Pre-orderPre-order and you’ll get:
📖  A signed and personalized book plate
📖  A signed bookmark
📖  A “Newsflash: Fat isn’t a bad word” sticker

Grand prize winner will get:
📖 To Be Honest pre-order swag
📖 A “You’re gold, baby, solid gold” tumblr
📖 A “Your Future is Bright” notebook
📖 Floral pencil case
📖 Pencil with an encouraging message

**This giveaway is open Internationally. Anyone can enter before TO BE HONEST’s release date on August 21, 2018.
Details here

Book Blitz + Giveaway | When Light Leads to You by C. R. Ellis

When Light Leads to YouWhen Light Leads to You by C.R. Ellis
Series: Forget Me Knot #2
Published by: HarLex Publishing
Publication date: August 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links:
Amazon

Synopsis:
JASMINE
Once upon a time, there was a girl who had a crush on a boy. Eventually, they fell in love. They lived happily ever after.

Except they didn’t. Not even close.
I’m the girl, but that’s not my story.

Once upon a time, I fell for a boy, but we didn’t have a happily ever after. In fact, we crashed and burned. Which turned out to be for the best because it forced me to grow up and realize the only wedding bells in my future are the ones I orchestrate for clients.

For six years I’ve been perfectly content with meaningless, short-lived flings and running from anything that resembles a real relationship.

That boy? He’s my best friend’s brother, and he’s no longer the boy I fell for—he’s a man I can’t stand.

Oh, and he’s also my new neighbor.

DEAN
Seemingly overnight, Jasmine Winters went from being my sister’s best friend to being the girl I couldn’t get enough of. But like most good things, it didn’t last.

Things fell apart so suddenly, I’m able to convince myself that summer never happened. At least, I was, until the only distance between us is a hallway instead of a time zone.

Six years ago, I let Jasmine slip through my fingers without an explanation because I was convinced we’d be better off apart. But now that we’re neighbors, our unspoken vow of apathy has unwittingly been shattered. Our exchanges consist of trading insults and icy stare downs. But in-between, I catch glimpses of the way she used to look at me, glimpses of the girl I fell for years ago.

Things are different now, though. This time… I won’t let her walk away without giving me answers.

First book in Forget Me Knot series:
Why Stars Chase the Sun

About The Author:
C.R. Ellis is a Texas native who writes contemporary romance novels with plenty of drama and humor, and just enough heat to ignite e-readers and paperbacks everywhere. She can almost always be found attached to her laptop with coffee nearby and her two trusty canine sidekicks by her side.

When she’s not writing or plotting, she enjoys going to concerts with her sweet husband, dragging him along to see rom-coms at any theater that serves booze, checking off the next destination on her ever-growing travel bucket list, and trying new recipes.

Her passion for writing stems from her lifelong love of reading, and she often binge-reads entire books in a day. She’s an unapologetic book hoarder, and her paperback collection is rivaled only by her massive shoe collection.

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