Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

We are so excited to be able to announce the arrival of the newest book by Amber L. Johnson, PUDDLE JUMPING.  It is available in both e-book and paperback.

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

BUY LINKSGoodreads : Amazon

Amber is a full  time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes  in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

Amber's musical suggestion for this book is Ten Feel Tall by Afrojack (ft. Wrabel)


First off I need to thank Amber L. Johnson for providing us with a copy of the book so we could bring you this review.

Man where to start with this story. Wow. Just absolutely incredible.  This is such a beautiful story about learning and adapting. About teaching others that there is more to a person then the outer coating. I can't tell you how much this story affected me, emotionally it had me crying like a baby but also rejoicing for Colton and Lilly.

On a personal level I have to say that I adored the fact that Amber showed such an amazing side for those who are on the Autism Spectrum. I have a cousin who is on it and this story emphasized to others what those of us who get to spend time with these special people know, how wonderful they truly are. And it also helps to show how much love they can give. 

Now as for my feelings on Lilly... I think she has such a grown up way of thinking. She sees beyond the label given to Colton to who he is deep down. She has a great way of showing others what she sees. She also does a great job on not only learning to adjust to make Colton comfortable but also showing him how much is out there. 

 Never judge a person by the label society puts on them. That to me is the true message in this story. BTW... I have to add, I started reading this story at midnight thinking I would only read a few hours before going to sleep... and didn't stop until I finished it as the sun was coming up. That's how addicting and spellbinding it is.

Happy Reading... Adri

Sarah's Review: 

Thank you to Amber L. Johnson for giving me the opportunity to read and review this great story.  I truly enjoyed the way the Amber wrote this story and she went with a topic that many people are not willing to talk about or want to talk about.  This review is going to be different than my others because I have been struggling for what to write since I finished this story.  This will focus on what my feelings were.

What I love about this story:
The characters:  I love that these characters are not the usual character types that I read.  There was no Alpha male but the hero of this story stole my heart like an Alpha male does! The heroine of this story is one that I loved because she loved him for who he was, no matter what. 

The “twist” so to speak:  I love that Amber went there and talked about it.  No, I am not giving anything away on that.  I love that Amber used realistic things when writing this story.  I love that she found a way to give someone that is “different” than what people consider the “norm”, it doesn’t mean that they can’t love and be loved.   As a social worker, this story gave me great joy.  

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