ARC #Review of Forever (a Friends novel) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy

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Forever by Monica Murphy

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Series: Friends

Genre: Young Adult

Forever, an all new Friends story from Monica Murphy, is available now!!

Forever AMAZON

She’s all I could ever want…

I have a reputation around school. Cold. Untouchable. Unfeeling. Only one girl could ever make me want to change and that’s Amanda Winters. Too bad I broke her heart and drove her away.

So to get through the rest of my days in high school, I tell myself I need to focus on more important things. Like taking our football team to championships. Get accepted to the college of my choice. And finish my senior year without wanting to run away from my problems.

But your problems chase after you no matter where you go. And it’s a lot harder when you fight them alone. The longer I go without Amanda, the more I miss her. Her smile. Her laughter. The things she said. How she looked at me like I was the only person who mattered. The way she made me feel…

Why can’t I have everything, including the girl? I’m determined to make things right. And make Amanda mine…

Forever.

Excerpt:

I’m walking through the senior parking lot when I spot Jordan standing near his black Range Rover, leaning against its side. He’s wearing a white Henley shirt, his arms crossed and his biceps bulging beneath the long sleeves. The breeze ruffles his dark hair across his forehead and he stares off into the distance, every inch the troubled, broody boy that he is.

He looks so freaking good, I’m momentarily distracted by him. I stop and stare, my lips parted, my breath becoming shallow. It’s still hard for me to believe that this guy, this gorgeous, sweet, annoying, smart, strong, wonderful, awful boy likes me. That he might even care about me.

“Hey.” His deep baritone knocks me from my daze, and I head over, stopping just in front of him. “Where’s Livvy?”

“She made last minute plans. With someone else.” I don’t say anything else. Livvy’s secret isn’t mine to tell, and I’m afraid if I start talking about it, I’ll get really pissed. So I leave it alone. “Guess I don’t need to drive your car after all, but thank you for offering. I sense it was huge deal.”

“It is,” he agrees, tipping his head toward me. “But you’re worth it.”

Oh. He says things like that and I’m left speechless.

“You don’t have any plans?”

“No.” I shake my head, feeling tongue-tied.

Jordan grabs my hand, lacing our fingers and giving them a squeeze. “Then let’s go to lunch together.”

“Don’t you want to stay here?” He usually does. He’s always out at the quad, holding court over his loyal subjects. I used to sit out there with him, with all of them, just basking in his presence. But once we had the so-called breakup of our so-called relationship, I stopped going. One, because I couldn’t stand to be near him knowing he wasn’t mine anymore. Besides, most everyone who would hang out with Tuttle is annoying. Frustrating. Awful.

All of the above.

“No, not if I can sneak off campus somewhere with you.” He tugs me closer, his expression serious, his voice low. “Let me treat you to lunch, Amanda.”

When he talks to me like that, looks at me like that, I tend to give in easily.

“Okay,” I say softly, a jolt pulsing through me when he runs his thumb over the top of my hand. Sometimes the simplest touch has the most devastating effect.

*ugly crying*  *sobbing*  It’s over.  I don’t want the book to be over.  I need #cuddlewithTuttle forever.  *wipes nose*  *hiccup*  I feel like a part of me is gone forever.  My heart for one.  My faith that not all Young Adult novels are so angst driven that by chapter 2, I’m giving up.  Sure this book has teenage angst but it’s dealing with normal things that most teens go through.  Parents that don’t care about you, parents that care too much, friends that end up being frienemies, breakups, gossip, the mean girl, finding out that it’s okay to be yourself with someone because they will love you no matter what.

Tuttle and Mandy have that one special love that will never burn out.  It was nice to FINALLY learn all of Tuttle’s secrets.  The last secret is a doozy and I SWOONED hard.  Bless his heart.  To tell Mandy that and realize that she didn’t care that she was glad that they were together at least.  I remember that time, too.  At my age, you’d think that I would forget about it but it’s forever burned into my brain.  You never forget and to share it with a person that feels and is going through the same thing.  *sigh*  I even remember the song that was playing in the background.  I know…

Livvy still got on my nerves but she did bring up a point about when was Mandy going to stop giving Tuttle all these chances with her.  Mandy was NEVER going to give up on him; he just needed to understand that.  There is love that is unconditional and their’s is unconditional.  Warts and all.  No lies, no secrets, just love.  Tuttle saw that in the end with Mandy’s family, too.  He realized that just because his family is whacked, that parents do love their children and only want the best for them.

Overall, you really, really need to read this series.  I could talk about this book like FOREVER!!!  Beautifully written, characters that I fell for and a storyline that captured my heart and never let go.  Ms. Murphy, I aspire to be like you when writing my own YA.  It’s taking me forever but after reading this series, I feel like I can finally get it done.  Thank you!

Also, I don’t feel like we’ve seen the last of Tuttle and Mandy.  I would love to know what happens after the graduate.  Hint, hint.

