Braver With You by A. Hart

Braver With You is the first book in the Greater Love Series by A. Hart. Click here  to buy this amazing love story! 

  

                                                       5/5 Stars

                                           Goodreads Description: 

When Special Forces soldier Calvin Smith is sent into the darkest places of the world, memories of the girl who stole his heart, keep him alive. 

When nursing student Emerson Williams is left to fight her battle with cancer, the image of the man who swept her off of her feet makes her fight harder. 

A year later they are reunited but a thrilling series of events attempts to keep them apart. Calvin and Emerson will have to face things that they never thought they would. 

“Braver with You” is a testimony to true love of all kinds and the powers it can have in the darkest of times. 


                                                        My review: 
Everybody loves a great love story, right? With a perfect boy, who also happens to be a soldier? Yeah, I thought so. You should definitely read Braver With You because you will love it. The story, the plot, the characters, it was all so wonderful. The writing was so captivating. I loved how the story went from Emerson’s POV to Cal’s POV. You got to see both sides of the story, and I really enjoyed that. I would honestly compare this book to a Nicholas Sparks novel, it was just that good. You’re definitely interested now, right? Well I have good news! Braver With You is currently free on Kindle (Buy it now!

Okay, back to the review. This book was amazing. It totally deserved those 5 stars. A. Hart is such a fabulous author, I was hooked from the very beginning. Each character had a different story to tell, and it was so very interesting to see  each characters perspective, and how much they loved the other person. The plot was so in depth, there were definitely some crazy plot twist. The only thing that I wasn’t crazy about, was that there was quite a bit of foul language. But overall, this was a wonderful book! I cannot wait to read the next book in the Greater Love Series! Go read this book so we can fangirl/fanboy about it while we wait *not so patiently* for the second!

 I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, I mean it has a man in uniform! 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Amanda! 

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Author interview! 

You can purchase Braver With You here! You’re definitely gonna want to buy this, and guess what! Braver With You is currently FREE on kindle! Go get your copy now! 



I am so honored to be doing an interview with the amazing author of Braver With You… A. Hart! Thank you so much, I am so happy to have you here on my blog today..So let’s start by you telling us about yourself! 

A. Hart: Oh boy, I don’t really know where to start but I’ll try. My dad was in the Navy, my brother was in the Army and my husband joined the Army. My entire life has been revolved around a loved one being in the military and ultimately being gone. My husband got out of the Army almost two years ago and we are both still adjusting to civilian life. I am definitely enjoying having him around more. He had been stationed in Alaska so we lived there for three years. I can say that it is my favorite place on Earth. I never found a place in Alaska I didn’t love, not even in the dead of winter. We plan to continue to visit it often. I am looking forward to writing an Alaska based novel soon. I have worked in almost all positions in the education field. I loved teaching but recently chose to come home to care for our kids and to pursue writing full time. I may return to teaching one day but for now I am happy. I have two young boys and a black lab who are very energetic. Keeping up with them is taxing and so I turn to my favorite beverage, coffee, a lot. So author typical I know. Anyway I am a reading addict and read three to five books a week. I like romance best bust I read all genres I love nature, hiking and when I am motivated, running.
 

 

 

Me: What is your book Braver With You about? 

A. Hart: Braver With You is a romance novel but I feel like it’s more than that. It has a little action, a little suspense and some comedy. It’s about two people who are pushed to fight for their lives- in different ways- and through their time apart and their hardships, the love that they shared is what gets them through the rough patches. Braver With You is about true love of all kinds- the kind between lovers, family, friends and even strangers. It’s ultimately about the love Cal and Emerson share and how it gives them both the strength to be braver.

 
Me: When and why did you begin writing?

A. Hart: You know, this is funny because I didn’t think I started really writing until I was in college. However I recently found notebooks full of stories and dramatic journals. They go back all the way to when I was six and continue through high school. I didn’t remember writing them until I read them, and then it all came back. As I read it, I could predict what the entry would say next. Anyway, I guess I always wrote however I didn’t become inspired to become a writer until after my first son was born.

 
Me: Which writers inspire you?

