Every Shattered Thing ~ Elora Ramirez~ Blog Stop with Review, Interview and Giveaway~

 
EVERY SHATTERED THING Synopsis:

Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she’s so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost – redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough?
*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*

 
 
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Every shattered thing is a book about a young woman named Stephanie who is trapped in a life of prostitution from her father and desperately praying for a way out. This was a hard book to read because the author is amazing at getting you to feel Stephanies pain without throwing it in your face. It is a heartbreaking journey into what this young girl is forced into everyday without any hope of escape. I think the saddest part is that there are young girls all over the world who go through this daily while people turn a blind eye. This book is heartbreaking and touching at the same time and is a great read, although be warned it is not a happy ending filled with love and hope. Great book I would definitely rate a 4 out of 5, only because the ending was left open….maybe there is a sequel coming out?





I had a chance to interview Elora ~

 

 

What inspired you to write the book? 



My husband and I mentored a young girl for a few years and at one point, we almost adopted her. When I started writing this story, I wrote it for her. I wanted to write out her story with the ending I wanted for her, and in the middle the characters took over and it became something completely different. 



How did you start writing? 

 

In 2007, I was in grad school and my professor said something about the sunrise. About how writers can find anything a muse or something like that and he said the phrase, I picked up the pen and wrote in my notebook Sunrises make me come alive. I went home and wrote the prologue to the novel, and then it sat on my computer for two years before I took it out and realized there was something here. A story I wanted to excavate. The character sounded like our girl we mentored, and so I went with her voice and kept writing.



What was your favorite part of the book? 



Train scene. Hands down.



What was the hardest part to write in the book? 



Oh god. If you’ve read the book, you know why my husband would have to drag me away from the laptop bawling. I got severely protective of Stephanie and hated what she has to go through and so any of those scenes with her father or other men made my brain shut down in a way. I had to rely on a purely visceral reaction to the words. 



What do you wish was different about the book? 



Nothing. I wouldn’t change anything. In so many ways, this was the book I was meant to write. 



What are your favorite authors/books? 



This is absolutely impossible. 



Favorite authors :: Ray Bradbury, Laini Taylor, Tahereh Mafi, Colleen Hoover, Madeleine L’Engle

Favorite books :: Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, Fahrenheit 451, East of Eden, Eleanor & Park, When Women Were Birds



If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?


Laini Taylor. I’m such a fan-girl of her writing and world(and word!)-building. I want to pick her brain

Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Suess and writing anywhere she could find the space—including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she’s grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, and her husband’s lavender liqueur.

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Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5786742.Elora_Nicole_Ramirez
 

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The Garden of Eden Release Day Blitz

Title: The Garden of Eden
Series: The Eden Chronicles #1
Genre: YA paranormal romance/ urban fantasy

Blurb

Eden Daylesford is a sixteen- year old Nephilim girl stuck smack bang in the middle of a war between angels and demons. And the bad thing is, she shares both of their blood.
When her mother takes her to the Michaelite Sanctuary in London to try and get rid of the deadly trait that has started to appear – one that hasn’t been seen in a long time. It could stop Eden from forming any sort of relationship with anyone, including the tempting Asher. Eden has no idea just how powerful she is.
Will she learn to embrace her new ability and accept her new role, or go back to her old life of an ordinary human teenager?

Will she be tempted?

The enticing first book in the spin off novella series to The Legend of the Archangel. Set after events in The Chronicles of Fire and Ice.

