Friday, May 3, 2013

Kiss Me Awake & Giveaway

I have a secret. Come closer. Closer yet.

Glances to the right, then left. Looks under the desk and behind.

I am a very picky reader.

Shhhhh! Not so loud with your "wwwhhaaaat?!"

I have been known to keep a book as an example of how not to write. I judge a book by its cover. Phew, admitting that was scary. If I'm not 'into' the story by the second chapter (at the most), it is bye-bye-bye book. And sometimes when I see a book published the non-traditional way...well, I promptly skedaddle.

I know, I know. I'm a book snob. Are there recovery programs? Wait. I'm not sure I want to recover. I love to read. I love to be fussy, picky, snobby and all those other adjectives about the books I chose to spend my time reading.

All this to say one book has me shouting from the rooftop. All in a good way, of course.

Kiss Me Awake is that book.

Kiss Me Awake is Julie Momyer's first novel. In fact, it was a finalist in a popular Christian writing contest a few years ago. And, well, you see...I know Julie. Which makes this all the more fun! Please don't let that little fact stop you from reading this review. Trust me; if I don't like a book I will honestly let you know. In the same regard, if I like a book I will gush on and on about it. Get ready for some gushing...

If you are a lover of mystery, suspense, real life hurts, real life love, guessing 'who done it',  you will absolutely adore this novel.

Julie brings the characters to life. No one dimensional characters here. Let's not talk about how I wanted to reach through the book to wring a few necks along the way. I may or may not have yelled at a character or two...but let's pretend that never happened, shall we.

The life-long hurt of the main character, Jaida Martin, effects every move she has made in her personal, professional and spiritual life. This hurt numbs her; closes down her ability to love. And, let's be honest, she may or may not have been one I was yelling at a few times...and no, I'm not proud of it. How many times have we readers been hurt and shut down our hearts. It is a defense mechanism that haunts me a little too often. I found myself, in a way, relating to Jaida with that one aspect of her personality.

We travel along with Jaida and Spencer as they deal with some very real life issues. Spencer's faith in our God is commendable as he has a world of hurts to work through and at times wants to give up. God doesn't allow him and He guides Spencer along the way.

I had a difficult time putting down Kiss Me Awake. Mystery, danger, suspense, betrayal, secrets, love, forgiveness, redemption; all words describe Kiss Me Awake. The plot is well thought out and the author, Julie, keeps the story moving with the right amount of twists and turns along the way.

The story is so beautifully shown it felt as though I was watching the story unfold as if watching a movie.

Giveaway is over. Thanks for everyone who entered. Love the comments of your favorite place to read. See the next post to see who won Kiss Me Awake!
Have I whet your appetite enough to want your very own autographed copy? Well, aren't you the fortunate one? I just so happen to have an autographed copy to give away.

All you need to do is.....
  • Reside in the lower 48 states of the USA. No other countries, Alaska or Hawaii are eligible due to postage cost. Sorry guys!
  • Leave a comment stating your favorite place to read.
  • Also, include your email address so I can contact you...this is a must (ex: imadorbs AT provider DOT com).
  • Deadline is Tuesday, May 7 at 9 PM ET just in time for Mother's Day! Hint, hint. And as long as the postal system is on the ball.
  • If you are the winner, you must reply to my email with your mailing address within 48 hours or I'll draw another winner.
  • I will determine the winner by using
Hurry! Spread the word and tell all your friends who love to read, who know someone who loves to read or just know people who know how to read.

If you are not chosen as the winner, grab some tissues and cheer up. You can purchase your very own copy by clicking here to order a copy or two or twelve. Available in Kindle and paperback.


  1. It usually is reading in a car or in bed before I fall asleep. Actually, my favorite would be the gazebo in the spring, summer and fall.

    1. Good morning Anonymous, please leave a name and/or your email address in order to be entered in the contest. Thanks!

      Gazebo sounds like a great place to read. I'm a little jealous.

  2. I love to read before a nap. I love to read anywhere. Outside, inside, on a hammock, in a car. I love to read on a bus, or a train. On a plane or in the rain (thanks, Dr. Seuss).

    1. Thanks, and I have your email addy so we are all good.

  3. My favorite place to read is on our front porch. It is peaceful and quiet, and while reading, I am serenaded by the conversations of the birds in the trees. It is sweet to the soul. ( If this comment appears on the blog it will be a miracle ;)

  4. My favorite place to read...oh man I carry a book with me at all times so I can read when I have down time or am waiting. My all time favorite spot to read though is in a lounge chair outside on a nice spring/summer day, just relaxing and reading. Love that someone mentioned a hammock, I would love to have one!

  5. My favorite place to read is my porch swing! :)

  6. My favorite place to read is lounging on the beach! But since that doesn't happen very often, my "real life" favorite place to read is in my comfy chair with sun streaming in through our big front window. (jenniferlsteinerATgmailDOTcom)

  7. I have MY chair in our great room - if I am really into the book, I am still there late at night or into early morning. I also keep a book in the car (like Chicken Soup) that has short stories so if I am stuck in traffic, waiting on a train or waiting for Dave while he is at Ace, I can have something to read - keeps the stress level down. My email

  8. My favorite place to read is curled up on a comfy seat in a clean room with a cup of coffee by my side...
    Or at the kitchen table while I eat my lunch...
    Or in the hammock...
    Or while laying in the sun...
    Or while doing housework (audio books are my best friends at this stage in life).

  9. So many places - depending on time of day and season! In the sunporch, in the garden, at the park - indoor or outdoor - while the little ones play. At the lake or in the car. On the couch, under the blankets with everyone pressing in and wanting to see the pictures. email:

  10. I love to read anywhere I can.

  11. I love reading about anywhere but my favorite is when on vacation in the hammock. This is one time I can just get away and not have to be watching what time it is and thinking about the other things that need to be done and feel guilty about taking time to enjoy a book.

  12. I can read anywhere but don't find much time to do it! When we travel I often
    read (as long as I'm not the one driving)! I enjoy reading with the sun shining on me and usually sit by my kitchen window!

  13. I love reading on the balcony of a house on stilts at Myrtle Beach. The sound of waves in the background and a small breeze blowing gently over my tanning body-- and a Pepsi Max with lots of ice in a sweating glass beside me. (In my dream.)
    But normally I like reading in my La-z-boy chair while my family watches football because football is not a distraction for me :)
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