Release Day Blitz: The Space Before & The Space Beyond-Melissa Pearl

 
“Sometimes to find your way…you have to get completely lost.”

Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back. In this prequel to The Space Between Heartbeats, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as “Scarface”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING: This book is intended for mature teen readers due to coarse language and mature content.

(Sequel to The Space Between Heartbeats)
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syn“There’s more than one way to say, I love you.”

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?

Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.

But, when Dale is rejected from Colombia University in NYC, due to a police record that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.

There’s more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.
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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Happy reading,
Jordan
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Release Day Blitz & ARC Review: Home-Melissa Pearl

cooltext1889161239 copyRachel Myers never meant to stay in Payton. Her eyes were set on bigger things than waitressing at Clark’s Bar. She wants to perform on a stage of her own with bright lights, fame, and fortune. But something got in the way—Joshua Clark. He’s a good man who loves her, a solid rock she can depend on. She wants that to be enough, but it hasn’t quelled her yearning for the big city.

Josh knows Rachel wants more out of life and might leave one day. Yet so far, she hasn’t gone anywhere. Deep down, he believes his love is enough to keep her…or at least he hopes so. Until one night, a city boy from Hollywood promises Rachel a record deal and destroys everything.

Jumping at a chance she never thought she’d have, Rachel leaves Payton. And Josh. But the sparkle of Los Angeles is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?

Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say forever.

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Home is a musical kaleidoscope of heartache and discovery, of redemption and epiphany, and most importantly, of learning that home is always, always where the heart is.

PROS:

  • The seedy underbelly of LA and the horror of how easily young people can be suckered into cons with the promise of fame are a bleak wake up call. Graphic, violent, and manipulative, the imagery is slimy and the men were beyond lascivious and grotesque.
  • Rachel’s helplessness and desperation bled off the page. Her dream of becoming famous and making her mother proud push her to let her guard down and it’s disastrous. Gullible and hopeful, Rachel gets herself into precarious situations and does what she needs to survive. A fighter till the end, Rachel is no stranger to suffering and living day to day. Rachel’s light and charm shine through the terrifying reality of her new life. She won’t let anything beat her. When she’s down, she rallies and that makes all the difference.
  • Josh’s complete and utter infatuation with Rachel is written in every adoring look, in the gentle touches, the fierce jealousy, and the passionate way he cradles her in her sleep. Rachel is precious, worth more than anything to him and her playful ways enrapture him. Josh’s hurt at Rachel’s decisions make him blind and pigheaded but he never stops loving her. The way he pines is both endearing and incredibly attractive. Out of all of the Songbird novels, his love, at least to me, feels the most natural and potent. Every second of his thoughts are spent on Rachel and keeping her happy, of protecting her, and of worshiping her smile, her music, her gorgeous curls. There are times where you’ll want to shake some sense into him, get him to see what’s beneath the surface but his pride blocks all sense.
  • Make sure to check out the companion playlist. It’s not ALL country (as a proud country listener I don’t mind) and there’s quite a few I’ve never heard of. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Listening to the soundtrack connected and cemented the emotions in several scenes. It’s a sensory experience that takes the story a lever further.

CONS:

  • Rachel’s naiveté is hard to swallow and a little unbelievable. Despite being a small town country girl, after her first colossal mistake, she keeps up the same mentality of being overly trusting and deluding herself. You’d think she’d be more cautious but each time it’s like she forgot when happened to get her in her terrible predicament.
  • Towards the end of the book, the story became more about other characters than Rachel and Josh. Their dramatic stories took over the plot and were a distraction for the emotional build up of the final few scenes.
  • The tone got lost. Half the time there’s strong Southern twang, expressions, and country songs and others, it reads casually, without the expected drawl. Josh especially doesn’t feel like a Southern boy and the whole country theme fell flat when Rachel wasn’t spouting her particular very Southern phrases.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!”

She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

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Cover Reveal: Home-Melissa Pearl

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cooltext1889161239 copyRachel Myers never meant to stay in Payton. Her eyes were set on bigger things than waitressing at Clark’s Bar. She wants to perform on a stage of her own with bright lights, fame, and fortune. But something got in the way—Joshua Clark. He’s a good man who loves her, a solid rock she can depend on. She wants that to be enough, but it hasn’t quelled her yearning for the big city.

Josh knows Rachel wants more out of life and might leave one day. Yet so far, she hasn’t gone anywhere. Deep down, he believes his love is enough to keep her…or at least he hopes so. Until one night, a city boy from Hollywood promises Rachel a record deal and destroys everything.

