Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Little Faith Blog Tour - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway





Welcome to our stop on the "A Little Faith" blog tour. You can check out my review and an excerpt below, also enter the amazing giveaway. Make sure you check out the tour schedule at the bottom of the post and follow along. Enjoy! ^_^





A Little Faith
(Ocean Beach, #1)
Author: Emma James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 9th October 2014
Cover Design : Jemina Venter


“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the

only choice you have.”

~ Bob Marley


Faith was nearly fifteen when her life was torn apart, she

sheltered herself from knowing anything about that fateful day.
 
Six years later she is older and stronger and has decided to

confront this sexy brotherhood of hot men she ignored for her own survival.
 
Harley, Keanu, Text, Levi and Retro will reveal to Faith all

is not what it seems and she will discover the level of strength these friends

possess.

 
She will come to realize the secrets they have all been

shielding her from in humorous and emotional ways.
 
Faith isn’t going back to Dallas in a hurry, not until she

can help those that need her the most.
 
This is a story of new beginnings, a strong brotherhood of

sexy guys and a love that has been lost along the way. It is a story with

twists and surprises that will tug at your heart as well as make you laugh.
 
Humor is a weapon that can only last so long until life peels

the layers back and what is underneath and hurting shows through.
 
Faith wasn’t there for them when they needed her, but she

damn well will make sure she is now.
 
Welcome to Ocean Beach.
 
Sometimes you just have to have A Little Faith.






 
Reader Note: This is a mature aged new adult/adult

contemporary romance with a difference. This novel does not contain abusive

parents, on the contrary. There is no mean girl, no rape or abuse or cheating.

There is however a brotherhood of guys who will make you feel a whole range of

emotions.
 
This novel does contain strong sexual content for the mature

18+ reader.

What I will tell you is, this will be a five book series plus

2 novella's. My style is different. Readers are picking up on it. I’m not just

having boy meets girl in each book and HEA, there is more, much more going on.

This is a series where all characters are strongly involved in each

installment.







 
BOOK TRAILER










 
My Rating:




5 SASSY BOOKS!



My Review:

I seriously loved every minute of this book, from it's hot men to it's heart wrenching moments. This one definitely brings out the emotions. Throughout the story I found myself reaching for the tissues quite a few times, I felt all their pain and sadness.

The one thing that captured me the most about this book is that we get a taste of each character, each character has their own story to tell and Emma James weaves each one in together brilliantly. I loved how we got to know them all on a more personal level, it brought me as the reader so much closer to ALL the characters. I truly loved that!! ^_^

Retro, Text, Levi, Harley & Keanu all went through a very tragic thing that changed their lives forever. A night of fun turned into a nightmare when a bomb goes off and leaves nothing but horror and death. How do you keep going when one of your best friends doesn't survive? That's what these boys have to endure, their own pain and suffering while grieving for their best friend.

When Faith comes into the picture I feel she is the key to helping the boys finally heal. She's a fun girl who has also suffered a great loss.

I could go on forever, I want to go into so much more detail but if I did that I'd spoil the book for anyone that hasn't delved into it yet. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers. If you're looking for a book that will touch your heart and leave you needing more, then look no further, this one is for you!

Congratulations to Emma James on a phenomenal debut, I look forward to reading more of your work! You have officially gained a new stalker! -_^ lol.



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EXCERPT

FAITH POV


I’m swiveling back

and forth, searching the crowd for Harley.
 
“Hey, short

stuff
.” A deep voice slices into my thoughts from over my right shoulder.
 
I slowly turn around, meeting Harley’s smiling face.

I may have been short once, but now I am five-foot-eight, not exactly below-average

height.
 
I take in Harley. He’s tall—six-four, at least—and

gorgeous with light brown, short hair; tanned skin; and does he have some ink work

on his arms? I’m normally very curious about tattoos, but now isn’t the time to

look.
 
I know I’m looking him up and down, but it’s

been so long, and he has changed. The softer boy features have been replaced by

a big, muscular, chiseled man.
 
I swallow.
 
“Wow, is that really you, Harley Madden?” I’m

drinking him in. I don’t remember Harley being so big and buff. His charcoal t-shirt

molds tightly to his chest like a second skin. He wasn’t this muscular the last

time I saw him. His belted, black jeans and boots complete his handsome look

that has quite a few people in the crowd appraising him. He looks a little

dangerous in his dark clothing. He would make Will purr like the cat who got

the cream. I must admit, even I’m a little taken back.