A. Hart: There are too many to count. They each have their own reasons for inspiring me and none to share the same. I love CS Lewis as an overall influence, however I don’t have the same personal style as him. My favorite book and movie is Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg. I adore the way the story was weaved so well and all of the details. As far as my style, the author I identify most with would have to be Nicholas Sparks. He tends to write contemporary romance that always has a little extra something in it, such as suspense. I am inspired by the way his stories are so cleverly weaved and how detailed his characters are. (Much like Fried Green Tomatoes)

 
Me: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

A. Hart: Funny enough my favorite characters are the ones who don’t see too often in my novel, however I have a much more detailed relationship with them in my mind. Ethel is Calvin’s Granny and she is by far my favorite character. She is the old lady that I hope to be one day. I also adore Sarah because she is very much my opposite, yet somewhere deep inside me she exists. You see Sarah more in book 2- Stronger By Your side and then you learn all about in her in her book, which is book 3 of the Great Love series, Safer In Your Arms.

 

Me: What inspired you to write your first book?

A. Hart: When my first son was born I would read while he nursed or while I rocked him. Reading became more of an obsession. Soon the stories from the books began continuing in my mind. I started creating all of these scenarios in my head while I was doing dishes or driving. One day I was driving home from work, listening to music. An idea came in my mind for a story. I went home and that night I began writing Braver With You. I didn’t realize I was writing a book until I was 30,000 words in.

 

Me: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

A. Hart: Oh my gosh, I can’t begin to tell you all the hard lessons I learned. I have no formal training for anything writing or computer related. I am still figuring it out as I go but every time I figure something out it makes the process easier.

 
Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

A. Hart: The hardest thing about writing my last book was turning it into a novel. By that I mean, turning it from a word document to an actual book. It takes a lot more work than you would think. I edited it myself and that was exhausting.

Me: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

A. Hart: I actually have a pinterest board for this. I would have Chris Hemsworth play Calvin or Liam might work too. Emerson would be played by Ashley Green.

 
Me: Do you proofread/edit all your books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A. Hart: So I did proofread and edit my first novel. It was exhausting, confusing and tedious. After reading and editing it over twenty times, that’s not an exaggeration, I still missed some typos and grammar errors. The problem with doing it yourself is that you have the story in your mind so you tend to change the words in your head to the correct ones. I published it with mistakes and then after someone pointed them out I went back and fixed them. I still have a couple in their somewhere but they are not bad. I paid to have my novel formatted by Frostbite Publishing and I cannot explain how amazing they are. I had Adam format for me and he was helpful the entire way. He knows the entire self-publishing industry and was willing and able to answer all my questions. This saved me a lot of time and money in a couple areas. I had originally paid Lulu.com to format and after a month of waiting I got back the most hideous thing I had ever seen, I can’t even explain how awful it was. The whole time I was waiting I could never get an e-mail back or anyone on the phone. I got my money back from Lulu and that’s when I found Adam at Frostbite. He worked quickly and did and amazing job! I could always get a hold of him via e-mail quickly. He was helpful and professional. If you need a formatter you should defiantly check out Frostbite. Their website is – http://frostbitepublishing.com/ They also do really stunning websites, but I am not all that tech savy, so I don’t really want one (yet). I will absolutely use them if I change my mind. Anyway I got a recommendation from the, for someone who edits a lot of their clients work. She seems very nice and reliable. I am having her edit book 2, my current WIP. I don’t want to share until I see the end result but I have a strong feeling she will do great. When she does I will defiantly advertise for her.

 

Me: Can you tell us about your publishing journey? 

A. Hart: Well it started out with me sending queries to over a hundred agents. After absolutely no bites, I decided that I would self-publish. Like I said I was clueless at the beginning. I tried to ask other self-published authors what they did. After they told me things like, “I goggled it” or “I just did it”…I got frustrated. I wanted to respond “Well Duh! Of course I googled it, how do you think I thought to ask you what you did to become successful?” but of course I didn’t. I responded professionally. So I ended up hiring Lulu and that was the biggest mistake. DO NOT do it. I repeat DO NOT hire Lulu for anything. You need to find someone you trust who is knowledgeable and professional. I honestly suggest Frostbite, they have been a God send. I then self-published through Amazon (create space and KDP).

 
Me: Do you have any advice for young writers? 

A. Hart: Just write. Forget about what you are or are not supposed to write. Forget about the fact that not many authors make it. Forget it all, just write. If writing is like breathing for you, then just like you need to just breathe, you also need to just write. If you sit down every single day and write, if you take a step closer to your goal every day, you will eventually get there. Don’t be afraid to self-publish and don’t be afraid to make mistakes while doing so. Book number two is already so much easier and will be from here on out. It’s all because of the many mistakes I made that I learned what worked and what didn’t.

