TIMELESS BLOG TOUR AND EDITING TIPS FROM CRYSTAL COLLIER

Hey, everyone! I’m excited today to be participating in the Blog Tour for Crystal Collier’s new book, Timeless. Thank you, Crystal, for sharing your new book and offering up some editing tips.

At the end of the post, you’ll find the link to Crystal’s Rafflecopter Giveaway. Don’t forget to enter!

 

 

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?
 

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How to Fix Your Sagging Middle

Thank you for having me here today!

So you’ve written this story with an epic beginning, a killer end, but the middle–ugh! No matter what you do, you can’t seem to fix the saggy, boring, drawn-out middle.

Here are a few quick tips to whip that middle into a gem.

First, we have to diagnose the issue. Often middles suffer from one of these:

1. Passive character action
2. Lack of focus on plot
3. Where did the tension go?

Correcting character passivity: 

Characters need to change and grow in a novel. It’s a known truth. Otherwise, we end up with “cardboard” characters, and who wants to hang out with them? I mean, they can’t even talk back to you!

The protagonist needs to be changing and challenged by everything that comes their way. No one wants to read about someone smoothly sailing over their challenges.

A big issue I run across is a character who is merely reacting to everything that’s happening rather than actively seeking after their goals. It’s fine for a character to react to their world, but when you hit the 50% point of a book, that HAS to change. This is the point at which the character has been pushed and shoved and won’t take it no more! From this moment on they must actively go after what they need–whether that be a relationship, independence, power, wealth, revenge, justice, or peace. (And if your character doesn’t BREAK, maybe that’s the issue?)


Focusing the Plot:

But your character does change and grow and pursues their goals. What is wrong?

Have you looked at the plot? A dynamic plot has a strong beginning, a dramatic turn around at the middle, and a powerful end, but that’s not all. The middle of that plot should contain no less than 3 (and preferably more like 6) plot points that DRIVE us toward a need for resolution. Try creating a plot chart where you actually measure where your action falls. I’m serious here–an actual graph. Estimate the tension for each plot point along the way on a scale from one to ten. (This means you have to clearly identify the turning points in the manuscript–any time something happens that motivates major change.)

Every time you hit a plot point, you’re going to go from a negative to a positive motivation, or the reverse. Technically, every chapter should be balanced by a negative to positive (or the reverse). This is one way to get to the next issue…


Where did the tension go? 

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There was a point at which I started chanting “tension all the time” while writing. There must be a juicy carrot–a mystery or desire hanging in front of the readers face to keep them moving forward. What question do you want readers asking in each chapter? What feeling do you want them to experience at the end of each chapter? Don’t leave it to chance. Actually, ask yourself these question and answer them–then implement the answer if it doesn’t already exist. Keep a mystery/need in front of the characters, and only let your readers relax about once every 60 pages. Keep them worried. Keep them hopeful. Keep them wondering.

In the end, middles only sag if we don’t build the proper structure beneath them. Go forth and support! You’ve got this.

What advice do you give for sagging middles? Have you been able to fix a book from the middle?

Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

 

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MISSION TO NEW EARTH BLOG TOUR-INTERVIEW WITH DIANE BURTON

Good morning, everyone. I have a special guest visiting me today, and I’m thrilled to be a part of  the blog tour promoting her new sci-fi romance novella, Mission to New Earth. Diane Burton and I met via the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and she graciously allowed herself to be my guinea pig…uh, I mean guest for my first author interview. We both came out relatively unscathed by the experience. I could get used to this.

In addition to the interview, I’ve included an excerpt from the book, and there’s even a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.

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TITLE: MISSION TO NEW EARTH

AUTHOR: DIANE BURTON

GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE

LENGTH: 25k WORD NOVELLA (88 PAGES)

 

 

BLURB:

Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?

Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.

EXCERPT:

Marsh strode toward me with determination—so different from that easy-going swagger that caught my eye the first time I saw him four years ago at the White Sands Training Center. I never believed in love at first sight, but oh, mama. With dark-haired, dark-eyed Marsh, I fell hard. I must’ve done a great job hiding my feelings back then. He said he never knew—until a year later I pinned him on the exercise mat and kissed him. Yep, I took the initiative and planted a toe-curling smooch on his delectable lips. Not to be outdone, he kissed back. Holy smoke. If I’d known what a great kisser he was, I’d have done it sooner. He said he’d been biding his time, waiting for me to catch up. According to him, one look into my “gorgeous blue eyes” and he was a goner, too.

