Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet Me Under the Stars - Blog Tour

Release Week Blitz! MEET ME UNDER THE STARS



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Author: KD Proctor
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com)
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com)  

About the Book...

When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him*  to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him*  Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

The same *him* she dumped to protect his heart.
Sexy British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her*  who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.
The same *her*  he’s never gotten over.
Unable to agree on a benefactor for the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tease one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort or if they'll allow their disastrous past mistakes to destroy their chance at forever.

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Review from The Coffee Pot

Talk about relatable topics!
First love - Check.
Heartbreak - Check.
Regret - Check.

KD Proctor covers the ins and outs of falling in love in her book, Meet Me Under the Stars. Charlie and Nate are two characters that put it all on the line and readers will connect with them from the very beginning.

Charlie Conti is a bit of a celebrity. She hosts her own DIY show complete with Youtube channel and magazine covers. She's sweet, creative, and down right stubborn. But, there's this thing with her DNA that gives her more fear than hope when it comes to relationships. Basically, she's at a higher risk of dying from a brain aneurysm because of her heredity. This caused her to push Nate away three years ago and she still regrets it.

This slight defect in her biological make-up makes it pretty understandable why Charlie would be afraid of letting everything go for love. Especially since her sister died after her second aneurysm and Charlie's witnessed how devastated her boyfriend was after Gwen's death. This fear of relationships, being all in, is a universal feeling. Relationships can be scary. Opening up to someone can be scary. I can't imagine how much more scary that is when an aneurysm is thrown into the mix. But Proctor makes it as easy as she can. With first person point of views, readers get an in-depth look into the minds (and hearts) of Charlie and Nate. And though I wanted to scream at Charlie to just go for it, I still felt like I understood where she was coming from.

Just as I understood where Nate was coming from, though I don't condone all of his actions. Nate is a research biologist who is nearing the date of his deportation. If he doesn't find a job that will sponsor a work visa soon, then he'll be forced to leave the US. The first person perspective brings readers into this fight with him, letting them see all of his worries and fears about being forced to go back to a family that never supported him. I enjoyed how Nate wasn't afraid of his feelings for Charlie. He knew that they were real and, for the most part, accepted them. Though, as he was the one ghosted by Charlie, it's difficult for him to see her, which leads to the part that I didn't really like.

Though the games were entertaining, I didn't enjoy them from a relationship perspective. By trying to out-wit Charlie and beat her, instead of opting to work together from the start, Nate lost a few points in my book. The competition between them made for a fun, if a bit chaotic, storyline, but I think it kind of pushed them apart, before it allowed them to be together. However, on the flip side of that coin, the competition did allow them to work through their personal issues, giving them each a better chance to explain themselves and figure out what they wanted and needed -- which is important and another relatable aspect of the novel.

For those readers who enjoy a fun, romantic novel with a chance of disaster, I highly recommend Meet Me Under the Stars. It was personal and real with the good, the bad, and the dangerous. Though there is some explicit language that might turn some readers away, I think the dialogue was necessary to accurately represent college-aged students on the cusp of adulthood. Overall, KD Proctor shares a contemporary love story that reaches the heart of relationship wariness while providing emotional attachments for readers and a solid group of characters.

Rating: 3/5 Cups


About the Author…

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave.  Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids.  She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony.  And yes. They always get their happily ever after.

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU'RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's Next, Wednesday (64)


  •  To play along share a book you've been looking forward to reading, whether it's new or has been on your reading list for a while.

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I'm looking forward to...

The Unexpected Daughter by Sheryl Parbhoo. I'm still waiting on a copy of this book, but I'm looking forward to reading it. Three characters, Jenny, Roshan, and Esha, come together in unsuspecting circumstances and a relationship between Jenny and Roshan ensues. But Roshan and his mother were running away from something and their peace may be disrupted.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday (273)


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.


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Meet Me Under the Stars (Kindle 59%)
    - KD Proctor

He and Melanie have a genuine friendship. A pure one. And if I want him to seek me out to share his secrets and demons, I need to show I'm trustworthy too. 

Which means I need to find a way to tell Nate about my demons. He deserves to know the truth.







Blog Tour and Book Review coming Friday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Girl on Point

34676703Alexandra Campbell’s life comes to a crashing halt the night her younger sister is killed during a convenience store robbery. Shattered by guilt, Alex distances herself from her friends and family. Months later, with the police investigation stalled, she fears justice may never be served.

Determined to avenge her sister’s murder, Alex disguises herself and joins the gang responsible for the shooting. To identify the one who pulled the trigger, Alex must put her own life at risk in a world of dangerous criminals. But the longer she plays her new game, the more the lines blur between loyalty and betrayal.

*May Contain Spoilers*

This book was terrifying -in a real life, I can't believe this happens, kind of way. Cheryl Guerriero tackles a very intense topic with her novel, Girl on Point - gangs, murder, drugs, robbery. A topic, a world, that we all know exists, but a world that some of us don't experience everyday, or never experience at all. And that makes this book a terrifying representation of a real world problem, thrilling and frightening and heartbreaking. 

Alex is a teenage girl who loved basketball and planned on going to college. But when her sister is shot in a shady convenience store while their team is at an away basketball game, everything changes for Alex. She falls into a deep depression and dreams of escaping the pain of her grief. Yet, she can't let go because whoever killed her sister is still out there somewhere. Though it was difficult, I can totally understand how someone would refuse to let the death of their family member go. Especially when it's a gang related murder. I couldn't imagine anyone I know going to the extremes that Alex goes to in this book, but with her psyche so damaged and overshadowed by injustice and depression, I can't say I wouldn't believe that someone would do this. Alex is determined to find what the police missed so she decides to do anything she can to be a part of the gang who killed her sister with the hope that she'll uncover some actual evidence. 

After Alex becomes a part of this violent world, who she is and who she is pretending to be blend together, until her character is so blurry it's hard to see the real her. She starts participating in crimes in order to become closer to this gang of young girls. She starts doing drugs and drinking because they do -- and she wants to fit in with them. Alex wants them to trust her. She doesn't kill anyone, but she takes part (and sometimes the leading role) in these crimes. And then she realizes that she is a criminal. She has become one of them. Alex sacrifices everything to find out who killed her sister down a rabbit hole that, to me, could only end two ways. One possibility, Alex is killed by the gang she tries so hard to bring down. Or two, Alex is arrested right along with the girls, as she is no longer the innocent. This all adds up to an incredibly intense novel that is moving, heart-wrenching, down right scary, and confusing. The main question I couldn't stop asking myself was: can I blame her for trying this? The police had reached a seemingly dead end and instead of suicide, Alex chose to try to find her own answers. In a lose-lose situation, can we, as readers, see the justification of this behavior? I think so. And I think that's why anyone who reads this book will understand and connect with Alex. We may not like her choices or her actions, but we can see how the death of a sister and a police case that's quickly going cold could push someone to that edge. Which makes it all the more terrifying. 

Because of the drug use, the criminal activity, the cursing, and the violence in general, I can't recommend this book to everyone. It feels too real, which is a good thing with this topic. The author did an amazing job at capturing this part of the world, making it feel legitimate and believable. It provides a view of a part of the world that tends to be ignored, except for those who live in it. That gives this book power, evoking sadness, a sense of unfairness, and a hope that future generations find a solution to this kind of violence. 

Rating: 4/5 Cups