Jumping at a chance she never thought she’d have, Rachel leaves Payton. And Josh. But the sparkle of Los Angeles is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?

Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say forever.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming up in 2015.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Happy reading,

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Release Day Blitz & ARC Review: Everything-Melissa Pearl

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cooltext1889161239 copyJody Pritchett had a dream…but life had other plans. Instead of singing and dancing on Broadway, Jody’s a twenty-year-old single mom, living at home with her disapproving father and overbearing sister. The choice to keep her little Angelia came with a high price and although she adores her baby girl, it doesn’t take away the sting of kissing goodbye her chance at a career on the stage.

Leo Sinclair had his own dream…but got lost along the way. After a failed marriage that left him hollow and downtrodden, the Australian songwriter wonders what joy his future could possibly hold. Encouraged by the one family member who doesn’t think he’s a failure, Leo decides to stop living the life everyone expects him to and start chasing his dreams again.

When the perfect opportunity comes knocking, Leo leaves Australia behind and hops a flight to LA. With his sights set on selling a musical to a Broadway producer, Leo is determined to finally realize his life-long dream. But life gets in the way again, when he spots a young mother outside his apartment in tears. He never realized how one person, one voice, and one Angel could have him contemplating abandoning his dreams once again.

As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide what dreams are worth clinging to…because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and in participation with this tour.

 

PROS:

  • One of the most unique and compelling aspects of the Songbird series is the ability for the reader to actively participate in the story with a song list specifically designed for the book. Having read Fever and Bulletproof, Everything breathes music in a way that exceeds the first two books. The characters are theatrical, passionate, and express their emotions best through that perfect song. There’s an eclectic mix that is multiple genres with various singers that fit the tone. Adding music heightened the feelings already swirling through my thoughts as I read. Writing reviews, I hardly ever listen to music but I have Your Song on repeat as I type, it feels right.
  • Jody speaks for everyone who has ever had a dream that got put on hold by a hard hit from life. Her pain is a heady mixture of rage, regret, and sadness. Jody had beautiful goals, visions of her name up in lights, and she had the talent to achieve it. One mistake, one choice shattered her hopes for Broadway and landed her with an adorable little girl, Angel. Jody’s frustration is incredibly easy to identify with-the pressure from her family, her feelings that she’s a failure, a gigantic disappointment to her loved ones, and that she never has enough hands to deal with her child. She struggles to find footing in a world she was thrown into much too young and to give up on her dream because it’s just not feasible with a baby. If you’ve read the other books in this series, you’d remember Jody as a spitfire, bright girl with a vivaciousness that shouted from the pages, seeing her broken and grieving is heartbreaking, it cuts deep.
  • There’s a scene where Jody is singing a song from Les Miserables at the piano and crying her heart out. My heart ached for her, every ounce of her pain radiated through sharp and biting, and I almost cried right along with her. The sheer emotional power of that scene took my breath away.
  • Leo is cute. He’s not sexy or alpha male but he’s a genuinely nice person. The adoration and honesty in his eyes is enough to make any red blooded girl melt. He’s compassionate, caring, and worships Jody. Everything about her makes him inspired, his feelings explode when she’s around him. He’s playful and laid back, he always has a song in mind and he listens. He never tells Jody her dreams are out of reach. What makes Leo so swoon worthy is his encouragement and faith in Jody and their dream. His so positive he practically glows. He lights up the room with his awkward charm.
  • Leo calms Jody’s stormy emotions and Jody is Leo’s muse. They fit deliciously together, the perfect little family. Their love scenes are soft and sweet with a lot of silly flair. ❤

 

CONS:

  • Jody’s relationship with Stefan was reflected in bursts of memory and a brief encounter later in the story. While you can feel Jody’s lust and naiveté, I don’t think there were enough scenes to understand Jody’s compulsion towards Stefan and to justify her sense of loss when it was so short lived.
  • Unless you’ve read the other books in this series, you won’t be able to comprehend Jody’s animosity towards her mother and the scarring it left behind. These books, for the most part, could be read as standalones.
  • Leo’s marriage to Gerry and subsequent divorce could have been expanded upon just so that the reader could see how it fell apart and Leo’s drive to escape. Leo gets angry for a hot second and then it’s as if he shrugs it off, years of his life, I couldn’t fathom being that nonchalant about it.
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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion.
Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
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Pleasant reading,
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Cover Reveal: Forbidden Waters-Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson

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Forbidden Waters (Mica and Lexy #2)-Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson

cooltext1889161239 copyAfter nearly being killed by drug dealers during an April hiking trip, Lexy and Mica are now on lock down. Their parents want them to stay safe and in town…but where’s the fun in that?