“We need to talk,” he said as he blasted past me toward our quarters.

What? I looked around. Where was the rest of my team? Marsh took an impatient whack at the mistletoe ball hung from a garland. Oh, boy. What had gotten into him?

Bill and Tom trailed behind Marsh with Gloria and Ana bringing up the rear. Like me, they wore forest green jumpsuits, and they did not look pleased. Glum was a better word.

The last simulation wasn’t that bad. A couple of glitches with last-minute corrections. Maybe a reminder to one person or another. I thought we did well. Glitches happened. No need for concern. Or was there? What didn’t I know?

Bill hung back and waited for me to catch up. “He’s right. We need to talk without Big Brother listening.”

The last he delivered in a whisper with a wink and a nudge. Since we were close in height, he didn’t have to bend down, just leaned his ginger head next to my dark one. Loved that term ginger for hair color. Doctor Who always wanted ginger hair. Bill often reminded me of the classic sci-fi show from the late 20th century.

I tried not to smile at his reference to George Orwell’s 1984, required reading in my elementary school. Considering all the cameras located throughout the station, Big Brother was an appropriate appellation.

“I assume Marsh has a place in mind?” I matched my stride to Bill’s, the most easy-going of our team. Bill was a guy’s guy. Best friend to everyone.

“Yeah, he does.”

Good thing. We couldn’t just take a walk outside, unless we could breathe methane. Titan was a trifle inhospitable. In preparation for our mission, the United Earth Space Agency established Saturn’s largest moon as our launch platform. Connected habitats, added before we arrived, evolved into crew quarters, conference and training rooms, and general meeting areas. We weren’t absolutely sure, but we thought our quarters were monitored—something I’d queried but received no definitive response. None of us were happy about that. But then in four days, we’d be on camera all the time. That was the second worst thing I feared about our voyage.

As we followed, Marsh strode across the corridor to the left. The only private place down there was a lavatory. Not my favorite destination for a team meeting. But beggars couldn’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.

“We screwed up again,” Marsh announced as soon as the five of us joined him. His voice echoed off the hard surfaces. “In RT, it could kill us.”

“You and your damn RT,” Tom spat out. “Why can’t you just say real-time like a normal person?”

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Without further ado, onto the interview!

Eva: So, Diane, tell us about you.Where do you live? Where would you love to live?

Diane: I live on the west coast of Michigan, fifteen minutes from Lake Michigan. We moved here three years ago to be closer to our daughter and her family. After moving around the Midwest for Hubs’ job this was the best move we ever made. Love the time with the grandkiddies. This is exactly where I want to live. Except . . . (see next question)

Eva: I’m curious about your family. Married? Kids? Pets?

Diane: I met my husband 44 years ago on a blind date. We have 2 children. Our daughter lives nearby with her husband and 2 children. Our son lives in Phoenix with his wife and toddler girl. We’re looking forward to spending time with them this winter. Now I just have to convince Hubs we need to spend most of the winter in Arizona.

Eva: What does your family think of your writing?

Diane: They’re very supportive. Hubs fixes dinner and does laundry when I’m buried. My adult children tell my how proud they are, and my grandkids think it’s pretty cool that their Nana writes books, even though they know they can’t read them until they’re older. They like to tell stories, too, so we write them and print them out, which they say is even better.

Now About Writing

Eva: What is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business?

Diane: How helpful, generous, and supportive other writers are. An example of this is Insecure Writers Support Group, which is how I met you, Eva. I also belong to other writer groups who are supportive as well. I’ve also learned you have to be flexible. This industry changes quickly. You either adapt or stagnate.

Eva: What was your road to publication like? Smooth sailing or rocky cruise?

Diane: Definitely not smooth sailing. I wrote for ten years before my book was accepted by a small niche publisher. Another ten years passed (life intrusions) before I tried self-publication. In the 5 years since I’ve had one book pubbed by a small press and self-pubbed 9 more. I’m very happy self-pubbing. I hire a freelance editor and a cover artist. Although I’m a DIY girl from way back, those two jobs are best left to the professionals.

Eva: What is your favorite genre to read? Is it what you write?

