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Gabby Revealed, by Amy Gregory ~ A Smart, Sassy & Sentimental Story

 

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“I want to be the one to protect you, Gabrielle. Those ghosts from your past, they still haunt you. I want to be the one to banish them altogether. I want to show you that the woman you’ve become, out of necessity in part, is indeed perfect in every way. I love that girl, Gabby. I want that girl. You…just the way you are.”

Amy Gregory has done it again: she’s taken a small-town backdrop; added charming — and a few not-so-charming — characters; blended them with a storyline that is simultaneously funny, thought-provoking, and heart-warming; tossed in equal parts of sass, smarts, and simmering sexual attraction; and produced a wonderful book that is nothing less than endearing.  Revealing Gabby is, in short, “practically perfect in every way”.

This is the second book in the ‘Finding Perfect’ series, and part of its appeal is that while it weaves characters from the first book gently into the second, it is a complete stand-alone story that builds on the foundation established in Mike’s Way Back.  Revealing Gabby enriches the series by adding depth to characters introduced in the first book and introducing new ones,  all the while maintaining a sense of comfort and familiarity with some of the sweet, busy-body, stereotypical inhabitants of rural Renlend, Kansas. It also hints at the characters whose lives will no doubt be turned upside-down in book #3.

Revealing Gabby is a perfectly titled, because when we meet Gabrielle James in Mike’s Way Back, she is a snarky, reclusive bookstore owner who is only memorable because she is such an obnoxious enigma.  Readers are given hints that she has a past from which she is desperate to escape, and just enough of an introduction to entice us to come back and read book two, where we fully understand why and how Gabby became who she is today.

There are only two people in the world who know Gabby’s deepest secret ~ that her youthful love of writing, and a desperate need to retreat into her beloved bookstore and the literary world it represents have turned her into a best-selling author who is a “ghost” to the rest of the reading world.  One of them is John, an elderly patron of the store and her closest confidante. The other is Shane Compton, her New York editor. Her snarky bitterness and mistrust of mainstream society is a challenge to Shane, and one he can’t resist. Over the years that he’s represented her, he has also fallen in love with her, sight unseen. When they finally meet – against Gabby’s strident objections – they ultimately find they are a ‘perfect’ match. Their relationship, with all of its obstacles, is the focal point of the story. It is an entertaining journey in every way: funny, frustrating, heartwarming, a little steamy, and ultimately fulfilling enough to make readers loyal fans of Amy Gregory.

I highly recommend this book as a standalone or as a follow-up to Mike’s Way Back. I venture to say that first-time readers who fall in love with Gabby, Shane, John and the other characters in Gabby Revealed will want to go back and read the equally beautiful story of Mike and Taryn (Mike’s Way Back), and look forward to meeting another “almost perfect” couple from Renlend as the series continues. Hopefully, the beautiful characters from books 1 and 2 will carry over, because it was hard to leave them each time to move on to another story.

If you enjoy getting lost a good, honest love story, gently conveyed with humor, passion, and charm, featuring characters that you grow to love, add “Mike’s Way Back” and “Gabby Revealed” to your must-read list. You will not be disappointed.

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About the Author

Author Amy Gregory

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

Connect with the Author: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Purchase Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Gabby-Revealed-Finding-Perfect-Gregory-ebook/dp/B00J5IX88Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395751642&sr=8-1&keywords=Gabby+Revealed

Barnes and Noble:

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Gabby Revealed, by Amy Gregory ~ A Smart, Sassy & Sentimental Story

 

Gabby Revealed Cover

“I want to be the one to protect you, Gabrielle. Those ghosts from your past, they still haunt you. I want to be the one to banish them altogether. I want to show you that the woman you’ve become, out of necessity in part, is indeed perfect in every way. I love that girl, Gabby. I want that girl. You…just the way you are.”

Amy Gregory has done it again: she’s taken a small-town backdrop; added charming — and a few not-so-charming — characters; blended them with a storyline that is simultaneously funny, thought-provoking, and heart-warming; tossed in equal parts of sass, smarts, and simmering sexual attraction; and produced a wonderful book that is nothing less than endearing.  Revealing Gabby is, in short, “practically perfect in every way”.

This is the second book in the ‘Finding Perfect’ series, and part of its appeal is that while it weaves characters from the first book gently into the second, it is a complete stand-alone story that builds on the foundation established in Mike’s Way Back.  Revealing Gabby enriches the series by adding depth to characters introduced in the first book and introducing new ones,  all the while maintaining a sense of comfort and familiarity with some of the sweet, busy-body, stereotypical inhabitants of rural Renlend, Kansas. It also hints at the characters whose lives will no doubt be turned upside-down in book #3.

