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New Release & Flash Giveaway: JB McGee’s Skipping Stones

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~ Synopsis ~

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

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Cover Reveal: Stepping Stones by J.B. McGee

Blurb:
 
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.
 
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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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Recipe & Giveaway ~ Bradley Banks’ Favorite Beef Stroganoff

Recipe Stroganoff

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions:

  1. Combine meat, flour, salt, pepper and paprika.
  2. In a large skillet, cook onion in butter until golden.
  3. Add meat and brown while stirring.
  4. Add cream of chicken soup and mushrooms (if desired) and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add sour cream and heat thoroughly.
  6. Serve on Chow Mein Noodles, egg noodles or rice.

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Title:  Forgiven (#3 of the “This” Series)
Author:  J.B. McGee
Genre:  New Adult Romance
Release Date:  April 19, 2013

Synopsis
Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.

Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings. Continue reading

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Book Trailer for Forgiven by J.B McGee

This is a special book trailer for Forgiven, the third book by J.B McGee. The song is Ave Maria by Beyonce and the cover was done by the lovley Ashley Lilinoe. You can follow this very talented artist on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AshleyLilinoe and on YouTube:alohaimashley

Synopsis:
Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.

Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings.

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J.B. McGee ~ Top Ten Things I’ve Learned Being an Author

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1.  Find someone to be your word police.  For me, this person is Katie Ashley.  The first document had so much yellow from highlighting that I thought I’d never finish, but now I have figured this out, and I try to be hyperaware of it.  It seems with each book there is less yellow than the last.I think when you’re writing a scene, you don’t realize how much you use the same word until a fresh pair of eyes points it out.  Also, reading it out loud will help me identify those areas.  Don’t be afraid of using pronouns either.  Using the character’s names too frequently can be redundant.  Again, this was something I did a lot of while writing my first novel, but as I’ve grown, I do it less and less with each novel.

Oh yeah, and commas!  I’m probably using too many right now.  Make sure you go back and try to re-teach yourself as many grammar rules as you can.  Don’t rely on Word.  It will miss things, as good as it is. Continue reading

Exclusive Forgiven (Excerpt) by J.B. McGee

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Forgiven Excerpt

Enjoy! (Rough draft and subject to change.)

Part of me wishes I gone ahead and withdrawn from the semester after Christmas break when I requested my transfer. I could have moved to Atlanta while I waited. If I had not been able to transfer for the spring semester, I could have used that time to plan the wedding.

Now, just thinking about everything I have to do makes me overwhelmed. We’re officially moving me to Atlanta this weekend. It’s all bittersweet. I’ll be even farther away from my sister, my only real family. I know Sam is considering transferring to Emory at the end of the semester, which makes me hopeful that losing the distance with Bradley won’t mean that I’m sacrificing precious time with her. Though the end of the semester is still a long way away, I have hope it will all work out for the best.

Then there’s the wedding. We’ve yet to set a date. He doesn’t believe me when I say I’d be content eloping, but I would be. I just want to be able to be with him in every way. The waiting is killing me, and I worry that his patience is running out. He says it’s not, but I’ve been there, and done that before with Ian.

Ugh at Ian entering my thoughts again. He seems to be on my mind far too frequently. It infuriates me that he’s found yet another way to hurt me. It’s hard for my brain to believe that all of the things he said to me in my apartment were lies. While this weekend seems so long ago, the hurt is still so raw. I wasn’t happy to see him at first. I was definitely speculative, but I have realized that I really wanted to believe him. Worst of all, I enjoyed him to some extent. That makes me feel so guilty.

Shaking my head, I remind myself that I need to prepare myself for the possibility, even though it sickens me, that it’s his; that the baby is Bradley’s. We have no proof that Ian and Veronica were scheming behind our backs. Stop it Gabby. Don’t go there. I swallow the doubt that is creeping into my mind. I trust Bradley. I have to believe that he’s right, and that this is all going to be okay.

All of this makes me kick myself. Because I know that had I taken time off from school, at the very least, we would have had more time to settle into this new life together. We certainly wouldn’t need to be in two different cars right now. I sigh. The timing is absolute crap.

WIN the First 3 Books of the “This” Series by J.B. McGee

When J.B. McGee began writing Broken, she had envisioned a trilogy.  However, after finishing Mending, she knew that three books was not enough to tell all the stories floating around in her head.  Therefore, the “This” trilogy has now become the “This series, which will include six books.  We chatted with J.B. a few months ago, and you can read the interview HERE.  If you missed our fan chat with J.B. on January 29, 2013, you can read it HERE.