Diane: I read so much. Love romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, cozy mysteries, Young Adult, military/action-adventure. All of that except military, but my books all contain action/adventure. I have a YA finished but not ready for publication. Someday…

Eva: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Diane: The ideas come from anywhere: newspaper, magazines, thin air. The information is another story. I love the internet. Saves so much time traveling to the library, etc. I’m careful about what I find, though, and make sure that I have several sources. The worst part is falling down the Black Hole (a term I didn’t make up) of research. That’s when you see those links in the sidebar and follow them. Then see more and follow them. Great that I find out so much. Bad that I’m not writing.

Just for Fun  🙂

Eva: What was one of the best Christmas presents you ever received?

Diane: My 2nd best gift was a Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was 10. It led to a lifelong hobby of photography. My absolute best Christmas presents were my children. My daughter was born 2 weeks before Christmas, son was born 2 weeks after Christmas, a year apart.

Eva: Name your favorite children’s story.

Diane: Anne of Green Gables. But I have another one I’d like to share. My grandmother gave my sister and me a set of books called My Book House. Each volume had stories appropriate to an age group or grade. The 1st book was nursery rhymes, 2nd short kiddie stories, 3rd fairy tales, etc. The 1st book was well used, pages are torn and falling out. The 12th book looks brand new. Although I’m the oldest of 7, none of the others read the books. They’re now mine, and I share them with my grandkids.

Eva: What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?

Diane: I can’t think of anything I couldn’t live without. If I had to, I’d adapt. But I think flush toilets would top my list of what I don’t ever want to live without.

Eva: What are your three favorite smells?

Diane: A baby, almond flavoring, bacon.

Eva: Nice. I love the smell of babies, too. What music do you listen to? And do you listen to it while you write?

Diane: Soft rock or Golden Oldies, but never while I write. The lyrics play in my head, and I can’t concentrate. Sometimes I’ll listen to classical music (no words) or Andrea Bocelli’s songs in Italian.

Eva: Can you tell us a little about your latest work?

Diane:  Of course. Mission to New Earth is about a group of astronauts preparing to explore a planet in the “Goldilocks” zone where the conditions are just right for humans. The story is told by the commander of the mission, Sara Grenard.

You can find it at any of the links below.

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Eva: Thank you for joining me today and making my first ever author interview easy and painless.

Diane: It’s been my pleasure, and thank you for having me.

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About the Author

diane-burtonDiane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies How I Met My Husband and Portals: A Gateway to Science Fiction Romance Vol. 2. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online

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DEVIATION – Book Release-Blog Tour-My Review

I have another book tour and review for you! I’m participating in the book release tour for Heather Hildenbrand’s second book from the Clone Chronicle Series, DEVIATION. At the end of this post you will find my review of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.

Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .

Haven’t started the Clone Chronicles yet? Start it out with Imitation!

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

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About Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com.

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Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:

Imitation, book 1 in the Clone Chronicles

Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)
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Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)
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Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)
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Whisper
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Across the Galaxy
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DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)
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A Risk Worth Taking
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My  Review:   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

With everything that was going on last year, although I did read Imitation, I wasn’t able to review it here. I will review Book One in the coming weeks. As for Book 2, Deviation, it is a good follow-up to the first. It does give some reference to how Ven came into her present situation; this book can be read as a stand alone, although I highly recommend reading Imitation first.

Ven is still taking the place of her ‘authentic’ Raven, but is still trying to be comfortable in her own skin. She  is more than just an ‘imitation’; she is not a junked car to be used for parts at Titus’s whim. She realizes that she is a living, breathing person with emotions that are hers and hers alone. Her relationship with Linc, her bodyguard and love interest intensifies and deepens.

Not everyone is who they seem to be; friends sometimes are really enemies, and enemies are allies. Ven suffers betrayal and loss unimaginable and fights harder with other freed imitations to bring down the greedy, evil, and corrupt Titus. Finding out that he answers to a high-ranking government official makes Ven and the rest of the free imitations step up their efforts to find a safe haven when they are ready to rescue the rest.

Morton, Melanie, Obadiah, and Daniel are well written and fleshed out secondary and tertiary characters with their own distinct personalities. Ven’s character has grown immensely, and Titus…well, he’s just more evil. What can I say. The ending had me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next…

There are several unforeseen plot twists and turns in this episode and I had difficulty putting it down. I noticed minimal grammatical and spelling errors. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 2 of the series and am looking forward to the next book in the Clone Chronicles series. I would recommend this book for YA readers.

