Saturday, December 17, 2011
I have sold OVER 4000 copies of UNLOVABLE!!! To celebrate I am going to give away a PAPERBACK copy(US ONLY, International winners will receive and E-copy) AND to the US winner a few bookmarks!
1. Like my Amazon page here:http://www.amazon.com/Unlovable-Port-Fare-ebook/dp/B004K1F9BA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324167067&sr=8-2
2. Scroll to the bottom of the SAME amazon page(see #1) and "AGREE" with "Tags Customers Associate with This Product" and tell me what number you are for the tag " Young Adult Romance" AFTER you agree. (Only agree with the tags you feel apply!!)
3. Add a comment below! Make sure you tell me what tag you are!!
The contest will end December 31st, at Midnight, East Coast time!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE for your love and support this year!!It has been phenomenal!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!
Win a paperback copy of UNLOVABLE:
Just add your comment below AND become a follower of my blog:
This is open to everyone however international winner will receive an ebook!:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Check it out!
2.Good Choice Reading
3.Confessions of a Bookaholic
4.Tough Critic Book Reviews
5.Book Passion for Life
7.Into the Hall of Books
11.And A few Amazon.com Reviews!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read of 2011 - Not kidding!, December 29, 2011
By GenaR -
This review is from: Unlovable: Book One of The Port Fare Series (Paperback)
I cannot gush enough about this book. I couldn't put it down once I started it! This author knows how to draw the reader into a story and keep them there. The characters were so well developed that I felt I personally knew them. I am now invested, and am so thankful that this is just the first in a trilogy. I cannot wait for the next book, due out in March, I understand.
I don't like spoilers, so I will just say that the back cover should be enough to capture your attention - the cover itself speaks volumes as does the title of the book. Once you open it, the pages deliver a powerful story that makes you feel the emotions of the character that is telling their point of view.
This book doesn't just tell a story, it gives a message. Several, actually. About peer pressure, community service, what neighbors can and should be like, what co-dependency is and what it can do to you and others, and mostly learning about trust and what love is.
I can promise you, this book will be one that I will re-read over and over. It's on my keeper shelf. For. Ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Letters Inside Out, November 21, 2011
Amanda Miller "Book Blogger" (Kentucky, USA)
This review is from: Unlovable: Book One of The Port Fare Series (Paperback)
There are few books that I feel can be considered both adult and young adult. This is one of those books! I had seen Unlovable reviewed on various blogs and knew I needed to read it. I had bought it and reviews were piling up, so I kept putting it off. I want to kick myself for waiting so long!
Here we have an undercover cop, a 17 year old girl who may or may not be involved in a drug ring, and some horrifying murder victims. Actually, we have a whole lot more than that. A LOT happens in Unlovable, it's action-packed and filled with extremely lovable characters, despite the book title.
Some of the story is very stereotypical, but it's done in a way that is fun and still keeps you guessing. It's the type of book you don't want to put down, because you have to know what will happen next.
Maggie has lived through so much in her seventeen years, I couldn't help but feel for her! The main three guys...Seth, Booker, and Cole are all each very different, but you can tell they all care about each other very much and are like brothers. I cannot wait to read the next two books in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching and Romantic Story, November 19, 2011
R. Lane (Southern California)
This review is from: Unlovable (The Port Fare Series) (Kindle Edition)
This was such a sweet and lovely romantic story! I was truly touched by this book.
Seth Prescott is a Mobile Enforcement Team, or MET agent working undercover, posing as a senior at Port Fare High to investigate the growing drug problem in Port Fare. Maggie Brown is a senior in Port Fare High. She lives in a trailer home with her mother who is a passed-out, mean drunk. Maggie gets good grades and keeps to herself. She has found out that expressing any emotion to her mother just encourages a slew of hateful remarks or worse. Maggie has caught the eye of Seth, he finds himself growing sweet on her. Every time he gets around her though, he gets tongue-tied. Maggie of course thinks Seth is hot but couldn't imagine him being interested in her. He's always hanging out with the cool crowd. Topping that list is popular cheer captain, Hillary. Hillary is a vile, mean-spirited, jealous creature! Ughh!!
The drug problem is getting worse in Port Fare and their new lead on a heroin ring brings them to Felix Hoffman, seen talking to two suspected drug pushers. Felix lives in the same trailer park as Maggie. The police think that Hoffman and Maggie's mom could be involved. Armed with this new information, Seth's assignment is to get close to Maggie and find out if her mother is connected somehow.