 
Keep up with A.Hart as she works on her second book at her social media accounts below. 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahartauthor

Instagram: https://instagram.com/a.hart_author/

Pinterest: httDps://www.pinterest.com/ahisaacson20/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14187341.A_Hart

Author Interview! 

Hello sweet book loves! I am so honored to be doing an interview with…*drum roll*… Rhonda Holt! Author of The Fort! So let’s start by you telling us about yourself!

R. Holt: Aw, easier to write about others than yourself! I was raised in a house full of people but no one knew anyone. My family was what you’d call dysfunctional, but that wasn’t a term used back then. I’ve lived in the same city for most of my life. I’ve been married to the same person for a really long time. I have two children, a grandchild, a grand dog, a rabbit, turtles, and fish. I don’t have a lot of friends, but the friends I do have are keepers and have been a part of my life forever. I’ve never really had a career, just the odd job here and there. I went to college but didn’t finish and I always wished I had. I stayed at home with my children and did the mom thing.


Me: When and why did you begin writing?

R. Holt: I’ve always enjoyed writing and reading. I started writing in high school because I had to (for a class) and then because I loved it. I would write short stories, little poems (not my favorite or best work), and just random thoughts. Sometimes just an insignificant object would trigger a story. I didn’t realize this form of entertainment and enjoyment should have been turned into a career. Hindsight and all that. As my youngest child was in high school I started thinking about my writing more seriously. Staying at home with my children, while loving time shared with them, I was left without a job or a purpose when they went to college. That’s when I decided to do my book and I was on my way to completing The FORT.


Me: Which writers inspire you?

R. Holt: I don’t know if any one writer ever inspired me especially early on. I always had favorites and usually read as many of their books as I could. Bouncing back and forth between lighthearted books and darker stories such as Sophie Kinsella, Stephen King, and Janet Evanovich. J. K. Rowling is probably the closest thing to writer inspiration I’ve ever had. I love the Harry Potter series; never tire of reading it and each time discovering something new. It’s like a puzzle or a mystery, clues given along the way but not realized until later. 



Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

R. Holt: In some ways it was easier to write this book knowing what to expect and not going into the project blind. But it has been challenging this time, dealing with the same characters. I had to scrutinize the last book for details of each story and character. I love watching movies and finding mistakes (actor placement, articles of clothing, hair, or jewelry) and just as I do this with films others do it with books. Editing my current book has proven more difficult than The FORT.


Me: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

R. Holt: This is an interesting question. There is a part in my latest book where several of the characters discuss this. So, I’ll just leave this one blank. 


Me: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

R. Holt: I proofread/edit my work. But in addition, I have three others read my manuscript: a younger person (daughter and biggest fan!!), a middle aged person, and an elderly person. This gives me a very different perspective on the storyline. This has proven to be extremely helpful. 


Me: Are the experiences in your book based on you, someone else, or merely a work of fiction? 

R. Holt: It is fiction but I have placed certain persons I know in the story, just a random bystander if you will.

Me: You traveled many different places while writing The Fort correct? Can you tell us about that? 

R. Holt: I love to travel. I traveled as a child (a necessity) and got the travel bug. I wanted to be a stewardess and travel the world before I met my husband. I have been very fortunate over the years to have the opportunity to travel and visit some magnificent places. I have incorporated various destinations into my stories. A dear family member is from England and because of her huge influence in my life I have a great fondness for all things British. I was working on The FORT and had the idea of doing the sequel while traveling to several locations. My travel journals, keepsakes, maps, photos, and memory have come in handy during my writing. 


Me: Do you have any advice for young writers? 

R. Holt: My advice is to just write. It took me years to finally make a story out of my writings. I have journals, pads of paper, and boxes with pages of writing in them. I write constantly jotting down feelings, sights, smells, and just random thoughts because these are the things that make up the details in stories. I observe people too, people-watch in malls or crowded places. People are so similar yet so different and it’s fascinating. Take eyes for example- the various colors, the shape, eyelashes, eyebrows, and whether eyes are covered in glasses or naked. 


Me: Can you share any teasers from the sequel?

R. Holt: This book will require more tissues on stand-by.


Me: That last answer gave me all the feels. Cannot wait! 



