Interview with Charley Pearson!

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By Charley Pearson

Fiery Seas Publishing

August 14, 2018

Medical Thriller

Financially independent, biochemistry genius Stacy Romani grows up off the grid, while her Roma family takes advantage of her knowledge for their own gain.

Watching his family farm struggle, and traumatized by mass slaughter, Aatos Pires wants to heal animals but gets seduced by industry and goes to work for a big pharmaceutical company.

When Aatos’ co-worker Trinity creates a deadly doomsday virus, it puts the world population in jeopardy as it spreads exponentially. . .with no cure in sight.

Stacy and Aatos work alone to find a cure, as the CDC and FBI close in. Will they find a way to stop the plague or will it be the end of the world?

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Book Review: Beast Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi + Giveaway!

Beast Made of NIghtEnticing. Exudes Uniqueness. Thrilling. Beast Made of the Night is a YA Fantasy Book that you’ll never think you’ll come across too. How one does simply conceptualize a magic-system? That’s the first question that appeared on my head when I read the story in its early chapters. It is beyond amazing because I never thought that such book would exist with the concept, sin as a magic. Who would ever think that, right? Things that I love about the book is that you could see the diversity implied in the book, the hierarchy that was once in our history focuses and the connection in the story. Again, the magic-system, beyond imagination, that I love how Tochi Onyebuchi writes and execute how awesome, compelling and vigorous the fantasizing powers in the book.

It was an easy, fast-paced read that you’ll lose once you started reading the book. How the author portrays his characters on the book is lovable, confusing and the one that stands out the most for me are innocence and selflessness. It touches my heart because the mere thought of eating other’s sin to balance the nature in their world is surreal! And the fact that those sins that have been eaten will take more impact to the person who has eaten it. They’ll see in their dreams horrid flashbacks, they would feel the guilt, they would be consumed by the sin of others. I just love how the main thought was written beautifully. I would definitely say that Tochi Onyebuchi made an amazing debut to me as a reader and I would definitely watch out for the next installment.

Beast Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is surely one of the books that every reader should be anticipated. One of the best books that I had this year and obviously, Tochi Onyebuchi, just became one of my auto-buy authors. I love everything about the book except one. THERE’S NO SEQUEL YET THAT I NEED TO READ. This would be a humongous waiting game but I would definitely love to wait for the love of the book. I am expecting a lot of character development (Although, there’s a handful of development already in the book.), unexpected plot twist, the manipulation, and of course, a tragedy.

I would like to thank Penguin Random House for sending a review copy of this book because if it weren’t for you, guys, I wouldn’t read this brilliant, and remarkable book beforehand.

MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!


BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Week One:
October 23 – The Bookavid – Author Guest Post | On What it Means Writing African Rep in YA
October 24 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File
October 25 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Bookish Aesthetics
October 26 – Afire Pages – Review
October 27 – YA Wednesdays – Book Aesthetic
Week Two:
October 30 – One Way or an Author – Review & Art
October 31 – YA Bibliophile – Author Guest Post | Top 5 Favorite Fantastical Worlds
November 1 – Chasing Faerytales – Author Guest Post | NEED TOPIC
November 2 – Icey Books – Beasts Made of Night Quote Candy
November 3 – Across the Words – Author Q&A
Week Three:
November 6 – A Page With a View – Author Guest Post | Images that Inspired Beasts Made of Night
November 7 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Review
November 8 – Xpresso Reads – Review
November 9 – YA and Wine – Review
November 10 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Q&A

GIVEAWAY!

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. (ARV: $17.99 each).
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 23, 2017 and 12:00 AM on November 13, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about November 15, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


OnyebuchiTochi Onyebuchi is a Nigerian American writer and a practicing attorney based in New York City. He holds a MFA in screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in global economic law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a JD from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut series. You can follow him @tochitruestory.

Interview with Brynn Taylor!

  1. What do you think is the biggest challenge of Poetry Authors in the Bookish Industry?

I think a big challenge for poets is to stand out amongst others. With social media outlets growing and writing pages becoming more popular, it is hard for a poet to get recognized. I try to follow as many poets as I can, not only to increase my own skills but also to get my name out there. Being an author of a book is one thing, but making sure your book even gets discovered is the hardest part of it all.