I'm astounded that Maggie is such an amazing girl in spite of the creep of a mother she has. This mother is beyond horrible! It was truly heartbreaking the way she treated Maggie. But with Seth getting close to her, and caring for her, you see the walls she's put up for protection slowly coming down. You just have to love Seth, being so patient and protective with Maggie, showing her love she's never known. These two had some very swoon-worthy, knee-weakening scenes, one of my favorites:
His lips were soft and warm on mine, though somewhat hesitant.....I started to pull away when his hands began winding their way through my hair. He held my face gently as his mouth moved carefully against mine. It felt wonderful. My head began swimming as I drew myself tighter against him......After several moments, he pulled away. I didn't open my eyes, instead drawing my bottom lip into my mouth to get one last taste of him. Suddenly realizing how long my eyes had been shut, I popped them open to see him smiling down at me! I was mortified!....his mouth dropped back onto mine, and this time there was an undeniable eagerness to his kiss. I struggled to stay calm, if only he hadn't tasted so good and felt so incredibly warm. Maggie: "the river Phlegethon will have to freeze over before I kiss you again." Seth: "Methinks the lady doth protest too much. I watched you taste my kiss back at the park, Maggie. You enjoyed it as much as I did. You know it and I know it. Sooner or later our lips will meet again. Personally, I'm voting for sooner."
I edited a little just to fit the scene, but you get the picture!! Hot!!
I loved this story, and now I'm a true Sherry Gammon fan. I can't wait to read the next book in the series that continues on with a secondary character, Cole. I do hope that we get to see some of Seth and Maggie in that one too! As a side note, I love the cover of this book!! It is so beautiful, and anyone who knows me, knows that this is a big draw!
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW., November 13, 2011
By Love Story Fanatic -
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Unlovable (The Port Fare Series) (Kindle Edition)
I must say...I caught myself being a little judgmental without even reading the sample or description of the book. The cover struck me as odd...ive learned my lesson TRULY "NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!" This book captured my heart and at times I felt myself crying...all the things Maggie (and Seth) had to deal with broke my heart. The relationship between Maggie and Seth just captured my mind and heart. But I must say, the part with the CaL class made me laugh...a lot. It was BEAUTIFULLY written, and it BLEW ME AWAY. I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR. Personally, I enjoyed the story. It was worth every single once of money and time. I love this book. It most DEFINITELY made close to the top 5 best books I. Have. Ever. Read. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat, it is truly a must read. I will for sure be reading it again in the near future. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written!!<3, September 17, 2011
By N. Johnson (california,ca usa)
This review is from: Unlovable (The Port Fare Series) (Kindle Edition)
I'm completely addicted, (between the bathroom breaks and my daughter) I finished reading this book in two days! It was captivating, it kept me guessing and wanting more. And even when I wasn't reading the book I was thinking about it. The story was great along with the I can relate to them characters, and not to mention the cleanliness of this book is simply refreshing!! I can't wait for the next book to come out, I would recommend to anyone!! You have to read this book, you will absolutely love it!! Amazing job Ms. Gammon!! <3
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
So if you have DECEMBER 3rd from 2-4pm open, and you are in the area-Fairport NY, Does that name ring a bell to anyone;}} stop by and see me! I will be giving away FREE bookmarks!!-
http://www.fairportlibrary.org/ for more info.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Jen, Goth girl, bets her fellow Goth'ers she can turn straight-laced, nerdy boy Trevor…I mean Trev, bad. The prize for winning? A lip piercing paid for by her buddies.
Trev is surprised by Jen's new found fascination of him. He has reservations about her motive, but he is just too nerdy to think this Goth girl has dishonorable intentions.
And so the fun begins.
Ms. Bennett has a gift. Geek Girl is fun, witty, enchanting, and wonderful. I laughed, nodded in agreement, and cried as I devoured each page. When it was done, I felt sad, as if I'd lost a friend. I will definitely be rereading it…Oh wait, I already did! Yes, it is that good.
Ms. Bennett's clever use of nicknames moves the story along and provides a visual without endless pages of description some authors put you though. Example: One character is dubbed: "Mrs. Brady/ Cleaver," by Ms. Bennett, and you know EXACTLY what this woman is like by those three little words. Love it. There's The Dorks, The Mouse, The Fosters (her foster parents…I'll talk about that in a minute), and many more.
Each character is well developed and interesting. No frivolous characters or fillers here, just pure story. I fell in love with Trev. He is sweet, funny and completely nerdy; who doesn't love a good nerd.
And Jen, with her attitude, and Goth hair and makeup. My heart bled for this poor girl. Thanks to her nefarious father and equally horrible mother, Jen is forced into foster care. It doesn't take long for her to become jaded by the broken government system. What I really appreciate about Geek Girl is that the author didn't take pot-shots at foster parents. As a former foster parent myself, there are a lot of wonderful people trying to make a difference in the lives of these kids that are labeled as "Throw away." It is refreshing to see the good side of foster care exposed.
I loved being inside the head of Jen. Her sarcasm is hilarious. Despite her resistance, we watch Jen rise to the top like cream as love invades her soul and as she begins to see the world in a new light.
My favorite part is when The Fosters… Hmm, maybe I should let you discover that for yourself!
I do have ONE COMPLAINT about Geek Girl: Why did it have to end?