You can connect R.Holt and keep up to date with her awesome works here! Be sure to enter her giveaway on her Instagram to win a free copy of The Fort!

Instagram: rholt_thefort 

Facebook: TheFORT

Blog: http://remptynestersblog.blogspot.com

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Pinterest: TheFORTbook

Twitter: @theFORTbook


Purchase information:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fort-R-Holt/dp/1434928713/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438467369&sr=8-1&keywords=the+fort+r.+Holt

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Ripples by Meaghan Rauscher 

 You can buy this amazing sequel to Droplets (see previous post for review) here!                               

 Ripples by Meaghan Rauscher

                                                5/5 stars 

                                      Goodreads Description  

MARINA. THAT DREADED NAME IS ALWAYS ON LISSIE’S MIND. BUT NOW THERE IS A NEW NAME THAT HAUNTS HER EVERY NIGHTMARE. 
After weeks of endless waiting and anxious worrying, Lissie is more than ready to save Patrick from his captors in Hyvar. The Lathmorians are ready to attack and this time she’s going with them. 

Slipping past the frontlines of battle, Lissie and Elik plunge into the depths of the castle toward the dungeon. What they never could have expected is the sight that meets their eyes. An empty cell throws Lissie into a panic and searching for answers she runs into a hostile Hyven soldier who forces her to face the truth: Patrick is gone.

Crushed beyond comprehension, Lissie leaves Hyvar empty handed but as she slowly begins to breathe life back into her lungs she realizes Morven is still playing a game. A game in which he is the master and she is the sole participant. Her every action sets forward a reaction he has predicted within the confines of his game. But what happens when she begins to make her own rules? 


In a new mindset, Lissie begins to make her own path and wonders just how fine she can walk the line of allegiance between the Lathmorians and the Hyven. 

When she left Hyvar to save herself, she left her heart behind with Patrick. Now that he’s gone he left her with no one to protect her…or did he? 
The epic tale that began with Lissie’s transformation in DROPLETS continues in another story unlike any other written before.

                                                      My review


First, let’s talk about that cover! It’s just so pretty! And it has a dagger on it (read the book to know what I mean;) ) which is awesome!



Wow. That is all I can say. I can’t even put into words how amazing this book is. To think I thought this one couldn’t hardly be better than the first, I was way wrong. Some how, this book was even better than the first. I read and finished this book on an eight hour car trip, if that tells you anything. I could barely lay the book down to eat lunch because of how intriguing the plot was. All the feels for this book. All of them. 

The author amazed me yet again by her fantastic writing style. The way she described the scenery or the emotions that Lissie felt, you felt them right along with her. From the andreline she felt during a battle, the sadness she felt when reminded of Patrick, to the love she found she had for Zale. It was all written so well. And I even fell in love with Zale just as much as I did Patrick. That’s one thing that really amazed me. 

The only complaint I have for this book, is that it had to come to an end. How I will wait until July 2016 I do not know. So until then, I will sit on my bed and cry. Just kidding. 😉 But seriously y’all! Go buy/read these books so we can talk about them together and you can become part of the mermaid fandom! 

I saw sent this book my the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Meaghan! 🙂

Droplets by Meaghan Rauscher

 Buy Droplets here!

  

Droplets by Meaghan Rauscher

                                                         5/5 stars

                                         Goodreads description 

TO SPROUT FINS AND SWIM WITH MERFOLK SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM. BUT TO LISSIE DARROW IT IS A NIGHTMARE… 

One night on an annual cruise with her family, Lissie is standing on the deck of her father’s fishing boat when she begins to hear a strange murmur across the surface of the ocean. The voice rises and falls with her own, dancing in and out of her hearing, but before she can get a glimpse of the creature it disappears into the depths of the ocean with a shimmery flash. 

The next evening throws her family in the midst of a horrific storm. Lissie is swept overboard and all hope is lost until she comes face to face with a dark-haired merman. She is saved, but the cost is her future. The merman transforms her into a mermaid, with the ability to both sprout fins and walk on land; she now finds herself a captive of the dark merman and flees into the night. 

When Lissie ends up on a stranded island and meets its sole inhabitant, the handsome and mysterious Patrick, she begins to realize that meeting the dark merman was not a mere twist of fate. 

But if it was destined, why is Patrick’s past entangled with her future? 