 

 

 

 

 

WOVEN – BLOG TOUR, BOOK RELEASE, and MY REVIEW!

OMG, my peoples! It’s finally out… Woven, the young adult fantasy novel co-authored by my friend David Powers King has FINALLY been released and I’m doing my part to spread the word! 🙂
At the end of the post, check out my review.

 

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Book description from Goodreads:

WOVEN   by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic.

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself. All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown. But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure. Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face. Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

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About the Authors:

MichaelJensen[1] (2)Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

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DavidPowersKing[1] (2)David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

 

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I received an advance copy of a second draft version of the manuscript to read. My review is based on this draft.

My Rating:     ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

           Nels, known where he lives as the ‘Knight of Cobblestown’, is always trying to lend a hand. His lifelong dream is to become a knight for the Kingdom of Avërand. After winning a wrestling match with the favored Knight of Avërand, Arek, the Princess refuses to hand over the ‘prize’–a kiss to the winner. When Nels is murdered by a mysterious stranger later that evening, it turns out that Princess Tyra is the only one that can see him. Yes, young Nels comes back as a ghost. Clearly there’s unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, and that includes finding out what exactly bonds these two young people together.

 

          I wasn’t too fond of Princess Tyra at first. She was too much of a spoiled brat for my taste, compared to Nels and his chivalrous and courageous nature. He pleads with her to help him until he has no choice but to follow her around and prank her (think Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost) 😀 until she agrees. (Eventually she wins me over). They eventually join forces to find out exactly what happened to Nels and the evil force trying to unravel him. The quest includes searching for a magic needle that will help tie up loose ends from ties nearly severed years ago. There are many obstacles to overcome and battles to be fought.

 

          The world-building is phenomenal; there is even a map included to give the reader an idea of area locations. I love that the world and everyone in it are intertwined by a ‘Tapestry’, and that fate is sometimes changed by the choices made. Readers will notice many references to sewing in this book: thimbles, threads, weaving, seams, etc. The characters were well fleshed out and three-dimensional, with their own distinct personalities. The story flowed well, although it did lag slightly in the middle. I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors in this draft.

 

          If you like stories with ghosts, sorcerers, knights, magic, witches, and spells mixed with a healthy dose of adventure, action, fantasy, and a touch of romance, then I highly recommend this novel.

 

Another New Life Blog Tour and Review!

ANLBlogTour Title: Another New Life
Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Good morning bloggers! I’m part of a wonderful blog tour helping to promote the lovely Sydney Aaliyah Michelle’s new book, Another New Life, which is set to be released on June 2nd.  AnotherNewLifeCoverAs you all know, I love to read. 🙂 In addition to taking part in the cover reveal a couple of weeks ago, I’m also taking part in the blog tour by posting a review of Another New Life right here on my blog. Please be advised that I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. I try hard not to do spoilers in any of my reviews.

I gave ANL Four out of Five Stars ****/*****

I enjoyed this book from the beginning; the tension was obvious to me when Miranda took that first phone call from her parents that she needed to be away. Her starting school at UT was supposed to be a new beginning for her. She was leaving behind a past that was haunting her and had damaged her throughout her teenage years. She befriends her Southern belle roommate Darcy and a couple of other girls, and they have their own little circle.

It’s during her first day of Calculus that Miranda notices the ‘perfect guy’ walk into class. He was the star quarterback, but he looked familiar. It turned out that he was her best friend from when they were very young, Troy. After the initial shock of recognition, they meet-up after class for coffee and reminiscing.

They talk about how Miranda’s parents  moved away eight years earlier and how upset they’d been. Now that they were both ‘grown’, there was an immediate attraction, and they began to date. Miranda stressed their new relationship constantly because she wasn’t ready to tell Troy some of the secrets of her past because she knew they would crush him. There were times when Miranda would zone out and Troy would sense that something was off and was completely understanding and didn’t push her at all.

I loved the fact that Miranda’s story comes out little by little throughout the book. There’s no info dump at the beginning that leaves me wondering, “What just happened?” I loved that Troy’s character remained, for the most part (no spoilers) a good guy who was looking out for the best interests of his once best friend and now ‘girlfriend’.

Aside from some minor grammatical errors (don’t go by me, I could have had an uncorrected proof, I’d have to check), overall I definitely recommend this as a to be read.

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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process. Hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published début New Adult novel, Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.