Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New YA Read!


I hope I didn't lose you at YA, because Charlie's story is anything but ordinary. First, I'm going to tell you my plan, and then I'll let you have a sneak peek into Charlie's world. Today is release day, and the reviews from the ARCs I sent out are rolling in, so if you don't believe me, go check them out for yourself.

The Plan:
Charlie will have two books as a teenager, and so will Sean. Same story, different POVs.
Becoming Charlie - Part One
Becoming Charlie - Part Two
Becoming Sean - Part One
Becoming Sean - Part Two
The end of both of the second parts will have alternate endings. See, this series is good for all ages, well, above 13 anyway. The first ending at the end of part two will end completely for the younger audience with a HEA, while the other will end on a pretty big cliffhanger. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that you will read both endings. And that's completely fine. You're going to need that closure to get you through until I get the ADULT book written. Yes, Charlie and Sean are 15 and 17 in part one. They are 16 and 18 in part two. They will be 25 and 27 in book 3. One book will wrap up their adult book, and yes, it will be titled...

Becoming Us.
Here's the prologue. If you decide to purchase the book and love it, please return and leave an honest review. And tell your friends. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.
Prologue
Mental pain is a real thing.
In most cases, when mental pain is triggered, the brain sends signals to the heart, causing it to contract so fiercely that it pulls the tendons and nerves—the heartstrings—that support the most important muscle in the human body. Sometimes these tendons snap, causing an intense, physical reaction. Most of the time, this type of pain stays in the chest area, settling in around the heart, making the individual who is experiencing it hyperventilate or feel extreme discomfort. Instances that might cause this to happen are getting your heart broken, losing a friend, loved one or pet, witnessing or hearing about something horrible or even reading a good ugly-cry book.
There is another type of mental pain that is so much worse. The type of mental pain I'm referring to is so severe and traumatic that, almost immediately after the mind registers what happened, it starts to shut down as a defense, and in some cases blacks out and causes the person to forget what took place, a condition also known as amnesia. Numbness and/or bouts of anger usually occur when this happens. Some triggers for this type of mental pain are losing a child, accidentally killing someone, being a victim of rape or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), to name just a few.
I suffer from the second one. Or maybe I should say that I used to suffer from the second one. The day Sean Reese walked into my life was the day I started to heal and live again. My name is Charlie Mason. If you have a little while, I'd like to tell you my story.





MY REVIEW: 
I have been following author Kristie Haigwood's writing for a long time now. I own all of her books, both paperback and ebooks. This is her first shot at writing Young Adult. When an author transitions from adult genres to YA genres, it can be a huge change for the author. Author Haigwood has no issues with doing this. Becoming Charlie was an amazing read. I started reading this on Wattpad. I was intrigued and could not wait for the next chapter. When I found out that author Kristie Haigwood was going to make this a full length novel, I stopped reading the chapters. I wanted to read the book from start to finish. I am just funny that way. It was SO worth the wait.

The characters in Becoming Charlie are so easy to relate to. Charlie could be any one of us when we were in school. She is so easy to relate to. Either you have been there, or know someone that did. Charlie's world goes from one of loneliness, to an amazing friendship she never thought she could ever wish for. Suddenly, her life is everything she always thought was out of her reach. When she figures out Reese is not all she thought he was, she starts to question everything about her new found happiness. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. I loved it. I think it was very well written, the characters are very well developed, and it is just a great story. Congratulations Kristie Haigwood on add YA Author to your resume!




BECOMING CHARLIE "A 5 star wonderful read!" "Such craftsmanship." "Her first YA book is solid gold!" "A Young Adult read so good even adults will love it!" Author: Kristie Haigwood Editor: Ella Medler Photographer: Ramona Halford Cover Designer: Darkmantle Designs Cover Model: Riley Haigwood US: Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077X4FBZJ/ UK: Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077X4FBZJ/ CA: Amazon
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B077X4FBZJ/
Universal Link for... B&N Playster Kobo 24Symbols iBooks OverDrive Scribd Tolino Universal link: books2read.com/u/bOa2a9 Blurb: My name is Charlie, and I'm invisible. Well, not literally, but until one of the most popular guys at Eden High saved my life, nobody even knew I existed. Sean Reese gave me more than my life back that night. He gave me friendship. And maybe, just maybe, I can save him, too. Will he still be my friend when he finds out my secret?

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