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It’s Release Day: Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson

Amber L. Johnson’s WHERE WE FELL is finally available.

 

 

You can now get your e-book copy of Amber L. Johnson’s debut New Adult novella, WHERE WE FELL.

 

Early praise for WHERE WE FELL:

a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story                                        – Stephanie on Goodreads

 

“Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon.”              – Author Sydney Logan

 

“It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one.”                                    – Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing

 

(Synopsis)

Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight – and to live.

 

(Excerpt)

“Wouldn’t it freak you out if I took my hair off right this second and was like, ‘Oh my god, Oliver, I had cancer too!”

 

“Don’t lie.  That’s a shitty thing to lie about.”

“Is it?”

I shrug, trying to control my emotions.  “It would explain why you changed your hair, I guess.”

She straightens her spine.  “I guess it would.  Or maybe it makes sense that my mom had cancer.  And lost her hair.  So I dyed my hair and cut about sixteen inches off to donate to her for a wig.  That might make sense, too.”

Hannah Hartwell is weird.  And she’s awkward.  But at this exact moment she is not a liar.

“I might not know what you’re going through first hand, okay? But I know what it’s like to see it from the sidelines.  My mom didn’t even tell me that she was going in for testing.  Didn’t tell me she got a diagnosis.  She just called me on a Wednesday and said she was going in for surgery on Friday, and could I please make sure to pay my phone bill on time this month.  It was like, how did she just go to these appointments without telling anyone?  So blase.  Like you.  It baffles me.”

I’m silent as she talks because I have nothing to say.

“It’s kinda ironic that the woman who leaves an oncologist because he’s ‘married to his job’ ends up getting the one thing he could potentially help her with.”

The room is so quiet that I can hear the music from outside filtering into the house between the window panes and cracks under the doors.  Our food is going to go cold, which bothers me a little, even though I’m no longer hungry.  She did spend a long time cooking it, after all.

Instead of saying anything about her confession, I pick up the ear of corn and start eating.  

“This is good,” I say.  And I mean it.

She forces a tight smile and picks at her own plate.

“It’s not ‘cure my cancer’ good.  But it’s good.”

This time, it’s a spoon that she throws at my head.

You can get WHERE WE FELL on Amazon.



About Amber L. Johnson:

Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day – despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa’ – because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.



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Review: Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson

Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight – and to live.

Available on Amazon October 28, 2013

This is a novella? Hmmm… funny, it doesn’t really seem like a novella. Maybe it’s the fully developed characters, or maybe it’s the gripping story line that had me clicking my ‘next’ button in a mad fervor, anxious to know about this diagnosis, what it means for Oliver, how he’s going to handle it. And anxious, I was—I don’t do angst and anxiety well, so walking through his diagnosis and treatment with Oliver made my heart ache. But imagine my surprise when that wasn’t even the hardest part. Nooooo… that came when Oliver is pumped up and excited with wonderful news, but stumbles upon something and interprets with his eyes and not with his heart. His growth as a character is enormous, though, and his ability to step back and right some wrongs, well—

Let’s back up for a minute, I think I’ve jumped ahead. Oliver is about to graduate from high school when he’s diagnosed with Lymphoma. Stunned, he follows a comforting routine of dinner at the diner, where he meets Hannah, a college student and all-around most awesome chick ever. As the summer progresses and Oliver goes through treatment, she’s at his side, offering what he needs almost before he knows he needs it—and certainly before he can even think to ask for it. Their relationship is physically innocent, yet emotionally vast as they begin to rely on each other, connect on countless levels, and form a single unit. Gifting him with a camera and album, she encourages him to record his memories, knowing he’ll look back on them in appreciation once he’s cured. And she’s certain he will be. I don’t have sufficient words for the fabulousness that is Hannah.

Oliver records his summer as he goes through treatment and falls in love with Hannah. When she returns to college, he plans to regain his strength and surprise her the moment he’s able.

But… well, you have to read it from here; I don’t want to give it away.

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Trust me that every heart clench and every tear shed will be worth it. The range of emotion in this book is enormous, spanning the lowest, most aching pain to dry-eyed shock to heartwarming love. And everything you can imagine in between. As I said at the start, this doesn’t feel like a novella. It’s such a complete story, it spans such emotion, and the characters are so well written. I’m impressed with the author’s ability to fit that into a 25,000-word novella.

So, eight hundred million stars. Or five. I think I’m only allowed to give five.

Thank you to Amber L. Johnson for providing me with a copy of Where We Fell in exchange for an honest review.

About Amber L. Johnson:

Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day – despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa’ – because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
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Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson Blog Tour

Amber L. Johnson’s WHERE WE FELL is COMING SOON!


