Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Are You Ready to Embrace?: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I have a special guest post for you lovelies. It is the wonderful Jessica Shirvington, the author of Embrace. Everyone wants true love, and everyone wants to find it fast. Well, the magic happened to Jessica; she found THE ONE at the age of 17. And here is her story...

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.

At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.
But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?
I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too. 
When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.
Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had. 

Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.
I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember you first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.

Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March - I believe jewelry is in order ;)

Jessica will also be blogging throughout the tour about her conversations with all of you through the Embrace Facebook Fan Page and her website. Also, don’t forget our website: www.embracetheseries.com. Be sure to check out our gorgeous new book trailer!

By Jessica Shirvington
Release Date: March 6th, 2012
Number of Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover

Okay readers, I am so jealous of you guys right now. The publisher, Sourcebook, was super generous to be able to donate one copy of Embrace! Sorry international readers, it is US and Canada ONLY. 
  • Giveaway is US and Canada ONLY!
  • Must be at least 18 to enter (or 13 and up with parent permission)
  • One entry per person
  • Giveaway ends March 31st at midnight but I have the rights to shorten or lengthen the period of the giveaway.
  • Winner will be selected via rafflecoptor and contacted through email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected.

This is not mandatory but do go check out Sourcebooks!
Sourcebooks Blog
Sourcebooks Twitter
Sourcebooks Facebook

And as for the giveaway, just fill out the rafflecopter below for entry!

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  1. Thanks for the awesome guest post and giveaway! :))

  2. I really can't wait to read this book, I really do have a strong like to angel stories!
    Great post, and thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Thanks for this!! I would LOVE a copy of this book!!

  4. Thanks for the fabulous contest, girl! :) I am so ready to Embrace it :D Thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

    Evie @Bookish

  5. Thank you very much for this giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win. I'd love to read and review this book!

    You are a rockstar! |m| |m|


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