  1. What inspires you or pushes you to write a poetry book?

The main inspirations behind my poetry book were losing love and life experience. I’ve always had a passion for writing, but after my last relationship ended, poetry sort of came naturally to me. It felt very organic to turn something so life changing into an art form that I particularly resonated with.

  1. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

I would absolutely date Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the show, and not only is he super attractive, but I love the way he protects the people closest to him, even under the most difficult circumstances. He always does what he thinks is right and tries to save humanity, even when people are killing and becoming inhumane. I’m not a huge gun person, but I definitely think we would go to a shooting range, so he could teach me how to kill zombies. It would be a great way to relieve stress, and he would also make me feel very protected.

  1. If you are going to describe your book, (You Broke Me) Open in ten words, what would it be?

Piercing, Cathartic, Cutting, Honest, Hard-hitting, Depressing (at times), Inspiring, Strong, Empowering, and Sincere.

  1. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

It might be too deep for a 10-year-old, but I would say don’t pay attention to other people’s opinions of you. Stay young as long as possible, in the sense that you are free to be imaginative and hopeful, without the imposition of societal standards.

  1. Who are Brynn Taylor 5 years from the past?

I go into more detail in my poetry book, but five years ago I was constantly seeking attention and affection that I was unable to provide for myself. I thought I had life all figured out, and that falling in love would be easy. I got so caught up in finding what I was looking for in a guy, that I forgot to think about myself. I was often quiet and made poor decisions, but today I’ve realized that you have to put yourself first and the right person will come along without having to force it.

  1. One thing you are grateful for, for belonging in the bookish community.

I am eternally grateful for the community I was able to build with my writing. My followers, on both my Instagram page and my blog, brynnspiration, are so supportive and kind and hearing how my words affect people never ceases to amaze me. Most of these people I have never met in person, and have no idea what they are going through, but I feel so connected to them. I’m also in a Facebook group with other writers from Thought Catalog, and we constantly come up with prompts and questions for each other to help expand our horizons. They are some of the nicest people I’ve ever “met” and I’ve never even seen them in real life.

  1. What makes poetry more unique than a novel?

Poetry is extremely different than writing a novel. A novel flows freely and tells a story from start to finish. Poetry leaves so much more up for interpretation. It is piecing together different parts of a puzzle, but it can also be understood individually. I think poetry gives the writer and reader a much better chance to play with words and to discover how each line, word, and metaphor can be construed. It’s always fun to see how poets are interpreting different parts of their lives, whether they are happy or sad, and turning them into something beautiful.

  1. You are also a reader before you became an author, right? What are the poetry books that influence you along the way?

I didn’t read that much poetry actually, but I was very inspired by other Thought Catalog poets. To name a few, Marisa Donnelly, Kristen Corely, Nikita Gill, Rania Naim, and Ari Eastman. I also have always been a fan of Tyler Knott Gregson on Instagram and have followed his work for years. However, my favorite poem will always be “I Carry Your Heart” by E. E. Cummings.

  1. If you are going to choose your favorite quote/poem on your book, what would it be and why?

The poem titled Cuckoo is a haiku and my favorite poem in the book. It’s a little play on words because, not only is it a haiku, but it talks about being “woken up” by losing someone close to you and having that take its toll on your emotions. At first, it seems like the pain will last forever, but then one day, you realize why the pain is so important. It sometimes happens like clockwork, one minute you are sad, the next minute you feel like you can conquer anything. You are woken up by some internal alarm, and that’s why I titled it Cuckoo, like the clock.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


k0a4835-1If you are looking for an expert to give you love and life tips then you have come to the wrong place. I am not an expert on anything, in fact, there are very few things in life of which I am absolutely certain. I will never claim to get things right the first time, or even the second or third. I am nothing more than an average girl who is hard-wired to want to contribute to the well being of others. I believe that the world is founded on compassion and we move in the direction of things that help us benefit others, and ultimately help us find purpose in ourselves. This blog is simply a result of my compassion and intrinsic motivation. Without the motivation to do the things we love, we accomplish very little, but with enduring passion and desire to help make the world a better place, we can inspire others. I hope that this blog will help serve as an inspiration for people who are experiencing struggle, and if nothing else, people will find it entertaining. Although I will be talking about my direct experiences, I encourage everyone to contribute and comment about their own life journey. If you are here to judge, there is a contact me section where you can send all your negativity, but for the sake of this blog, I am asking that all posts stay positive and happy and any negative comment will be deleted. But whether you hate it or love it, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, B

Blogger Spotlight: A Magical World of Words

I’ve been so grateful to the Bookish Community. When I opened a form for a contact list for Book Bloggers. 26 Bloggers are willing to participate on my Blogger Spotlight and couldn’t ask for more! As of now, they are still participating and I’m so glad that it work that way. So, let me take this chance, to thank everyone who’ve been with me this 2017. With that, Let’s all welcome Amy from A Magical World of Words!


PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was the first “proper” book I seriously read. Until then, I hadn’t been much of a reader and basically skimmed books 😉  

Oooh hard to choose only 5!  I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, the Don’t Turn Around trilogy by Michelle Gagnon, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To name a VERY few!

 How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

Reading as a habit probably only happened about two years ago, soon after I joined Goodreads.

I also LOVE writing and acting and singing.

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

Ah hard! He would be fictional, and it would either be Damon or Stefan from The Vampire Diaries (yeah, the vampire bit is rather off-putting, but when they’re as hot as that……lol, please don’t listen to me ladies…) or it would be Andrew Garfield’s Spidey, which I know is really random but I absolutely loved Garfield’s take on the character and I fell in love with him and Emma Stone’s Gwen and okay I’ll stop embarrassing myself by fangirling.

As for what we’d do……probably just have dinner and talk. Or watch a movie. Or, if I was with Spidey, maybe swing from a building or two. 

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)

I love Paula Hawkins. She’s only written The Girl on the Train so far (but another novel’s on its way!) and I just love how she makes her story so real, so raw, and so deliciously dark, and I love how her characters are so beautifully flawed. It’s real life, only more exciting.  

I also love Cecelia Ahern. Her stories are sprinkled with magic (literally, there’s something so magical about the way she writes) and she blends humour, love, and tragedy into a magnificent package.  You just get swept away by the pure beauty of her story, and every word she writes seems to come from the heart. 

 If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

Hmm…probably to “get yourself more organized, get more structure in your life, and just be more disciplined.” 

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?

Ever since I met one of my best friends – Kyra – and saw her huge pile of books, I was struck by how much she was reading and able to read. Then I visited her blog, and just adored the idea of chatting to other people about your favourite things: books, movies, etc.

I basically wanted to get to know more people who shared my interests, and then build relationships with them and chat about what we love!   

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?

Keeping up with comments on your own blog, and then visiting other blogs to comment on their posts. I LOVE replying and chatting with people, but it can get very overwhelming and very time-consuming.

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

How did I get followers? I don’t consider myself having a lot of followers, but I really want to establish genuine relationships with anyone who follows me, and having a “few” followers helps with that. As for how I got them, I think it’s about “giving as good as you get” or “wanting to get”; to put it badly 😉 You’ve got to be willing to reply to comments on your blog, build relationships, visit other blogs, and show an interest in other people.  It’s not a “sit quietly on your blog and wait for people to come to you”……

As for thanking my followers….I know this sounds cliché, but it’s true: I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say thank you. I have loved every word from you, and thank you thank you thank you for supporting my blog and listening to my random fangirl squeals and rants 😉  

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

Hmm, I don’t know. There’re challenges, obviously, but I don’t think there’re any disadvantages.

Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

I would love to meet Di from Book Reviews by Di (http://bookreviewsbydi.blogspot.co.za/), Uma from Books. Bags. Burgers (https://booksbagsburgers.blogspot.co.za/), Audrey from Audrey Caylin (http://audreycaylin.blogspot.co.za/), Maria from A Night’s Dream of Books (https://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.co.za/), and basically anyone else from the blogosphere! Heck, we all love books, so naturally we’ll all become best friends, right?!

BOOKISH LIFE  

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce combines everything I love in a book, in an irresistibly gritty and sexy retelling of Red Riding Hood: hot romance, non-stop action, strong heroines that are the perfect mix of vulnerable and badass, a dark urban fantasy town, and a wonderfully swoony hero who lets the girls save themselves while still being protective and caring.   

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

By seeing what’s available in my library! And by being attracted to the premise/blurb.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

A picture would just be depressing; it isn’t that impressive! But to describe it:

Wooden, narrow, tall, about five shelves up. And I’m running out of space!

What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?

Can I answer that “as a writer”, instead of “as a reader”? If so: A. G. Howard and Sarah J. Maas have both influenced me greatly when it comes to vivid settings and descriptions. Jackson Pearce and Suzanne Collins have both influenced me when it comes to writing strong female characters that can take care of themselves. 

