Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tour Stop: SKIPPING STONES by J.B. McGee

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.


"Our lips crush together, and as his kiss consumes me, he breathes oxygen onto my lungs. My heart starts to race. I'm alive. This is living." 

Emotional. Heart Wrenching. Beautiful. These are the words that I use to describe Skipping Stones. I was a huge fan of JB McGee before this book. I had read her This Trilogy and loved her writing, but I love her even more now. She has taken me on a journey of loss like no other author has. It's true what they say, grab your tissues for this book. I cried through the whole thing. Sad tears, happy tears, tears for all of the heartache that Alex faces. 

How do I tell you how much this book touched me without spoiling it for you? 
I lost my Dad when I was twenty-four, and on that dreadful morning my mother had a heart attack. This book touched the depths of my soul. It made me relive my own loss, but it also made me remember all the good times spent with my Dad. Death is inevitable, it's the time you are alive that matters. Make the most of it. Love hard, Laugh lots, and Never Forget. 

This book is a journey of a young girl who faces loss young. She fights to move on and overcome this tragedy. When she meets Drew, he is the only thing that keeps her going, fighting. He is the light that fills her darkness. The book ends fifteen years later and so I don't spoil anything for you this is all I can really tell you of the book. I will say this, Read it, Love it, and recommend it to others. 

I am giving this wonderful story 5 Stars!  ~Jen 

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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. 

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