Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Tour: 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.

4 star review by Jen Skewes

When I read the synopsis for Skipping Stones I knew it was something that I just had to read, but I also knew that it was going to be an emotional one.  I just wasn't ready for how emotional it really was.  Don't let that scare you because it was a beautiful story of love, loss, promises and second chances.  You will need tissues but it was worth every tear.

Alex was only 15 years old when her world was completely shattered.  She experienced loss in a way that no child her age, or any age for that matter, should have to experience.  She wasn't sure how to move on , or how to survive and get past the big whole in heart.  That's when she met 17 year old Drew Foster.  Drew came into her life at a time when she needed him the most.  He made her feel alive again, taught her how to live and all though the sadness was still there, being with Drew just made it all better.  But at some point she comes home and finds that Drew has left with no explanation.  She's left wondering why he left, was he even real, and how is she supposed to get by without him.  Life eventually goes on for Alex and she learns to move on from her pain and grief and Drew.  And even though all this time went by without seeing him, he still held a special place in her heart and always would.  

I can't say too much about this story without giving it all away.  I will say that Drew Foster was the most amazing 17 year old boy.  The moments that he had with Alex were so sweet and tender and adorable.  You just fell in love with the both of them. What Alex and Drew had was an amazing bond that stayed with the both of them.  Alex could never forget Drew or what he did for her and how much he meant to her.  Will she ever get the chance to see him again and tell him what he really meant to her?

I loved this book and loved what Drew and Alex had together even if they only knew each other for a short period of time.  Sometimes in life there are people that you meet who touch your soul and leave an imprint on your heart that will always be there.  For Alex that person was Drew.  They only knew each other for a month and they were young but that never stopped the feelings she had for him, she never forget how much he made her feel alive again when she wasn't sure how to.  And while him leaving broke her heart all over again she never let go of the love she had for him.  What they had was special and unforgettable.  

Skipping Stones was an extremely emotional read but one that I absolutely loved.  My heart broke for all the loss and pain that Alex suffered through. J.B. McGee really knows how to bring out your emotions.  Because it wasn't just Alex who was going through the heartbreak, I found myself going through it with her.  Drew will also capture and touch your heart just as he did with Alex.  I think my only issue with the story was wanting to know more about Drew and wanting to see more of the connection between him and Alex 15 years later.  But aside from that Skipping Stones was an amazing and beautiful story that will break your heart at times, make you cry and I mean ugly cry but in the end will piece it all back together and leave you smiling.   And the epilogue was amazing.  Skipping Stones is a must read!  Wonderful job by Ms. McGee

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A Note from J.B. McGee 


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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