PURCHASE THE BOOK
Author: Maria E. Monteiro
Publication date: June 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
All Piper Walker wants is to feel normal again, and for the pain of losing the one person she truly loved to go away. But no matter what she does she feels like she keeps hitting a wall of hurt.
Hey, bookworms! Welcome to my blog tour stop for Rachel van Dyken's
This blog tour will run from July 6th to July 12th. In this tour stop, you'll find MY REVIEW of THE DARE plus more information about the book and Rachel van Dyken. Be sure to check out the rest of this post to get a sneak peek into The Dare with some excerpts exclusive to this blog tour! Oh, don't forget to join the giveaway and get a chance to win some amazing prizes. Enjoy!
Hey, bookworms! You guys probably know how much I loved ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack's RUSK UNIVERSITY Series. So now, I'm SUPER excited to share the cover for ALL BROKE DOWN!
Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover!
Blurbs for THE DARE:
"The Dare is a laugh out loud read that I could not put down. Brilliant. Just brilliant.” --NYT Bestselling author Cathryn Fox
THE DARE somehow manages to be equal parts funny, sweet, and brimming with edge-of-your-seat tension, both romantic and situational. And I wouldn't mind a Grandma Nadine of my own. Maybe. – NYT Bestselling Author Jasinda Wilder
I cannot put into words how crazy yesterday was, but for you guys, I'll try!
ICYMI: Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After) was here in the Philippines!
When our favorite authors come to the Philippines, expect it to be a huge affair. Geography alone can tell you that it isn't often that authors come to the Philippines to meet their fans. So, when they do, it becomes this one, big, crazy affair. Add that to the fact that Filipinos are a bit celebrity-crazed.
It's funny though the lengths that some people go through just to meet these amazing authors who write the books that touch our hearts, so much so that it warrants a meet-and-greet experience. Since the last few signings hosted by National Bookstore, it dawned on me that people have started to get in line earlier and earlier and earlier. Sh*t just got real when National Book Store tweeted about the 7 people who were already lined up outside the venue by 6 PM last Saturday. That doesn't sound so bad but wait 'til you hear the catch: the registration for the event wouldn't be until 10 AM on SUNDAY! I admire those seven people for their dedication! Wow.
I won't try to compete with those seven people but I did set a personal record yesterday. Before yesterday's signing, my earliest attendance was during the VTR (Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Ransom Riggs) signing. Then, I was with my cousin Ana of Ana Rabacca's Book Blog around 7 AM in the morning. But yesterday, we were there by 4-freakin-AM... on a SUNDAY! Which is reaaaaallllyyyy early for me because I don't usually het up until 10 or 11 in the morning. I'm definitely NOT a morning person so I felt like it was such an accomplishment for me to be there that early just to get in line.
It was all worth it, though! Stephanie Perkins is definitely one of the nicest people ever. I really felt how overwhelmed she was by the reception of her Filipino fans. The small event space inside National Bookstore in Glorietta 1, Makati was packed to the roof! I could barely see Stephanie but that didn't keep me from wriggling this way and that just to get a glimpse of the woman who brought is Anna, Lola, and Isla! She did not disappoint. Stephanie was really funny and open about talking anything and everything. She didn't even bat an eye when the interview veered to almost personal territory as the interviewers started asking about her and Jarrod (Stephanie's hubby who was with her during the event). There were several awwwww moments as she talked about how they met and how there's a piece of her husband in Etienne, Cricket, and Josh. I mean, how ADORABLE is that?! :">
After the interviews, she started signing books and it was REALLY FUNNY how the fans also swarmed Jarrod for pictures and autographs. It was sooo crazy that they had to get him his own table so he can sit down and sign the books! I didn't get a chance to meet Jarrod personally and get his autograph but I'm pretty sure he's a really cool dude from what my friends (who met him) keep telling me.
