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New Release (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): The Song of David by Amy Harmon

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By: Amy Harmon
Available: June 15, 2015
Cover by: Hang Le

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s
something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is
played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since.
Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as
a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was
something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline,
it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming
crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I
knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room,
people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her
chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few
who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized
she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first
thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the
power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted
to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most
important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

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Grace Review

Who knew reading a book from two male POVs could be so emotional?  Oh yeah, it’s an Amy Harmon book.  It seems every time this author puts pen to paper, or fingers to a keyboard, she creates something unique and quietly profound.  A story that draws you in and keeps you mesmerized from beginning to end.

In this spinoff from The Law of Moses, which I highly recommend you read first, we get Tag’s story. Most of Tag’s POV is in the past, heard in a series of audio tapes, as he recalls his time with Millie (Amelia).  And then we get Moses’ POV, as he reacts to Tag’s tapes in an effort to locate his BFF, who has disappeared.

This book felt like a discovery, slowly learning about the strong and powerful Tag Taggert, with a gentile kindness that was unexpected.  Three people profoundly changed his life, setting him on a new course.  He first meets Moses in a mental facility and nearly kills him.  But with time, they become best friends and rely on each other, not just for guidance, but for survival.

“I need someone who’s big enough to restrain me if I decide I need to get shitfaced.  Hit me in the face, throw me to the ground.  Kick the shit out of me.  Just make sure I stay clean and alive.”

When Tag first meets Millie, it’s meant to be a joke.  A joke that backfires.  He is immediately drawn to her for reasons unknown.  Maybe it was her beauty and grace.  Maybe it was her strength given her weakness.  Maybe she was just his perfect match, despite their differences.  I think it was probably all of the above.

And she was waiting for me to decide if I was man enough to love a blind girl.

As for Millie’s brother, I think Tag had a hard time understanding the boy and his use of sport trivia to express himself.  But nevertheless, Tag is patient with Henry.  Not pushing him, just trying to do right by him.

The connections Tag forms with Millie and Henry will warm your heart.  Despite their disabilities, he treated them with love and kindness, slowly drawing them into the Tag Team family.

This author isn’t just skilled in building a unique storyline, but her character development is top notch.  She creates characters that are talented, yet flawed. People you want to cheer for. Millie’s strength shines like a beacon.  Despite being blind, she not only cares for herself and her brother Henry, but she doesn’t seek help to do so.  She’s got a brave independence that makes her easily likable.  Even with her heartbreak, she focuses on Tag’s pain, not her own.  A true act of selflessness.

Tag’s new found happiness is short lived.  There are clues along the way that show where the story is leading, so that wasn’t a shock.  But it was a shock to see how Tag was so willing to let it all go.  His friends and Tag Team family step and give him some tough love.  And I absolutely loved how they went about getting thru to him.  Henry proves his understanding runs deep.

The ending while beautiful had me scratching me head as to what exactly saw.  I guess I’ll need to hound the author for the answer.  Either way, I was left with a touching story I won’t forget.

“The most intimate thing we can do is to allow the people we love most to see us at our worst.  At our lowest.  At our weakest.  True intimacy happens when nothing is perfect.”

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Excerpt

I stopped a foot from her and reached out, taking one of her hands in mine. “Do you like this song?” I asked. Obviously she did and obviously I was stupid.

“I love this song.”

“Me too,” I whispered. I reached for her other hand.

“Accidental Babies.”

“What?” I tugged her hands gently, and she took a step. I was so close now that the top of her head provided a shelf for my chin, and Damien’s song was being drowned out by the sound of my heart.

“It’s another one of his songs. . . and I think I love it even more,” she whispered back.

“But that song is so sad,” I breathed, and laid my cheek against her hair.

“That’s what makes it beautiful. It’s devastating. I love it when a song devastates me.” Her voice was thready, as if she was struggling to breathe.

“Ah, the sweet kind of suffering.” I dropped her hands and wrapped my arms around her.

“The best kind.” Her voice hitched as our bodies aligned.

“I’ve been suffering for a while now, Millie.”

“You have?” she asked, clearly amazed.