On October 28th, you can finally get your e-book copy of the debut New Adult novella by Amber L. Johnson, WHERE WE FELL.


Early  praise for WHERE WE FELL:  


a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story”-Stephanie on Goodreads                          


“Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon.” – Author Sydney Logan


“It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one.” -Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing
 


(Synopsis)
Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight – and to live.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Monday October 21
Reading is My Breathing – REVIEW
Reading My Escape – BOOK SPOTLIGHT

Tuesday October 22
A Country Girl’s Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Wednesday October 23
Italian Brat’s Obsessions – BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Aisling – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Thursday October 24
First Page to the Last – BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Mystical Lit Lounge – AUTHOR GUEST POST – Self Publishing and Plagiarism

Friday October 25
Lisa Bilbrey – REVIEW
Lindsey Gray – REVIEW

Saturday October 26
FicWishes – PLAYLIST
TM Franklin – BOOK SPOTLIGHT

Sunday October 27
Fandom Fanatic – AUTHOR GUEST POST – Writing  from a male point of view
The Blonde Mark – REVIEW

Monday October 28 – Release Day
Sydney Logan – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
FicWishes – EXCERPT
Fandom Fanatic – EXCERPT
First Page to the Last – EXCERPT

 

About Amber L. Johnson:
Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day – despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa’ – because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
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Sunday Sneak Peek – The Guardians

So excited for this release!

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Today, a little something different – an actual peek inside T.M. Franklin’s copy of The Guardians, which releases November 7th!

Want to read more? Well, it’s available NOW for PRE-ORDER!!

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Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | TWCS

(Coming soon for Kindle & iTunes)

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You can also pre-order a signed copy of either MORE or The Guardians (or both, at a discount) on T.M. Franklin’s web site. Quantities are limited.

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And mark your calendars for The Guardians Release Celebration, starting October 25th at The Book Spot in Round Rock, Texas and including the Texas Book Festival in Austin, NW Book Fest in Kirkland, WA and a release party at Barnes & Noble in Kennewick, WA. T.M. Franklin will be on hand to sign copies of MORE and The Guardians at all of the events, so stop by if you’re in the area. Get more details on any of…

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Review: Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris

Title: Adam’s Apple

Author: Liv Morris

Genre: Erotic Romance

Page Length: 303 pages

Release Date: July 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-149090715

Book Summary:

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money is no object, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta that allows him to possess anything or anyone he desires.

What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his murky past stays far away…Sounds reasonable, yet life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is an alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes who helps others find true sexual fulfillment. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist. He will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. Kathryn tries to keep him at arm’s length, but her arms may not be strong enough to hold the charismatic Adam Kingsley at bay.

An erotic bestseller deliciously sweetened with hidden secrets, seduction, and suspense. The passionate lure of ancient sexual practices, a past that isn’t content to remain buried and a present filled with intrigue, danger and revenge – Adam’s Apple is an erotic experience heightened by the sensual voice of the main character as Adam tells the story in his own words.

Review:

Eight hundred million stars! Loved this book!

Whoa, where to start?

Adam Kingsley is a complete and utter jerk, self-absorbed and apathetic to the world going on around him–unless there’s something in it for him. And I loved him from page one. The thing is… he knows what a jerk he is, but it doesn’t stop him. That is, until Kathryn Delcour walks into the room and takes over his every thought, and slowly his perception of himself–his needs, his success, his life–all begin to change. And yes, it happens slowly, so slowly that you can almost see each individual realization as it occurs to him. He doesn’t lose his bad-boy charm or his edge, but, well… read it.

Kathryn is by far one of the strongest, most well-written characters I have read in a long time. While woman were ready to drop everything for Adam, Kathryn consistently put him in his place, forcing him to face his shortcomings. She’s an enigma to him, appearing unmoved by his charm and looks, yet, there’s something there.

The growth of their relationship is honest and realistic–no insta-love here. Yes, lots of lust and desire, but you can almost feel their affection grow with the turn of each page. I am amazed by the author’s ability to tell the story from the male point of view. Not just any male or–God forbid–a watered-down, totally feminine, written-by-a-woman male, but an honest-to-goodness conceited and shallow jerk who finds himself at a loss over a woman who doesn’t bend to his will.

I loved the writing, the dialogue, the secondary characters… especially Maurice. I loved that Kathryn continued to call him Kingsley, not giving him that last piece, the one piece he kept waiting for. As time went by and he continued to want and wait for it, his growth as a man, as a person was evident.

I really cannot say enough about this book. The romance was honest and fulfilling, the sex was hot, but not overdone. At the end, I believe I exclaimed, “You ended it there?!”  However, due to the utterance just one word, I was satisfied that all was well for Adam and Kathryn. Of course I’m looking forward to the next installment. Is it December yet?

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