Thursday, November 21, 2013

Author Spotlight: Rachel Brookes!!!

We are celebrating that in just FIVE days, BREATHLESS (Breathe, #1.5) by Rachel Brookes goes LIVE!!! Squeee!!! We absolutely cannot wait for you all to read this Novella! Jodie's Review will be posted on RELEASE DAY, while mine will be posted during the BLOG TOUR in December.

So anyway, today we'll be SPOTLIGHTING the AMAZING Aussie Author: RACHEL BROOKES on our blog!

Rachel is truly one of the nicest authors we've met. She's down to earth, super cool, and absolutely adorable!!! And hey, she created Tate Connors... enough said. Trust me. 

#TheTateConnorsEffect has gone world wide! Seems all the ladies have succumbed to it! If you haven't already, go read JUST BREATHE, book one in the Breathe Series, and find out what I'm talking about!!

Now, let's talk about RACHEL BROOKES.
If you haven't met her, here's your chance. 
Below we'll share her bio and social media links -- feel free to stalk her, she's pretty cool about it!! *giggles*

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys. 
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing. 
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends. 
With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

Social Media Links:

Read our EXCLUSIVE Interview with Rachel: here
There, you'll also find Jodie's 5 Stars Review for JUST BREATHE.

(Breathe, Book One) 

For Savannah Rae, living life without her parents was unimaginable. But being blamed for her first love’s suicide? That destroyed every part of who she was. 

Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked.

When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons - with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in.

One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match.

In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He's Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance.

The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled.

However, one thing will become clear.

They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined.

5 Stars! 

Great Debut! Hot, emotional, and addicting! I did not want to put this book down! I kept wanting to read more and more. “Just Breathe” is an amazing start to what will definitely be a phenomenal series!
I want to start off by saying that the Prologue is truly heartfelt and beautiful! My heart was smiling while reading it. This book hooked me right then and there.

“No matter what life you are handed, whatever you are dealt, whatever struggles you may face, please remember to just breathe. Just breathe, Savannah, because that’s all you will need.”

“Just Breathe” kicks off with Savannah Rae, better known as Sav, moving to LA to work alongside her boss/man she sees as a father figure, Mr. Davenport – whom FYI, is AMAZING! Sav is one feisty Aussie, let me tell you. She knows what she likes and wants, and goes for it. And she sure as hell doesn’t apologize to anyone. Until, Tate.   
Once in LA, she comes face-to-face with possibly THE hottest guy of California, Tate Connors. Whoa. I’m sure feeling that “Tate Connors Effect” I’ve heard so much about! Let’s just say, he’s that bad boy you can’t help but drop your panties for!!! Ha! And trust me, he’ll make you enjoy every second! ;) *sigh* Yep. I’m in love!  

“You’re the greatest challenge I’ll have Savannah. There is something about you I want.”

Both Tate and Sav have heart-breaking pasts. This is mainly the reason they get off to such a rough start. They can’t stand each other, yet they can’t get enough. They literally get under each other’s skin, and keep coming back for more.

 “I know that you are overtaking my mind. I want you like I’ve never wanted anyone before. I can’t get enough of you and that, to me, is perfect. You are perfect.” – Tate

Tate and Sav are perfect for each other and just what they were missing. They needed to forgive themselves, let go of their pasts, and learn to love again. And Rachel Brookes did a phenomenal job delivering this journey to her readers. My heart broke and healed alongside theirs.  

“I want to be the one to put you back together. You’ve just got to let me.”

“Just Breathe” was all in all a wonderfully written debut. The plot kept me turning the pages wanting to see where Sav and Tate’s journey would lead them next. The secondary characters were very well developed and fan-freaking-tastic! Tanzi (Tate’s twin sister) and Jack were HILARIOUS. I really want to be friends with these characters. They are super entertaining, I promise.

Given the fact that this is book ONE in the series, there is a lot more to tell regarding Tate, Sav, and the rest of the gang. The book doesn’t really end in a cliffhanger, but you just know that something is bound to happen… soon. I would say, “Just Breathe” has a “happy for now” ending. Yes, you’ll want more, but it ends in a good place. 
I highly recommend you go buy this book!

“We were beautifully broken in so many ways.”



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(Breathe, Novella 1.5)

One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.

From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.

Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.

When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.

Release Date:
November 26, 2013 

Adult Contemporary

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