Mar 31, 2013

Blog Tour

Blog Tour starts today!

There is a fantastic line up of book bloggers with reviews, promos, and giveaways to watch out for! Check it out:

31 March: The Indie Bookshelf
1 April: I Will Fork You
2 April: Bookworm Lisa
3 April: Book Reader Chronicles
4 April: Clean Romance Reviews
5 April: I Read Indie
6 April: Candy Coated Book Blog, Smardy Pants Book Blog
7 April: Beckoned by Books
8 April: YA Book Addict

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who posted a review on Amazon!

The winner of Sarah Dosher's debut novel Haven from the Storm is:

* Habitual Reader *

Thank you! 

Mar 20, 2013

Giveaway Time!

A dear author friend of mine, Sarah Dosher, is launching her debut novel on 30 March. She has been instrumental to me as a writer and her book is on my top to read list.

So... on the day of her launch I will be GIFTING this book to a lucky Illumine Her reader out there. All you have to do to is write a review about Illumine Her on Amazon between now and 30 March, and your name goes in the drawer for this hot off the press read (if you've already written one, you're in).

Happy reading! and in the meantime check out her stunning book cover and intriguing blurb! 

“If you’re going to make me cry, at least be there to wipe away the tears…”

Most were asleep in their beds the night Lily Grace’s entire world was ripped apart, leaving only darkness and torment in its place. The only remaining person she depended on abandoned her without a second thought…or so that’s what Lily has believed for the past four years.

Dean Haven has returned for one reason—to win Lily’s love again. He’s already broken her heart because of the demons that haunt him. Can his desire for Lily keep him from succumbing to those demons again?

Dean has no idea what awaits him when he tries to fight his way back into Lily’s life. Everything he remembers has changed, including Lily.

Is love enough when you’re forced to weather the storms life has blown your way?

Due to content and subject matter, suggested for readers 16 years of age and older.

Mar 19, 2013

What you should read next

You've heard the John Green quote... "Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." 

Beautiful, right? Well, this happened to me. Smacked-me-in-my-chest and made-my-spirit-soar happened to me. With this book. This. right. here.

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon.

Here's the blurb: When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into new kid Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind. Many years go by, and Samuel returns to find his old friend in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go.

Deeply romantic and poignant, 'Running Barefoot' is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind us to our homes and families, and the love that gives us wings.


This is currently the cover on Amazon: 

Here's my five star review from Amazon: 


Oh my goodness.. you know when you've just finished reading an incredible book and your heart has just swelled and filled with wonderment at the words you've just breathed in? That is how I feel about finishing this novel. I am absolutely heartbroken that it is over. Hands down one of my all time favorite reads of all time!!!!!

It was so unexpected, and I never realized how much I would come to care for these two characters. Josie and Samuel... their relationship was so pure, so beautiful, moving, life altering. My heart broke for their struggles, their hardships, everything they had to endure, but it was filled up with love and hope again by the lessons learned, the classical music, the Navajo stories, the rich language and culture. After hearing her speak and gaining insight into her mind, I wanted to become Josie's best friend! Why didn't anyone else take notice of this precious, beautiful human being in school?? She became the epitome of a strong heroine, and NOT ONCE was she lowered in my eyes. Her character was strong but soft, feminine but tom boyish, smart but innocent. She was a dichotomy within her own self and she was totally, utterly loveable because of it.

Well done Amy Harmon. You just won a lifelong fan in me. I'm now going to go read your other novels. And when my tender heart has healed from this book, I will revisit it again and again. In the meantime, Debussy's "The Girl with Flaxen Hair" has become my new fav song and the scene in which this song inspired, one of my all time favorites from the book.

You have inspired me as a writer.


And she has. The author has inspired me to pick up my virtual pen and write again. Or at least wrack my brain around for some ideas to write before I jot things down. Because I WANT TO WRITE LIKE THIS. This epic, beautiful and enchanting story is why I love to read, and what inspires me to push myself forward to write.  Thank you Amy Harmon for the beautiful words, for an exquisite story, for becoming a writer! 

After devouring this book under 24 hours, I am on a book high! And a book hangover (sob!). Where can I find more books like this? Everything about it sung to me. The writing was flawless, the story line moving, the romance epic, the stories spiritual. It was captivating and intriguing and uplifting. It had everything I love to read about--the span of a long period of time (in this case 10 years), wide open spaces, nature, culture, spirit, humor, classical music (did I mention that I now want to enroll my daughters in piano lessons? if it doesn't work out then at least I can have Debussy on repeat), pure love, two beautiful souls. Everything! Arghh. Just read it, ok? Make the world a better place and just read this! lol

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DO IT NOW! :) You will love it, trust me.