Excerpt

I ran so fast I felt one with the wind. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.  Sooner or later my mother would track me down but until then I’ll enjoy myself. As I entered the arcade I heard my name.
“Yo, Eden.”
“Eden! You escaped.”
I smiled as I saw my friends approach. “Yeah I escaped the clutches of the evil demon.”
“You shouldn’t joke about that stuff, it could be real,” said Zoe innocently. Zoe was my best friend and still an innocent. Her boyfriend Mike thought he understood all. Even though they were Nephilim too, I couldn’t let them learn who my father was.
“It is real, Zo. If there are angels, there are demons. You can’t have one without the other.”
“Who says?” I defended as I retrieve the air hockey puck out of the slot and place it on the table. It begins sliding around in a small circle, waiting for me to hit it.
“Says I.” Mike took the position opposite me and waited. I narrowed my eyes and glared at him. Zoe always says I do this thing with my eyes that could make every boy swoon, but I don’t believe it. How could one person’s eyes make someone swoon? As I wacked the air hockey puck, Mike seemed distracted by something, so the puck sailed straight down into my goal at his end. The electronic voice announced the score to be one nil and that seemed to break his reverie.
“Mike, what happened? You were totally out of it.” Zoe placed a hand on his bicep.
“No, I wasn’t.”
“Yes, you were. You totally let Eden win.”
“It was just a lucky shot,” I said in defence. I couldn’t let them think that somehow I had something to do with Mike’s off-with-the-faeries moment. Did I? It couldn’t be possible. I didn’t just cause Mike to space out and act as if he and I were the only ones left on earth? Did I?
“That never happens, baby.”
“Okay, maybe this turn will be better.” Mike retrieved the puck out of the slot on his side and placed it on the table, ready to hit. I stood ready, but this time I was the distracted one. I couldn’t get the feeling out of my head that I had revealed one of my powers to him. My mother said to never do that. But was it even one of my traits? The air hockey puck sailed straight under me and landed in his goal. One- all.
“Oh yeah!” Mike hooted, but I didn’t feel like partying anymore. I walked away from the table.
“Oh, what’s the matter, Eden, afraid of being beat?”
“No, I just don’t feel like playing anymore.”
“Oh, come on! We were right in the middle of a game!”
I walked away ignoring their pleas as the allure of the hoop game called me over. I had just pushed a token in the slot and picked up a ball, when I heard my name. But it wasn’t from Mike or Zoe.
“So this is where you spend your runaway hours?” I glanced over my shoulder and saw the creep standing behind me.
“Who are you and what do you want?”
“Don’t you see the family resemblance?” he smirked.
I turned to take a good look at him, intrigued. The guy had to be about my mother’s age, maybe a little older and had the same grey- blue eyes my mother has.
“Uncle Adam?”
“In the flesh. Now lets get out of here.”
I chuckled as I turned back around and threw a ball at the highest scoring hoop. It went in. “I am not going anywhere with you.”
Adam clapped. “Good shot. But its not surprising, seeing whose blood you carry in your veins.”
“Do you mean yours and Mum’s, or…”
“Lakyn’s?” He finished for her. “Either way, you have so many abilities you are not even aware of, Eden. And some of them are quite dangerous.”
“How do you know this?”
“I was there from the moment you were born. Trust me, I know.”
I tossed another ball in, this time in a lower scoring hoop and it went in as well. “I’m still not going with you.” As I picked up a third ball and pushed it towards the hoops, it froze mid- air. I gasped and looked back at my uncle. He shrugged.
“Game over.”
As he walked away, the ball remained frozen.
“Wait, how did you do that?” I asked, glancing back and forth from the ball to him.
“If you come with me, I’ll tell you.”
“My mother sent you, didn’t she?”
“She might have.”
“So what you just did, can I do that?”
“Everyone’s traits are different, but probably. If you come with me, you can find out more.”
“I can’t just leave my friends.”
“Yes, you can. You can always make new friends.”
I stopped walking and looked at my friends playing the Daytona. Mike was showing Zoe how to drive, which was really cute. And then I looked at my uncle, waiting patiently outside the mouth of the arcade by a black town car. If I stayed, I would never know what my traits would be, I would never learn how to use them. But I would be a normal teenager, going to school and hanging out at the arcade with her friends. If I went with my uncle, I would no longer be normal. I wanted both lives. But the idea of having amazing powers intrigued me most. In the end I chose door two. Looking back I regretted leaving my friends. But I knew they would never understand. I knew deep down that I was made for a higher purpose.

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Rock My Heart by Selene Chardou Release Day Event and Giveaway!!

