Taking Back Forever Book Tour & Giveaway


Today Such a Novel Idea is proud to host its first book blitz with Karen Amanda Hooper’s Taking Back Forever.


TAKING BACK FOREVER  (Book 2 of The Kindrily series)
May 31st 2013 by Starry Sky Publishing
Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.


Excerpt from the book:

In the short week since Maryah’s momentary remembrance of him, Nate had come alive again. He smiled all the time. His eyes were brighter. I was happy for him, but it left me feeling more alone than ever. He had been my partner in suffering over our lost soul mates. But not anymore.
I gazed at the landscape of Sedona behind him. To myself, I could admit my jealousy of his and Maryah’s reunion, but I’d never say it out loud. “How’s it feel? To have her back after all this time?”“I don’t have her back. She hardly remembers anything. But I don’t have to hide who and what I am anymore, or that I love her. She knows who she was and where she belongs. I’m patiently waiting for her to figure out who she is now, and what she’s capable of.”“She loves you. I can see it.”

“I am ecstatically grateful for that. But I still feel the loss of her, of all the time we shared together. It’s like we’re getting to know each other for the first time all over again. We haven’t had to do that for hundreds of years.” His head drooped. “What if she doesn’t like what she discovers?”

“Oh, please. You two light up around each other. That girl is smitten, and so are you.”

His cheeks flushed. “It’s amazing how much more you appreciate someone after you’ve lost them. Her happiness means everything to me. I want to give her the world, the magical and beautiful one she can no longer see, but I worry that’s no longer possible.”

“Give it time. If there’s one thing Mary proved over and over, it’s that anything is possible.”


KarenAbout the Author – Karen Amanda Hooper

Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She’s addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. In high school she discovered her passion for putting her thoughts onto paper, but it wasn’t until her late twenties that she wrote her first novel. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

Visit Hooper’s website and her Goodreads page for more information!

You can also connect with this wonderful author on Facebook and Twitter.


If you’d like to know my personal thoughts on both Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever, click on the book links below.  (Hint — It is one of my newest favorite series!)

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Buy Grasping at Eternity: Amazon.com • Barnes&Noble.com

Buy Taking Back Forever:  Amazon.com • Barnes&Noble.com


Now comes the fun part!  There are not one but TWO giveaway chances today!  Please be sure to complete each item on the list, as they will be checked prior to giving out the prizes.  Good luck!

Click HERE to win a e-book bundle of BOTH Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever

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My contest will run May 31 – Jun 16th (12 a.m. Central Time).  There is no purchase nessecary and the contest is void where prohibited.  Open to & US/Int!  A big thanks to Karen Amanda Hooper and Xpresso Book Tours for this gift!  

Click HERE to win the Kindrily prize pack including a signed paperback of Grasping at Eternity and Taking Back Forever with other kindrily themed gifts (book blitz grand prize).

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Grasping at Eternity — Book Review


The Deets

author: Karen Amanda Hooper

released: May 21, 2012

format: e-arc, e-book, paperback

pages: 368 pages

publisher: Starry Sky Publishing

Read: May 3, 2013

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com • B&N.com • Author’s Website

The Down-low

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release. (From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This book has a bit of everything: tragedy, romance, paranormal, mythology, fantasy, action, and mystery.  The beautiful world of reincarnation that Karen Amanda Hooper builds in this book is something special.

My Thoughts

*I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of NetGalley*

I am a sucker for reincarnated love stories.  I never read one until Incarnate, but I connected with the story line, and have found myself seeking out more like it.  So, when I had the chance to review this book, I was nothing short of thrilled.

And I have to admit, at first this book let me down.  I found myself rolling my eyes and trying to keep up with what was going on.  But very quickly, I got sucked in.  And by the end I was smiling and hugging my Kindle close, wishing I could read book two right away.  I love stories like that!

There are some technical issues with the beginning of the book — things seem forced and rushed, but it is something that ultimately vanishes.  Another thing is there are a LOT of characters to keep up with, some that come and go so fast you almost wonder what their true purpose was to the heart of the story.  One redeeming quality is that the shift in POV allows you to get the back story at a smooth pace, rather than all at once as Maryah does.

But, the story that Hooper creates is unique — while many elements can be found in other books and genres, this one sets itself a part.  And it is definitely a different situation than the typical ‘boy is madly in love with the girl’ scenario we see in so many other series, because obviously he has a REASON to be in love with her.

With a fast-past thrill, this book will leave you wanting more.


Four out of Five Stars