“Since the moment I saw you. It devastated me. And I love when a girl devastates me.” I was using her definition of the word, but the truth was, my sister was the only girl who had ever devastated me, and it hadn’t been sweet agony.

“I’ve never devastated anyone before,” Millie said faintly, shock and pleasure coloring her words. She still stood with her arms at her sides, almost like she couldn’t believe what was happening. But her lips hovered close to my jaw, as if she was enjoying the tension between almost and not quite.

“I’m guessing you’ve left a wake of destruction,” I whispered. “You just don’t know.”

Finally, as if she couldn’t resist any longer, she raised her hands to my waist.

Trembling fingers and flat palms slid across my abdomen, up my chest, past my shoulders, progressing slowly as if she memorized as she moved. Then she touched my face and her thumbs found the cleft in my chin, the way they’d done the first time she’d traced my smile. Hesitantly, she urged my face down toward hers. A heartbeat before our mouths touched she spoke, and the soft words fluttered against my lips.

“Are you going to devastate me, David?” she asked.

“God, I hope not,” I prayed aloud.

Anticipation dissolved the lingering space between us, and I pressed needy lips to her seeking mouth. And then we melded together, hands clinging, bodies surging, music moaning, dancing in the wreckage. Sweet, sweet, devastation.

“Too late . . .” I thought I heard her whisper.

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About

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Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at
an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time
between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of
wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain
her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now
being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl
from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces
and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory,
Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest
release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases,
author posts and more, join Amy at

WebsiteBlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads

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Buy the song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/song-of-david-single/id998774568

Music & Lyrics by Amy Harmon and Paul Travis – Song of David: iTunes

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Cover Reveal: Song of David by Amy Harmon

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By: Amy Harmon
Available: June 15, 2015
Cover by: Hang Le

Synopsis

She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s
something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is
played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since.
Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as
a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was
something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline,
it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming
crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I
knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room,
people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her
chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few
who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized
she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first
thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the
power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted
to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most
important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

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About

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Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at
an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time
between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of
wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain
her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now
being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl
from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces
and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory,
Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest
release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases,
author posts and more, join Amy at

WebsiteBlogTwitterFacebookGoodreads

Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: November 27, 2014
Cover design by: Hang Le
Hosted by: Alpha Literary Services

Synopsis
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

Grace Review
When one of my favorite authors comes out with a new book, I hold them to higher expectations than others.  I know what they are capable of, so I expect that every time.  And the reason they maintain a spot on my favorite author lists is because they deliver every time.

This author stands out in the romance world.  And maybe it’s unfair to pigeonhole her into that genre, because her stories are so much more than a love story.  While each of her stories is completely unique, there is one thing consistent when I read her books:

The way I feel before I start her books.
And the way I feel after I finish her books.

The best way to describe my feeling before reading is a bubbling anticipation.  I know I’m going to be sucked into a different world that will keep my attention from beginning to end.  It’s not fair to my family, but I try to shutdown everything around me and get fully absorbed in the words on the page.

After I finish, there is one why to describe how I feel: drained. Completely spent.  But as the emotions of the books roll through me, I feel like gained something by reading her stories.  Her words have an empowering feel to them, and make you want to do better.  Be better. At least that’s how I feel.

Despite doing multiple posts on the blog to promote this book, I really had no idea what I was getting into.  I trusted that Ms. Harmon would deliver something completely different and beautiful and that’s all I needed to know.

So reading the prologue, I was terrified.  What the hell am I getting into here?!

Moses’ story is a tragic one.  Born a crack baby, abandoned and then orphaned by his mom, with so many “problems”, none of his living relatives want to deal with him.  He grows up with people either annoyed with him or afraid of him.  Being black in the very white state of Utah doesn’t help.  Prejudice reigns.

And then he meets Georgia.

If you are looking for a strong female character, Georgia will satisfy your needs.  She’s a spit-fire and doesn’t act like a wounded animal to Moses’ harsh words.  She works her way into his life, and under his skin.

