Saturday, February 7, 2015

Blog Tour/Guest Post/Review - Maybe by Amber L. Johnson

Amber L. Johnson


Release Date: February 12 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Contemporary / Erotica
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-371-3
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Maybe-3D-Paperback-eReader Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again.

Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him.

For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late.

Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them. 

Maybe finding love is worth the risk.  

Maybe-3D-Book-Stack-1Walking toward him is like trudging through the deepest mud, but I hold my head high, my hands in my pockets and strides long. When I'm less than a foot away, his head turns toward me without lifting his chin, and he looks up from under his brows. The white smoke from his cigarette causes his eyes to nearly close before he pulls it from his lips and exhales upward into the air.

I'm struck by how incredibly handsome he is in black wool and new jeans. I want to know if his skin feels hot under his clothes and if his back feels the same when I scratch fingernails across his spine. My fists clench in my coat pockets at the thought. This is going to be so much harder than I'd been prepared for.

~~Guest Post~~
How is Maybe different from your other novels? Was is more challenging to write?

Maybe was the most challenging to write because it is so intensely personal. All of my books are based off of something that I know intimately, but Maybe is probably the book that means more to me than I could ever put into words. The original manuscript was almost 200,000 words long and I had to rewrite it from scratch in less than a month. That was the hardest thing I have ever done. But I have to be completely honest - I am in love with the final product. It’s more mature and not as silly. It doesn’t have a strong in-your-face moral at the end like my first four novels. And because it is based off of things I know and people I love, it is without a doubt, the largest labor of love I’ve put out into the world. 

Making sure Tyler’s voice was heard was a challenge as well. I needed people to be able to see what he was thinking or feeling because it was going to take him a long time to let that guard down and say what he was really feeling. But I felt it was imperative that little bits of what he was thinking could be read by the reader. 

There were so many edits that went into this book and seeing all that hard work pay off is the most rewarding thing for me.

~~My Review~~
Emily is living a cool single life. She writes for a music magazine, flying all over the U.S., scouting out new talent. She sees bands before they shoot to stardom and get jaded.

Enter Tyler Macy. He's the handy man at her new apartment complex.

From the moment she meets Tyler, there's this vibe, that you know something lascivious is going to happen between them. (And you can't wait!)

Wouldn't you know, that when Emily goes to scout her new band, the hot drummer is...

Tyler Macy!!

It is refreshing to read the banter back and forth between Emily and Tyler. It's witty and flirty and fun! Ooh, and I love their nicknames for each other!!

There were some dramatic moments between them, and I admit, I did shed some tears.

Also, the transformation that both Emily and Tyler go through individually, was so prodigious to see.

Emily's character was always stalwart toward Tyler, the band, and the magazine; but something changed along the way, and you couldn't help but love the results at the end.

For me, this is Amber L. Johnson's best work to date.

Johnson's smart, talented, and knows how to tell stories in such a way, she draws out all these emotions from the reader and you just don't want to let go.

I LOVED this story and give Maybe by Amber L. Johnson my 6-star rating approval!

= For those books that were extra special for me. Sometimes they moved me emotionally or made me think deeply about a topic. Sometimes they were beautiful stories. Most of the time they were the books that I need to own and will reread over and over again because I love the characters and story.

AuthPhotA true child of music, Amber's parents surrounded her with the loudest beats they could find, molding her into a girl who found inspiration and meaning in lyrics and chords. Raised on John Hughes movies, Luck Dragons, and pirate ships, she dreamed of love and adventure. When Amber began to create her own world, she envisioned a place where Happy Ever Afters do exist. Since then, she has authored several romance novels, all of which focus on songs and the way they can touch people's lives. Music may not be able to fix a broken heart, but it can provide one hell of a soundtrack for healing. A full-time wife and mother with a full-time job, Amber finds her muse in everyday life and the people who bring her inspiration.      

Be sure to look for her other book!
Praise for Maybe
"The characters are fun, likable, and well done. It's such a feel good story with a wonderful romance. Honestly, if you want a good, easy read with a cast of characters that will make you laugh and cry, and a romance that will sweep you off your feet then give this book a read. You won't regret it. " - Jennifer


1 comment:

  1. Thank you thank you for this wonderful review and for having me as a guest on your blog for the tour!