And just what does Patrick have to do with the dark merman who haunts her nightmares… 
                                             


                                                My review

Guys, I know that I usually give books 5 stars. It’s because I just have never found a bad book. But this one definitely deserved those 5 stars! Droplets is one of the best debut books I have ever read! The writing was just fantastic, I was actually surprised that this was Meaghan’s first novel! Her descriptions were so vivid that I felt as if I were standing right there watching the story unfold before my eyes.

I simply couldn’t put the book down! Each chapter pulled me in deeper and deeper. 

This story has everything: action, drama, suspense, and even had a love story! (Y’all, I seriously ship Patrick & Lissie!!!) Each character was so well developed. They each had some type of hidden past that kept every moment or conversation they had with Lissie so intriguing. Loved this new take on mermaids, like how they can control their powers and walk on land. This was the first mermaid book I have read, and it definitely has me hooked. The plot, the characters, everything. I loved it all! Can’t wait to read the sequel! 

I recommend any person who loves a great YA book to read this fantastic book! So go buy this amazing book, link at the top of post! 



I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. 🙂 Thank you for sending me this, Meaghan! 

The Fort by R. Holt 

                         Buy The Fort here!

 

  The Fort by R. Holt

                                                           4/5 stars

                                             Goodreads Description 

Jake remembers when he was still an innocent kid, just waiting for something exciting to happen in the summer between elementary school and junior high school. The excitement was Malia, who just moved in to the house across the street.

This is Jake’s story. He and his closest friends, Charlie, Beth, and Emma, have been together from the beginning as toddlers, until Malia joined their group that summer. Their summer began with the metamorphosis of their playhouse into The Fort. This special place holds their deepest and darkest secrets, from childhood to adulthood. Growing and experiencing countless adventures through junior high and high school, they returned to The Fort on graduation night to say good-bye to each other, to The Fort, and to their childhood.

Returning to their high school reunion after going to college, working, and loving others, they have become different. Altered by life and adulthood, they have experienced life, death, and everything in between. And what if the one person who Jake thought he could always count on has changed and is keeping a devastating secret? Would that secret tear them apart?

                                                   My Review: 

I did enjoy this book, but it took me a little while to get into it. The book is divided into three different sections entitled “The Kid Years, The Teenage Years, & The Adult Years.”

 “The Kid Years” weren’t that exciting in my opinion, although it was hilarious. The things Jake & Charlie done were just so funny! 

Once I got into “The Teenage Years,” I was hooked. The way each of the friends grew into a teenager was cool to see. “The Adult Years” were definitely my favorite. I loved the way the friends didn’t grow apart despite them not seeing each other for some time. This book was full of unexpected plot twist so it kept me interested the whole time. At first I thought the book would be predictable, but it turned out to be an amazing read and I am so excited to read the sequel! 

Also, the author of this book, R. Holt, is such a sweet person. I hate meeting authors that have nothing nice to say to you and don’t appreciate you showing their book love. R. Holt is definitely not that person, she is so kind! Oh, and thank you so much for not leaving us with a cliffhanger, but instead leaving us satisfied with what happened and still eager to read the next book! You done a wonderful job! Such a great book! 🙂 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. 🙂 

To Get To You by Joanne Bischof 

 

To Get To You by Joanne Bischof

                                                       5/5 stars

                                          Goodreads description

To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.

When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.

A story of new beginnings and second chances.

                                             


                                                      My review



This was such a cute love story! One thing I particularly loved about this book, was that it was told from the boys perspective rather than the girls. Most YA contemporary books are told from the girls perspective, and I love that we got to see how Riley felt and what he was going through. 

Another thing, it was clean! So many YA books these days, just aren’t very clean.  This was a relatively easy read, but it was still amazing. I was very pleased with how by the end of the book, Riley and his father had formed a better relationship. (Hoping his parents get back together!) Riley & Becca’s relationship was so sweet and pure! An ideal relationship for Christian teenagers. 

 Another great thing about this book is that I think both boys and girls would be interested in reading it since it’s from the boy’s POV. It was written in third person, which usually doesn’t keep me interested. However, Joanne done a wonderful job at keeping my attention and the story had me laughing-out-loud sometimes. 

I am hoping there will be a sequal. I would definitely read it! 

I recommend this to anyone interested it reading a cute, warm, YA love story. 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. 🙂