The two go by different codes that define who they are as a person.  Moses goes by a set of “laws” which are a clear attempt to keep people at a distance.  Georgia has a more positive spirit based on her upbringing and utilizes a family idea to make a negative situation positive, with 5 Greats.  The idea is simple:

“When I’m . . . stressed, I list the things I’m grateful for.”

While the two slowly form a connection, factors come into play that tug at them daily.  Those forces have to do with a special ability Moses possesses.  Some would call it a gift, but he considers it a curse.  (I won’t go into specifics to avoid spoilers).

“My brain might be cracked, but it’s not just my brain.  The sky is cracked too, and I can sometimes see what’s on the other side.”

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Moses’ outlet for his ability, is through painting, which ties beautifully with the cover of this book.  He gives people who can’t speak, a voice.  But most people have trouble grasping the meaning behind his expression.   With prejudice already in play, and the lack of faith to comprehend it all, the forces that were tugging at Moses and Georgia ultimately pull them apart.  It is both the worst thing that could happen and the best thing.

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For those of you have read Running Barefoot, you’ll notice that Josie and Samuel make an appearance in this book.  (You don’t need to have read that book to follow this story, it’s just a nice bonus to see them pop up again.)  And they have a purpose within this story – showing Moses that it’s never too late to go after what is meant to be.

This book will break your heart and then slowly put it back together.  The whole idea behind Moses’ ability and what it means to Georgia, what it means to those around him, is so much deeper than I could have expected.  Every word on the page has meaning behind it and Ms. Harmon weaves everything together to create a beautiful love story with a strong message that will stay with you well beyond the last sentence.   Be prepared to open your mind and heart and enjoy one of the Best Books of 2014!

–  Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Excerpt

“You still talk to your horses.”
I jerked and Sackett shifted, not liking the spike of energy that shot through me or the fact that my fingers had yanked at his mane.
Moses stood silhouetted in the barn door, holding what looked to be a large canvas in his hand.
I hadn’t realized I was still talking to Sackett, and I did a quick examination of what I’d just said. I believe I had just uttered an embarrassing rant on people named Moses not being allowed in Georgia. “Oh, Lord,” I prayed silently but fervently, “you can make the blind man see and the deaf man hear so it shouldn’t be too much to ask to make this man forget everything he’s just seen and heard.”
“What does Sackett think about those new, stricter laws in Georgia?”
I looked up at the rafters, “Hey, thanks for comin’ through for me, Lord.”
I loosened the cinch that secured the saddle around Sackett’s middle and pulled the saddle from his back, hoisting it onto the saddle horse and removing the blanket beneath without looking at Moses. I was kind of surprised that he remembered Sackett’s name.
Moses took a few steps inside the barn and I could see a small smile playing around his lips. I gave Sackett a firm pat on his rump signaling I was done, and he trotted off, clearly eager to go.
“You’re back.” I said, refusing to embarrass myself further by getting angry.
“I took Tag home. He had big plans to train for his next fight old school, like Rocky, but discovered that it’s a little more appealing in the movies. Plus, I don’t do a very good Apollo Creed.”
“Tag’s a fighter?”
“Yeah. Mixed martial arts stuff. He’s pretty good.”
“Huh.” I didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t know anything about the sport. “Didn’t Apollo Creed die in one of the movies?”
“Yeah. The black guy always dies at the hands of the white man.”
I rolled my eyes, and he grinned, making me grin with him before I remembered that I was embarrassed and ticked off that he had kissed me and left town. It felt a little too much like the past. The grin slipped from my face and I turned away, busying myself shaking out the saddle blankets.
“So why did you come back?” I kept my eyes averted. He was quiet for a minute, and I bit my lips so I wouldn’t start to babble into the awkward silence.
“The house needs more work,” he replied at last. “And I’m thinking of changing my name.”
My head shot up, and I met his smirk with confusion.
“Huh?”
“I heard there was this new law in Georgia. Nobody named Moses can even visit. So I’m thinking a name change is in order.”
I just shook my head and laughed, both embarrassed and pleased at his underlying meaning. “Shut up, Apollo,” I said, and it was his turn to laugh.

