Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Release Day Blast: Path of Destruction by E. Lee and C. Quinn

We would love for you to join us in celebrating the release of 
PATH OF DESTRUCTION by E. Lee and C. Quinn!

Title: Path of Destruction (Broken Heartland #2)
Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn
Age Group: Upper YA/NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 24, 2014

They ignored the warning signs and it cost them everything... 

At the end of a life-changing summer a devastating tornado hit the small town of Hope’s Grove, Oklahoma.

While the brick suburban mansions of Summit Bluffs saw very little damage, their occupants weren’t so lucky. As the members of both communities struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together, lies will be told, truths will be revealed, and nothing will ever be the same. The road to recovery is long and paved with past hurts and future heartbreaks.

They ignored the warning signs, and one of them didn’t make it out alive. The four that remain know they’d be crazy to think the storms are actually over.. 

Because it’s just when you think you’re safe that you find yourself right in the path of destruction.

Prologue – Cameron
I’d always heard that your entire life flashes before your eyes right before you die. Now, I can honestly say that it’s true. Well, almost true. It’s more like your mind flips through a mental photo album of all the things you’d done and the people you’d met—a birthday party, the first time you drove, someone’s face when you told them they’d never be as pretty as you, your mother’s reprimanding glare when you didn’t win the pageant title you were supposed to, you as a little girl waiting on the front steps for your father to come home—it’s all there. The good, the bad, the ugly. All of it.

You can try to focus on the good—like the face of the person you loved—but it’s no use. Whether you want to or not, you see it all. It must be God’s way of letting you see what he saw so you aren’t surprised when you end up on the other side in Hell. Which is exactly where I’d assumed I’d just booked a first class ticket too.

I was too weak to fight it—to argue that I was in fact a good person—once the storm decided that I was going to be one of its victims, there was nothing I could do but try to hold on to the face of the one person I was sure I’d never see again.

Served me right. I shouldn’t have waited to tell him how I felt. I should have told him the moment I felt it. The moment I realized that despite what I’d done in my past, I was a better person just for loving him.

As the darkness and quiet started to surround me, I knew that it was too late to beg for forgiveness now. Instead, I just closed my eyes and prayed for mercy.

Path of Destruction is book two in the Broken Heartland Series. You MUST read book one, Storm Warning, before you read this book. If you haven't read Storm Warning, my review will contain spoilers so I don't recommend reading further.

Storm Warning left us with a major cliffhanger and Path of Destruction picks up where it left off. Before we get into this review let’s get re-acquainted with the characters that we met in SW:

Country Bumpkins:
• Kyle Mason – He just received football scholarship which will give him a full ride to Oklahoma State University. He should be excited for this but his Dad just left his Mom and now he is worrying about his Mom, little sister EJ and the family company Mason Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance. 
• Brantley “Coop” Cooper – Coop is starting his senior year in high school, is Kyle’s best friend, he loves dirt bikes, and is a very hard worker. His family is struggling with money issues and he is trying his hardest to help them stay ahead. He secretly has a crush on EJ but hasn’t had enough courage to tell Kyle yet.
• Ella Jane “EJ” – EJ is Kyle’s little sister. She is sixteen years old, a junior in high school and has had a major crush on Coop for as long as she can remember. She is hoping since Kyle will be away at college that it will finally be the perfect time for her and Coop to start their relationship. 

Wealthy Kids:
• Cameron “Cami” Michelson – Cami is starting her senior year in high school. She’s been dating Hayden for two years now; it’s more of an arranged relationship than a real true love situation. They are the king and queen of their school; she is also Pageant Princess on the side. Although she lives the charmed life, Cami’s parents are horrible. Her Mom is a former beauty queen and has VERY high standards for her daughter. Her father uses her to climb the political ladder while he shacks up with his assistants on the side. 
•Hayden Prescott – Hayden is the total rich playboy. He has a gorgeous, arranged, girlfriend but still gets a little on the side. He plays Lacrosse for his school, which he’s good at, as well as being good at sports, he maintains a 4.0 GPA. His parents bought him a Bentley, which he crashed, so for the summer he is being sent to his Grandparents house to help out some friends on their farm.

For my full review of Storm Warning click here:

Now at the end of Storm Warning we know someone was killed in the tornado we just don't know who yet. You find out pretty early in Path of Destruction who that person is... This review will be short because I really can't go into detail without spoiling this for you. I will say I was VERY mad at Elizabeth and Caisey when it happened. I understood their decision but AHHH WHYYYYY!

POD focuses on the grieving process. We follow the teens as they go through the emotions of losing someone they love. From being angry and lashing out at anyone/everyone, to keeping to themselves, alcohol, drugs, and even the thinking, that if they themselves were to disappear it could make it better. You can't help but feel everything that they are feeling as you read.

The only issues I had with POD was it seemed to bounce around with time frames and that took a bit to get use too. By the time we got to 70% I was ready for the plot to move forward. I basically was ready to put the book down and go to bed but then it picked up! We got to some good stuff, and by good stuff I mean I wanted to shake the shit out of each character... some more than others. So that kept me going until I finished it around midnight. And then..... we were left with another cliff! LOL I'm ready for book three please! Oh and I will say it again… this is just like a CW series, I love it!

“Death should remind us that life is short. We spend so much time worrying about everyone else’s feelings that we hardly ever just do what we want.”

Check out the first book in the series for $.99!

Title: Storm Warning (Broken Heartland #2)
Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn
Age Group: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 12, 2013
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Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late...

Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and over privileged.

For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

One has a secret.
One has a crush.
One has been lying.
One will get caught.
And one might not make it out alive.

They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

Series info:

Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol' dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee and C. Quinn's paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly, or the fact anytime Luke Bryan was mentioned on a social media site both of them were tagged, or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn together—calling out to one another, “Y'all should write a book!” Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.
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Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany... I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at .

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