Revealing Gabby is a perfectly titled, because when we meet Gabrielle James in Mike’s Way Back, she is a snarky, reclusive bookstore owner who is only memorable because she is such an obnoxious enigma.  Readers are given hints that she has a past from which she is desperate to escape, and just enough of an introduction to entice us to come back and read book two, where we fully understand why and how Gabby became who she is today.

There are only two people in the world who know Gabby’s deepest secret ~ that her youthful love of writing, and a desperate need to retreat into her beloved bookstore and the literary world it represents have turned her into a best-selling author who is a “ghost” to the rest of the reading world.  One of them is John, an elderly patron of the store and her closest confidante. The other is Shane Compton, her New York editor. Her snarky bitterness and mistrust of mainstream society is a challenge to Shane, and one he can’t resist. Over the years that he’s represented her, he has also fallen in love with her, sight unseen. When they finally meet – against Gabby’s strident objections – they ultimately find they are a ‘perfect’ match. Their relationship, with all of its obstacles, is the focal point of the story. It is an entertaining journey in every way: funny, frustrating, heartwarming, a little steamy, and ultimately fulfilling enough to make readers loyal fans of Amy Gregory.

I highly recommend this book as a standalone or as a follow-up to Mike’s Way Back. I venture to say that first-time readers who fall in love with Gabby, Shane, John and the other characters in Gabby Revealed will want to go back and read the equally beautiful story of Mike and Taryn (Mike’s Way Back), and look forward to meeting another “almost perfect” couple from Renlend as the series continues. Hopefully, the beautiful characters from books 1 and 2 will carry over, because it was hard to leave them each time to move on to another story.

If you enjoy getting lost a good, honest love story, gently conveyed with humor, passion, and charm, featuring characters that you grow to love, add “Mike’s Way Back” and “Gabby Revealed” to your must-read list. You will not be disappointed.

****************************************

About the Author

Author Amy Gregory

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

Connect with the Author: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Purchase Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Gabby-Revealed-Finding-Perfect-Gregory-ebook/dp/B00J5IX88Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395751642&sr=8-1&keywords=Gabby+Revealed

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gabby-revealed-amy-gregory/1118955065?ean=9781497397507

 

 

 

Twisted, by Emma Chase — A Pre-Review Teaser…

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Emma Chase fans…and new readers….the moment has arrived! If you purchased your copy on or before release day March 25th, you know what I’m talking about.  If not, you don’t want to miss this incredible continuation of the Tangled Series! You can still be one of the first to read & review it!

Here’s a final teaser for those who are still awaiting their purchase. My review will be posted HERE, on Facebook, on Amazon & Goodreads this coming Monday, March 31st.

~ Excerpt ~

I close my eyes and let his words wash over me. Drew has an amazing voice. Calm and soothing – but devilishly seductive at the same time. He totally could’ve gone into radio.I press another button.  And this time his tone is teasing. “Kaate, you’re late. . Tell Delores to pick out her own goddamn shoes. You’ve got a boyfriend who’s sitting in a big, frothy Jacuzzi all by his lonesome. Come home, sweetheart. I’m here waiting for you.”

If only that was true today. There’s more – some are quick and to the point, some are downright dirty. And I listen to every single one. He doesn’t say ‘I love you’ in any of them – but he doesn’t have to. I hear it in every word. Every time he says my name.

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Purchase Links

Simon & Schuster

Amazon 

Barnes & Noble
Chapters
  • Kobo (not available yet)

IndieBound

BAM

iTunes

Emma’s Social Media Sites

Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/emmachse

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Chase/203871846413267

Website:

http://www.emmachase.net

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17977710-twisted

Release Day! Gabby Revealed, by Amy Gregory

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Title: Gabby Revealed (Finding Perfect #2)

Author: Amy Gregory

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.

Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

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About the Author

Author Amy Gregory

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

Connect with the Author: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Release Day! Gabby Revealed, by Amy Gregory ~ Sale Offers, A Video Trailer, and More…

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Release Day is Here!  Start with this beautiful book trailer…then check out some amazing offers available TODAY ONLY!

Title: Gabby Revealed (Finding Perfect #2)

Author: Amy Gregory

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her.

Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild.

Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was.

Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

Add to Goodreads

Release Day Sale and Purchase Links:

Gabby Revealed Introductory Price .99 cents today only
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About the Author

Author Amy Gregory

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times.

She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. … The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh!

Connect with the Author: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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On My Knees, by Meredith Wild: Love, Regret, Forgiveness and Destiny

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I thought it was difficult to read On My Knees, the latest release from Meredith Wild; but I found it even more difficult to review. It was a difficult read because it was deeply emotional, even painful to watch Maya and Cameron deal with the consequences of a single, life-changing decision; and to appreciate how much their sense of regret fundamentally changed them in the years that followed. At times I had to will myself to keep reading, hoping that the reward would be a happy ending, all the while remembering that happily ever afters are more often the stuff of fairy tales than life.  By the end, of all the words I might use to capture the overall impression left by this story, the word “real” wins, hands-down.

On My Knees was even more difficult to review because the story was so thought-provoking that I spent three days simply trying to capture its theme in a way that might compel other readers to take this often-difficult journey. On My Knees is a very unique story with an uncommon plot line that is simultaneously frustrating, heart-warming, and suspenseful; sometimes incredibly steamy; and always deeply passionate.

Readers, be prepared: this is not a casual read.  On My Knees will take you through the emotional wringer – with a relatively peaceful plateau – before the struggle resumes both within and between the former lovers.  You will be left wondering, right up until the end, if they can overcome past pain and present demons; allow themselves to trust each other; acknowledge their shared destiny; and experience joy together in a “new” relationship.

As I prepared to write, I looked for quotes that would capture my interpretation of the theme. The first one speaks to the sense of betrayal each character feels as their relationship ends and their shared dreams literally die. The next one speaks to the aftermath of their tragic break-up, as Maya and Cameron are imprisoned in their own private visions of Hell.  As they continually re-live the consequences of their actions, they are fundamentally changed.  Each makes  decisions – and, especially in Maya’s case – often impulsive, irrational ones – in an unsuccessful attempt to escape the pain and keep their personal demons at bay.  It is only when Maya and Cameron allow themselves to give in to their darkest fear that they are able to risk loving each other again; each hoping it isn’t too late.

Forgiveness

On My Knees is a powerfully-written story with unforgettable characters. For a story of such emotional depth, it is remarkably straightforward. Alternating points of view provides much-needed insight into the battles within and between Maya and Cameron.  Their individual, internal dialogue engages the reader in a way that conveys the depth of their conflict; the extent of their fear; the height of their passion;  the memories of their joy; and the darkness of their despair as they embark on a perilous journey to find themselves again.

Once again, Meredith Wild proves herself to be an author with a broad range of writing talent that is worthy of accolades.  I highly recommend this book for those who want something more substantive than a casual romance. Although it was often painful to experience, there are aspects of this story that anyone who has experienced betrayal and hurt by someone they love and trust can relate to ~ and find hope for healing.

Love and Forgiveness

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Twisted, by Emma Chase — The Countdown Continues…

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Emma Chase fans…and new readers….you are in for a treat.  Next Tuesday, March 25th, Twisted will be released and you can pre-order it TODAY, if you haven’t already! Don’t miss this exciting continuation of the Tangled Series! Be one of the first to read & review it…remember, authors LOVE your reviews.

Here’s another teaser…my review will be posted HERE, and on Amazon & Goodreads on Monday, March 31st.

Excerpt

She stomps forward.  Billy moves behind my chair, using me like a human shield.

“Or better yet – would anyone like to explain why my best friend took off from New York like a bat out of hell, leaving behind a shit storm that makes Katrina look like an April fucking shower – and I have no idea why?!”

She takes another step forward and drops her bags to the floor.  Then she snaps her head to the right – in the direction of the perky blond teenager standing next to the lockers.

That’s Kimberly. She’s a waitress here. Works after school. She’s seems nice.

And at the moment – terrified.

“Hey Gidget,  how about you make yourself useful and get me a diet coke? Don’t scrimp on the ice.”  Kimberly flees the room

 Lucky girl. 

 Delores points at me and yells, like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “Well?! You can’t keep me out of the loop, Kate.  I am the loop!”

About Emma Chase

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

Buy / Pre-Order Links

Simon & Schuster

Amazon 

Barnes & Noble
Chapters
  • Kobo (not available yet)

IndieBound

BAM

iTunes

Emma’s Social Media Sites

Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/emmachse

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Chase/203871846413267

Website:

http://www.emmachase.net

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17977710-twisted