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About

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Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

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New Release (Giveaway): The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: November 27, 2014
Cover design by: Hang Le
Hosted by: Alpha Literary Services

Synopsis
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

LINKS:
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1 Kindle Paperwhite
1 $50 Amazon giftcard
3 signed copies of The Law of Moses

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About

Amy H

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

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Pre-Order Link & Excerpt: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: November 27, 2014
Cover design by: Hang Le
Hosted by: Alpha Literary Services

Synopsis
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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Excerpt

“I haven’t cried today,” I realized suddenly, and Moses gave in and sat down beside me, his size and heat making me curl against him and lean my head on his shoulder. He ran a big hand over my hair and left it cradled against my face. I turned my cheek and kissed his palm and felt him shudder. Then he wrapped both of his arms around me so I could bury my face in his chest and he could rest his head on my hair.
“If you keep being sweet I will break my new record,” I whispered. “And I’ll cry again.”

“Crying from sweetness doesn’t count,” he whispered back, and I felt the moisture prick my eyes, just as I’d predicted. “Gi used to say happy tears watered our gratitude. She even had a cross-stitch that said as much. I thought it was stupid.” I could hear the smile in his voice.

“Ah . . . so Gi was a believer in the five greats.” I pressed my lips against his throat, wanting to get as close to him as I could.

“Gi was a believer in all good things,” he rubbed his cheek softly against my hair, nuzzling me.

“Especially you.”

“Even me,” Moses said, lifting his hand to my chin.

About

Amy H

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.
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Cover Reveal (Excerpt & Giveaway): The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Title: The Law of Moses
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: November 27, 2014
Cover design by: Hang Le
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Synopsis
If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

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Excerpt
“You still talk to your horses.”

I jerked and Sackett shifted, not liking the spike of energy that shot through me or the fact that my fingers had yanked at his mane.
Moses stood silhouetted in the barn door, holding what looked to be a large canvas in his hand.

I hadn’t realized I was still talking to Sackett, and I did a quick examination of what I’d just said. I believe I had just uttered an embarrassing rant on people named Moses not being allowed in Georgia. “Oh, Lord,” I prayed silently but fervently, “you can make the blind man see and the deaf man hear so it shouldn’t be too much to ask to make this man forget everything he’s just seen and heard.”
“What does Sackett think about those new, stricter laws in Georgia?”

I looked up at the rafters, “Hey, thanks for comin’ through for me, Lord.”

I loosened the cinch that secured the saddle around Sackett’s middle and pulled the saddle from his back, hoisting it onto the saddle horse and removing the blanket beneath without looking at Moses. I was kind of surprised that he remembered Sackett’s name.

Moses took a few steps inside the barn and I could see a small smile playing around his lips. I gave Sackett a firm pat on his rump signaling I was done, and he trotted off, clearly eager to go.

“You’re back.” I said, refusing to embarrass myself further by getting angry.

“I took Tag home. He had big plans to train for his next fight old school, like Rocky, but discovered that it’s a little more appealing in the movies. Plus, I don’t do a very good Apollo Creed.”

“Tag’s a fighter?”

“Yeah. Mixed martial arts stuff. He’s pretty good.”

“Huh.” I didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t know anything about the sport. “Didn’t Apollo Creed die in one of the movies?”

“Yeah. The black guy always dies at the hands of the white man.”

I rolled my eyes, and he grinned, making me grin with him before I remembered that I was embarrassed and ticked off that he had kissed me and left town. It felt a little too much like the past. The grin slipped from my face and I turned away, busying myself shaking out the saddle blankets.

“So why did you come back?” I kept my eyes averted. He was quiet for a minute, and I bit my lips so I wouldn’t start to babble into the awkward silence.

“The house needs more work,” he replied at last. “And I’m thinking of changing my name.”

My head shot up, and I met his smirk with confusion.

“Huh?”

“I heard there was this new law in Georgia. Nobody named Moses can even visit. So I’m thinking a name change is in order.”

I just shook my head and laughed, both and embarrassed and pleased at his underlying meaning. “Shut up, Apollo,” I said, and it was his turn to laugh.

