Friday, December 15, 2017

FAOM: Diving in to More About A.M. Johnson... aka THE INTERVIEW

You know that feeling you get sometimes when as the more you learn about a person the more you like them? That’s the feeling I got over and over as I went through this interview with Amanda, known generally in the book world as A.M. Johnson. As you know, I hadn’t read any of Johnson’s work prior to the beginning of this month. She, and her work, were a completely unknown entity to me. Now, we’re mid-way through the month and as I read, or chat with her, or see her posts on Facebook or other social media, I keep finding myself wondering “How did I not know this marvellous lady and writer sooner???”

I’m sure you’re saying to your screen – “you love books and writing and people who write LD, of course you like her!” but I promise, it’s not just that. As I’ve gotten to know her bit by bit these past few weeks, I’ve been happily impressed and surprised by all the facets that I’ve discovered. We are, all of us, ever evolving individuals and I’d like to think that the person – writer, reader, proud mom, etc – that I’ve been finding Amanda to be, is someone that I want to keep within my circle of peers as we go forward.

So now, without waxing on (any more) and boring you to tears, allow me to share the this and that facts about the Ups, Downs, Ins & OutsDecember FAOM: Amanda, A.M. Johnson.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Consumption - Be Consumed Today

So I took a wee break yesterday to decompress and relax after a weekend of insanity and chaos as we prepped (Saturday) and then celebrated Christmas with Heli Dad’s family on Sunday. I really needed a day to simply do nothing. I feel much better for it but my unexpected day off threw off my plans for the week so I’ve had to tweak my schedule for everything a bit. But it still works so here we go…

Today I’ve got release news for something a bit different than what I normally feature here on the blog. It’s not romance but then I do occasionally read other stuff too. LOL. And considering it’s December it doesn’t really fit in with what you’d expect to see flashed about either – aka Christmas/Holiday stories.

It’s Horror.

The scare you sleepless, kind of horror. A collection of short stories designed to frighten and keep you jumping at shadows, and all the odd noises that sound in the dark. It’s just a little book and doesn’t take long to read at all, but it’s dark and it gets the heart pumping with fear.

After all, life isn’t all happy ever afters.

Friday, December 8, 2017

FAOM: Learning More About the Avenues Ink Series

Earlier this week I told you guys my guilty secret about this month's FAOM A.M. Johnson's work - that I haven't read any of her work yet - and I asked for advice about which of her books to read first: Sacred Hart, a stand alone novel, or Possession, the first in the Avenues Ink series. Well your suggestions and votes poured in through social media and the results were about even. In the end I took the suggestion made by several Instagram peeps who told me that both books were simply amazing so I should read Sacred Hart first and then Posession... because when I finished Possession I would definitely want to keep going and pour through the other books in the Avenues Ink series. 

So that's the route I'm taking. I started reading Wednesday night and I have to say, so far so good. I've already cried once (in public LOL) which I'm told is just the beginning, and I'm already in love. 

But the love, because there was a lot of love coming in for Possession got me thinking and wondering more about the rest of the Avenues Ink series. About the books, about the men and women featured in them, and about the stories that comprise the series which resulted in the fan following and devotion I discovered when I asked for reading suggestions. So, Avenues Ink.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FAOM: Help Me Pick A Book To Read

Alright so here’s the thing, I have a horrible confession to make.

I haven’t read ANY of A.M. Johnson’s books yet. *gasp* I know, I know, I’m shocked too. But alas, there is no reason to be too alarmed – I actually bought two of her books yesterday and they are downloaded and waiting in my Kindle for me to dive into them. And since I’ll be up to the hospital with Little Prince Wednesday night and all day Thursday, I will definitely have some time to read then.

Now I just have to decide which one to read first!

Should be simple enough to decide, and I thought I had, but then I was going working on Amanda’s interview and a couple of things she told me have me second guessing. So I’m going need some help people, you have to help me decide. I mean, I’m going to end up reading both of them (and more besides) but…

Which A.M. Johnson Book Should I Read First???

