Tuesday, October 1, 2013

~ Blog Tour & Review ~ 

Skipping Stones

J.B. McGee

~ Synopsis ~

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. .

Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal.

Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That’s the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder “what if?” Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn’t left you?

Leaving…this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it’s like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she’s made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex’s own form of therapy, or so she thinks.

When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her.

Ok, yes I heard the hype that there was “no sex” in this book and that it was different from JB McGee’s other works. Yes, I am a huge fan of Erotica and Contemporary Romance, BUT I am a “cover girl” first and foremost. If the cover gets me then I look further. Something about this cover just screamed “READ ME”……and boy am I glad I did. Now that being said, let me just warn you that tissues…yes tissues, and lots of them will be required. I wore my red, puffy eyes with pride the morning after I finished this AMAZING, heart wrenching and beautiful story. Please do not let the fact there is no “sex” in the story deter you from reading. You will be depriving yourself of a great read. 

Spending your summer vacation with your Papa and Memaw while you parents travel abroad should be a recipe for fun. But when tragedy strikes and sends your world crashing down around you what is a 15 year old girl to do. Alex Hart has always found solace at the creek and although grieving is pleasantly surprised to find a stranger there. 

Drew can sense that something is wrong but he does not push for information, instead he just comforts Alex and eases the ache in her heart. 

“I don’t know what’s going on with you, but I know that I just met you and already I wish I could make it all better.” ~ Drew 

Their connection was almost instant and you could feel the love pouring from the pages but just as quick as Drew arrived in Alex’s life, he was gone....just like that.

I think I shed as many tears reading this book as Alex did. It was such an emotional roller coaster. How much pain and loss can one person take before it breaks them. There were moments in the story that Alex shared with her Papa that brought back similar memories of my grandfather and I giving the story a personal connection. I was hoping that Alex would find peace and more than anything happiness. 

As time passes and life happens, Alex is always haunted by memories of Drew. Then when he suddenly reappears again in her life she is a mix of emotions. Will Alex and Drew be able to overcome the pain of their pasts and finally find what has eluded both of them for years……..happiness?

“Fight for us, Alex For Me. Don’t try and fight our destiny –“ ~ Drew 

Not much more can be said about the AMAZING story without giving away too much. I read this book in one day because honestly it was an emotional train wreck and I just couldn't tear myself away. The pain was just that good. All I can say is that this story left me unable to read for a few days after finishing and even a few more days before I was able to write this review. 

~ Rating ~

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~ About the Author ~ 

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town. 

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series. 

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