Bored and frustrated by these new restrictions and the fact they can’t hang out with their new boyfriends at will, the girls decide to take a sneaky boat ride across the lake, which isn’t strictly against the rules considering they aren’t actually leaving town.

But things don’t go according to plan.

Their sneaky trip across the water is fraught with disaster when they end up with an annoying tag-along, Tracey, who fills their heads with terrifying ghost stories of the murdering hermit who lives on the other side of the lake. Easy enough to brush off, until their boat capsizes and they find themselves injured and stranded in his ghostly turf. As night sets in, the girls find themselves on the run from a series of unexplained creepies that can only mean one thing…the ghost man is alive.

Will Eli and Tom, figure out where their girlfriends are and get there in time to help them? Or will these two best friends fall into the hands of the man rumored to have murdered his family?

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Melissa Pearl and Brenda Howson have been best friends for well over a decade. Both mothers of two young children, both married to school teachers, and both lovers of writing, they have a lot in common. Having spent many vacations away together, they have become as close to sisters as two girls can get. It was on one of these holidays away that the Mica and Lexy Series was born.

Melissa is the author of multiple YA and NA books, written in a variety of genres. She is a fully trained elementary teacher, but is lucky enough to stay home and watch her kids grow. She is also spending every spare moment trying to turn writing into a full-time career … and loving the process.

Find out more about her books here: http://www.melissapearlauthor.com/news

Brenda was the one who encouraged Melissa to start writing in the first place. Once Melissa got started, Brenda caught the bug; she has been writing for ten years, in between motherhood and working at a local high school in the computer department. She has won two short story competitions and been runner up in another. Forbidden Territory is her first published novel.

Keep reading,

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Release Day Blitz: Forbidden Territory-Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson

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Best friends mending a heartbreaking feud, two hot boys, a weekend camping trip in the New Zealand bush away from meddlesome parents . . . what could be better?
 
 
That is, until they stumble across a hidden marijuana crop and its terrifying watchmen, and their dream weekend turns into the ultimate nightmare.
 
 
Forced apart, the two couples spend the next 48 hours racing blindly through the bush, searching for each other. Hoping desperately to find their friends before the hunters do . . .
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Melissa Pearl and Brenda Howson have been best friends for well over a decade. Both mothers of two young children, both married to school teachers, and both lovers of writing, they have a lot in common. Having spent many vacations away together, they have become as close to sisters as two girls can get. It was on one of these holidays away that the Mica and Lexy Series was born.
 
Melissa is the author of multiple YA and NA books, written in a variety of genres. She is a fully trained elementary teacher, but is lucky enough to stay home and watch her kids grow. She is also spending every spare moment trying to turn writing into a full-time career … and loving the process.
 
Find out more about her books here: http://www.melissapearlauthor.com/news
 
Brenda was the one who encouraged Melissa to start writing in the first place. Once Melissa got started, Brenda caught the bug; she has been writing for ten years, in between motherhood and working at a local high school in the computer department. She has won two short story competitions and been runner up in another. Forbidden Territory is her first published novel.
Keep reading, 
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Cover Reveal: Forbidden Territory-Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson

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cooltext1889161239 copyBest friends mending a heartbreaking feud, two hot boys, a weekend camping trip in the New Zealand bush away from meddlesome parents . . . what could be better?

That is, until they stumble across a hidden marijuana crop and its terrifying watchmen, and their dream weekend turns into the ultimate nightmare. Forced apart, the two couples spend the next 48 hours racing blindly through the bush, searching for each other. Hoping desperately to find their friends before the hunters do . . .

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Melissa Pearl and Brenda Howson have been best friends for well over a decade. Both mothers of two young children, both married to school teachers, and both lovers of writing, they have a lot in common. Having spent many vacations away together, they have become as close to sisters as two girls can get. It was on one of these holidays away that the Mica and Lexy Series was born.

Melissa is the author of multiple YA and NA books, written in a variety of genres. She is a fully trained elementary teacher, but is lucky enough to stay home and watch her kids grow. She is also spending every spare moment trying to turn writing into a full-time career … and loving the process.

Find out more about her books here: http://www.melissapearlauthor.com/news

Brenda was the one who encouraged Melissa to start writing in the first place. Once Melissa got started, Brenda caught the bug; she has been writing for ten years, in between motherhood and working at a local high school in the computer department. She has won two short story competitions and been runner up in another. Forbidden Territory is her first published novel.

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