Monday, 26 August 2013

Blog Tour -Alexandria Rhodes - More Than You Know

After surviving a devastating car accident that took her father's life, Bryn Woods feels like she has nothing left in her hometown of Savannah, GA. Along with losing her father, her boyfriend, Tyler, unexpectedly leaves town the same time of the accident. Feeling alone, broken and confused, Bryn leaves Savannah for college in New York City to escape her heartbreak.

Four years later, Bryn returns to Savannah to live in her childhood home. Slowly, she begins to let the people of her past back into her life. She lets the protective walls she's built to protect herself crash down around her. As she begins to find love again with Tyler, secrets start to unravel themselves about his past. Tyler has secrets of his own. Secrets connected to the death of Bryn's father. Secrets Tyler didn't even know he kept.

Ramblings . . .

This is the debut novel by Alexandria. A second-chance love story. When life hands you shit, running is sometimes the only option. Will love find a way back into your heart?

Bryn suffers loss and heartache in the worst form. We read as she decides to return to her past and deal with her demons for once and for all. The last thing she expects is to find Tyler has also returned.

Tyler, once the love of her life, the man who promised her a future, then just as easily took it away. Leaving her all alone in the toughest time of her life.

This is a quick and easy read. I finished within 2 days : p. It’s really nicely written.

“I love you times infinity.”

          I didn’t totally fall for the characters. I liked them but I feel maybe there could have been a little more depth and character build-up. There is an obvious connection between Bryn and Tyler but it isn’t over-powering. I feel that Bryn maybe should have questioned Tyler and Charlottes (Tyler’s sister) disappearance more than she did. I guess too much time had passed between them and their love for one another one out.

"It’s the kind that hurts so good, right? Almost like you can’t breathe without the other person and the only thing that keeps you sane throughout the day is knowing that you’ll see that person soon enough. Nothing can come between you and that person. You would do anything for them. Be anyone they need you to be. Without thinking twice, you know you will be there, no matter what. That’s what loving you is to me."

          There is no epic drama in this book and I think that’s nice when you just want to chill with a book that's not filled with angst. Overall, a nice, easy love story with a sweet HEA. 

I look forward to seeing what Alexandria writes for us next . . . in fact we have the synopsis right here! Check out the interview.

About Alexandria Rhodes . . .

Alexandria Rhodes is a first time novelist from the good old state of Ohio. She is a recent college graduate with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Alexandria has always known she needed to write and has been doing so ever since she bought a typewriter at a garage sale when she was nine. With hundreds of pages of plot ideas, scripts and character descriptions, it is no surprise that she finally came around to writing a book.
Alexandria enjoys reading, writing, reviewing, spending time with family, tweeting (a little too much) and traveling, especially to Savannah, GA and New York City. 
Her writing is heavily influenced by her surroundings and the people in her life. She hopes that her stories will touch the hearts of her readers.

Interview with Alexandria . . .

1.     This is your debut novel, when did you first decide to become a writer?
I’ve always loved writing. When I published this novel, a friend of mine said “Your dream came true!” She was right, it’s been a dream to share a story I can call mine : )
2.     Do you believe in second-chance love?
I do. I hope it comes through in my book to my readers. A part of me has always wondered what it would be like to have a second chance with the love of your life. As long as they didn’t hurt you, LOL.
3.     Did you have an influence when creating your characters?
Bryn is kind of like me, in a way. Honestly, Savannah, GA inspired so much in this book. The feeling I get when I’m there, I tried to bring the magic through the pages.
4.     What is your favourite book right now?
Losing it by Cora Carmack is awesome so far!
5.     If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
Emma Watson! I love her acting abilities and she seems so normal!
6.     Reading or writing?
This is a really good question! Writing is similar to reading. I get lost just as much in a manuscript that I do when reading a book. I do enjoy curling up with a good book though : )
7.     The beach and fair plays a strong back-drop for More Than You Know, are beach days personally something you like to do? Did you grow up near a beach?
I didn’t but the beach and fair have always been a big thing in my life. I’ve always loved the beach...especially Tybee Island. For the fair, we go to the lake every summer and they have a HUGED ferris wheel that looks out on the lake. I’ve always found them romantic in a way, but I’m too scared, every year, to ride it!
8.     Do you have a role model in the writing world?
I had an English teacher in High School that I really looked up to. She encouraged writing and was critical enough that she pushed me to be a better writer.
9.     Music often plays a big part in books these days, in More Than You Know, film was a big theme. What is your all-time favourite movie?
Oh, wow. All time favourite. I think I’d have to say The Last Song. That movie inspired my love and pretty much obsession with Savannah. After seeing it, I wanted to visit it so bad. We went on a family vacation and the characters and scenes came alive! So I thank that movie for showing me such a beautiful, magical place.
10.  What is next for Alexandria Rhodes? Can you share any secrets with us? ;)
I am so excited, actually, for what is next! I just finished up my second novel, Like Crazy. I’m planning on making it into a three book series. It’s much different than More Than You Know. Here’s the synopsis for you!
Like Crazy:
Life is all about moments. Moments that can break you; moments that can save you.

On the outside, Emma Matthews seems to have it all. Celebrity status, a sexy new movie and an apartment in Chicago one can only dream of. Despite the rumors of her dating the lead male, Kyle Edwards, in their new movie Sway, Emma is indeed single. When she receives an invitation for her sister’s wedding, Emma knows without a date, she’ll never live it down. Unable to just pick anyone, Emma enlists her publicist and lifeline, Kate, to find someone for her.

Bartender Will Roberts is Ryan Gosling perfection who is looking for a shakeup in his life. When Kate, or Katie, he can’t remember, comes into his bar and asks for a favor for a client of hers, Will finds himself incapable of saying no. Little does he know, he just signed up to play the role of his ex-girlfriend’s fake boyfriend. He’s the one that got away; the one Emma chose acting over seven years ago. Given a second chance, Emma and Will decide to move forward together, only finding themselves rekindling a love that never ended. Their lives together are perfect and full of bliss even after Emma's sister's wedding. Everything changes when Emma receives a role of a lifetime for a movie filming in Australia. Faced with the same decision she had to make many years ago, the couple finds themselves in a familiar déjà vu situation where Emma is asked one last time to choose.
Thank-you  Alexandria, you have been a sweety We have been Booky Ramblings J

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