Blog Tour — Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

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Today we are participating in the blog tour for Devon Ashley’s Nearly Broken.  Nearly Broken is a new adult romantic suspense book that was released June 4, 2013.

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About the Book

Nearly Broken
by Devon Ashley
Release Date: June 4, 2013

Synopsis

We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.

Claire.

Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction

Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

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My Thoughts

If I could sum up this book in one word, it would be: intense.

This is going to be an incredibly hard book to review, because most of the things I want to talk about would be considered spoilers.  SO I am going to try really hard to talk about how amazing this book was without giving anything away.  Okay, here goes.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I HAD to know what happened to Megan and who Claire was.  I have to say, I thought I knew what was going on, but I was taken by surprise when I learned about Megan’s past.  Devon Ashley created an amazing back story for this girl.

I almost thought about this book in two different parts.  Once you read it, you will understand.  The tone of the beginning was thrill/mystery/romance, while the second half was thrill/mystery/horror.  Yes, horror.  This book is not for the weak-hearted and is definitely not for someone under 17.  There are serious subjects covered in the book.  Please do not let your teen read this without reading it first.

Mature audience in this book is not merely a suggestion.

That being said, I think Devon Ashley realistically and excellently portrayed the issues she covers.  I had a hard time remembering that this was not real.  I was almost happy it WAS fiction, but the sad truth is this happens to so many people.  It is definitely not a topic I’ve ever read before, but I think it is one I needed to see played out on the pages.

I was happy that there was a romantic element involved.  The book IS intense, but there are some excellent romantic and just plain happy scenes.  Megan definitely deserved all of the happiness she could get.  She is an amazing protagonist, a strong female, and someone I really admire for her ability to overcome some really messed up situations.

I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here, but I most of all hope that Megan gets a little peace and security in her life.

Overall: Four out of five stars

About the Author

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Devon Ashley was born in Huntington Beach but has spent most of her life residing in Texas. She spends a great deal of her time taking care of her husband and son but always seems to find time to write, knit and create unique decorative pieces. She particularly likes to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Interesting Fact: Devon Ashley shares her birthday with her favorite author, Jane Austen.

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Book Blitz & GIVEAWAY — Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels

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Today’s Book Blitz features Epiphany by Christina Jean Michaels.  Epiphany is a new adult romantic suspense book that was released June 19, 2013.
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About the Book

“I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn’t a word I’d use to describe myself. I couldn’t foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams.”

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher’s Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn’t prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she’s been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They’ve turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media’s headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

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Excerpt from Epiphany

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Something inside me cracked right along with Aidan’s expression. Everything he’d been hiding spilled from his eyes.

“Aidan . . .”

“I need a drink.” He strode away, leaving me glued to the spot where he’d trapped me. A crash resounded from the kitchen, followed by splintering glass. I willed my feet to move, ignoring the little voice of reason pointing out that maybe I should leave him be for now.

He was sweeping broken glass into a dustpan when I walked in. “Are you okay?” Instantly, I wished I could cast a net and pull back the stupid, inconsiderate question. Of course he wasn’t okay. “I’m sorry. I know you’re not . . . okay.”

“Don’t worry about it. I know what you meant.” He emptied the dustpan into the trashcan and then opened a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, all the while refusing to meet my eyes.

“Mind sharing?” I asked. If there was ever a time for drinking, it was now.

“I thought you were beyond corruptible.”

I recalled how he’d said something similar on Halloween. “You remember more about that night than you let on, don’t you?”

He pulled two tumblers from a dark cherry wood cabinet. “I remember you.” Amber liquid sloshed into both glasses as he poured, and a moment later he closed the distance between us. “Straight up?” The question sounded like a challenge.

“Sure.” I gulped down the whiskey and ignored the burn as it slid down my throat. Heat ignited low in my belly, though whether from the alcohol or Aidan’s scrutiny, I wasn’t sure.

He leaned against the kitchen sink and finished off his own drink before pouring another. “I’m sorry I blew up on you. I didn’t come here to make friends . . . to complicate things.”

“I’m a complication?”

His laughter was empty, cold as a morgue. “You’re about as complicated as they come.”

I stared at the bottom of my glass. “Why’s that?”

“You look at me as if you see right through me. It’s unsettling.”

“I don’t mean to unsettle you.”

“Consider me unsettled. Problem is, I think you’re using more than eyesight.”

About the Author

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Christina Jean Michaels was born in Paradise, California, but she has found the true home of her heart in Eugene, Oregon where she finds plenty of inspiration for storytelling.

When she was young, her mother said she hated words. Now she can’t imagine not writing. She became an avid reader when she was thirteen and discovered the world of Sweet Valley High. About a year later she realized she could play God and write about her own characters. She has been writing in some form ever since.

She lives with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Inside the Author’s Head

1. What inspired you to write Epiphany?

I’d been playing around with the idea of writing a novel for years. Actually, I’d written fan fiction for a long time, which was how I ended up hearing about National Novel Writing Month. I signed up for NaNoWriMo in 2008, never believing I’d actually write 50,000 words, and I used anything and everything for inspiration–from the people I saw on Halloween night to the crazy customers that would come into the convenience store where I worked. I plotted in my head during downtime and loaded up on 5-Hour energy shots after work in order to crank out those words. I don’t think there’s any one thing that inspired me to write the book, though NaNoWriMo definitely played a part in helping me to get it going.

2. How did you come up with the title?

I have no idea, but I like the different contextual meanings. She’s psychic, and there are a slew of secrets that come out in the story, so I thought it fit.

3. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Some things in Epiphany are very loosely based on real life. They planted the seed, but ultimately Epiphany became its own story entirely. I can relate to Mac when she wakes from a nightmare because I’ve had night terrors since I was a child. Thankfully, I don’t have the burden of psychic power to add to it!

4. What books have most influenced your life most?

I couldn’t get my hands on enough Sweet Valley High books when I was a teenager. When I switched to adult fiction, I was introduced to Sandra Brown, and later Nora Roberts. I’m a romance junkie–always have been. I think Roberts is excellent at romance, and Brown has amazing talent for really twisted plots.

More recently, I’ve really enjoyed new adult and even dark erotica. Kitty Thomas is my favorite in the dark erotica genre.

5. What book are you reading now?

At the moment, I’m not reading anything as I’ve been too busy, but I finished reading Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan a couple of weeks ago. That book was AMAZING! Phew! I can’t even describe the level of twisted my insides became at reading it, and I’m talking twisted in a good way. 😉

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Now comes the fun part!  There are not one but TWO giveaway chances today!  The first is an individual e-book copy of Epiphany, thanks to the author exclusive to my blog.  The second is a grand prize thanks to the author for the entire blitz.  Please be sure to complete each item on the list BEFORE you click it, as they will be checked prior to giving out the prizes.  Good luck!

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