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About

Amy H

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.

Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.

Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.
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Recap: My Favorite Authors

Authors

Kristen
Creator of the perfect Alpha males.  Her books are always entertaining, with a good blend of sexy times, humor, and tension.  The importance of family and community are an underlying theme, something that is missing from a lot of books I read.

If you are sick of the tortured male, then look no further.  These men are not weak in any way.  Their lives might not be perfect, but they fight for what they want, no matter how annoyingly frustrating their woman might be.  They aren’t sensitive, and may be a bit blunt.  But when the time comes, and they finally verbally express what they have been showing through actions all along, the words will warm your heart.  No one gives a better “wake the fuck up, I love you” speech then a KA Alpha male.

I really could go on and on as to why I love KA’s books, but I’m going to save some of that for a future post.

My Favorites Books:

The GambleCreed the will

Krista
To put it bluntly, I am ADDICTED to their books.  The Addicted series is so well written and the character development is top notch, that I am shocked more people haven’t read their books.  I adore all 6 of the main characters, and the love they have for their significant other.  Lily and Lo are one of my all-time favorite book couples.  Their love story might not be traditional, but their bond is unbreakable.

The authors draw you in, with smart dialogue and detailed emotions, you feel like you are part of the story.  My addiction is not exaggerated.  I frequently stalk all of the authors’ social media sites, eager for more of their words.  If you haven’t checked out their books, I implore you to do so, right now!

My Favorites Books:

Addicted for nowhothouse flower

Amy
The beauty of Amy’s work leaves me kind of speechless.  It’s hard to capture in words how much I enjoy her work, it touches me on such an emotional level.  Both A Different Blue and Making Faces were in my Top 5 list for 2013, with the latter being my Favorite Book of the Year.  Both produced waterworks, where I frequently had to take breaks because my tears were making it hard to see the words.

Her stories often focus on the everyday person, struggling through everyday problems.  There is a prevalence of history with a strong message that isn’t preachy, but makes you want to do better personally after reading them.  While her books are stand-alones, there is one common theme – the book hangover I have after reading them.  It sometimes takes days to recover from the message of her stories.  And once I’ve finally recover, I just want to read more.

My Favorites Books:

Making Faces A Different Blue

Tarryn Fisher
Queen of the mind fuck, her books play with your head and your heart.  You literally feel beat up after reading them.  It might not be right away, but sometime later, you will reflect on her brilliance and smile.

Recently Tarryn was talking on FB about having likable characters in books, and her frustration with people who dismiss a book merely because they didn’t personally like one of the main characters. After Dark confession: I didn’t like any of the main characters in the Love Me with Lies series, and guess what?  It was my favorite series of 2013.  I totally agree with Tarryn, that you don’t have to like the characters in a book to like the book.  If the writing is good, the overall story is what’s important.

My Favorites Books:

opportunistDirty Redtheif

Tiffany
The Original Sinners is not your typical romance series.  It challenges traditional beliefs about relationships and love.  The main heroine, Nora, is perfection!  She’s seductive, smart, sassy, and selfless.  The stories are much more complex than you might initially expect, with clues throughout the books that lead to turning points in the storyline.  Any author that can make you fall in love with a sadist should be applauded.

My Favorites Books:

the gift The Saint

Colleen
As one of the most popular authors in the New Adult genre, there is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said.  Hopeless will remain as one of the best romance stories I’ve ever read.  The pain and love the characters feel just jump off the pages.  Who can forget the “Best First Kiss” to end all best first kisses?

Colleen flawlessly incorporates poetry and music into her books, so it becomes part of the story.  The words in the poems and lyrics speak volumes about the characters.  I love how each of her stories is fresh, and not a repeat of her prior work.  While she takes some risks, the stories and characters are easy to relate to, drawing in the masses, and beautifully developed to keep you coming back for more.

