Monday, 21 November 2016

Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Beauty Mark by Stephie Walls


Cover Design: Cassy Roop / Pink Ink Designs
Release Date: November 21, 2016

Book Description: 

A soaring career...
A fractured heart...
Left in shattered shards of stained glass.

Aspiring author, Callie Clark, finally achieves her most-coveted goal, landing a contract in a highly sought-after publishing company. Reeling from the pain of a broken heart, Callie puts her love life on hold.

Focused solely on her career, the dream she’s faithfully held onto becomes taunting, and the higher she climbs, the faster she falls.

When tragedy winds itself through triumph, Callie learns to open her heart again. But it might be too late when a visitor from her past resurfaces and threatens the dream she clings to.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“These are the moments that leave marks on your heart. Savor it, remember the details, sear it into your memory. This scar will be your story down the road.”

Stephie Walls really brings her ‘A’ Game with Beauty Mark. This book ticked all my boxes, I was hooked from start to finish and couldn’t put this book down. With characters in their thirties and forties, I was at home and I think it is this age group that resonated deep within and personally gave me that intense character connection that I crave. As much as I love reading about the younger generation when you get a great book in your age group you find yourself relating more, empathising more and being able to put yourself in their shoes, the reality and joys of life experience.

I also have to say I love books about authors, authors writing about their experiences in getting themselves out there. We see it on the periphery looking in, but to get the nuts and bolts always intrigues me. Our heroine, Callie, is a budding author and when this book starts she is in a mundane nine-to-five job, bored out of her skull, until one day she decides to take the chance. With a few months’ worth of savings, she quits her job and begins writing her first novel…not as easy as she first thought. She soon finds her new permanent office is the local Starbucks and it is here that Callie Clark Author begins in more ways than one.

Callie Clark is one of the lucky ones, her first book launches her career and the reward is the publishing contract of her dreams. Professionally, Callie Clark is in the stratosphere, her personal life, not so much and with the help of her best friends Hayden and Liam, they pull her out of the dark depths of despair.

“You don’t have to be his victim, Callie. You can choose to be a survivor…”

Her best friend, Hayden was an amazing character and these two together were family, always there for one and other, in good times and bad. Their friendship is one that we all want, one where they can be your confidante, your rock, your biggest supporter, yet when it comes to it, they will tell you home truths with only love and your best interests as their ammunition.

“You need to get your head out of your ass before you drown in shit…”

Liam was high up in the chain of the publishing house that Callie was contracted to. Forever a singleton, handsome, intelligent, but most of all, had a heart of gold. Liam went above and beyond, all the time and as a male character, Stephie Walls nailed him.

Sometimes, when a book spans ten plus years you find your interest waning and the characters lose their allure and the inclination to read dies off…that is not the case with Beauty Mark. The more time I spent with these characters, the more time I wanted and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Also, because I spent so much of their lives with them I was heavily invested in their story both mentally and emotionally and this led to one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride at times.

“His touch rolls out like the waves on the shore…the sunrise – the sunset…he’s the beauty and the sport, the beginning and the end. Everything about him leaves imprints on my life.”

In short, I adored this book, the words and story are just as beautiful as its cover. Stephie Walls nailed her characters, gave us a memorable, addictive plot and one unputdownable read. The dialogue was on point, the emotion was prevalent throughout and the smattering of wit lightened up the pages. The relationships between these characters were honest and real and all characters had their part to play and were well developed. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

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About the Author:

Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has five novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world. 
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