I was given an advanced read copy by the publisher in return for a fair, honest review. It did not impede my judgment in any way. Please, my integrity is worth far more than a free copy of a paperback book. Now, if chocolate were to be offered, all bets are off ;}}
Author Cindy Bennett's Website: www.cindycbennett.com
Cindy's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/authorcindycbennett
Friday, November 4, 2011
Seventeen year-old Maggie Brown is the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes. But drugs are not Maggie's problem; her mother is. Maggie's struggling with her growing feelings for the new guy at school, Seth Prescott, and fears he is just another person who will let her down, like everyone in her life has done so far. Seth Prescott is an undercover cop assigned to Port Fare High, and despite his job, he's developed strong feelings for Maggie. While Seth's working tirelessly to flush out the sadistic drug peddlers that have invaded the small town of Port Fare, New York, Maggie's fighting to stay alive as the fight turns deadly.
My Rating: 5.0 / 5
While reading this, I never wanted it to end. It's such a heart-breaking but addicting novel and I couldn't get enough. Maggie and Seth are amazing characters and I wanted their story to go on forever. No matter how sad this novel might be at some points, it always made me smile again and makes me want to read many more stories written by Sherry Gammon.
Unlovable is a very lovable story, one that will stay with me for a long time. I had heard good things about it before starting it, but I never expected to love it as much as I did. It completely surprised me in a very positive way. It's a story about loving and being loved in return, about trust and finding the strength to survive a seemingly hopeless situation.
Despite the heart-breaking moments of this novel (and Unlovable has quite a few of these), I loved every word, sentence, page, chapter I read. While I usually prefer more lighthearted stories, there is something special about this novel and the way it's written that made it possible for me to get completely sucked into the story.
The most amazing thing about this novel are the characters Sherry Gammon created. Not only are Maggie and Seth incredibly realistic and relatable main characters, but their friends Booker and Cole are just as great as they are. I felt like I knew all of them as though I were a part of their world and I would love them to be real. The great thing about them is the fact they are realistic - human being with flaws. But you can ignore these because their positive sides make up for them.
Adding to that is the amazing style of writing. The story is told from different points of view: we have two first-person narrators (sometimes Seth, sometimes Maggie) and sometimes we get to experience the bad guys' (Bill and Allan) point of view via a third person narrator. Sometimes so many different perspectives can be a bit overwhelming, but it just makes everything more exciting and interesting.
All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone. You should definitely read this as soon as possible. Its amazing characters and beautiful narration will captivate you right from the start and you won't forget this story easily. I can't wait to read more of Sherry Gammon's novels since I'm adding Unlovable to my favorite books of 2011.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Check out this wonderful book review!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
My Thoughts: (Wanda of Good Choice Reading)
I absolutely love this cover! I think it's gorgeous and I absolutely love this book! It was completely amazing, amazing, AMAZING!!! I first saw this book on Goodreads and added to my "TBR" list. Then a few days later Sherry contacted Good Choice Reading requesting a review and all I kept thinking "If only life were that simple". I want something and I get it. Just like that. LOL. No, seriously I quickly replied back saying that I'd love to review her book.
From the beginning to the end, there wasn't a dull moment. Sherry makes you fall in love with each of her characters. I'd love for her to write me in and make me fall in love with Booker. ::Sighs:: She goes into details with each characters. So you get to know each character on a personal level and get to understand some of their actions. Mostly only Nicholas Sparks books makes me cry, but not anymore. "Unlovable" made me cry. I felt so bad for Maggie. My heart was so torn for her.
From the beginning, you learn that Seth is undercover in Maggie's school. And his main goal is to find out who is the dealer and who they getting their supplies from. But the unexpected happened, he fell in love with Maggie. The one person who was told her whole life she was an unlovable nothing. She finally had someone who loved her for her and was willing, able and ready to do whatever for her. Which is a sweet change from what Maggie is use to her whole life. Maggie is use to her alcoholic mother ways, her mom did nothing but verbally abuse her. She put her daughter down for every single thing. Maggie went through so much in life and now she was given a break by having Seth in her life. Which she deserved more than anything. Though this isn't just a romance story it's also a suspense and it was so beautifully written. I'd love to see this book exceed the expectations Sherry has for it, because it's just that good.
