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text 2017-04-03 13:01
Charity - LIFT 4 Autism 2017
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LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28
 

Autism. A mystery to some. A way of life for others.

 

A cause for all since it is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Many of these kids will rely on their parents to some degree, depending on severity, all their lives, with estimated costs between 5 to 7 million dollars in services and care over their lifetime. Many of the services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It is an expensive and difficult lifelong diagnosis to navigate.

 

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan started LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community in April, which is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.

 

All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for Autism families. Discover more about them at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

 

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

 

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

Find the full list here: http://lift4autism.com/contact. If you are an author and want to donate, sign up here.

 

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here: charityauction.bid/lift4autism The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28.  

 

  1. 1-Click the YA Fantasy Anthology Ever In the After for 99¢
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  *All proceeds go to LIFT 4 Autism!  
 
  1. Buy LIFT Wear! (t-shirts, mugs, totes, etc...)

https://teespring.com/Lift2017 LFIT 2017 t-shirt

  1. Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign.

DONATE here: https://www.kulturecity.org/lovewithoutwords/lift-4-autism/#lwow-donate  

Don’t miss a thing this month!

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review 2015-10-31 02:03
{Review} Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott
Wicked Restless (Harper Boys Book 2) - Ginger Scott

When Andrew and Emma meet as lonely, somewhat awkward teenagers, a sweet infatuation begins. Within a few classes and a few weeks, the sparks of first love glow brightly, and it seems they have, at this young age, found the road to happily ever after. But problems bigger than any teenager can bear and one tragic decision change the course of their lives forever. Split apart and left to move on, neither is prepared for the path on which Fate leads them when they come face to face five years later.

The Verdict: I have a unique problem whenever I get read to another of Ginger Scott's books. You see, I know that no matter what the story is about or where the characters take me, every single book I read afterward will be disappointing. So I find myself rushing through the other books on my virtual shelf, trying to get them out of the way before I open the book that I know will outshine them all. And Wicked Restless is most certainly that book.

I've never been a fan of stories in which I'm introduced to the characters when they are young and somewhat innocent, and then thrown forward several years when they are reunited, older, and usually bitter. It's always an odd shift for me, and I end up feeling like I've had something taken away from the story I anticipated reading. However, I didn't even glance at the summary before grabbing this book, and even if I had, it wouldn't have mattered. Andrew and Emma's story was just as amazing as everything else Ginger Scott writes.

When we first meet Emma, she's leading a complicated and sheltered life, though we don't get the real details of it until later. Her parents are more protective than one might expect, and Emma is careful not to break any rules or stray from their guidance. But then she meets Andrew, the sweet and handsome boy in her P.E. class, and their sweetly innocent love for each other blooms. Their relationship is as adorable as they are, youthfully unblemished and beautiful. But one tragic night, the kind of thing that could happen to anyone throws everything into turmoil, and before they can even digest what's happened, Andrew is taking the blame, and they find themselves separated.

When tragedy struck, Andrew stepped up to protect Emma, though he really didn't know what he was protecting her from. That sacrifice was brutal, though, sending him away from his family and into a youth reform system as dark as any prison. And though he tried to keep in touch, she never responded, disappearing from his life almost as if she'd never existed. Five years later, though, he gets the shock of his life when he finds her laughing and dancing in a club not far from where he's now enrolled in college.

Andrew and Emma's story is beautiful and heartbreaking, and while the situation is complicated, it never feels contrived. Consumed by bitterness over her apparent abandonment of him, Andrew reacts without thinking, intent only on hurting Emma the way she hurt him. Driven by the need for revenge, he strikes up a relationship with Emma's roommate Lindsay, using their friendship to paint Emma into a corner and forcing her to see him with another girl. Needless to say, that doesn't go well, and everyone gets hurt in the process.

Emma is as confused and hurt as Andrew is, but not for the reasons he thinks. As far as she knows, he disappeared, and watching him now romance her best friend is excruciating. This sort of scenario would probably have driven me nuts in any other book, but Ginger Scott has a way of laying it out in which you can't help but understand and feel for everyone, even when they're acting irrationally and emotionally, and you know it won't end happily.

It takes a while, since neither of them is really willing to lay their hearts out there, but the pieces slowly begin to fall into place, and Emma and Andrew start to realize that the circumstances of their past were absolutely out of their control. They still have that bond from their younger years, and as messy as Andrew's vengeful actions have made things, they're unable to stay away from each other. Watching them let go of the past and open up to a possible future together is the epitome of angsty, sweet romance.

Wicked Restless is an incredible journey through the innocence of first love, the pain of abandonment and judgement, and the bittersweet tenderness of reconciliation. Andrew and Emma's story is complex, and their ways of handling adversity are realistically immature. I'm not sure I've ever been so heartbroken over and invested in a couple, and my only disappointment is that their story didn't continue for another thousand or so pages. I realize my review is a bit vague, skipping over the major details and plot twists, but there's simply no way I can portray them with the depth that Ginger Scott does. Whether you're a fiend for angst or a fan of innocent love, Wicked Restless is the perfect love story. And quite frankly, if you've never read a romance by Ginger Scott, you're missing out an everything that makes the genre so addictive.

 

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review 2015-10-22 18:53
WICKED RESTLESS by Ginger Scott
Wicked Restless (Harper Boys Book 2) - Ginger Scott

 

Another winner for Ginger Scott.

WICKED RESTLESS features Owen Harper's brother(Wild Reckless) Andrew. While it isn't necessary to read WILD RECKLESS first, it will add to the overall story - making it a richer experience.