He leans in and grabs me in a bear hug, lifting

me off the ground, leaving me a little breathless. My face is nestled in his

neck, catching his scent of cologne and soap.
 
Wow.
 
“Okay, big guy, you can stop squeezing the life

out of me now,” I try to breathe out. He loosens his hold and slowly let’s go

while I take a step back.
 
“You look amazing, Harley.” I find myself

smiling. It feels good. I was worried about feeling awkward meeting Harley

again after so long, but something just clicks. He was my brother’s best friend,

and I’ve known him all my life. “It’s been a long time.”
 
“I could say the same about you. I might have

to start calling you Faith.” He flashes me an amused grin, showing me perfect,

white teeth and a dimple.
 
The baggage carousel starts up and everybody

squeezes in tighter, trying to jockey for a position to get their luggage when

it appears.
 
“Whoa!” I’m already beginning to feel less

nervous having Harley here with me when I’m suddenly knocked off balance.

Harley’s left arm snags me around the waist, bringing me up against his hard

side. He shoots the person beside me a dirty look. Some people really do need

to chill out when they travel.
 
I step away from him when I notice my case

coming towards me.
 
Harley stops me with a gentle, firm hand on my

arm. “I’ll get it for you, which one?”
 
With one, bright blue suitcase and camera bag

in his hands, Harley walks me out the sliding doors of the airport and we cross

to the parking garage.
 
The sun is shining, and my grey hoodie jacket

is making me too hot. I unzip it, taking it off as I’m walking, revealing a

tight white tank top. Much cooler.
 
Harley is staring at my chest and nearly trips

over. I roll my eyes. You can never take the boy out of the man.
 
“Harley, are you finished staring?” I laugh a

little at the look on his face. “So I grew up.”
 
“You certainly did,” he mutters and looks away.

I could have sworn I heard him swear and mumble something about guard duty.
 
As we approach his vehicle, I'm stunned. wow! Harley has a black Hummer. I do my

best to hide how surprised I am.
 
Harley stows my luggage in back, and then we

climb in and set off.
 
The Hummer suits Harley; he is such a big,

masculine guy.
 
“Beautiful car. Where to James?”
 
Harley slides on a pair of vintage aviator Ray

Bans, giving me a superstar smile that is a heart stopper. “La Jolla. I have a

place up on Vista De La Playa.” Harley then assures me we will be at his place

in less than half an hour with the lunch time traffic.
 
The radio is playing Florida Georgia Line's “Cruisewith Nelly. I put my sunglasses on,

roll my window down, prop my right arm up on the open window, and hold onto the

outside of the car. I can’t help tapping my fingers and nodding my head to the

beat, quietly singing along as the breeze blows my hair free.
 
I can see Harley out of the corner of my eye,

stealing glances and smiling.
 
We don’t talk, although it’s not uncomfortable.

I think we both have a lot swimming about in our heads. I’m simply taking it

all in, while he knows why I’m here. He knows this isn’t easy for me.


I pull my phone out of my bag, take a quick

snap of the coastline, and text Mom and Dad, attaching the pic. I let them know

Harley has me, and we are heading to his place now. I then send Will a text and

tell her I’ll chat in a couple days when I have something to tell her. I don’t

hear back straight away.
 
Holy shit is all I can think the closer we get to Harley’s place. The view of

the beach is incredible. As we drive higher, I’m itching to get my camera out

and ask Harley to pull over so I can take some photos. We are driving past some

beautiful homes, overlooking the coast. It's not long until we make a turn, and

then he drives up a long driveway towards an unbelievable looking place.
 
“You sure you got the right address?” I know my

mouth is gaping open.
 
Harley looks over at me then reaches out,

gently pushing my chin up so my mouth closes.
 
“What did you do? Rob a bank!”
 
Harley lets out a full blown belly laugh, which

makes me turn and stare at him. “No.”
 
Wow! The Hummer and now the house, or what I

would call a freakin’ big, two-story, contemporary mansion. It’s beautiful.
 
And the view!
 
This is when I realize I don’t really know

anything about Harley and where these guys have all ended up.
 
He sobers up, and I see him looking at the

black and chrome Jeep Cherokee parked farther up the drive. His hands grip the

steering wheel while his jaw tenses.
 