Sherry also introduces you to a HOT, very cocky and wise ass Booker! I'd like to have him being the superhero in my story. Booker works with Seth to crack down on the drugs happening in Port Fare. And when he meets Maggie, their relationship immediately became a brother/sister relationship. Whenever Maggie and Booker was in the same page, I knew I can expect laughs. There's so much to Booker's story that will tug your heart strings and make you fall in love. I am in love with Booker. LOL
Need I say I love this story? I don't think so. This book was better than I expected and I wish Sherry oceans of success with her series. A definite must buy! A definite Good Choice for Reading!!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Everyone gives Shout Outs to authors and book bloggers, and I fully support that! BUT, I would like to give a big Shout Out to my many readers, over 3000 so far. THANK YOU for all your love and support. You are the best!!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Win a copy of Unlovable from Confessions of a Bookaholic, a great FB book blog!! Click on the link and learn how!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I give "Unlovable" 10 out of 5 stars because it stands out and is unlike anything i have ever read and its impact will be with me for a lifetime , i will be reading it again and cant wait till my daughters ...no until all my children are old enough to read it, learn from it and enjoy it! If you only read One book your entire life i recommend it be "Unlovable"
~Danielle~ Here is her link!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Today I had the pleasure to interview the wonderful Sherry Gammon, author of the YA novel UNLOVABLE. You can read my review here. She answered many questions here for us on the blog and has also generously provided us with a giveaway for her readers! So, without further ado, here is my interview with Sherry:
Destiny: What was your inspiration to write Unlovable?
Most YA authors stick to paranormal, and those who write contemporary, rarely touch on such sensitive subject matter.
Sherry:Honestly, UNLOVABLE started out as a paranormal story, but me and my brilliant thinking(NOT!) thought the paranormal market was going to dry up!! I rewrote it as a contemporary …but honestly I LOVED it as a paranormal!! I am doing another story, and I’m going to use the stuff I delete in that book. I LOVE paranormal!
Destiny: Was much research involved in the writing process?
Sherry: Not a lot. I didn’t know snot about guns, so I had to research guns! Nor hypothermia! I got it wrong and had to amend it with Cole telling Seth the “Proper” way to handle hypothermia.
Destiny: I know when I was in school, we were supposed to have had an "undercover cop" in our high school. How did you come up with this idea?
Sherry: In the paranormal story, Seth worked for the paranormal council, the governing body of the paranormal world. So when I changed it, I made him a cop.
Destiny: Your novel was very clean of sexual content and language. Was that done purposely to make it more widely readable to a larger age range?
Sherry: Yes, plus I wanted a story my girls could read. Can you imagine reading a sex scene written by your mother EWWWWW! Plus, there are a bazillon books with sex as the focus. It was not what I wanted it to be the focus of mine book.
Destiny: This book would be a fabulous tool for kids to have when they are in a situation and think they don't have anyone like them that they can relate to. Did that cross your mind when you were writing Unlovable?
Sherry: Very much so. UNLOVABLE is very real! I grew up with two girls that suffered like this and it was where I got my inspiration from. We also did foster care, and I saw a lot of sick, dark things. It can be a real ugly world sometimes.
Destiny: This is book one in a series. Will the next book's character's face similar real-life struggles?
Sherry: Unlovable is a huge emotional drain, that’s for sure. Book 2, not so much. I hope people won’t be too disappointed! Book 2 is more about revenge, growth and decisions. Do we let the circumstances in our life control us, or do we take control. Sweet lovable Cole is about to get his sock blown off, too! Book 3, Yes! More trauma, and dark secrets!!
Destiny: When can we expect the next book?
Sherry: I am shooting for December!
Destiny: Is there anything you would like to add?
Sherry: I just want to thank you and all the book bloggers that give our books a voice. Self-published authors have a tough rode fighting the BIG publishers, and without great people like you, we wouldn’t stand a chance! And one more thing NEVER GIVE UP! It is the theme for the PORT FARE SERIES. Life is tough, but you must NEVER give you! You weren’t put here to wallow with the turkeys, get up and fly! That’s probably a little dramatic, but it is how I feel deep inside. Hang on and never give up. No matter how dark it gets, the sun will shine again. You can MAKE it happen! Get up and fly!
A BIG THANK YOU to Sherry for such a fabulous interview!! If you would like to enter to win a copy of UNLOVABLE, you can click on the link below to fill out the entry form. Sherry is offering the following:
ONE PAPERBACK COPY OF UNLOVABLE TO A US WINNER
ONE EBOOK COPY TO AN INTERNATIONAL WINNER
The giveaway will be open until midnight September 15th. One entry per person, multiple entries will be deleted. Have fun!
Go here for the giveaway--http://totallybookalicious.blogspot.com/2011/09/sherry-gammon-author-interview-and.html?showComment=1315504125257#c1098428899830646437
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Okay, this is not the real winner, but it is close. When I originally had Paul make this cover, I wanted to do the words in white with a green background, as did Paul. But after I saw the yellow paint on the girl's paintbrush, I decided the word BELIEVABLE needed to be yellow. Most of you didn't like the yellow one, so I compromised and did it a very PALE yellow..which I like even better than the bright yellow. Remember, the Dreser's are deceitful, so wouldn't the sister be also... hence her trying to highlight the word believable and not the UN part! Hope you like it!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I am working hard on book 2, UNBELIEVABLE!! Someone posted Book 2 and Book 3 as coming soon on Goodreads....NO pressure on me now;}
Thanks for your support everyone!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Definitely, Mrs. Mike by Nancy and Benedict Freedman
2. Goals for future projects/books?
I have three manuscripts that are nearly complete. I am currently in the process of editing a crime thriller that takes place in Seattle, Washington. Tarrin Grace has just come through a very difficult divorce, and just when things are beginning to look up, her young daughter, Lexie, is witness to a heinous murder. Suffering from a form of post-traumatic, Lexie is unable to recall details of the crime or the murderer. However the killer remembers her and Tarrin must risk all she has to protect her family.
3. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Music is definitely the inspiration for my writing. I make playlists for each novel and I listen with headphones while I write. The Alias was inspired around the Transformers soundtrack, believe it or not. The pace and mood of the compositions matched the story and helped break up those awkward moments of writer’s block. When I needed to write a particular scene, I changed the song to match the emotion I wanted to portray.
4. Did you always want to be a writer? No...As a young child, I suffered from severe ADHD. I didn’t excel in school or in reading, and I was often placed in remedial classes to help me along. I hated school work. However, around the age of 11, I won a contest. The prize was a book written by Mary Downing Hahn titled Wait Till Helen Comes. One boring afternoon, with my mother’s encouragement, I sat down and read that book. I finished it in a few short hours. At that point, I realized words had the ability to hold my interest and calm my chaotic thought process. From that moment on, I read anything I could get my hands on, and by the time I reached 12, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first full-length novel that year. The story line is weak and my writing is awful, but I’ve held onto that tattered manuscript. It means the world to me. The completion of that manuscript was a huge turning point in my life. I suddenly realized that I could succeed with hard work and determination. It was an uphill battle, but I turned my grades around, graduated high school with honors, and went to university with an academic scholarship. I still struggle to remain focused and retain facts and information, but writing is the one area in my life where I can channel my thoughts.
5. How do you react to a bad review?
I eat ice cream and pout. Then, after I’ve had my fill of self-pity, I get back to work and do the very best I can.
6. If you could co-write a book with ANY author, who would it be, and Why?
Jennie Hansen or Dorothy Keddington…While wandering aimlessly through my local library one afternoon, I happened to stumble across Return to Red Castle and Run Away Home. I checked both books out and I read into the night and throughout the next day. I couldn’t put either book down. It was at that point I knew what I wanted to write. I loved suspense.
7. How did you come up with the idea for The Alias?
What inspired you to write the Alias?
My story ideas usually come from a conglomeration of different events that touch my life. At the time, a close friend was pursuing a divorce where she had suffered some spousal abuse. I was struck by the amount of strength it would take to leave behind such a marriage and the amount of courage needed to build a new life. One of the main themes in The Alias is domestic violence. Jacey, the protagonist, is attempting to build a new life for her son after leaving behind an abusive and controlling husband. One reviewer said, “Having had some spousal abuse myself, the author handled the topic with a maturity I appreciated.” I’ve really tried to portray that quiet strength in this novel.
8. If you could go back in time to when you first began The Alias, is there anything you would tell yourself?
I would tell myself to stop being such a ninny and grow a backbone. I’ve been writing for years, but I was nervous to send my work into a publisher. I was terrified of being rejected. Criticism is a hard pill to swallow. But I wish I had sent The Alias in sooner. I wish I hadn’t allowed my fear of criticism to hold me back as long as it did.
Jacey is a divorced mom who needs to escape her life, quickly. Her ex-Hubby, an abusive creep, has the FBI on his tail, and he also believes he deserves to have custody of their son, Blaze. Jacey assumes a "new" identity, and escapes to Utah with her son.
The story was intense, with action and suspense at every turn. The abuse by the Ex-hubby were real and heart-wrenching, making it difficult to read without crying.
The Alias was a great read and I enjoyed every last second of it!! First-time novelist Mandi Slack did a masterful job at telling a story on such a difficult subject. I can't wait to read more from her! Thanks, Mandi!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I read a fun fun book!! The Princess Sister is a fun fresh idea. The poor girls were named after... well, Disney princess by there collective mothers(who were sisters). As you can imagine, while the girls were growing up, every cliche was thrown at them from poison apples to lost slippers. They tried their best to distance themselves from the Disney character, however the other kids at school never let them forget!
Thankfully, the girls had each other! The story begins as the enter the dreaded High school years! The girls must now pull together even more to make it through... as if High school wasn't bad enough, try surviving it with a name like Snow White!
There are also several fun fairytale "ideas" throughout, such as kissing toads!!! This novel is a real charmer and worth a read for the young and the young at heart!! Well done new author Stacy Lynn Carrol!
My daughter loved it also!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mollie Harper rated it 5 of 5 stars
It's next to impossible to find the words to express what a phenomenal book this was. It has taken me several weeks to write the review because I wanted to make sure I got it just right.
First off, I can't believe this was a debut novel. It was so beautifully written. The plot was so unique and refreshingly paranormal-less ;-) Once I started, I could not put it down. Seth is an undercover cop that falls in love with Maggie. Beautiful, unloved, co-dependent Maggie. What I love most about her is that even though she had every right to be, Maggie never played the victim. She and Seth begin a powerful journey together that's so pure and full of romance. Even without sex (Yes ladies, he is saving himself for marriage), their relationship is overflowing with passion.
