Friday, October 4, 2013

Whispers and Wishes by Hollie Westring *Cover Reveal*

It is will an immense amount of pride and excitement I present to you today the cover of Hollie's debut novel Whispers & Wishes. I actually got to see it earlier because I'm special like that. ;) I also have been lucky enough to read W&W and YOU MUST add this to your TBR List ASAP! It's such a great story! So. Amazing. I guess I've delayed you long enough are you ready to check out this super pretty cover? Alrighty--let's do this!
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It's so pretty, isn't it? ;) Now feast your eyes on the whole wrap...
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We know the cover is super amazing but now I'm betting you want to know a bit more...

Eliza Monroe has been traveling the United States for three years, immersing herself in the towns she visits as she searches for the mother she’s never known. She hopes returning to her grandmother’s inn in Sage Springs, Mo., will provide the break she needs to evaluate her lonely life. What Eliza isn’t expecting is to have two men enter the picture, not making her decision to stay or leave any easier. One has been her foundation, while the other is as comfortable as she is hopping from city to city. Throw in a kooky grandmother, a cheerful best friend, a sarcastic guest, a town where residents and spirits interact like neighbors, and Eliza has little time to contemplate her future. Friendships grow, webs are spun and lies are revealed before Eliza comes to terms with what she wants in life and learns what's really important.

And boy is it ever a lovely tale of secrets and such! Get ready to grab it come November 7th!!!! Here's a bit more info about my gal, Hollie. ;)
About the Author
Hollie Westring hails from Kansas City, Mo. She used to be a journalist, which probably explains her extreme dislike of the serial comma and her preference for AP style. After realizing the hours of journalists were not productive to any type of social or family life, she settled into a job at a publishing syndicate. She worked with comics, astrology columns, word puzzles and feature columns for six years. Although she enjoyed her time there, Hollie decided to leave the nine-to-five world and join the twenty-four/seven world of motherhood. Now she edits from home. When not writing, editing or reading, Hollie can be found baking cookies or watching more than her fair share of crime TV. She’s a loyal Royals and Chiefs fan.
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Twitter: @holliewestring

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Melting Away The Ice *Tour Stop* (Excerpt)

I'm super excited to be a part of the amazing Mary Smith's tour for Melting Away The Ice! Mary is magnificent--no joke! And she is also a part of a very exclusive club #WildWonderWVWriters (Okay so maybe I made up the club name but still WV girls rock!) Today I have for you lovelies a peek inside the pages of Melting Away The Ice so let's get on with the fun! 


Sara Smith, a hard working lawyer, thought she found her true love. Unfortunately, that was a huge mistake. Now she goes home at night and avoids people. Until one day her best friend forces her to go to a hockey game. 
Lucas Sharp, the Captain of the Chicago Eagles, has focused on one thing, winning the Cup. It was not until a meet and greet after the game that he saw Sara. 
After finally going on a few dates Lucas knows that she is hiding something, but Sara won't talk about it. 
Will Lucas be able to melt away the ice on her heart and still win the Cup? Or will Sara keep her true-self frozen away from finding happiness. 

Okay are you ready for a taste of awesomeness? Good cause so am I! 

As we pulled up to the Chicago Center, Rachel was on the verge of losing her patience. Traffic was crazy around the Center and it seemed to take forever to get there. We had to walk a short distance to get to the check-in line and Rachel was bouncing around like a giddy school girl.
When we made it through the large crowd to our seats I stated to her, "This is not your first hockey game."
            "No, but it’s my first in the glass section." She firmly clarified.
            "True. How did you get these tickets again?" I knew these seats had to be expensive since we were right against the glass.
            "I got them from the greatest site ever, the NHL Exchange.” Just then she squealed and was on her feet, cheering. The Eagles were taking the ice for warm ups. The people around us looked just as happy as Rachel, yelling for their favorite player, and talking trash to the other team. All I could do was shake my head as I noticed that she was wearing Eagles gear from head to toe. She beamed with pride as the team skated around. She does love this team.
            I looked all around me. I was used to the Chicago Center since I came for NBA games, but the interior looked much smaller with the huge hockey rink in the middle. I had been to a few hockey games in my lifetime, but never liked the sport, considering it’s just a bunch of toothless, barbarians, skating around and fighting all the time. I sighed hoping that this game would go fast because I just wanted to go home.
            "Are you paying any attention?” Rachel stared at me.
"Did the game start?" I snapped back.
            "No, they are warming up and you look like your puppy just died,"
Close, I have a broken spirit.
            "Why should I care about this warm up?"
            Rachel crossed her arms and gave the "stare down" that was quite frightening. "You will have fun tonight or so help me I will toss you in the lake." With that being said, there was no point in arguing.
"Fine," I sighed. Just like that Rachel was a giddy school girl again. She began rambling about the players and the game. I stared at the ice as Rachel kept talking.
There were red jerseys everywhere. They all looked graceful on the ice, as I watched them skate. Some looked so serious like number nineteen. Others were smiling, laughing and joking around like number eighty-eight and number ten. Except there was one, number eighty, just standing there, and not really moving.
Strange, I thought. Why isn’t he skating? He was off to the side just watching the team. There was something about him, through. I couldn’t quite read his face.
            "Rachel, who’s that, number eighty?"
“Who is that?" She looked at me like I was an alien. "That is only the greatest hockey player ever! That, my friend, is Lucas Sharp." She beamed with pride for the player.
"Oh, I was just wondering." I looked over at him again. Lucas Sharp. Well, the name fits him. All I could see was his profile, but he had dark hair peeking out of his helmet, a strong jaw, and he was good looking. I bet all his teeth are fake.
"Why is he just standing there and not warming up?" I asked.
            "He’s the captain and he’s watching over his team,” she informed me. I watched as he looked over his team intently and was shouting commands at them.
"Oh okay." I watched them for a few more minutes before the team skated off the ice. Rachel waved down an attendant to purchase hot dogs and beers before the game started.
"So, what do you think so far?" Rachel shined with glee as she finished her hot dog. Where does she put all that food? Rachel could eat a hundred times a day and never gain an ounce. She would always say that it was because she has a high metabolism. Though, I know the truth, she worked out all the time.
"Nothing has happened." I stated, taking a sip of my beer.
"Come on, where is fun Sara? I miss her." She gave me her sad face and I knew that I had to answer the question.
"I haven’t seen her in a year and a half," I said quietly thinking of the good times Rachel and I had before my life changed.
"She needs to come back." Rachel laid her hand on mine. "I know that you are still hurting, but you need to start taking small steps towards coming back to being you. It will be okay. I promise." She gave my hand a squeeze. I looked over at my dearest friend. Her big blue eyes looked sad for me and I knew it wasn't fair to bring her down with my own emotional issues.
I took a deep breath and put on my bravest smile. The one I plaster on my face when people asked me how I was doing. "You’re right. Let’s have fun."
Rachel giggled. "I know you are faking it, but it’s a start." I could not help but giggle back at her. She could call me on all my lies. She is the greatest friend. Just then the arena went dark and the Jumbotron started introductions and the crowd went wild. I stood up with Rachel and did my best to "have fun.”
 So amazing! Ahh! Check out a bit more about Mary and be sure to stop by all the tour stops! Tour ends Saturday!!! :)
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Mary Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois but is currently living in West Virginia with her amazing husband. Mary never misses a Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears or a Chicago Bulls game. She loves her sports. Mary never goes anywhere without her Kindle, her laptop or a book in hand. If you can’t find her reading than she is reviewing books on her site, which she co-founded, Book Nerds Across America.
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