What now?
 
Something tells me I’m going to be meeting the

guys sooner rather than later.
 
“So, is this the girlfriend, the ex-girlfriend,

or the guys?” I joke because that’s all I know how to do when I feel cornered.
 


 

PRAISE FOR A LITTLE FAITH




What I loved was this story has consumed me in ways I cannot explain,
and has left me wanting more.




- Debb Lynn

 
Wow... I'm hooked. I can't wait for the next book.

- Trisha Rai , Devoured Words
 
 
A Little Faith is a story with strong direction, well defined characters -

outlined with a marvellously written story line and a story driven by a solid

plot .

- Katrina Hill, Page Flipperz Book Blog


 
This book goes above and beyond a romance novel. There is a depth to the story and

characters that is often missing in todays books.

- Sarez Tomoan


I gave it 5 stars cause it's a wicked read. You had me crying, laughing, snorting

all the way through. Perfect .

- Erin Daniels, Read and Ramble
 

I had so many laughs and tears reading this book and for a debut novel Emma has

done a great job. I even read it in a day, could not put it down. I am so

looking forward to Hope is Lost releasing in December.

- Donna Miller, Two Peas In A Pod


I love the way Emma has brought these men together and forged a friendship as

tight as brothers. I adore their individual strength and humor, and I love that

they aren’t perfect, not just emotionally, but physically.
 
- Kirsty Dallas, Author


This book was very well written and the story flowed effortlessly. The characters

were all well developed and a solid plot. I'm looking forward to what Emma has

in store for us in the next book in this series.

- Charlie Sean, Charlie & Mel’s

Book Reviews
 
 
Whenever an author writes a debut that captures my attention , my expectations are high.

I have known this author for a while and I had inkling what she had in store.

But when I can say she blew me away and I wished that I could re-read this book

again for the first time. I know that I have something special in my hands.

- Tash Mann, Confessions From

Romaholics
 
 
I honestly wasn't expecting to have such a strong reaction within the first few

chapters of this book. It was insta love for me! If you've read my reviews in

the past, you know how important it is for me to FEEL something for the

characters. Well, I certainly felt enough for Harley, Retro, Keanu, Levi and

Text to be reduced to a sobbing mess 5% in. I adore these boys! Every. Single.

One.

- Brittany Leathers,  A is for Alpha B is for Books





 
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About the author

 
Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexy

husband, three children and a big black Labrador. Life is busy and most

entertaining in the James household.
 
Writing has been a part of her life for many years. Life was

getting on and it was time to put her fears aside and do what she does best. It

was time to show readers what she was made of, take that leap off the diving

board and see where it takes her.
 
Emma is a creative person at heart. She loves to read as much

as write, devouring books into the wee hours of the morning. Who needs sleep,

right? Photography is another great passion of hers.
 
A Little Faith, the first book released in the Ocean Beach

series is proving to be quite the surprise read of 2014 for contemporary

romance lovers. She hopes you will join her and her sexy brotherhood of characters.
 
Because...sometimes you just have to have a little faith.






 
Contact Emma




FACEBOOK | TWITTER: @emmajamesbooks | GOODREADS


GIVEAWAY

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a Rafflecopter giveaway


 
REVIEWS ONLY GIVEAWAY

As a thank you to everybody who reads and reviews A Little Faith there is

a rafflecopter giveaway set up for a chance to win one of two $15.00 Amazon

Gift Cards. Open internationally and only to those who read/review honestly on

Goodreads and Amazon.



 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

1st Dec – Novels On The Run - Promo



2nd Dec – Two Peas In A Pod – Review



4th Dec – Read and Ramble – Review



5th Dec – Naughty Girls Of Romance – Review



10th Dec – Smut and Bonbons – Review



10th Dec – #Book NerdFanGirl Designs - Review



14th Dec – Page Flipperz – Review



14th Dec - Mommy’s Naughty Playground – Review



17th Dec – Book Boyfriends Rock - Review



17th Dec – Escape Reality With Books – Review



18th Dec – Books Unhinged - Review



18th Dec – Sassy Book Lovers – Review



20th Dec – Book Boyfriend Hangover – Review



21ST Dec – Sydney Gen Reads – Review



21st Dec – Bookworm Betties – Review











HOPE IS LOST -  RELEASING JANUARY 2015 


 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Stacey for your posting and awesome review. <3

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