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Review: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

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Title: Losing Track
Series: Living Heartwood #2
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: Oct 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.

REVIEW 

I have to tell you I initially struggled with Losing Track, not because it isn’t a good story BUT because I have my own issues with reading about addiction. Having an alcoholic ex-husband has left me much less sympathetic to characters battling addiction. It is human nature to project your own experiences onto characters, also proving my point that reading is subjective ;) However, I will say that with the help of Trisha’s beautiful writing style and Melody’s depth of character I was able to put aside my own issues and connect with Melody in a way I would not have thought possible at the beginning of the book.

I also have to mention the deep and meaningful quotes placed at the chapter headings, pay special attention to these as they take on a much more profound meaning than I anticipated ;)

Both Melody and Boone are far broader characters than initial observation would suggest. While the story is told in dual narrative I did feel as if we gained more perspective on Melody than we did on Boone; Melody’s background was more filled out than Boone’s enabling that deeper connection.

Melody appears rough around the edges and fiercely independent, until you dig below the surface. Having a MC member for a father she has been immersed in the lifestyle since birth, never shielded from the brutality of this lifestyle. Drugs were an everyday occurrence, socially acceptable even a requirement in a way.  It was frightening to think of a 13-year-old Melody scoring drugs and it being accepted by her family :( it makes you wonder just how many children of addicts become addicts themselves, having seen that behaviour as normal. While I can understand the need to escape reality there has to be a line; sometimes that line gets blurred due to the growing addiction BUT when a tragic wake-up call comes it needs to be heard.

Trish doesn’t sugar coat addiction, the reality is that once an addict, it will be a life long battle to remain clean. The learned habitual behaviour was well portrayed – certain situations acting as triggers for the cravings, I am sure it is something everyone can relate to whether an addict or not.

Losing Track shows that all actions have a consequence, each single decision along the way has a repercussion. Trish’s writing style flows effortlessly drawing you in while connection you to the characters (however reluctantly) ;)

Melody really grows on you, she is very charismatic, a real people person although she has tended to keep people at arm’s length apart from her friend Darla. She is a wonderful friend to have, loyal and trust-worthy, full of compassion, and always there when she is needed without judgement or accusation. As she moves forward she realises that to be truly happy she has to let people in. Boone is her equal, they fit together with ease, the passion also helps :)

Losing Track is one of those books that help build empathy within the reader. Perfect for fans of gritty, realistic romance dealing with contemporary issues.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe

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Book #3
February 18, 2015
Can be read as a stand-alone.

Love means fading out so another shines brighter. 

Right clothes. Right school. Right fiancé. As a Wyndemere, Arian’s expected to abide by the rules. The most important: be perfect. But Arian’s seemingly flawless life is far from it. An embarrassing expulsion from her parents’ alma mater spirals an already unhealthy obsession out of control, exposing a dark truth.

Faced with having to attend a small private college after a stint in rehab, Arian’s just ready to coast under the radar and repair some of the wreckage, but her father’s looming control is like a vise choking off her air supply.

When a run-in with Braxton’s beloved star quarterback, Ryder Nash, puts Arian squarely in the crosshairs of his devoted teammates, the last of her controlled, orderly world unhinges. As the pranks and paybacks escalate, Arian and Ryder’s rivalry takes a passionate turn. And once Arian glimpses beneath the all-star-athlete exterior Ryder projects, she realizes he’s far more than just a jock.

As their relationship intensifies, outside forces feel the threat. Outrunning their pasts doesn’t mean history won’t repeat itself, but Ryder can’t let that happen. He’s just one Championship game away from breaking the mold. Only one moment, one choice, might change everything.

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Book #1
August 2013
Can be read as a stand – alone

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler’s remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only…is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks’ family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler’s case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother’s ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him…plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she’s unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

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Book #2
October 2014

Can be read as a stand-alone.

Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.