Rock My Heart Release Day Banner  Rock_Heart_Kindle_Nook“I thought I knew what I wanted but someone forgot to tell me that you have to embrace the ugly in a relationship in order to appreciate the beauty of what you have created between another person and yourself. The following is what happens when you think you can take a short cut but in life, as in love, easy doesn’t come without difficulty, and if you want love to survive, you have to fight for it each and every day.”Sydney Landvik

Syd and Kaz survived getting together in the most unusual of ways, a rigorous world tour and his crazy ex-wife but their relationship will be tested more than they ever thought was possible. Now that Sydney is expecting their first child and they are engaged, demons from Kaz’s past rear their ugly head and cause a catalyst that will spin their world completely out of control. Kaz reacts in the only way he knows how and that is to shut down his emotions while contemplating a deal for Scarlet Fever that could set them up for life and finally give them the stability they need. Meanwhile, Syd reacts to the situation in a way that is completely unbecoming and may spell the end of their relationship and the happy ending she has craved for so long. Can two people—who have gone through the fires of lust and love—reconnect with what brought them together in the first place and make peace not only with themselves and each other or will the pressure prove too great and tear them apart for good? This is the explosive conclusion to one of the most exciting and twisted love affairs in rock history.
 Meet the Author Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou. Ms. Chardou’s writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or the rich and famous set in the New Adult realm. She is currently working on In Too Deep, the conclusion to The Lovers Duet, and The Will To Love, book two in the Scarlet Fever Series, which chronicles the relationship of Will, the bassist of Scarlet Fever and Laurel, Syd’s BFF who fell head over heels for the hot rocker. Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Social Links

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Two Roads~ L.M. Augustine~ 4 Star Review and Giveaway~

 
 
 


The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.


But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all…
 
by~

 

 
Logan Waters
 
Cali Monroe
 

Teaser:

Without a moment’s hesitation, I press my body to his and I whisper, “Kiss me, Logan.”
And he does. And our lips lock and his taste like mint and hot chocolate and feel like a million tiny explosions of color and a deep, aching desire months in the making. I stop caring when I press my lips to his, wrap my arms around his body and let the feelings take me away. I stop caring when his hands slide down my leg, his warmth and his muscle and his everything touches mine, and I let our bodies do the rest. I stop caring because I’ve made my decision, I’ve made my choice, and finally, finally, I know where my life is headed.
I choose the road less traveled by.

And
 

You’re such a bitch,” one of them says enviously, and I just smile. I don’t mind being called a bitch. Being a bitch means I’m strong. Being a bitch means I’m surviving, and sometimes that’s all I can do: I survive. I do everything I can to get by, even if it makes me sick to my stomach.
“I know. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some guy stalking to do,” I say, winking at them and turning around. A few girls laugh as I go, but they leave me alone for now, thank god.

Review ~~
We are always told that there are 2 roads, or 2 choices, but what happens when you don’t like the one you chose?  Can you pick again?  What happens when someone makes a choice to die, and you are left behind?  What if you can’t get past that?  What if you hate the person who was like a brother to you?  Can you get past that?
Cali died a little the night that her brother killed himself, now she fakes her way thru life, pretending to be a mean girl who will sleep with any guy.  Only she doesn’t sleep with anyone, and deep down she knows it is wrong to me mean, except to Logan.  Logan was her brother’s best friend, almost like a 2nd brother to her, but then he just left her after what Ben did.  Why?  Was does he know about why he did it?  Now she HATES him, and he HATES her too.  They spend all of their time trying to out-do each other with pranks.
Logan tells Cali everyday that he hates her, but does he, or does he love her?  After finally talking her into going to the poetry convention everything becomes blurry in their “hate relationship”.
I loved how these characters were written, very believable.  The story was so much more then a “love story”.  It talks about death and what happens to those left behind, and how it changes them forever.  I loved that the story was more about getting the relationship then anything else.  L M Augustine took the time to grow Cali and Logan into a great couple, he did not just rush to end.  I loved how poetry is everywhere in this book, the poems are awesome but more importantly there are great references to lots of poems.  It was a sweet read that left you wanting more!!

