Many of you saw my review for the fabulous Cornerstone by Misty Provencher several weeks back. This was one book I did lots of raving about and hope that many more will give this book a chance.
The Cornerstone Blog Tour takes place from May 1st-31st. There are going to be lots of reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways. I hope that you’ll stop through the different stops to see what’s going on!
The CORNERSTONE OF ALL GRAND PRIZES includes:
A signed copy of Cornerstone with a scattering of author’s notes in the margins, a Southwest Sky Jewelry Cornerstone necklace, and some author-created, one-of-a-kind bookmark swag.
A critique by publishing intern, Brent Taylor. The former gymnast and die-hard Kelly Cutrone <3er, has been an intern at a literary agency for a little over a year. He’s slightly naughty, although you shouldn’t hold that against him because . . . (this is where you hear a loud and thunderous pounding of drums) HE IS GOING TO CRITIQUE YOUR ENTIRE FULL MANUSCRIPT.
You’ll also nab an incredible, Addo-inspired, cookie scarf from my favorite knit-creations shop: CausticWear. If you haven’t checked out CausticWear, you should. Lauren is the owner and she does the regular hats and scarves and mittens, but she can do pretty much ANYTHING from clothing and slippers to hair wear and jewelry and she is open to doing custom orders! (She even told me she could crochet a cookie jar- seriously!) If you have something in mind, just ask her!
In order to win these wonderful gifts, I’ll be collecting comments left during the blog tour stops. 500 cookie-jar-points to commenters! If you’re tweeting the tour – include me in your tweet and you’ll earn another 1,000 field-petal points! If you recommend Cornerstone to a friend and I hear about it, you’ll rack up 3,000 points and a Veritas prayer! Of course, that’s all rubbish…I’m not going to be keeping track of points at all…but the more I see you participating, the more often your name gets chucked in the drawing hat for our fabulous, GRANDLY HUGE prize!
The ABSOLUTELY ENORMOUS GRAND PRIZE drawing will be held May 31st, the last day of the tour, but there will be giveaways going on through out the tour too. Here is our itinerary:
May 1 and 2
Twitter kick-off with a Book Drawing! Tweet me up with the #IWANTCORNERSTONE hashtag and on the 2nd, I’ll draw one name to receive their choice of either a paperback or ebook copy of Cornerstone! I’m grateful for RTs, but be sure that your tweet is original, so it appears in the #IWANTCORNERSTONE hashtag list. That’s where I’ll be drawing names!
Candace’s Book Blog ~ Review (that’s here!)
Juliana L. Brandt ~ Critter Chat (w/ my
amazingly awesome crit partner!)
Supernatural Snark ~ Guest Post ~ Why does
the Addo prefer cookies w/ no nuts &
and other insider info about Cornerstone.
READING & BOOK SIGNING
The Mother’s Day Fashion Fair in Hartland,
Michigan, at the Dunham Hill Golf Course,
from 11- 5 pm. Benefiting survivors of brain
injury and severe head traumas.
Stop in and say hello! I’d love to meet you!
Kindle Fever ~ Guest Post & Swag Bag Giveaway~ How
to write a book with maximum use of office
The Reading Housewives of Indiana ~
Interview and Ebook Giveaway
Bunny’s Review ~ Guest Post and Review ~
What’s there to love about self publishing?
Lover of Paranormal ~ Review & Character
Book Nerds Across America ~
Interview/Keystone Insider Info
Coffee Table Reviews ~ Something Super Cool
Captivated Reading ~ Review
Rainy Day Ramblings ~ Review and
Cornerstone T-Shirt Giveaway
Book Passion for Life ~ Guest Post, The
Books in the Spotlight ~ Character Interview
with Garrett Reese
Brent Taylor ~ Interview and Review
GRAND PRIZE DRAWING HERE!
Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.
My goal has been to try to read more self published books this year but it’s not always easy because I’ve tried to read quite a few that were horrible (mostly terrible editing) and I’ve read a lot that were good, but not quite amazing. I haven’t read that many that totally blew my mind and this one did that. Totally and completely. Cornerstone had me riveted from page one as we are introduced to Nalena and her mother and her mothers paper hoarding. I immediately found this fascinating and I felt this was a clue to the future of the book. Especially when I learned that what her mother writes all over these papers is peoples names and something about them. To Nalena these are characters that her mother has come up with for stories that she never writes. And her mother keeps these stacks of papers everywhere, even in the oven (unplugged of course). And she does this writing compulsively all day long. She doesn’t work, she doesn’t do anything but write. While this could be a compulsive disorder I immediately knew there was more to it.
The story sucked me and held me the entire way through but don’t expect to get answers right away. I suppose I grew frustrated because I needed to know more so badly but it wasn’t really a bad thing either. I enjoyed the journey of getting to know Nalena and her mother as well as Garrett and his large and very quirky family. Clues are everywhere as you continue through the story and piecing them together was slow going but yet a fantastic ride. And the answers when they came were fantastic because this was a very unique take on something paranormal-like without really feeling paranormal. I don’t know what else to call it though… But there’s not a vampire, zombie or a werewolf in sight.
I thought that the romance might be insta-love but it wasn’t! It was instant attraction but Nalena has a bit of a low self esteem and really doesn’t believe that Garrett could ever like her. Garrett is different from other boys though and doesn’t care one wit about what people think of him. He takes Nalena under his wing and while it appears that they are ‘together’ to the general population of the school, they aren’t quite… not really. I loved all interaction with these two because the vibe between them is strong and Garrett just has this personality that you can’t help but be drawn to. He’s so hard to explain but he was so easy to ‘get’ as I was reading. He’s not a bad boy, but he’s not a ‘goodie two shoes’ either. One thing I can say is that he’s so dreamy… He actually kind of reminds me a bit of Cricket in Lola and the Boy Next Door. Just personality wise as he didn’t dress like him.
Oh, and I have to mention, editing in this one was perfect! If there were mistakes of any sort I didn’t happen to notice them (which doesn’t mean they weren’t there, but they must have not been very obvious). This is also a clean read. There’s kissing but that’s about it. I don’t recall any cursing.
I highly recommend this to YA readers as well as adult readers who are eager for something a bit different. Something paranormal-like but yet not really paranormal.
I must also note that I see this book has all high ratings. Right now I’m not seeing one review with less then 4 stars. As a reviewer I prefer to see a variety of ratings as it concerns me that maybe all the reviewers are family or friends of the author. I honestly have to give this one 5 stars because I loved it so much. Yes, it’s not a completely perfect book, but because it captured me so completely and had me entranced the entire time I just can’t give it less. But I purchased this book and had no prior contact with the author. It wasn’t until I read it that I start corresponding with her just because I loved it so much and wanted to tell her so. My review is in no way biased, this is my complete honest opinion of the book and my guess is that the high ratings are because of the awesome’ness of the book. So you better get on reading it cause you’re missing out!