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Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Crashing Series is ON SALE!!!!

For a limited time only because it's my birthday and I can do a book sale if I want to!
ONLY $1.99 each!!! 
Fall in love with Walker for his southern charm, muscles & tattoos...He's the perfect summer book boyfriend
Waiting for you on Amazon, B&N, & iTunes

A portion of all royalties from The Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation

Crashing Back Down


Book #1 in a two part series!

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties.  Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding.  Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

Buy Now 

Crashing Back Down (#1) 
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What did I think???
4 STARS!!! Crashing Back Down by Kristen Mazzola

I hate adding in spoilers to my reviews, however, this one is a toughing but I will do my best and if one slips up, I'll warn you!

I was given this book by the author for an honest reviewed.

This book deserves the four stars and I really hope to give the next book (which I am dying to read) 5 stars. The ending saved this book. It pulled me back in just when I was about to set my mind to the book being 3 stars. So let's start from the beginning:

Mags is in her early twenties and is suffering in the grief of her husband's, Randy, death. Thankfully she seems to have a great support system, even though she is in a huge funk! Basically, we meet her at the beginning of a transition phase. She wants to be normal again and have a life but has too much guilt inside her. This is to be expected. We quickly meet Walker and see how he has been a huge support for her. Walker is Randy's best friend and he feels like he needs to take on the responsibility of caring for Mags. Cali, her best friend, makes appearances that help show who Mags was before Randy's death.

Ok Spoiler time, but nothing to bad:
It's a romance so obviously Mags is falling for someone. She is guilt ridden because of these feelings. She is confused and rightly so. She is still in love with her dead husband yet falling for another shortly afterwards. But we all must remember Mags past with this person. He's not just some guy she picked up at a bar. There's history plus they share in the same grief that is the bond between them. However, just as Mags is finally excepting that fact she can be happy after Randy, the one person she should be able to trust the most, crashes her world. I can only imagine what Mags is thinking and feeling. Everything she thought was true turns out to be a lie.

All this is what made me love the book. It's what deserved the 5 star rating. However, there was a bunch of extra stuff. I don't really care what everyone is wearing everyday. They drink ALOT!! Which I suppose it normal for that age group, but everyday ends with a drink. We read about the same internal conflict of guilt and grief repeatedly that it becomes redundant after awhile. I would have like to see more bonding between Mags and her fling, whereas, we see more of the internal and external turmoil of the relationship. I wanted to support their relationship but had no real reason why I should. I needed more interaction between them. Mags outings with Cali appear to be pointless and have nothing to do with the story, but when I look back at them, they help me fill in the holes of who Mags is. Without Cali and their girl time, Mags just comes off a grieving, confused mess! There were times, I found myself skimming because of all the extra words.

The ending was awesome and that is why everyone should read this book. Nothing is what is seems. I need book 2 in my hands now because I must know what happens! It does leave on a cliff hanger and a really good one that is going to piss a lot of people off (assuming they don't like cliff hangers).

Falling Back Down

“I don't know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I'm still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”

Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?

Note from the author: Second book in the two part Crashing Series. Crashing Back Down should be read before Falling Back Together to avoid spoilers. A portion of all royalties from Falling Back Together are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***


Buy Now 

Falling Back Together (#2)
Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU) | Amzon (CA)
Barnes and Noble | iTunes
What did I think????
5 STARS! Falling Back Down by Kristen Mazzola
I eagerly awaited Falling Back Together for many reasons. First, Kristen came up with an interesting story and I just had to know what happens with Walker! Second, Mags is a 25-year-old girl who lost her husband and is hurting, something that many of us can relate to in some form. Falling Back Together picks up right where book 1 left us, which if you haven’t read it leaves you going OMG!!! The difference between the books is book one focuses on the process of moving on after a loss. Book 2 is the aftermath and we see Mags finally began to accept her new life and understand what life is truly about.
I was constantly reminded throughout the book that it everything that does happen (which I will not spoil) is all within one week! Poor Mags and Cali go through hell!!
“The only reason why I’d even decided to shave my legs was to have an excuse to hide away in my warm solitude of despair for a little bit longer.”
Mags makes a lot of hard choices in this book. Despite her pain and confusion, Mags is a sweetheart and she has tons of compassion. However, these seem to be a great enemy for her and she must make a choice: Does she walk away or run back to him? This is where we really see Mags grow.
“I hated the man I was desperate for. I missed the haunting from a ghost that no longer coaxed my dreams. I had an impending dinner with a man I loathed. What the hell is going on?”
The biggest challenge the author had to win me over was to help me like Walker, because end of Book 1 made me hate me! I resisted the urge, like most of Mags friends did in the book, but Mags holds on to a logic that is hard to hold on to. Kristen did an awesome job of writing Mags. Being someone who experienced a similar lost around the same age, I understood most of Mags action. In book 1 we see a lot of drinking and I am glad that it is addressed in book 2. Mags owns it. She doesn’t hid behind her innocence of being young or just out of college. The world is not black and white, it is full of color and Mags really seems to embrace that despite the constant pitfalls in this book.
About the Author

You want to know more about me? Well, let's see...
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams.  I have a full time "day job" and by night I am author.  I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those).  I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. 
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I'd like or just to shoot the, well you know.
A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.



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