I'm just really happy that I got to meet Stephanie Perkins. I did not go to this signing just for the sake of getting the books signed. I went because I was honestly excited to meet her and thank her for sharing these beautiful stories about falling in love. She makes me fall in love over and over again with her books. Reading Stephanie Perkins' books makes me relive those scary yet thrilling moments of jumping head first into your first love. It's beautiful and heart-warming, and definitely unforgettable... much like her books. :)
To Stephanie Perkins, if you're reading this, I hope you enjoyed your stay here in the Philippines! Keep on writing and we'll definitely keep reading! Good luck with everything, Ms. Perkins. Come back soon! xoxo
I apologize for the shitty photos. It was very difficult to get decent photos in that madhouse!
After finishing Where Life Takes You, the original idea had been to write it from both POV’s. However after sending the first draft to my editor and my beta reader, we concluded that it was best to write it only from Dan’s. However here is one of the scene’s from Becca’s POV, while she’s away:
Crouched into a little human ball, I remain in the corner of the floor inside my ten by ten foot new room rocking back and forth. The cozy bed remains undone, covers on the floor and I shiver from the nightmare I just had. The picture of Dan and I siting on the night stand stares at me. Ty’s family watches me from the small desk. For me, for them, for a better future, I repeat to myself while steading my breaths. My progress in the last three months is outstanding according to the doctors. I called it bull shit and they insisted for me to tone down my voice and use a more appropriate vocabulary.
No matter how much I cuss at them, they assure me that my treatment should be able to continue at home sooner than I imagine. I’m getting so much better.
“Look at me now,” I scream inside the sound proof room. “Of course you can’t because you professional shrinks can go home to your families—unlike me.”
“Take it down a notch or two, Becca,” I remind myself about my lady like manners and that of course my lungs could pierce and my throat explode before anyone hears my screaming. The isolation method is my choice, no one forced me. I did it because I’m stupid.
Mathematically speaking, counting weekends—we had sessions seven days a week—they swore in forty three days I’d be up and running. Ready to face the world. That totaled about thirty to forty hypnotherapies and a shrink session afterward to talk about my feelings or help me work through the episode. Forty three exposure therapies, because reliving everything a third or fourth time during the day should heal me faster.
Each session inside this facility unleashes a different monster—or memory. They want me to battle forty three of them simultaneously and come out alive. Just today I’m literally on the floor waiting for the day to defeat the night and take away my fears. These fears go back in time and leave me vulnerable, as if it had happen only seconds ago.
At the end of a sessions where my thoughts had been all over the place, the therapist takes me back to that same day … any day. She helps talk to that little girl and convince her that she’s safe, no one would ever put her back into a closet or call her names that no one deserved to be called. I promise her everything will be fine.
“This is a long process, one you decided to accelerate by coming to our center,” she repeats it as a mantra. “However, we’ll go at your own pace.” Everyone here tends to echo the same thing as if this is my first rodeo. “We’re here to help you find yourself and heal those wounds that bring you so much pain.” It never gets old. “Learn to love yourself again.”
I’m not sure about the growth, but the wounds are wide open. Sadly Dan isn’t running inside my room, telling me that the dream is gone and he’s here. Nor will his soothing voice will help me fall asleep again. His arms are miles away from here and won’t wrap me and protect me from the world.
This guest post was provided by Claudia Y. Burgoa through Xpresso Book Tours as part of the book blitz for NEXT TO YOU. NEXT TO YOU is the sequel to WHERE LIFE TAKES YOU. For more information about the book and the author, click the banner below to go to the book blitz post.
Hey, bookworms! Welcome to my blog tour stop for Juliana Haygert's
This blog tour will run from June 30th to July 5th. In this tour stop, you'll find MY REVIEW of Breaking Fences plus more information about the book and Juliana Haygert. Be sure to check out the rest of the participating blogs (you can find the tour page here) for more reviews of Breaking Fences. Oh, don't forget to join the giveaway and get a chance to win some amazing prizes. Enjoy!
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