Monday, October 26, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Blue Horizons by Kathryn Andrews


Title: Blue Horizons
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: October 19, 2015
Review Source: eArc
 
Will Ashton

Music is my motivation. I’ve always believed that, because of it, I would be somebody. Somebody to someone, and something to myself. 

At age four, I picked up my grandfather’s acoustic guitar and, up until three weeks ago, I’ve never put it down. From a single chord to a full arrangement, music fed my soul. I craved it with every fiber of my being, but now, I just don’t know. That driving force that’s always pushed me has somehow stalled, along with the thrill, the passion, and the familiarity . . . it’s all gone. I’m beginning to worry that my love for music just isn’t enough.

As the summer tour finally comes to an end, I head to the Blue Ridge Mountains instead of returning to Nashville. It’s here that I’ve always been able to lose myself amongst the solitude and the lake, but what I didn’t expect to find was her.

Wild blonde hair, light blue eyes, and a laugh I find myself trying to coax from her has me completely enamored. She’s quiet, incredibly poised, and driven by secrets as big as the mountains around us. They’re what’s made her untouchable, and left me wanting to know more. 

Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe I need more. Maybe I need her.


Ava Layne

They say that life isn’t about how many breaths we take, but how many moments take our breath away. But what if those moments aren’t filled with happiness and love, but something dark and haunting? For me, it’s those moments that’ve shaped and taken over my life. I can’t change who I am, God knows I’ve tried, and, because of this, I’ve accepted the silver lining . . . I’m alive.

Fifty-two white keys, thirty-six black keys, ten fingers, seven notes, two friends, and one stage. At the piano, on the stage, with my two best friends, I finally found myself, and I live for those moments. One by one, I collect them, cherish them, patiently waiting for the next, until it arrives and changes everything. That’s the moment I meet him.
If I could give this story more bars, I would. I am still captivated by this story. WOW! I love a good love story but this one absolutely blew me away. It had mystery to it. I didn’t read the synopsis before diving in and it really was quite amazing. 

Music ruled Will Ashton’s life. Since he was a child, he has played the guitar. After tragedy strikes music was his safe haven. Not only was music Will’s crutch it was his passion until it wasn’t. Being a successful country star just wasn’t enough anymore. Taking time off was the only thing Will could think to do. He ran to the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for a well-deserved escape to figure out what he truly wants to do with his life. 

Ava Layne was also a successful musician as well but more on the classical side. She is visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains with her best friends and band mates. Ava is not looking for love after the unthinkable happens to her and leaves her broken. However, meeting Will Ashton sparks up her curiosity. 

What I absolutely LOVED about this book was how gentle, caring and patient Will was with Ava. I loved both Ava and Will’s personalities and how they meshed so well with each other. The supporting characters were pretty amazing too. 

Their backstory’s were kept in the dark for most of this story and let me tell you it’s SO heartbreaking. Both of Ava and Will have been through so much in life at such young ages but poor Ava has been affected the most. 

Overall, this book was FANTASTIC and I’d say my favorite of the year thus far. If you have the chance definitely pick Blue Horizons up, you won’t regret it.





OVER TEN YEARS ago my husband and I were driving from Chicago to Tampa and somewhere in Kentucky I remember seeing a billboard that was all black with five white words, “I do, therefore I am!” I’m certain that it was a Nike ad, but for me I found this to be completely profound.

Take running for example. Most will say that a runner is someone who runs five days a week and runs under a ten minute mile pace. Well, I can tell you that I never run five days a week and on my best days my pace is an eleven minute mile. I have run quite a few half marathons and one full marathon. No matter what anyone says . . . I run, therefore I am a runner.

I’ve taken this same thought and applied it to so many areas of my life: cooking, gardening, quilting, and yes . . . writing.

I may not be culinary trained, but I love to cook and my family and friends loves to eat my food. I cook, therefore I am a chef!

My thumb is not black. I love to grow herbs, tomatoes, roses, and lavender. I garden, therefore I am a gardener!

I love beautiful fabrics and I can follow a pattern. My triangles may not line up perfectly . . . but who cares, my quilts are still beautiful when they are finished. I quilt, therefore I am a quilter.

I have been writing my entire life. It is my husband who finally said, “Who cares if people like your books or not? If you enjoy writing them and you love your stories…then write them.” He has always been my biggest fan and he was right. Being a writer has always been my dream and what I said I wanted to be when I grew up.

So, I’ve told you who I am and what I love to do . . . now I’m going to tell you the why.

I have two boys that are three years a part. My husband and I want to instill in them adventure, courage, and passion. We don’t expect them to be perfect at things, we just want them to try and do. It’s not about winning the race; it’s about showing up in the first place. We don’t want them to be discouraged by society stereotypes, we want them to embrace who they are and what they love. After all, we only get one life.

In the end, they won’t care how many books I actually sell . . . all that matters to them is that I said I was going to do it, I did it, and I have loved every minute of it.

Find something that you love and tell yourself, “I do, therefore I am.”
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