Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Tour and Giveaway: On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

In Too Deep

Series: In Too Deep #1

Author: Michelle Kemper Brownlow

Release Date: June 6th 2013

Genre: New Adult Romance

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing

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Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.

Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.

Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?

On Solid Ground

Series: In Too Deep #2

Author: Michelle Kemper Brownlow

Release Date: December 3rd 2013

Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Gracie survived an emotionally abusive relationship that wrecked her. Her ex, Noah, systematically chipped away at her self-esteem through intimidation, humiliation and infidelity which left Gracie unable to trust her own perception of his intentions. But after falling head over heels for Jake, her best friend and the man who stood by her through it all, she is ready to experience life in the way it was meant to be lived. However, Gracie may find it impossible to simultaneously heal from the trauma of abuse while navigating a relationship with Jake. Can she put her heart on hold in order to heal her soul?The sequel to the five-star debut novel, In Too Deep, chronicles Gracie’s steps toward healing as she falls deeper in love, reaches out for help, stands on her own, steps out of her comfort zone, faces her biggest fears, and reconnects with a sensual, talented soul from her past all in hopes of finding herself on solid ground.


When I read Michelle Kemper Brownlow's In Too Deep, I will admit that I wanted to ring a few necks: Noah's for all the cheating, yo-yoing, and just bad, disgusting behavior towards Gracie, Gracie for going back to him over and over again, and her girl friends for not seeing just how badly he was treating her. More than one time, I wanted to put the first book down and just walk away from it because I was tired of seeing Gracie run back to a guy that we all know that she was way too good for. It made me so mad. I just wanted to shake her.

When she and Jake found that there was something more than friendship between them, I was estatic. From the first desription of him, I knew he was a great guy. At the end of the first book, I was definitely curious to see what was going to happen in the next book. I was hoping and praying that it wouldn't be as stomach crippling as the first.

It definitely surprised me in the smoothness of the book as compared to the first. I was glad to have a reprieve from the major up and downs from the first book. On Solid Ground definitely picked up the ball and took Gracie in the direction we had been hoping and praying that she would finally go.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the shift in point of view between Gracie and Jake. Since it's written in first person, the pov shifting back and forth allows us to see what's going on in both of their heads. It's refreshing to see inside Jake's head. I also like getting to see the beginning of this new relationship between Gracie and Jake. Finally, she's in a healthy relationship. After all the turmoil from the first book, it definitely made everything a little easier to follow and swallow without getting torn up.

This is the book where Gracie finally, really comes into her own. Instead of this broken, confused, fragile girl that we had to struggle with in the first book; this book is where Gracie finally gets a chance to heal from all of the struggles that Noah put her though. It takes a lot of healing after something like that, and I was glad to see Gracie go through this book to finally feel like the person she used to be.


 3 stars

About the Author

Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.

“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life on the pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow.

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