Seth's friends Cole and Booker completely stole my heart. The way they all look after each other and rally around Maggie had my heart completely bursting; they were a family.
The story is told mainly from Seth and Maggie's POV. Usually I don't like it when an author bounces back and forth, but Sherry Gammon pulls it off beautifully. It drew me closer to the characters and allowed perspective that only enhanced the story. The author was able to realistically portray a story of abuse, love, co-dependency, romance, and triumph in a way that was far beyond most books I've read.
The sequels are bitter/sweet for me. I was so in love with Cole and Booker that the idea of a story surrounding them makes me jump up and down. However, I became so attached to Maggie and Seth; I would love the story to progress around their developing relationship. Even though they may not be the center characters in future books, I have a feeling they will remain part of the story. Can't wait to find out!!!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
P.S. If you are looking for a good teen read, besides mine of course;} check out Haley's blog, it is really great!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Paperback Book Giveaway!
My novel sold over 600 E-copies in June alone! To celebrate, I am giving away a signed-and you know you want it signed;}- copy of Unlovable in paperback!!
---THIS GIVEAWAY IS SEPARATE FROM THE GOODREADS GIVEAWAY I AM DOING SO YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR BOTH IF YOU WANT!---
If you want a signed paperback copy, here is what you have to do.
1. Add yourself as a follower- BUT not anonymously! I can’t mail a book to anonymous!! Look over to your right on this page to do this!
THAT IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, BUT... If you want to increase your odds of winning, please do the following ALSO!
2. "Friend/Like/Follow" my book's FB page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unlovable-Book-One-of-The-Port-Fare-Series/129260103811533?created&v=page_getting_started
And leave a comment so I know you were there... Just a simple 'HI, I was here' would be fine, or you can comment on the novel if you'd like to!! Make sure to leave your Facebook name in your comments so I can find you if you win!
3. "Like" my Amazon page.
4. "Like" my Barnes and Noble page. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unlovable-sherry-gammon/1029730320?ean=2940012120045&itm=2&usri=unlovable
5. If you have Goodreads account, you can become a Fan…I know, weird, me with fans!!
That's it!! Contest ends JULY 31, 2011!!
Thanks! I'm grateful for all of your support!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Jun 26, 11
5 of 5 stars
Wow! I think I’m going to follow the lead of my friend Haley (whose review is here: http://haleyeliseread.blogspot.com/2011/...) and give you a few quote’s from the book because I honestly don’t know where to start with this review….so here goes;
He peered into my eyes and it felt as if he was burrowing into the dark recesses of my soul. His fingers ran softly across my cheek, brushing away the tear. There was an undeniable tenderness about him and it made my heart flutter. – Maggie
I thought about Maggie standing in my door just over three hours ago. It took all I had not to pull her into my arms and kiss her. There she stood with her wet, snow-packed clothes plastered to her malnourished frame and those hapless blue eyes driving tears down her waxy hollowed cheeks, begging me to kiss her. Everything inside me screamed, “Hurry, before she changes her mind!” Nevertheless, I didn’t! “Yup, I deserved a medal” – Seth
Unlovable is truly an amazing story!
The story follows the lives of Maggie and Seth. Maggie being a 17 year old girl, who is half starving because her mother would rather drink alcohol than put food on their table. Maggie has spent all her life living with her mother and suffering years of emotional abuse. Her mother constantly telling her she’s an unlovable nothing and soon Maggie starts believing her.
Seth is a high school student or so he appears to be. He’s really an uncover cop trying to stop drug crime in Port Fare. He’s always has a slight crush on Maggie but when an assignment comes up involving Maggie, he has no choice but to get to know her better.
As their lives quickly intertwine they are thrown into a wonderful self-discovering and loving relationship but they also put into a dangerous situation when there is a dangerous killer on the loose…..one that could cost them their lives.
Again, I’m going to say Unlovable is a truly an amazing story. This story had me captivated from page one and even though I finished it a few hours ago, I’m still thinking about it now. When Sherry Gammon asked me to review her work, I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of her work before but wow! I totally wish I had because I would have made sure I had read this book a long time ago. Sherry has created a heart breaking story that will leave us readers with hope that everyone can be loved and will get a happy ending they deserve. Not only has she wrote a captivating story but she’s managed to write about a very hard subject which is completely raw, passionate and truly breath-taking.
Our two main characters are well developed and easy lovable. Maggie and Seth are two completely different people but two people willing to see the better in everybody else. Maggie has so many hard times with her mother but even through it, she is still as loyal as ever to her. She’s one strong person and felt completely real to me. Now Seth is just an amazing character all round. He sees the person Maggie really is even if her appearance isn’t what it should be. He’s kind, generous, selfless and he’s definitely stole the show for me in this book.
