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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.

Where we fell favorite

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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Review: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

How to Misbehave (Camelot, #1)Title: How to Misbehave

Author: Ruthie Knox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Page Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Loveswept

Release Date: January 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-034554-530-5

Book Summary: What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own–unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

Review: I really enjoyed this novella about the good girl with the less-than-pure thoughts about the hot guy who’s working construction at her job. She’s innocently intrigued, and he’s not quite the bad boy he appears to be.

The story is short, but fun and sexy, as Amber draws the true Tony out from behind his hard-as-nails exterior and Tony teaches Amber all the good things about being ‘bad.’

I love that Amber, while shy, says what she thinks, means, and feels. And because she does, she’s able to tell Tony exactly what she wants. And oh, does he give it to her.

With very well-developed characters for a novella, this book has done what it’s supposed to: intrigued me enough to seek out others in the series. Which I will be doing. If the rest of Ruthie Knox’s books are as as fun and sexy as this one, I’m sure to enjoy them.

Ruthie Knox Links:

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ruthie_knox

Website: http://www.ruthieknox.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ruthieknox

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Review: Plus One by Brighton Walsh

Plus One

Title: Plus One

Author: Brighton Walsh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Page Length: 68 pages

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: May 6, 2013

ISBN: 978-142689-555-5

Book Summary: Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.

When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

Review:I absolutely loved this short story. Olivia is tired of dating Mr. Wrong over and over again–although the descriptions of her bad dates are absolutely hysterical and sadly pathetic at the same time.

She’s invited to no less than four weddings, and she doesn’t want to go dateless. The answer to her prayers arrives in the form of Ian, the younger brother of her best friend, who offers to be her plus one. She’s known him since they were kids; that won’t be awkward, right?

What Olivia doesn’t know is that Ian has been harboring a serious crush since his teens, and he’s turned into one sexy man–and she’s just now realizing this. 

The building of their relationship is sweet and fun–a little achy, too, as Olivia catches up with Ian’s feelings. But even the little ache is worth it. 

Oh, and did I mention sexy? Brighton Walsh knows how to write a hot and fun sex scene with just the right amount of smut. I’ll be looking forward to what she has in store for us next!

Brighton Walsh Links:

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/brightonwalsh

Website: http://www.brightonwalsh.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WriteAsRain_

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Commitment Issues

Deciding what to read has always been an issue for me, not because I don’t know what to read, but simply because there are so many of books I’d like to read and not a lot of time to spare time to read for pleasure. As an editor, I’m constantly reading something, but I’m also modifying, critiquing, and punctuating; considering word choices, sentence structure, and plot points.  So reading for fun takes a cold spot on a back burner, and my personal to-read list grows and grows.

But lately, the decision has been compounded by my commitment issues . . . since I have recently acquired the attention span of a toddl—ooooo, shiny!

See?

It sort of snuck up on me, really, and some days I’ll look at the page length of books and think, “Can I really commit to this 308-page book right now? Who knows when I’ll finish it between the other commitments in my life, not to mention how distracting the pretty, shiny objects are all arou—”

Squirrel!

Then I veer off toward the short stories and novellas; I know I’ll finish those. All the while, the full-length novels wave at me, as if to say, “We’ll be here when you’re ready.”

And isn’t that the great things about books?pile_of_books

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