Not a typo. 10 stars!

More, please!

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About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Author Interview featuring The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

The Secret Billionaire
by Teymour Shahabi

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GENRE: Young Adult Mystery

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BLURB:

March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Florida Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016

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Excerpt One:

THE METROPOLITAN TIMES

June 24, 196…

At nine o’clock yesterday morning, following ninety days of fruitless searching, billionaire industrialist and businessman Lyndon Surway was officially pro-nounced dead. Mr. Surway was last seen by mem-bers of his staff departing from the main airplane hangar of his estate a few minutes past eight in the morning, flying alone aboard one of his aircraft. His last recorded words to the command center crew of his hangar were: “Clear skies and mild winds. Per-fect visibility, or as perfect as I could hope, for as long as I can tell. Gentlemen, I wish you a thorough enjoyment of this fine day.” Nothing unusual was noted in his language or behavior.

The late Mr. Surway often took his plane out with no stated destination. But this time, he failed to return at the customary hour of six in the evening. As no word had been received from him, the kitch-ens were advised that he would likely dine outside.
At ten o’clock on the following morning, when there was still no news of Mr. Surway or his air-craft, the Steward of the House alerted the munici-pal, state, and federal authorities, and a search began for the missing magnate. But no airport, ho-tel, hospital or inn within fuel’s range of the estate could provide any information. Dozens of interviews bore no result. Countless journalists and detectives rushed in from every corner of the country, but none of them could unearth a single clue regarding Mr. Surway’s whereabouts. Not even the Steward could guess where Mr. Surway had gone. On the morning of his disappearance, Mr. Surway had only told him: “My day is free and so am I.”

Fifteen infantry troops were dispatched, with over a hundred hound dogs, across more than two hun-dred miles of hills and valleys surrounding the town of Spring Forge, where Mr. Surway lived. The infan-try and the dogs found nothing. The Air Force then loaned eighteen jet-powered aircraft to continue the search. The Navy joined the effort with five ships, sixteen helicopters, and four submarines to scour the coastal regions, islands, and ocean floor within flying range of the Eastern Seaboard. Again nothing was found. Finally then, a large-scale search was conducted through the grounds and the buildings of Surway House itself, led by seven hundred volun-teers from Spring Forge and other towns throughout the valley. Still they found nothing. Yesterday marked three months since Mr. Surway’s disappear-ance. The aircraft was legally declared lost, and its owner deceased. Mr. Surway, estimated for each of the past twelve years to be the wealthiest man in the Western Hemisphere, leaves behind no known relatives.

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Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
>> Hello Harlie, I’m the author of “The Secret Billionaire,” a young adult mystery novel and my first published book.  I was born in Paris of Persian parents, and I moved to the US—Boston to be precise—to go to college, where I studied Comparative Literature and Mathematics. These days I live in New York City, where I’ve spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction.


Is a single title, or part of a series?
>> I planned it as a series from the start… and incredibly generous readers are now encouraging me to write the sequel!


What were your inspirations for the story?

>> This book is inspired by the great stories of my childhood, stories of adventure and lost treasure, like Ali Baba or The Count of Monte-Cristo, and stories about heroes and supervillains.

Please share your setting. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

>> The story is set in a fictionalized version of the beautiful Hudson Valley, near New York City where I live. In particular, the lovely town of Cold Spring, which I first discovered when looking for a day hike near the City, is the inspiration for Spring Forge in the book. It’s the kind of small town that feels cozy and magical at the same time, where life seems frozen in time and yet anything could happen. There’s even a real-life person whom I met in Cold Spring who made her way into the book…  But I’m almost certain she doesn’t know yet ☺

When did the writing bug first bite?

>> I was a very sickly kid, and because I spent much of my childhood in bed with a book in my hands, fiction soon became my world. Once I started becoming healthier, I discovered that the real world is filled with stories, even richer stories than I’d found in books. And so, I started writing them down in the dark, using a flashlight in my bed at night.


Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
>> I’m a huge movie fan. I also love classical music. And I’m obsessed with food. One of the three, at least, is highly obvious from the book.


What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
>> Once, when I was in my early twenties, I vividly heard something that sounded like a real-life Star Wars space battle outside my window. The sounds lasted a good twenty minutes, and they were as loud and clear as anything I’ve ever heard. But everything outside looked perfectly normal. And I’ve never come across anything like that again.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?
>> Set a writing schedule, even a modest one, and stick to it, with no concern for quality. Your writing will take on a life of its own. Wherever it may take you, that in and of itself is a miracle and a joy.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.

You can watch him try to figure out writing and life at www.facebook.com/Teymour.Shahabi.

Amazon book link: http://a.co/8L4lido
Website: www.teymourshahabi.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teymour.shahabi
Instagram: @teymour.shahabi
Twitter: @teymourshahabi
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Teymour Shahabi will be awarding a print copy of “The Secret Billionaire” with a personal message (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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