The story itself is an emotional rollercoaster. I managed to feel so many different emotions while reading it and I felt I really connected with the characters. I loved that we got to see a part of the killer’s journey too, is only a few chapters but it’s enough to keep you going through the whole book knowing that something dangerous is going to happen. I also loved the secondary characters like Booker and Cole and I’m really interested to see their journey’s next in the next of the series.
Overall, I think any fans of Simone Elkeles or Jennifer Echols will absolutely fall in love with Sherry’s work like I have. Read it guys! It’s truly not a story you want to miss out on.
P.S Its only 69p on Kindle! BUY IT and show this author your support!
Thank you to Sherry for giving me the opportunity to review her work.
June 19, 2011, J. Omullane "Book Whisperer" (Bloomington, IN) 5 out of 5 stars: UNLOVABLE Must read!
Unlovable is a remarkable love story. Captivated within the first pages, this was a thrilling and quick read. I have found myself to be a sucker for the undercover ops men, but this was much more than the mysterious undercover gorgeous man. It was a story about Maggie, and her acholoic mother. It was about this young woman's courage to overcome everything that she should be and could be; to become something exceptional. More importantly it was about this young man's ability to see the superficial layers, and fall in love this poor abused girl that is too stubborn and hard headed to accept charity from anyone. Readers will envy the relationship of these two love birds. Indiviually they are giving and wonderful people, but together they are awe inspiring and exceptional. Both with difficult pasts Maggie and Seth are mature beyond their years. The level of commitment in the store with stop readers dead in their tracks. I loved every heartfelt minute of this story, and I am distraught to see it all come to a close. Although, the highlight of my day was finding their will be two more books in the series. Book 2 will be the story of Cole, and book 3 will be the story of Booker. Though I must say that I believe I might stay a little partial to Seth and Maggie; I hope the next books will somewhat include them as well. I would recommend this read to anyone that liked books such as: Pefect Chemisty, The Girl I Used to Be, anything by Jennifer Echols, or Leaving Paradise. This was a truly breath taking love story that you don't want to miss.
Jun 23, 11
5 of 5 stars
The few times I'd Run into her in the hallway, my tongue had swollen to the size of a small whale, essentially blocking off oxygen supply to my brain -Seth
Unlovable was a story that I don’t even know where to start with, it is incredible, amazing, perfect, super, and completely LOVABLE.
Maggie Brown has convinced herself she truly is unlovable, and why shouldn't she believe that, her always drunk mother reminds her of it every day. Of course there is Seth..Seth Mr.Popular at Port Fare High..but he couldn't possibly love Maggie..could he?
Seth Prescott is an undercover cop, his current job? Attend Port Fare High, and get close to Maggie and find out if her mom knows anything about the current drug rates going up in Port Fare, while trying to stop the murders also going on in Port Fare...Seth has had secret feelings for Maggie for a long time...and this job is finally gonna be the thing that forces him to talk to her.
This book was..WOW just amazing. It is so beautiful, I could not believe how good this story was, I went into it thinking it was just gonna be OK! It blew my mind! I started reading this one night and couldn’t stop..I had to stay up until I finished the whole thing..and once it ended all I wanted was for it to continue! I wanted no NEEDED more of Maggie and Seth! There Romance is one of the best I have read ever !
Maggie as a character was great, she is so caring and so strong. Her mom emotionally abuses her almost every day and yet she still loves her and tries to care for her mother. You couldn’t help, but love Maggie. You also couldn’t help feeling sorry for the poor girl..the things her mother says..are some of the most hurtful things a mother could ever say to their child. Yet still Maggie stayed strong. She truly was an amazing chick! She has become one of my favorite Lit-Chicks for her awesomeness (:
NOW onto Seth..
Seth is perfect. He is handsome, mature, sweet, caring, and just well perfect He wants nothing more than for Maggie to open up to him and let him love her and take care of her, and throughout the whole book that is his main concern, caring for Maggie, protecting Maggie, and most importantly trying to convince Maggie he loves her.
(I LOVE SETH!!!!)
Unlovable was truly an amazing story, it had everything romance, action, mystery, thrill, everything. If you are looking for a strong story with beautiful romance then Unlovable is for you!
--Unlovable is mainly from Maggie's point of view, but every few chapters is from Seth's point of view (:
Unlovable is the first of a trilogy!
