Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mini Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bleeding Heart

Today's review is very dear to my heart, simply because my friend Amber is the author and this is her first novel! This post will be longer than my usual posts, and will include a couple of things:
  • My mini review
  • About the book
  • About the author
  • Info on the blog tour giveaway

Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes

Release Date: July 25, 2013
Publisher: Seasons of a Story
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 178
Format: eBook
Buy It: Amazon
Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey.

Summer 1886

Sally Clay's livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others - and hers isn't the only heart that's broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.
Since I have come to know Amber personally, I know that her writing talents are something to be feared. However, I was not expecting a debut novel quite like this. To be honest, I've never been one to like historical novels, but I accepted the review because it was Amber, and I doubted I could go wrong with her talents. I was right!

She delicately blends the story of Sally into the lives of the other characters around her, and shows the true reality of what true love can mean for people. Often our culture shies away from love because it can hurt. However, Amber shows us that while love cat hurt, there is a way to heal from it and love again. Everyone needs to pick up this book!

I received this book free for review from the author. I was not required to post a positive review, simply an honest one.

About the Author

Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word 
- from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in 
Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day 
at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing her debut novel, 
Bleeding Heart.

Now on to some more fun stuff! Amber has a blog tour page here, which lists all of the posts assigned to the tour and whether they are reviews, interviews, etc. Please check it out!

Now on to the giveaway!

“Journey to the West” Giveaway! One U.S. resident (randomly drawn) will receive a signed 
copy of Bleeding Heart and a collection of items from the story’s settings, handpicked by the
author. The photo below includes all the prizes, with the exception of one: the paperback copies have not been released yet, however Amber has assured me that the winner will receive the paperback as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I read every comment on my blog and respond personally to each one. Feel free to share your blog link as well so I can comment and follow back! Have a great week!

Blog Design by Use Your Imagination Designs images from the Wonder Emporium kit by MK-Designs