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Broken
Gabby’s life has been anything but easy. She is surrounded by friends who seem to have everything she doesn’t: money, social standing, and happily married parents. While dealing with the loss of her mother, she experiences her first heartbreak. She commits herself to her studies and runs away from any emotions that aren’t safe. Bradley Banks, a confident CEO and commercial architect, who has long time commitment issues forces Gabby to feel again, but will he be her next heartbreak?


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Mending
Gabby has finally started to break down the walls she has worked so hard to build up from all of the heartache she has felt through the years, just as ghosts from Bradley’s past begin to show themselves. Will Gabby find healthy ways to cope with the new heartache she experiences or will she go back to running from the people who pose a risk of hurting her?

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Conspiring #2.5
When Bradley refuses to take Veronica to his cousin’s wedding, she finds herself in the company of the charming and attractive Ian. There is no denying that Veronica and Ian have an intense, mutual attraction which draws them together like magnets. But what neither of them realizes is that their attraction isn’t the only thing pulling them together. It is a small world, and it’s about to get a whole lot smaller when an innocent fling turns into an intricate plan to conspire

Coming Soon!
Forgiven (Book 3)
Falling (Book 3.5)
Blinded (Book 4)

Enter our GIVEAWAY for your chance to win ALL THREE (3) eBooks from the “THIS” Series:  Broken, Mending, and Conspiring.  Open internationally.

Blog Tour Kickoff: Conspiring in Five Words by J.B. McGee

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Unexpected:  I don’t think anyone will expect what transpires in Conspiring.  I know I sure didn’t.  It seems that while writing my books I have moments where the entire plot twists.  I don’t know how to make them happen or where they come from.  I had resigned that I wasn’t going to have an “epiphany” with Conspiring.  As I entered the last chapter, it came to me in a split second.  I couldn’t write the ending fast enough.  It was the moment I had been begging and praying for.  The moment I knew no amount of brainstorming or planning could produce.

Intense:  From the moment the book starts, you have intensity.  As much as everyone hates Veronica, she brings intensity.  Ultimately, the most intense moment for me was the last chapter.  It was heart breaking for me.

Chemistry:  You thought Veronica and Bradley had great chemistry?  Veronica and Ian have an instant attraction, and their chemistry is undeniable.

Growth:  Ian has a lot of growing up to do.  We know that from Broken.  In Mending, just when you thought he had grown up and was there to redeem himself, you were slapped in the face with a bombshell.  In Conspiring, I think you’ll find that everything you thought was a mirage.

Palpable:  Again, as much as people hate Veronica, most find that they are able to sympathize and even relate to her.  Her emotions are those of which we, as women, have all felt.  They are so real and raw that you can literally feel them for her.

Review: J.B. McGee’s Conspiring (Book #2.5 “This” Series)

conspiring-final-smTitle: Conspiring (Book #2.5,”This” Trilogy)
Author: J.B. McGee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: “When Bradley refuses to take Veronica to his cousin’s wedding, she finds herself in the company of the charming and attractive Ian. There is no denying that Veronica and Ian have an intense, mutual attraction which draws them together like magnets. But what neither of them realizes is that their attraction isn’t the only thing pulling them together. It is a small world, and it’s about to get a whole lot smaller when an innocent fling turns into an intricate plan to conspire.”

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Finally! It seemed like forever till I got to read about Gabby and Bradley! Well I am still waiting patiently because this story was a great refresher to help me with my withdrawals. I wasn’t sure at first how I would grasp the idea of reading about Veronica and Ian’s story because I’ve read Gabby and Bradley’s side of the events. However, I must say I really enjoyed about how they came to meet and become a couple! I could sympathize with Veronica’s pain over losing Bradley (or her loss because she never really had him) and her way of coping. On the opposite side, I felt like I was cheating a little bit because I realized how likeable Ian is, despite all the drama he caused for Gabby.

This is a definite must read for those who are anticipating the next installment of the This series! You won’t be disappointed; it’s a short story that will certainly satisfy your cravings!

Get your copy NOW of Broken (Book #1), Mending (Book #2) and Conspiring (Book #2.5).

Also, enjoy the playlist to Conspiring :)