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The Living Heartwood series

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The Darkest Part (Book 1) – Amazon / Goodreads
Losing Track (Book 2) – Amazon / Goodreads
Fading Out (Book 3) – AmazonGoodreads (Coming 2015)
Bad Road (Book 4) – Goodreads (Coming 2015)

About the Author

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

For more information on Trisha Wolfe and her works, please visit:

http://www.trishawolfe.com/.

To be the first to hear about new releases and sale events, sign up for Trisha Wolfe’s Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1rXTKI7.

Author’s Social Media Links: Website l Goodreads l Twitter l Facebook l Tumblr l YouTube l Pinterest

Trisha’s Heartwood Pack (Facebook Group)

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Musical Moments: Song of the Month: March 2015: Chosen by Trisha Wolfe

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I cannot tell you how much I adore this woman, it’s like she’s got a direct line into my mind sometimes. I am delighted to welcome Trisha Wolfe to Book Angel Booktopia today to share the Song of the Month for March 2015, coinciding with the publication of her latest book, Fading Out.

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Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Emma! You know how much I adore you, and it’s such an honor to be asked to host your March event. Thank you.

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The scene below is from my current release in my New Adult Living Heartwood series, FADING OUT. While I was writing this scene, I had to really put myself in Ari’s place. Feel how she was feeling; all the pressure and anxiety of living up to her family’s standards. Trying to be so many things for so many people that finally, you just snap. And that’s exactly what Ari did here. She tossed caution to the wind, desiring just for one moment to let loose and enjoy life. Though, I have to admit, she kept her emotions bottled for so long that when she finally let loose, she went kaboom.

 FADING OUT Excerpt

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I chose Korn’s Never Never because the lyrics reflect so much of what Ari tries to force herself to believe. She’s been scorned by someone she cared for, trusted. She doesn’t want to let another person into her very closed off world. Ryder is forcing his way in, tearing down her walls, and she’s desperate to keep him from seeing the real her—the one she believes isn’t worth his love.

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Review: Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

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Title: Fake Mustache
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Amulet
Publication Date: April 2012
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Regular kid Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend—Casper, a master of disguise and hypnosis—and world domination. It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache, the Heidelberg Handlebar #7. With it he’s able rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president. Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise? And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world?

REVIEW BY JACK 9:6

Fake Mustache, a children’s comedy story, is American as is clear from the title. The novel takes place in a slightly bizarre version of modern day America, within the fictional state capital of Hairsprinkle. It is initially narrated by Lenny Flem Junior but later swaps to Jodie O’Rodeo. The action is spread through Lenny’s house, the Heidelberg novelty company factory, Sven’s Fair Price Store and the Hairsprinkle Municipal Stadium.

The plot is surprisingly complex, but basically Lenny Jr. saves the world from his best friend Casper and his fake mustache with the help of his favorite TV star, Jodie O’Rodeo and the mustaches inventor, Hank Heidelberg. Casper meanwhile has used the unknown powers of his mustache to raise vast amounts of money and get himself elected/chosen for increasingly important governmental roles.

My favorite part of this tale is a short section narrated by Lenny where he meets Jodie while in fancy dress as her. It is one of the funniest parts of the book. The character I like best is Hank Heidelberg, who is wonderfully old-fashioned and quirky. He knows all sorts of things which he does not at all understand the implications of and he stubbornly insists on remaining in a near-suicidal situation in a classic hero/martyr manner.

Something that annoys me about this book is that the American title has not been translated into British English and consequently says “mustache” rather than “moustache”. However, this is just my problem. The only real issue is that, for a comedy book there is not that a huge amount of humor in it. This does not really detract, though, from and excellent and complicated story.

I thought this comedy might be a bit childish but it was actually great, even for me at age 14. I might get another book by this author if I saw it, but I have a feeling my friends would consider themselves too old for it.

I would give the story four out of five stars.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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About THE HAZARDS OF SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND

Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.

When Kyle’s life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Links: Twitter | Author Goodreads | Pinterest | Website | Facebook

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