#NewRelease: A Shattered Heart, by @AuthorTiffany

The second book in Tiffany King’s Fractured Lives series is here! Now you can all read A Shattered Heart like I did recently (here’s my review). I’m really enjoying this series ever since finishing A Shattered Moment earlier in the year. Now, I can’t wait to see what else King has for her readers. For now, here’s a bit more about her new book…

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A Shattered Heart

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From Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Shattered Moment, comes book 2 in the Fractured Lives Series.

A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen “Kat” Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.

Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.

Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on each other, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again.

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This book releases next week, but you can find pre-orders on:

AmazonKobo | iBooks

If you’d like to read A Shattered Moment, you can find it  from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Tiffany King new profile pictureUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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#ARC #Review: A Shattered Heart, by @AuthorTiffany

A Shattered Heart

Title: A Shattered Heart (Fractured Lives #2)
Author: Tiffany King
Rating: 4/5 stars

From Tiffany King, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Shattered Moment, comes book 2 in the Fractured Lives Series.

A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen “Kat” Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.

Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.

Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on each other, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again. (description from Goodreads)

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Earlier this year I read Tiffany King’s A Shattered Moment. It wasn’t the first time I thoroughly enjoyed a book from King, but I think reading it got me back into the mindset to read her books after taking a little break. They often pack emotional punches and I need to space out my reading to not overdo it for myself. Those emotional punches, among other story elements I’ve come to enjoy from Tiffany King, are not absent in A Shattered Heart.

It took me a little longer to get into this story than with the first book in the Fractured Lives series, but that didn’t deter me from pushing through and coming out the other side glad that I read on. Kat, the narrator, may not be the most loveable character, but that’s what made the story work. She has her own issues to deal with and seeing her work through them and get her life back was worth the journey.

Not only does King give readers a chance to get to know minor characters from book one, she continues to develop the bigger picture: the relationship and struggles among the family of friends (and their families) Kat is a part of. This is where much of the emotion I felt came from, while reading. I enjoyed Kat and her story, but I also gained a new appreciation for people who go through hell and come out the other side, whether they personally went through it or watched a family member do so. Everyone’s effected and this book illustrates it well.

I like where this series went in book two, and I like where I see it going after this (at least I feel there’s another book coming). Will it be just as good at this one? I think so. I think there’s some bigger issues to address with that one, and I’m looking forward to every moment of it.

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This book releases next week, but you can find pre-orders on:

AmazonKobo | iBooks

If you’d like to read A Shattered Moment, you can find it  from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Tiffany King new profile pictureUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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#Review: My Heart’s Choir Sings, by @InkAshling

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Author: Maureen Flynn
Rating: 5/5 stars

A eulogy and a verse novella. Grief, guilt, redemption. How do you go on in a world without your other half?

Think Ted Hughes Birthday Letters meets Dorothy Porter verse and you’d have My Heart’s Choir Sings. This is the story of Stewart Hinchcliffe, a writer and an artist who loses his lover and fellow creative in tragic circumstances. As he cleans out their old apartment, each new object brings back bittersweet memories. Throughout the 25 poem sequence, grief, guilt and anger color his memories. Who is to blame for what happened? Where did everything go wrong? And how on earth does Stuart move on from his past?” (description from Goodreads)

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For me, reading and “getting” poetry doesn’t always come easy. What I rely on most for my enjoyment, the first read through, is the feel I get from it; the emotions do the poems bring with them. Then I’ll go and reread the book is necessary to look deeper into what it has within.

My Heart’s Choir Sings is a book that I’ve read through twice already, and have gotten more out of each with each of read. I know I’ll be revisiting this one again and with the third read, will most likely get an even deeper understanding and enjoyment from the poems.

This collection is said to be a novella in verse. When comparing it to the verse novels I’ve read in recent months, this “story” goes about the form a little different from them. Instead of a straight forward continuous single storyline, this novella has the speaker recollecting various events, memories, qualities of the woman he loves, who is now dead. These poems are strung together by some common themes, while being great pieces all on their own. There’s not a direct linear narrative, but I feel that is a strength to this collection. There’s so much being said on these pages, even with, at times, so little words. The reader can feel the speaker’s every emotion.

As I stated before, I’ll be reading through this book a third time, and probably many times after, plucking out favorite lines, new meanings, and it’ll probably make its way onto my shelf of favorites collections. If this is Flynn’s début book, I can’t wait to see what else she has waiting for her readers.