I also thought I would share some of my favorite quotes:
"The few times I'd Run into her in the hallway, my tongue had swollen to the size of a small whale, essentially blocking off oxygen supply to my brain"-Seth
"She makes you nervous, huh? Must be love. Puppy love anyway." "Shut up, Booker"-Seth and Booker
Scooping up the mail off the wobbly kitchen table, I thumbled through it while standing next to our trash bin. One was addressed to me: Maggie Brown, You may already be a $ 1,000,000 winner! "Goodie, my troubles are over" -Maggie
"Crying? What the heck was wrong with me? It must be PMS! I stayed a few steps behind him secretly drying my face and running through a calendar in my mind"-Maggie
"You know, I'm surprised the three of us can fit in your car"..."Three? I do believe there are only two of us."..."Me, you, and your over-sized ego. I believe that makes three." -Maggie and Seth
I whacked him on the arm. "hmm, did a butterfly just land on me?" He glanced around pretending to look for some nonexistant bu.- Maggie and Seth
June 12, 2011, Lesley Bucio 5.0 out of 5 stars ...Deliriously, unbelievably, fantastic!
This review is from: Unlovable (The Port Fare Series) (Kindle Edition)
Wow, can I just say it was an incredible story? No? Too late, already did! Sherry Gammon certainly doesn't do things half-ass when writing! The way she's woven the lives of the characters in Unlovable is nothing short of amazing. I was a weary at first because it was in such a low cost--granted I bought it via e-ink but still, though maybe I wouldn't have bought it otherwise. So glad I did, thank you Sherry Gammon!!!
We basically have your hot undercover cop cliche down packed (in a good way), troubled co-dependent teen as a heroin (no pun intended!), and a town with a heroine epidemic in the mist of it all. It is told in Seth's (undercover hottie), Maggie (co-dependent), and little snips of Bill and Alan (heroine suppliers) point of views.
Naturally, Seth and Maggie are the main characters, though you really develop strong feelings for Cole and Booker (Seth's bffs) through Seth's narrative on who they came to be so close, that's just how great of a writer Gammon is, truly! You really hate the the women who gave birth to Maggie all throughout the book in the mist of a major snot-fest as you read of the heinous acts she does to Maggie. Given that, you develop if not compassion than certainly understanding (again, way to go Gammon! I don't think anyone else could have orchestrated that as beatifically as you did). With that said, I was never won over by her, less so at the end.
Maggie comes off as an emotionally scarred girl hell bent on the approval from a women who gave birth to her--I chose not to call her a mother! She is fragile and delicate both physically and emotionally. though a tough cookie all together. I really loved her so much I still cry every time I think of the things she underwent. It seemed close to blasphemous for a girl such as her to go through all that, though I felt better she had Seth throughout the hard stuff. Seth... Wow, where to begin? He is really something all his own. I don't want to say much because I want you to fall head over heels without my help. It did seem that he fell for Magpie all too fast in my book though, but it had to happen. I also got miffed about the no love scenes, though maybe I'm used to reading juicy things like that in my young adult novels (take Forget You by Jennifer Echols for example, just the right amount of action) though I really hope with the next two books coming out--Unbelievable and Unbearable--Gammon will allow that, considering that the main characters--Cole & Booker!--are old enough, unlike Seth(21) and Maggie(17), though really if we're being realistic, Ms. Gammon, in real life they would have already been well into it. but I digress given that Seth's father was a Chaplin and inevitably instilled high morals into his son. Though she is part of our GoodReads' Clean Romantic Novel's club...sigh.
Speaking of Magpie, I truly can't wait for Unbearable, I'm going to have such a field day reading it due to the fact that the main character will feature Booker, the 28 year-old hot MET Captain, turned hot lawyer in this book!! (If you're reading this Ms. Sherry Gammon, please fill me in on the release dates for both please!!!!!!!)
Okay, enough dilly-gagging and buy the book already! This is my first true rating for any book--I think I did good--and I wouldn't have done it for any other book that instilled such profound emotions in me otherwise. Get going, buy buy BUY!!!
May 28, 2011 bvampgirl71 5.0 out of 5 stars loves this book! Want more now please,
I read the book in one day! I couldn't put it down!!! You will be hooked! Give this book a try!!! When will the other two books be out?
February 17, 2011 Erin Denise Graham Steele 5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!!!
Unlovable is an intriguing and beautiful story! I couldn't put it down either time I read it. I love how the author pulled in a myriad of current issues. I felt like I was Maggie during the Maggie chapters, and like I was Seth during the Seth chapters. I cried, I laughed, I got mad...Sherry Gammon is an incredible author! I HIGHLY recommend this book!
January 21, 2011 Hollyberry - 5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!,
I loved it!!! One of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved how it was in Seth and Kate's point of view. I laughed, I cried, bit my nails off with suspense. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read quality books!
Feb. 7, 2011 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is the story of a young woman who hasn't been dealt a fair hand in life. It is a story of the journey of the relationship with her alcoholic mother, as well as everything she has to deal with as a high school senior: including a new boy in school who may just be what she has been waiting for. But despite all of the hard knocks in her life, she has to come to terms with the fact that she can be loved.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I hired Digital artist Paul Beely to design me a new cover...Isn't it great!! I love his work, and he does A LOT more than design book covers. He can take a photo of you and total change the setting. Very cool! You can check out his work at:
His web page: www.create-imaginations.com
His flickr account:www.flickr.com/photos/paul-beeley