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L.M. Augustine is a YA romance author who is obsessed with writing about dorky teenagers, love, and happy endings. He currently lives in New England, where he spends far too much time reading books and screaming at his computer, and he believes that the solution to the world’s problems can be found in chocolate cake.

 

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SAVE ME~ LJ BAKER~4 STAR REVIEW

Andi was doing just fine on her own. Sure the world had been hit with an outbreak that turned anyone infected into flesh eating zombies. Not to mention that everyone she ever loved was now dead. She was alive though, taking care of herself. She had little desire to indulge in building relationships with anyone. People just couldn’t be trusted. Whether they screwed you over intentionally, or just managed to get themselves killed, no one stuck around for very long. She didn’t need anyone else either. That was until Will showed up to save her.
Will, with his sparkling green eyes, lips you just wanted to taste, and insanely adorable crooked smile, wasn’t letting Andi get rid of him so easily. Yet still, Andi did everything she could to push her feelings, and Will, away. The more time they spent together though, the more difficult that became. In a world where another day was not something you could count on, wasting even a single moment, could mean missing out on your only chance for happiness.

 
 
 

WILL HARRISON
ANDI SHEPPARD

                             
                                                                                                      

TEASER:
No longer able to hold back, my hands found their way into his hair, pulling him closer to my waiting mouth.  That was all the encouragement Will needed.  His mouth was hot, needing, hard against mine.  His tongue gliding over mine sent shock waves of tingling throughout my body.  I could feel my legs weaken, threatening to give out.  Will’s hand wrapped further around my waist, keeping me on my feet, just barely.  I never felt like I needed anything more in my life than I needed his mouth right now.
Much sooner then I wanted, Will eased back, taking his mouth from mine, leaving me disappointed with the withdrawal.  I had waited so long for this kiss.  I didn’t want it to end, ever.
“Breathe, Andi” Will chuckled.
I hadn’t even realized I was holding my breath again until he spoke.  Who needs oxygen anyway?  Will made sure I was steady enough to stand before bringing both hands up to cup my face.
“Do you still feel single?”
Honestly, at that point I would have said anything he wanted just to get his mouth back to mine.  Not that it wasn’t true.  I wanted to believe that all this meant what I wanted it to mean, that Will and I were more than friends.  But what did I know?  I had been asked out on one date.  A date that was never able to happen because zombies took over the world.
I shook my head.
“Good. because you aren’t.”

MY REVIEW~

Let me start by telling you that I did not read what the book was about before I started to read it, I am so glad, because it is so much more than a zombies book!  It has the sweetest love story in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.  Andi is a girl all alone, her friends and families are all gone due to the Zombies.  She thinks she is strong and can take of herself, until she gets in a dog cage and zombies surround her, trying to eat her.  Will, who is also all alone, saves her by killing the zombies.  She wants to just go their separate ways, however Will does not.  As the story goes along you know they have a attraction to each other, but they are to stubborn to admit it to themselves, and they are also trying to survive.  They meet friends along the way who finally make them realize they are going to push each other away or admit that they like each other.  I really liked this story, it was very well written, and even though it is about zombies, that is not the main story.  I started it and finished it in one sitting, one long sitting!  It sucks you in. and you need to know what will happen next!  It proves that everyone deserves love no matter what else is going on in their lives as well as reminding all of us that when you least expect it, love will bite you in the ass!!  I can’t wait to read more from L J Baker!!

LJ Baker

L J lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, four kids, two cats, and an inherited dog from hell (a.k.a. the sewer gremlin). Though writing has always been her first passion, she got a degree in psychological counseling and worked in the mental health field for awhile, which she finds very helpful in dealing with her crazy family. She is a lover of all different types of music and books, switching between genres so wildly it sometimes makes people wonder if she has multiple personalities. She is most likely to be found writing romance stories of all kinds (contemporary, erotic, new adult, young adult, fantasy, etc.) and has just finished writing her first book, Save Me. When she’s not writing, she prefers to spend her time reading, taking photos, or spending time with her family.