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

I have so many, but here are a few:

  • “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe.
  • “Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”– Edgar Allan Poe.
  • “And all I loved, I loved alone.”– Edgar Allan Poe

I love these quotes by Poe because I just adore tragic romances.

“I am confident, I am capable, and I will not wait to be rescued by a woodsman or a hunter.” – from Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce.

It’s such a strong quote from the heroine and I love how it encompasses her strength and capability.

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” 
― 
Oscar Wilde

I have a ton more quotes I could mention, but those are some!


A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS


I am

a writer,
a coffee addict,
a book nerd,
a movie fanatic,
a fangirl,
a feminist,
a child of God…
I love
books,
movies,
coffee,
flowers,
quotes,
candles,
writing,
fairy tales,
rain,
snow,
meeting fellow book lovers, movie fanatics, and writers 🙂

CaptainSwan,

Rumbelle,
Pepperony,
Clintasha,
Delena,
Steroline,
JAM,
Raouline,
PEN (Peter and Gwen)/Stonefield
I blog
  because I want to meet people who love books and movies as much as I do and then chat to them about it!
I’m a sickeningly shy person in real life, and this blog has given me opportunities to discuss what I love and learn about what others love with the amazing people I’m meeting online. So thank you 🙂 ❤
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Blogger Spotlight: The Queen Reads

The Queen of Book Boyfriends, The Mother of Literature, and an amazing admin of Bookish Pinoy. Have a glimpse of Elena from The Queen Reads about her being a book blogger!


PERSONAL LIFE

1. What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

– I grew up reading romance pocketbooks of my grandmother and basically anything I can get my hands on when I was just a kid. I started out with Choose Your Own Adventure books and Disney fairytales. Believe it or not, my first YA book was Twilight. Which I accidentally picked up in our ancestral house in Zambales while I was on vacation. I remembered not being able to put it down! I guess the young me loved vampires that sparkle ( ps. I still do 😂 )

5 favorite books? Whew, this is hard.

  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ( Always )
  •  The Sea of Tranquility by Katja
  • Any Sarah J. Maas book because I’m Fae Trash 😂
  • The Little Prince by St. Antoine Exupery
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

2. How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

– I was an only child for 15 years ( until my brother came along ) I was literally alone, no cousins and kids to play within the household, so I turned my attention to books. As I grew up, I took a hiatus in reading but never stopped. But I became full time focused on books when I broke up with my ex ( ugh I know! ) I read books to escape and I loved it so much. Aside from reading, I love sleeping, singing and sleeping. Haha!

3. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

– I have 4 main men on my list. Rhysand, Warner, Khalid and Day. But I have to pick Rhysand ( I’m so sorry Warner! 😭 ). I don’t know, I just love how much he supports Feyre in everything she does and doesn’t treat her like a fragile thing and I want someone like that for me. Not to mention the striking look goods, immense power and massive wingspan ( IYKWIM *wink wink* ). Just simply cuddling under the stars in the Night Court would be awesome. ❤

4. Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)

– Sarah J. Maas – Some may hate her books but damn she writes good books. The twists are amazing. The characters are squad goals. I love her but I’m still saving judgment until she finishes her series.

– Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Tahereh Mafi – Love love love their books! Amazing endings that make me bawl and my heart swell.

Jodi Lynn Anderson and Katja Millay – Just because they created my favorite books ever. ❤

5. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

 – Never stop reading. Even if they said you look like a nerd and kids are supposed to go out and socialize, never stop reading. People go but books stay forever.

BLOGGING LIFE

1. What made you start to do book blogging?

– I started book blogging just because I wanted to keep track of my reading progress. I may have a sharp memory but sometimes some slip my mind and I just want something to look back so I can be reminded of what I have read.

2. What was the most difficult part of book blogging?
– Web site design. Seriously. I am not good at this so I had to keep it simple and readable and that was enough for me.

3. Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

– I started my bookstagram April of 2014 with no clue what the hell I’m doing but now nearing 4 years later, I have met the most amazing people in my life, 2 shelves full of books and I have never been more blessed and thankful.