Andrew was kind of sheltered from the Harper family drama when he grew up. He was too young when his father died (under total tragic and gossip-worthy circumstances) and when his oldest brother died, his other brother, Owen, was mostly involved. While he does feel the stigma of the "Troublemaker Harper Boys," it isn't something that has plagued him.

Andrew is SUPER smart. He has been enrolled in a special program for highly gifted students for years. BUT, he is lacking one class to graduate that he can't get through Excel - a P.E. credit. So, Andrew is forced to attend P.E. at the local high school. It's there that he meets Emma and is completely blown away. It is love at first sight for him and he'll do anything to spend some time with her. Eventually, they go out and the connection they feel is amazing and mutual. Andrew is happy and sees nothing but blue skies ahead as long as Emma is in his life. BUT, tragedy strikes, tearing apart both Andrew's and Emma's worlds.

In order to save Emma from the consequences of a terrible accident, Andrew takes the blame. He never expected his punishment to be so severe though. He is sent to a juvenile detention facility and the only thing that keeps him going is his thoughts and memories of Emma. He writes her all the time telling her about his experiences there and how desperate he is to hear from her, but Emma never writes back. Eventually, Andrew is left bitter and betrayed and his love for Emma turns to hate.

Fast forward several years. Andrew is in college and attempting to make a life for himself. He has anger issues that he resolves by fighting in illegal boxing matches. Not only does the violence and pain ground him, he makes a lot of money which allows him to attend college and afford daily expenses.

Andrew isn't a great guy - meaning he uses women. He and his roommate have this thing where they bet each other whether or not they can pick up certain girls or not. The night Andrew's life changes is the night he is dared to pick out a girl to make his target. He has a system. He walks by a bar table and looks for a driver's license or university ID sticking out to pick up. Later he approaches the girl to return it and then makes his move. This particular night the ID he steals belongs to none other than Emma! He is angry that she is there acting like she is having the time of her life when he suffered so much for her in the past. He soon devices a plan for revenge. Instead of targeting Emma he decides to hit on her best friend/roommate and torture her with his presence. The problem is, the time he spends with the best friend only makes him want Emma all over again.

Will he be able to put his anger aside and forgive Emma? Will they be able to build a relationship again? Can they even be friends? Why did Emma not respond to him all those years ago?

Ginger Scott writes so that your heart breaks for Andrew. You feel his anger and sadness. You feel the betrayal. You sympathize with all he had to go through to protect Emma. You root for them to get together and pick up where they left off in high school.

If you like edgy, dark, young adult/new adult romance you'll definitely want to put this one on your tbr.

 

Here is my sketchnote for the book.

 

Wicked Restless sketchnote

 

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review 2015-07-04 21:23
{Review} The Girl I Was Before by Ginger Scott
The Girl I Was Before (The Falling Series) (Volume 3) - Ginger Scott

There's just something about Ginger Scott's writing that perfectly captures each moment and emotion in a story. I was pretty much blown away by This is Falling, the first book in this series, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Paige's story. Paige has never been an easy character to like, but she had a few good moments in the previous books. Despite her seemingly selfish ways, I knew there was more to her when she had absolutely no reaction to Rowe's scars, and I really wanted to see what made her tick.

 

Unlike most romance heroines, Paige is not some perfect but misunderstood girl. She's been selfish, manipulative, and just plain cruel, even to those she loves the most. Her need to be at the top of the social hierarchy has led her to a sorority where bitchiness seems to rule, and her boyfriend is absolutely worthless. She's basically everything you expect from a mean girl, including empty inside. When she sees the futility of everything she's done and become, standing up for herself means a lonely fall from the top.

 

Though she's met Houston before, he really comes into her life when she's facing the consequences of turning against her sorority and her jerk of a now ex-boyfriend. Houston's a genuinely good guy, but he's got a bit of baggage, too, and it's pretty much the last thing anyone expects. He's a single father at a terribly young age, still living at home and sharing as much responsibility as he can with his mother while he tries to finish college. But he's kind to Paige and seems to see past her mistakes, and in doing so he offers her a chance to really grow into herself.

 

The friendship between Paige and Houston is sweet, even more so when they beginning crossing the line into something more. But it's also done very much in a way that feels like it could be real. Houston's daughter comes first, even when he can't deny his feelings for Paige, and it's that love that eventually has Paige putting herself second as well. It felt like Paige wanted to be a better person, but Houston is the one who showed her exactly how that's done.

 

The story is achingly real, with characters who are truly flawed and facing the kinds of challenges not normally played out in romance novels. Houston isn't just some young, single dad with a heart of gold, and Paige isn't some social climber turned angel overnight. Their story is rough at times, making those moments when everything seems to come together that much more perfect. I read a couple hundred books a year and have been doing that for most of my life, but rarely have I found a series – much less an author — who could so perfectly transport me into not just another world, but another person's shoes. Forget the series; just grab everything Ginger Scott has written and get to reading. She is ridiculously talented.

 

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review 2015-04-24 21:33
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
Wild Reckless - Ginger Scott


A new favorite!


For the record, I almost didn't read this because on first impression, I thought it was cliché. Quite honestly the cover is cheesy, the title didn't draw me in, and I lazily skimmed the blurb having felt I've read one and read them all.


It didn't take long to win me over though, I was hooked from the prologue. Jealous I don't get to experience this often enough, I was careful to appreciate it while it lasts. And as I kept reading, it kept lasting—the feels and my expanding interest. There is a darkness to this story that is so alluring to me and unlike anything I've ever read. It's paved by beautiful writing that I was not expecting to admire so much nor for it to guide my emotions so easily. I just feel too much right now, for this story and these characters.


Time to reflect…so soon! <3 This is the beginning of a Ginger Scott book marathon!

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