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You can grab a copy of of this novella from:

Amazon | Smashwords

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About the Author:

Maureen writes young adult speculative fiction novels and short stories. She is inspired by authors such as Isobelle Carmody, Philip Pullman and Juliet Marillier and writes stories to make sense of her world. She loves to attend local Writers Festivals and, having recently discovered the Australian speculative fiction scene, also loves supporting her fellow writers at local events. She is an active member of the South Coast Writers Centre (SCWC) and regularly volunteers for the centre.

Maureen has wanted to write from the second she could put pen to paper but, other than winning a district wide short story competition in Year 6, first achieved small writing successes at university. Her poems, ‘Out For Lunch’ and ‘Rapunzel’s Curls’ were published in The UOW Literary Society Zine in 2012. Her fairy tale short story, ‘Tea Time with Mad Hattie’ was published by Holmesglen Small Press in the same year. 2012 was a busy year, with Maureen accepted into The Sydney Writer’s Festival Fantasy Masterclass with Kate Forsyth in May. Recently, she has started attending a writers group run by Australian speculative fiction stalwart, Angie Rega, and, if all goes according to plan, will be working with Isobelle Carmody in 2014.

Maureen reviews speculative fiction novels at her wordpress blog, InkAshlings. Never one for saying no to a challenge, she also reviews speculative fiction films and TV shows and has interviewed authors Richard Harland and Kate Forsyth for her blog.

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#Review: Watch Over Me, by @TaraSivec

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Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Due to heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 17+. 

From the USA Today Best Selling Author of A Beautiful Lie. 

Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she’s wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison’s best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt. 

Death changes everyone… 

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone? 

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she’s stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father’s. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness…until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there’s more to that life than pain. 

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?” (description from Goodreads)

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It’s been quite a long time since a book has blown me away like Watch Over Me has done. I’m a big fan of Tara Sivec’s writing, but before now, I’ve only read her comedy and (meant in the nicest way) borderline obnoxious use of crude language. Last year I tackled her Chocolate Lovers series. They’re hilarious, light reads. Watch Over Me is not like them at all, aside from the fact that Sivec shows her ability to write a great book, yet again. Being the polar opposite of previous Sivec books, this novel packed an emotional punch with each new scene, and I may have underestimated it at first glance.

Some of the best things about this book were the well-developed characters, believable plot, and slow, non-forced romance. Addison is a broken young woman trying to get through each day. The way she is written makes the reader feel everything she feels, to sympathize with her, but also to realize when she’s being stupid. It’s all displayed and she doesn’t even deny that she has issues. It was great to see a character who wasn’t trying to hide, from the reader, behind a mask of anger or an act, to cover up what she was going through. It wasn’t at all hidden to build to a big reveal later in the book. This was also helpful in going through the story. She let’s us into each interaction, each milestone in her path to recovery.

I also liked how, while there’s a romance in this book, I didn’t see it coming for the first chunk of the book. And once Zander shows up, there’s no guarantee if he’ll be a permanent character or not. There’s no insta-love, there’s no predictable personality either. Zander is just Zander.

It’s all written in such an honest, no-nonsense way. I couldn’t help by to be drawn into the book. It gripped me early on and didn’t let me go…and still hasn’t. Seeing this type of serious writing from an author who (up until now) is normally trying to make the reader die laughing, gives me even more respect for what she writes. Some authors can write one type of book, and do so in great ways. Others can write many different types, but not really write an amazing book in any. Sivec has shown me her diversity in evoking the emotions of a reader, her diversity of genre, and an adaptive writing style.

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You can grab a copy of Watch Over Me from:

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About the Author:

Image 7Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

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#Review: Looking Back, by Marcia Carrington

Title: Looking Back
Author: Marcia Carrington
Rating: 3/5 Stars

“An elderly lady looks back on her life from her childhood, until the present day.” (description from Goodreads)

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You get what the description of the story says. It’s the recollection of a well-lived life of an older woman.

The author wrote it well, and made it believable to even be a non-fiction piece. It was a little on the lacking side, in the sense that this woman’s life was just outlined, there wasn’t much of an apparent conflict and life went by smoothly. The later years put some strain on the life being lived, and that’s when my interest was most grabbed.

It’s a good introduction to this author, I think. I’m sure given more words to work with and space to expand a story, I’ll enjoy more of this author’s work in the future.

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You can grab a copy of this story from:

Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo | B&N

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About the Author:

Romance novelist, interested observer of popular culture, fan of cinema from all eras, especially 1920s-1980s, soap opera aficionado, food connoisseur.

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