4. What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

– Deadlines are the death of me. I hate pressure. When the arcs are piling up and you just want to reread your fave book. 😂

5. Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

 – Friends from Bookish Pinoys and Pinoy Book Friends United. ❤

BOOKISH LIFE

1. Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

Fairytale Retelling – Tiger Lily
New Adult – Everything because this is my guilty pleasure. 😂
Fantasy – Maas books because I am Fae Trash
I recently liked reading Horror and Psychological Thrillers like Goth, Confessions and The Vegetarian

2. How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

– I read whatever I want when I want it.

3. SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

– As of the moment, It’s color coded except for the series that are on the top shelf. We moved recently so I had to let go of some of them but they are as beautiful as ever. ❤

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4. What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?

– Mostly New Adult Contemporary books influence my view on people and relationships. It made me more mature in seeing how people usually handle situations in books, Even though they are fiction.

5. What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

– “You could rattle the stars”
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Empowerment at it’s best.


Rafael: I will not remove the emojis along Elena’s answers. I think you would see what kind of person she is with those Emojis.


ABOUT THE QUEEN READS


img_20170203_145203This is your Queen speaking. If you are reading this then it means you already succumbed to my royal craziness and shall endure it until the end of time. You are very much welcome in my humble abode to share my witty remarks and endless bookish banters. Enjoy!

Book Review: The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

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I would like to apologize for posting my book review late. I was at my Internship in a far away province whereas internet is limited for a month!

The Darkest Lie

What I noticed about this book is about mentioning sensitive subjects and discussing it through the course of the novel which are: suicide, pedophilia, physical violence and bullying. These are some topics that have been tackled on the book and there are a lot to mention. I just don’t want to spoil everything.

I believed that Pintip is writing this book for everyone. She wanted to raise awareness both at the same time to help the victims to stand on their own and find their voices to find justice. And I am delighted that this book is something light and captivating. I keep on reading because I just need to find answers.

Despite on predicting and guessing who is the predator, I didn’t managed to find out. I don’t know why. She’s that good. I barely figured out who. There was a point that I was confused who to accused of, then, in time, I always changed who is the person behind on CeCe’s mother’s death/suicide.

I liked it how Pintip shift from a different genre and write a completey different one. And she did write a good one on top of that! I also noticed in every book of her that the love of family always comes first. And she hasn’t failed to point out the flaws and the changes on the relationship of the members of the family.

Personally, I think its actually good. You wouldn’t know when will you have time for your family, you wouldn’t know what could happen. She made me appreciate my parents more. There was a line that strucked at me.

“I love you, sweetheart. I’ve always loved you. I just didn’t know how to show it.”

You would realized that each one of us have different kind of ways to love. There are people who are showy and there are those who don’t. There are those who give you little messages and there are those who support you on the back even if you aren’t aware. People just show different kinds of love and we just have to appreciate how they do it because we wouldn’t never know if someone knows how to.

I like Pintip’s writing style, as if you are in the mind of a teenage girl. Feeling her grieve and anger, her sadness and humiliation, her embarassment and her pain. What I learned from reading this book is to learn to stand up on your own. You wouldn’t move on if you don’t look forward and face your fears. Life is full of choices, whether you suceed or fail, there has to be something to learn and what matters is that you experience something out of your comfort zone.

The Darkest Lie is a light novel that will held you captive with Pintip’s words. It will caught your curiosity and will make you read it till the end. You’ll just love how her protagonist change and discover herself in a new perspective.

My ratings: 4.5 stars

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Pintip Dunn

When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, “An author.” Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

 

Teaser Tuesday!

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“We all waged a war with the memory of a ghost.”

In This Life, Christine Brae


Folks! Three days left before the release of In This Life by Christine Brae!

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About the Author


 

christine2Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. In This Life is her fourth book, and is set to come out on January 22, 2015.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.


 

Books


 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]The Light in the Wound

Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.

 

 

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The perfect life.

The perfect marriage.

The jilted lover.

Their worlds collide.

Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last.

Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.

22474758Insipid

Banal. Lifeless and Colorless. These are the words that describe my life. I’ve made the right choices, done all the right things. I’m strong, intelligent and highly successful.

I’ve lived scrupulously, loved greatly, and shared my blessings equitably.

But life hasn’t been fair with me.

Now I’m drowning in the middle of the ocean, desperately searching for the shore, surrendering to the fact that I will never be happy.

Then he came along.

Life is unpredictable. You can play it safe and resist change for fear of the unknown. Or you can close your eyes and take the leap with the knowledge that your life will change forever.

Which one will I choose?

My name is Jade Richmond and this is my story.