Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Tour - Skipping Stones by J.B. McGee *Giveaway*

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relationships are formed. The stage when the realization occurs that this is now the new state of normal.

Just when Alex thinks she is on her way to healing, she enters the bargaining phase. That’s the phase where you wonder what you could have done differently. You wonder “what if?” Specifically, what if the ones you loved hadn’t left you?

Leaving…this is what makes heading off to war so difficult and frightening for Alex. She knows all too well what it’s like to be the one on the losing end of life, which is why she’s made it her personal mission in life to save as many lives as possible. The extreme high she gets from treating trauma victims turns into Alex’s own form of therapy, or so she thinks.

When faced with her world being turned upside down, Alex may just find that her true therapy is in the one who has always saved her.

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A Note from J.B. McGee 

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all-girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town. 

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series. 

There’s one last stone in our pile. I glance down at it. “You want it?” I ask.

He shakes his head. “No.”

I glance into his brown eyes. “You want me to do this one?”


“What if I mess this one up?” I reach down and pick it up. “Like the whole bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, full count, two outs...”

He smiles. “I guess we’re about to find out how you do under pressure.”

I don’t care about the stone. I don’t care if I can skip it, or not. I just want to kiss him again. “You made the game up...”

“I did,” he quips proudly.

“Then you can change the rules.”

“I’m listening.”

“No matter what, I get another kiss. Either way it’s a prize.” I shrug.

“Ha. A prize either way. What’s your reasoning?” He chuckles.

“Either the prize for winning...skipping a stone, or a consolation prize for choking.”

“Deal.” He moves back and plops into the overgrown weeds. I’d call it grass, but I’m not sure I see any blades of grass. It’s mainly clover, wild onions, and dandelions. “How about if I give you a bigger kiss if you do it? That way you still have some incentive to do your best.”

I glance back over my shoulder. “Deal.”

I replay the instructions he gave me earlier. I turn so that my side is facing the water. I put the stone just right in my fingers. I look back to him, holding my hand out. “Like this?”

As my head turns, I freeze because it’s not Drew sitting in the field. It’s my father. As if freezing and not moving will make this real. It has to be a figment of my imagination. Our eyes are locked and he smiles as he gives me a thumbs up.

I feel a tear trickle down my face. I’m paralyzed, unable to move.


                                              Sunday, 9/22

Book Freak: review and excerpt
Mean GIrls Love Books: promo excerpt

Monday, 9/23

Romance Addiction- review and excerpt
Best Sellers and Best Stellars- review, excerpt and top 5 list
Tattooed Book Review- highlight and long excerpt

Tuesday, 9/24

Lives and Breathes Books-excerpt and review
It Started with a Book Blog- excerpt and playlist
Love N. Books- excerpt and promo
The Book Obsessed Momma- excerpt and promo
I'll Be Reading- Promo and excerpt

Wednesday, 9/25
Into the Night Reviews- playlist and excerpt
Read and Share Book Reviews- promo and excerpt
Aries Girl Book Reviews- promo and excerpt/interview

Thursday, 9/26

Christy's Written Word Love-review and excerpt
Readers After Dark- long excerpt

Friday, 9/27

Teahoney's Book Cafe-excerpt and top 5
Shh, Moms Reading- review and excerpt
Reading Bliss- review, excerpt, and playlist
Weet Weet's Bookshelf- excerpt, top 5 and dream cast

Saturday, 9/28

Winding Stairs Books- review and excerpt
Give Me Books- review and excerpt
Reality Bites, Lets Get Lost!- review and excerpt

Sunday, 9/29

Bookaholic Anom- playlist and dream cast
Nose Stuck in a Book- promo and excerpt
Book Bitches Blog- review and top five list
Ms. ME28: excerpt and playlist

Monday, 9/30

Hooked on Books: review and excerpt
Pink Fluffy Hearts: playlist, excerpt
Andrea Heltsley Books: excerpt, playlist
Just One More Romance: long excerpt, character casting, and playlist
Green Eyed Girls OCDs: promo with long excerpt

Tuesday, 10/1

The Book Avenue: excerpt, top five
Life With Lesley: review, excerpt
The Whispering Pages: review, excerpt