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BEA Spotlight and Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

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Heartbeat

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
original title
Heartbeat
ISBN
0373210965 (ISBN13: 9780373210961)
Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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What did I think?

I am going to try very hard to properly express just how deeply and profoundly Heartbeat affected me. Let’s begin with Emma. It’s difficult enough to lose a parent, let alone both of them within a very short time frame. But Emma isn’t really able to deal with the loss of her mother, because she’s being kept alive with machines. This decision was made by her stepfather, so the baby growing inside her mother has a chance at being born. Emma isn’t sure where she belongs in her new life, one with neither biological parent. The only thing she has to connect her to the past is her best friend Olivia.

Why are girls like Emma always drawn to bad boys like Caleb? Because they are usually fun and take their minds off of their issues. That wasn’t true in this story. Caleb is the only one who understands what Emma feels. He is an emotional support in a way that no one else can be.

Caleb and Emma’s relationship hurt my heart. Between them, there was a need and a hunger for a connection that was undeniable.

I can’t and won’t give away the ending, but it was perfect. I laughed and cried while reading Heartbeat. Elizabeth Scott totally gets what it’s like to be lost and find your way back. This is probably the best contemporary book I’ve read this year and I can’t wait for others to get their hands on Heartbeat in January!

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Cover Reveal: Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Those of you who know me, or have followed my blog for the past year or so, know how much I love book covers. I DO judge a book by its cover! A cool cover is what makes my hands reach out and grab a book off the shelf at B & N or the library (I also like to feel book jackets, but that’s just some weird thing I do). Obviously an interesting summary on the book jacket is what ultimately decides whether or not I purchase or borrow a book, but the cover IS VERY IMPORTANT.

This is the very reason I participate in cover reveals. Helping authors to promote their upcoming releases is my way of supporting my writerly peers and I LOVE having a platform in which to do this.

So without further nonsense from me, here is Brigid Kemmerer’s SECRET. 

 

secret (1)Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

Kensington Books

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17149088-secret

ISBN: 0758294379

Summary:

Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown. 

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.

Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin—or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

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Brigid Kemmerer HeadshotBrigid Kemmerer is the author of The Elemental Series, about a family of four brothers who control the elements, and their battle with those who want them dead. Storm, Spark, and Spirit are available now wherever books are sold. To read the novella introducing Nick’s story, be sure to check out Breathless, available as an e-book only from major e-book reteailers. You can learn more about Brigid and the Elemental boys at www.brigidkemmerer.com.

(Link to Breathless: http://www.brigidkemmerer.com/books/elemental-novellas/breathless/

 

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Additional Links:

Where to buy:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brigid-Kemmerer/e/B005IB0MTA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1374691624&sr=8-2-ent

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/brigid-kemmerer?store=allproducts&keyword=brigid+kemmerer

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/hybrid?filter0=brigid+kemmerer&x=-987&y=-92

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=brigid+kemmerer&search=Find+book

Sizzling Summer Giveaway and Author Spotlight: Laura Howard

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16288155About The Forgotten Ones

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

Excerpt from The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, Book 1)

Ethan paused just inside his bedroom door and turned to look at me. His face was scrunched in concern. “What is it, Al?”

“Nothing. I was just thinking about something Rachel said to my cousin the other day.”

He waited for a moment. “Are you going to tell me what it was?” he asked.

“Um, no. I don’t think I will,” I whispered. I tried to keep my voice from cracking as he moved closer to me.

“Well,” he said, his gaze moving down to my lips. “How am I supposed to make you feel better if you don’t tell me what upset you?”

I inhaled sharply as he kept moving forward. I took two steps backward before I bumped into the wall.

“She might have said something about you only being interested in me because I’m no-man’s land,” I managed to squeak out.

Ethan chuckled, and I could feel it vibrate through me. “No-man’s land, huh?”

“That’s right. And she said I’m probably a lesbian, anyway.”

His face was inches from mine now.

“You’re not a lesbian, are you, Al?” he teased, trying to meet my eyes.

“I don’t really have much to base my opinion on,” I said, the words just barely audible above the beating of my heart. “I’ll have to get back to you on that.”

“For the sake of your own peace of mind,” he whispered, leaning in so that I could feel his breath on my lips. “I’d be willing to help you figure it out.”

My pulse spiked, and I willed it to slow down so that I could form a witty reply. But, he didn’t give me a chance. His lips just brushed against mine, soft as a feather. He brought his hands up and cradled the back of my head. So gentle. His lips moved against mine—not taking, only asking.

His fingertips trailed down my arm and made me shiver. I pulled back, needing to breath. He didn’t let go of me though.

“We should go back outside, before we ruin this by fighting.” His smile was genuine, if the slightest bit wistful.

I blushed. Yeah, he was probably right.

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6653788About the author

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Connect with Laura:

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BEA Spotlight: Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott was not a new author to me going to BEA. I had already read a wonderful book by her years ago called Love You Hate You Miss You. 

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Love You Hate You Miss You

Get this, I’m supposed to be starting a journal about “my journey.” Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I’m set adrift on this crazy sea called “life” . . . I don’t think so.It’s been seventy-five days. Amy’s sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she’s really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia’s gone now, and she doesn’t want to talk about it. They wouldn’t get it, anyway. They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to know it’s your fault.

Amy’s shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.

But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.

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What I had never had the pleasure of was hearing her speak about writing and her books. Elizabeth Scott is very funny and is very quick with her replies (she also really likes the word ‘crap’). Not only did I have the pleasure of hearing her speak, I was able to meet her at the Harlequin TEEN booth. Elizabeth is super sweet and extremely talented!

I’m currently reading the ARC of Heartbeat I received at BEA. The cover has yet to be released, so on goodreads.com there isn’t even a photo yet! I am only on page 21, but I like how the story has begun so far. My review will be posted on Friday. Anyone else get the change to read the ARC yet? I love comments, so let me know what you thought.

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Heartbeat

by Elizabeth Scott

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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