Monday, August 31, 2015

"Punished" by Krys Fenner

Book & Author Details:

Punished by Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #2)
Publication date: Late June, 2015
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but making it through the trial is another deal all together. As lies come forward, more questions arise leaving Bella to suffer more punishment than she believed she deserved. Sometimes ending it all seems like the only answer. Will she find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended?

Jeremiah believed he’d done the right thing, even if the timing hadn’t been ideal. The only way to protect Bella was if he stayed out of her life. Or so he thought. When Bella starts dating David, Jeremiah thinks David could save her. As it turns out, things progressively get worse. Could Jeremiah be the solution? If so, can he get to her in time? Or will he suffer the worst punishment of his life and lose her forever?


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AUTHOR BIO:
At the age of 16, Krys Fenner fell in love with Psychology and Creative Writing. At that time she wrote her first short story dealing with sexual abuse and forgiveness. Psychological issues in her family filled her with the desire to help others using her own experiences. So in 2004, she earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology. And while her sister is the one with dreams of becoming a Psychologist, Krys Fenner returned to Creative Writing. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts and plans to continue on to a Masters degree, where she can major in her first love (Creative Writing)  and minor in her second (Psychology).


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 INTERVIEW FOR JERI'S BOOK ATTIC




1) What made you start writing books? 

I want to change the world through one story at a time. If I get someone to see things they hadn't thought about before or let one person know they are not alone, then I will consider my work a success. I write books that I believe make a difference.

2) How much of you and/or your surroundings is a part of your stories? Is the influence based on a conscious decision, or do you periodically recognize yourself in one of your characters and it wasn’t planned? 

Some parts of my stories include pieces of my past, things I have done or lived through. As for the characters, I do on occasion see bits of myself in them and most of the time it isn't planned for. Bella's scholastic capabilities are based on my own in high school, as well as the bullying, all of which I intended. However, I see some of myself sometimes in Amanda and that was completely accidental. 

3) What author/actor or musician do you ‘fangirl/fanboy’ over?  

Colleen Hoover. I absolutely love her work!! I read Hopeless and got hooked instantly. I've picked up several of her novels and I look forward to when she gets her Savannah signing rescheduled!

4) What does your perfect writing day look like? Do you plan when and how long you write, or does it happen without planning? 

One, the house would be empty except for me and the animals. Two, I'd be able to sit at my computer without any distractions. Three, I'd get in a good three hours or more of writing and accomplish at least one full chapter, if not more. I'd love to say it happens with planning, but most of the time it's usually pure coincidence.

5) What genre is the most intimidating when you think about writing in it? Explain why! 

Science-fiction. I'm a little nerdy, but not enough that I believe I could tweak a science-fiction story into something believable with words that would convince my readers I know what I'm talking about. My imagination could easily take me to the sky. Once I got beyond the atmosphere, I wouldn't be able to do enough research to describe various buttons for a flying spaceship.

6) What do you like to do when you are not writing? What do you think your profession would be if you were not an author? 

I like reading, not just for personal enjoyment, but it also lets me see what other authors are doing. I'll even post reviews to help show my support. If I weren't writing, I'd be teaching. It was a profession I considered doing when I was in high school.

7) In your opinion, what is the most important feature a book needs to have? 

Believability. Even a fantasy novel needs to convince a reader that fairies and trolls could exist. If the story fails to show how a model could fall in love with plain old Jane by letting you see what is truly amazing about her, then the book is a flop and the reader probably won't finish it.

8) What is the most difficult part of writing a book, (including the preparations and after-publication-process)? 

There really is no easy part to writing a book. Like other artists, we pour our heart and souls into the words we put on paper. We fall in love with the characters we create and hate hurting or killing them. Removing a scene during a revision is awful. For me, the most difficult part is post-publication. As someone who is not only trying to get their name out there, but trying to get people to give my work a chance is the hardest part. Sometimes, it's simply a waiting game.

9) Name three characteristics of your writing style that are important yet different from other authors.  

One, I try to stay as realistic as possible. This means taking into account the rights of a teenager. A lot of which I don't think other writers either want to deal with or glimpse over when writing their novels. Two, I include a multitude of body shapes, sizes and nationalities. Most of the time I think we really only see this kind of variety of television. Three, I get into the nitty-gritty of psychological issues. There are other authors who have written about these same types, but they dealt with them in the aftermath, where as I chose to show you the beginning, middle, and end.



Giveaway:
Tour-wide giveaway (US & CAN)
  • 1 signed paperback copy of Destroyed & Punished, 
  • 1 e-copy of Destroyed & Punished, 
  • 1 t-shirt (winner will have option to select Destroyed or Punished design, size, and colour)
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Review : 

All in all I have to say that I am very happy to have read this book. The blurb already sounds pretty dark so I was exited to see what is going to happen.

The story itself is thrilling. In general it´s difficult to "identify" with a book dealing with such dark topics.But with Bella as a connection it´s easier as the way her personality is laid out actually helps to connect not only with her as the female protagonists, but also with the story itself. Wrapped into Krys Fenner´s writing style, the story feels even more raw, more touching.

It doesn't happen that often that you have to deal with such a broken character. So meeting  someone like  Bella was something I have never experienced yet throughout a book. It was great to just observe her development.

I am very thankful about being able to review this book as an ARC. A book which deserves at least 4 Stars. The reason why I didn't rate this book with 5 Stars is that in  my opinion, there are still some loose ends at the end which need to be answered.

 

"DEAL BREAKERS" by Laura Lee



DEAL BREAKERS
by Laura Lee

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BLURB:

How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?

Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?

Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.

Balls to the wall, baby!

Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.

Deal Breakers is filled with lots of laughs, a sexy romance, and an overflowing swear jar.

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EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

Excerpt

"What should we toast to?”

I think about it for a second. “To new friends?”

With an unbelievably sexy grin he asks, “What if I want to explore being more than friends?”

I roll my eyes. “Do you ever give up?”

I find myself staring at his dimples as he replies, “Not when I see something I want.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Laura Lee is the author of the bestselling Karli Lane series as well as the upcoming Dealing With Love series. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America focusing on paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.

Laura's passion has always been storytelling. She spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won her first writing contest at the ripe old age of nine, earning a trip to the state capital to showcase her manuscript. Thankfully for her, those early works will never see the light of day again!

Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and three of the most poorly behaved cats in existence. She likes her fruit smoothies filled with rum, her cupboards stocked with Cadbury's chocolate, and her music turned up loud. When she's not writing or watching HGTV, she's reading anything she can get her hands on. She's a sucker for spicy romances, especially those involving vampires or cowboys!
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