My Favorites Books:

HopelessMaybe Someday

 

 

 

Book Review: Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Infinity

Title: Infinity + One
Author: Amy Harmon
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 322 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis
When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

My Review
I’ve admitted before to having an endless TBR list, and spending way too much time planning my next reads, so there are very few authors I would drop everything to read their latest release.  Amy Harmon is one of the few on that list.  I’ve loved every book she has written so far, both Making Faces and A Different Blue made my Top Ten List of favorite books for 2013.  Her writing is flawless, the stories both compelling and beautiful.  So my expectations were once again set high.  And she didn’t disappoint.

This story is truly unique about a bizarre road trip filled with pain, drama, overcoming prejudgment, and offering a helping hand, all of which lead to an unbreakable bond between two very different people.  Bonnie Rae Shelby has it all.  As a rising country singer, she’s has popularity, fame and wealth.  But she’s miserable.  Infinity James Clyde has nothing.  A recently released ex-con, he is struggling to figure out the direction of his life.  One fateful day on a bridge in Boston, their paths cross, setting into motion a crazy set of events that change both of their lives.

There is so much about this story that I loved.  Starting with the two main character’s names, her first name being Bonnie, his last name being Clyde.  Despite being on the run, so to speak, they aren’t really outlaws.  They are running from their past.  That doesn’t stop the media and Bonnie’s horrible grandmother/manager, from creating a multitude of lies or baseless rumors about the couple.  As they travel across the US, the media continuously reports of their possible crime spree a la Bonnie and Clyde, while they are actually offering assistance to various people they meet along the way.  With their journey, they realize they have more in common than at first glance. They begin to depend on each other and fear what might happen once they reach their destination.

One common theme in Amy’s books is how she weaves in history/academics within her books based on her character’s passions (she is a former teacher, after all).  Of her books I’ve read, A Different Blue featured a history teacher; Running Barefoot, it was music and Indian history; Making Faces, it was mythology; and in this book, it is math.  Sounds weird, right?  But she makes it work.  As an example of the author’s creativity, Infinity was named by his mathematician Father, because he was born on August 8th, and the Infinity symbol looks like the number 8.  So clever.

Along the road trip, Infinity (Finn), frequently talked about numbers. All of this was above Bonnie’s level of understanding, but it helped her to relax, with all the stress engulfing her life.  Numbers also play a key role in saving Finn near the end (to prevent spoilers, I won’t elaborate).

“The tattoo is a reminder that choices made out of desperation are almost always bad choices.”

This whole trip, screamed desperation.  While I liked what the road trip offered Bonnie and Finn, I admit to often questioning the characters decisions to not come forth and deny the awful media allegations about them, but then I realized that would have ruined the story.  The bond between Bonnie and Finn was formed through the road trip and only got stronger with each day.  If they had come forward earlier, that bond would have broken and we’d likely get a very different ending.  And I think the characters knew this too. Bonnie, in particular, knew that ignoring the media reports probably wasn’t right, but she was enjoying their private bubble, something she missed from her life, and she didn’t want to burst that bubble.

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It’s also clear that Bonnie is a bit too trusting, which is why people have taken advantage of her in the past.  She does use the road trip as a chance to gather her strength and finally show us some backbone when the time is right.

If you are familiar with the author, than you know the level of sexy times is low.  But I loved the intimate moments between the couple. They were random and spontaneous, one moment leading to a very interesting turn of events during their trip.

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This story isn’t your average love story, and that’s why I loved it. Amy’s work continues to amaze me.  Her plot lines are fresh and creative.  She is able to continually give the reader characters you want to care about.  Sure, like any good romance novel, the characters have issues, but it’s how the characters overcome those issues that draw you in.  They don’t sit around crying for themselves . . . much. They rely on the people they meet along the way, to guide them through their troubles.  Bonnie and Finn rely on each other, along with a supporting cast of characters they meet along the way, and two of their other halves, who they lost too early (this will make more sense when you read the story).  With that support, the rumors and efforts to keep them apart, don’t stand a chance.  After all, despite what math might say, in their minds, Infinity + One = Two.

“We’re Bonnie and Clyde!  Wanted and unwanted.  Caged and cornered.  We’re lost and we’re alone.  We’re a big, tangled mess.  We’re a shot in the dark.  We’re two people who have nowhere else, no one else, and yet, suddenly that feels like enough for me!”

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