Wednesday, November 20, 2013

*Review Tour & Giveaway* "Chasing Flames" by Emily Fogle!


Chasing Flames

~Author: Emily Fogle

~Published: October 31st, 2013 

~Publisher: Anchor Group

~Length169 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Aydah Bell was happy in her normalcy; she was never the class clown or the sports hero, never the beauty queen or little Ms. Honor Student. One day, after a pointless family mini-vacation, Aydah returns to school and finds that her sheltered little world has turned upside-down. Besides the fact that she is beginning to crave raw meat, people are also disappearing.

 Suddenly, an alarming disappearance in the quiet and serene city she calls home puts the whole town into high-alert. One of Aydah’s schoolmates vanishes during the weekend and is conveniently replaced by a newcomer. To Aydah’s surprise, the new boy is the completely beautiful and oh-so mysterious Liam Bailey.

Aydah finds herself drawn to Liam. He consumes her thoughts and she aches to be with him. In the mix of passion, jealousy, and hatred that follows, Aydah is too distracted to see the horrible fate headed straight for her.



       Emily Fogle was born and raised in Southern California. Her dream and ultimate goal was to get her Master’s degree in English and become a teacher with enough time to write, as well.

       However, she soon found out that the best dreams often come true when they aren’t planned. Instead of fulfilling her teaching goal, real life took over and she married the man of her dreams. She now has an amazing 7 year old son and another beautiful baby boy on the way.

       She dedicates the majority of her time taking care of her family, volunteering at her son’s school, and being a Cub Scout Den leader. And though she loves every minute of it, the thought of being a writer still tugs at her heart. So, after the busy days are done and everyone is finally sleeping quietly, she squeezes in time for all the other loves in her life: the characters running wild inside her head.

       Now, incredibly, her writing dream is also coming true. Her first novel, Dragon Wars, is being published by Anchor Group. Emily feels sincerely blessed to have been given so much in life and can’t wait to start the next chapter.

~ Connect with Emily Online ~




There was so much pain. My skin was on fire and sweat dripped from every pore of my body. There was nothing I could do to make it go away, nothing in the world that could stop it. My flesh was being ripped from my bones, and my insides were being torn out. I was dying … what else could it be? Nothing besides death would feel so terrible. My head pounded and my brain ached. Hot pokers seared into my eyes, and my ears throbbed with sharp, shooting pains. 

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For just a moment more, his fingers continued to touch my forehead. He was perfectly still. His eyes were riveted to my face, like he was memorizing every line, every curve, with his fingertips and copying the image of my features into the palm of his hand. When he lowered his hand slowly, the tips of his fingers traced the bridge of my nose and followed down my jaw line. Frozen feathers, velvety and invigorating, awakening my body with their soft tickling chill. He cupped my chin in his hand and I could feel how powerful he was. He could bring down a mountain, reducing it to dust, but he was also gentle. There was safety in his stone caress and tenderness. The tips of his fingers rested beneath my chin and lifted my head slightly. As he brought his face to mine, my heart caught in my chest and my breath stopped completely. My head was a tornado of want and need. The temperature of my skin began to boil, but Liam’s skin sent a shiver down my spine. I was burning with fever, but shivering against the cold.



While writing Chasing Flames, I was really in a Breaking Benjamin kind of a moon. I listened to their CDs constantly! Here are the songs that really spoke to me and fueled me on:

Diary of Jane

Fade Away

Crawl

What Lies Beneath

Into the Nothing

Without You

Breath

Here We Are

You

So Cold

Away



4/5 Roses ~

Mystery, intrigue, and emotions.  Those are the best words I can think of, to describe this story.  

The entire book is intriguing.  Between the mysterious new guy in town, to the reaction he causes in Aydah, (not to mention her unique name), everything leaves you curious as to what's going on, and what's going to happen.  Everything about this story begs you to keep reading, to find out more, and doesn't let your interest go, even after the last page.  The mystery surrounding the people, events, and relationships is fascinating and awesome, keeps you guessing, and needing to know more.  

The writing is really interesting.  Coming from Aydah's point-of-view, and really, from right inside her head, the story plays out very much like a narrated film or play.  We hear her personal thoughts, her reactions, and her emotions to everything that happens throughout the story.   Filled with humor, goofy characters, and relationships that make you laugh, this book is sure to capture any reader, and give anyone an entertaining story.  

This book certainly seems like the base and foundation for a longer and deeper story, and will hopefully continue in a series.  I'd love to know what happens with these characters, and have the questions raised in this book, answered with a sequel.  I would recommend this book to anyone, and will be keeping my eye out for a Chasing Flames #2.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via Sparkle Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.  



E-Copy of Chasing Flames 
E-Copy of Dragon Wars 
Signed Bookmark Chasing Flames keychain 
$10 Amazon GC 

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~Materials and images provided by Sparkle Book Tours.