Thursday, November 08, 2012

Embrace by Stacey Rourke Blog Tour Review


Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her. 

Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.

My Thoughts:
All I have to say is if you haven't read anything by the author, you are SERIOUSLY missing out! I loved her writing style in this book so much that I went back and started reading the first book. Embrace is technically a stand alone even though it is part of the series, but I would recommend reading The Conduit first. The author goes above and beyond in character detail and interaction throughout the scenes. Once you start reading you just can't put the book down. I had planned on reading a few chapters to get a feel for her writing style and ended up reading the whole thing. Now if that doesn't say something, I don't know what will get to read this fast paced book. Well, maybe the fact that there is a HOT guy named Gabe?? Just read won't regret a single minute of the twists and turns in this experience ;)

Stacey Rourke
About Stacey Rourke:
Writing is something I have always done.  I can remember in elementary school creating stories that I would stand up and read aloud to my classmates…whether they liked it or not.   As I grew older I didn’t flaunt my writing as freely.  It became something I did just for me  to vent my teenage angst, or chronicle my journey to adulthood.  I never thought about becoming a writer because that title prompted the visual of a grey-haired man in a tweed smoking jacket with suede elbow patches, slaving over an old fashion typewriter while puffing away on a pipe.  No way was that stuffy kind of life for me.  (Plus tweed is itchy.)  Instead I wanted to be in the spotlight!  I wanted to be–pause for dramatic effect–an actress!  I gave it my best shot, too.  Got about as far as any aspiring actress can get in Flint, Michigan.  Which is exactly no where.  But I did get two great things out of my time delving into the theatrical world; I gained the ability to act out the scenes I write to make sure they’re believable (yes, I really do that and no, you can’t watch) and I met my amazing husband.

My theater ambitions behind me, I decided to do the “mature,” “grown up” thing and went back to college.  As I worked toward my Bachelor’s degree in marketing I did a lot of writing.   Essays, research papers, PowerPoint presentations.  All of it mandatory, none of it what I would ever call fun.  Even then, becoming a writer never entered my mind.  No, then I was going to be a business tycoon…or somethin’.

Truth be told, I never picked writing.  It picked me.  During my time as a stay at home mom I needed an outlet to give me a mental break from diapers, formula and midnight feedings.  That’s when my hands found their way back to the keyboard.  Story ideas began coming at such an incessant rate that my rapidly clicking fingers couldn’t keep up.  Post-It notes and scrapes of paper with story ideas decorated every inch of our house.  In mid-conversation with my husband I would dart off to jot down things that would come to me.  Sweet guy my hubby is, he would just shake his head at my obvious rudeness and hold my place in the conversation.

My first book was completed for an entire year before I told anyone about it.  I outed myself as an author and then sent out my first round of query letters to literary agents.  Surely, it would be picked up immediately and become an overnight success!  Yeah, not so much.  For two years I got rejection, after rejection, after rejection, after rejection…you get the idea.  Thankfully with the ever increasing pile of rejections came feedback.  I digested all the suggestions and applied the usable ones to my manuscript.  Little by little, the rough edges were chipped away and the diamond shone through.  The work paid off when I received an email from a publisher offering me a contract on The Conduit.

It’s been a long road, and it ain’t over yet.  But now, at thirty-mumble, mumble years old I finally know what I wanna be when I grow up–-a writer.

Title: Embrace 
Author: Stacey Rourke 
Publisher: Anchor Group 
Pages: 194

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Tour Schedule:

11/1/2012   The House of Infinite Books   Author Interview
11/2/2012    Bookishly Devoted   Review
11/3/2012   Writers And Authors   Guest Post
11/4/2012   Book Nerds United    Teaser/Excerpt
11/5/2012    Girls Heart  Books    Review
11/6/2012    Captivated Reading   Review
11/7/2012    My Seryniti    Review
11/8/2012    The Cover (and everything in between)    Review
11/9/2012    Bookish Whimsy     Review
11/10/2012   Auggie Talk    Review
11/11/2012    Jenn Rene Read    Review
11/12/2012   Bookishly Devoted    Review
11/13/2012   Whoopeeyoo    Review
11/14/2012    Sweet Southern home    Review
11/15/2012    Book Lovin Mamas   Review
11/16/2012   My Escape    Review
11/17/2012   Book Breather      Review
11/18/2012    From The Bootheel Cotton Patch      Teaser/Excerpt
11/19/2012     Night Owl Reads      Review
11/20/2012     I Am A Reader Not A Writer    Author Interview
11/21/2012    Forget About TV Grab A Book     Review
11/22/2012    Reading Away The Days    Guest Post
11/23/2012   The Other Shelf   Teaser/Excerpt
11/24/2012   Jen's Review Corner  Review
11/25/2012   My Miscellaneous Book Shelf    Teaser/Excerpt
11/26/2012    Mom With A Kindle    Review
11/27/2012    Jessabella Reads    Teaser/Excerpt
11/28/2012   Tien's Blurb    Teaser/Excerpt
11/29/2012   Dedicated Readers Only  Review
11/30/2012    Simple Books    Review

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