Avenues Ink Series, Book 1

Paige Simon was the only girl Declan ever loved. The only one capable of silencing his voices, the only person to ever have faith in who he was, until the day her faith turned to doubt and destroyed everything they’d made together. 

Declan O ’Connell was the only person Paige could be herself with. The only one she could rely on, until the day she was forced to make a choice that would condemn them both.

They’ve had years apart, and second chances don’t belong to the damned. But when you come face to face with your savior, it’s almost impossible to walk away. In order to move beyond the sins of their past, and forever silence the demons in his head, they’ll have to risk it all. 

But with love, there are real reasons to be afraid and, sometimes… your salvation is your damnation. 

Do YOU like the sound of Possession
If you do, you can get your copy here.

Sacred Hart
A Stand Alone Novel

Sleep, it was luxury I didn’t have.

I could hear it then, in the dark light of night, in the dusky morning…

The click of the trigger, the smell of her blood, the sound of the rain. 

I never thought I would see her again. 

She was a ghost. 

She was dead.

When Maggie Wright pushed her way into my life, she brought the phantom with her, and I was helpless to her pull. 

Everything I had, all of it, had been taken from me ten years ago. I had nothing but the shirt on my back, the memories that still burned through my veins, and the regret I drowned in every day.

I am Ryan Hartford...and I have nothing left to lose. 

How about Sacred Hart, doesn’t it sound fabulous too? 

And guess what? You can even get Sacred Hart as an audiobook!! 

So you see my issue?!?! They both sound so good. They also both sound like they’re going to rip my heart out and quite possibly make me ugly cry in public. (Which I’m surprisingly okay with. LOL.) So what do you think?

Should I read Possession first? Or Sacred Hart? Tell me what you think in a comment here or on any of my social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, G+, or Instagram.

And hey, don’t forget to enter the December FAOM Giveaway for your chance to win a signed copy of any one of A.M. Johnson’s books. You can do that by clicking on the Contests tab at the top of the page, or by clicking here. Remember – a comment on any December FAOM post (this one for example) is one of the ways to enter! 

So drop me your suggestion or just say Hi! And in the meantime, happy reading!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

FAOM: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Giveaway

It’s December!

That means decorations, baking, turkey dinners, Christmas trees, family, and a much needed break from the everyday hustle, bustle and chaos of life in our Corner Table House. But before we get to that we’ve got books, books, books… and more books! I’ll be looking at all the books from A.M. Johnsonthis month’s Featured Author of the Month – for one thing, and a few other’s as well.

Right now, I am ridiculously excited to launch this month’s FAOM Giveaway. From December 3rd to December 29th at 11:59pm (MST) you can enter a number of ways: visit A.M. Johnson’s Facebook page, or mine. There’s one and two. Sign up for the Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs Newsletter, there’s three. Visit the blog and comment on any December #FAOM post. That makes four ways to enter. Or you can tweet a message about the giveaway.

(Psst!!! You can tweet the message and earn an entry every day between December 3 – 29th!)

So like I said, lots of ways to enter!

Now I’m sure you’re starting to wonder… What do I get if I win? That’s the greatest part!

This month A.M. Johnson has offered to gift to the contest winner a signed paperback copy of any one of her books!!  A true “winner’s choice!” Now aren’t you excited???

Get started now, use the Rafflecopter form and enter today!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

There's a New Featured Author of the Month...

Here we are everyone at the beginning of December and at the start of another round of the Featured Author of the Month. I had such fun in November and I’m so excited for this month. So let’s get to it… I’d like to introduce to you an author who is new to me, though she has been writing and publishing for over 2 years now.

A.M. Johnson lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends. If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word. She’s obsessed with all things Austen and Oreos, and she LOVES to connect with readers!

You can stay up-to-date with Amanda by signing up for her newsletter here.

And you can connect, follow and/or stalk her online at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And you can always find book info on her website.

Find all Featured Author of the Month posts by searching the hashtags #FAOM and #AuthorOfTheMonth on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram!! 

Stick around and enjoy the fun!

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