Saturday, March 22, 2014

Everything Blog Tour

Dacey's Harper is a 22 year old college student
who lives in a very small town where everyone knows her name, to everyone in
town she is known as the niece of the town crazy and is next in line to jump on
the crazy train. Dacey however, is doing her best to keep it all together;
including an unsympathetic father, a stepmother who has raised her as her own,
a larger than life stepsister who at times she doesn't even know what to do
with and not to mention her Adonis God of a boyfriend. Top that off with her
spicy Latin best friend and, let’s not forget her crazy aunt who has the
world’s best one-liners, Dacey has her hands full but all that changes with one
phone call and Dacey is left questioning Everything.


He was always on his super extra-best gentlemanly
behavior when at my parents'.

“Well, however long
it’s been, it’s been too long,” said mom as she came in from the kitchen. “How
are you, Trevor?”

“I’m good, Mrs.
Harper,” he said, giving her a hug.

“Please, I have told
you since you started dating my daughter to call me Ann. You may even call me
Mom one day, who knows?” She gave him a wink.

“Mom,” Aria wailed.
“Why would you jinx them like that? Oh my gosh, you're so … ” she said as she
put her head in her hands and shook it back and forth.

“Your mom is so
embarrassing,” she mouthed to me.

“She was your mom
first,” I mouthed back.

“Only by four years,”
I said, holding up four fingers.

“What are you girls
talking about now?” mom asked.

“Nothing,” we both
said at the same time.

“I hate when you do
that!” she said.

“Sorry,” we said at
the same time, again.

“I give up,” she
sighed and went in the kitchen to put dinner on the plates.

That left us to go
sit in the family room with Wally, who had been ignoring us so far by reading
his paper, but when we sat down next to him, Trevor, bless his heart; actually
spoke first.

“Good evening, sir,”
he said, extending his hand.

“Uuh,” my dad
grunted, not bothering to look up from his paper.

“Hey, Dad,” I said.

“You’re late.”

you’re a dick,
I thought to myself as I watched Trevor drop his hand limply
to his side.

“By like three
minutes, and mom said around seven
not at seven, so … ” I trailed off.

“All I know is I am
hungry and we had to wait for you, and you stroll in here being ungrateful for
a meal that’s free,” he grunted out.

“Dad, I didn’t mean …
” I stared.

“Daddy,” Aria cut in,
“you didn’t ask how my classes went today, grouchy pants.”

“Thanks,” I mouthed,
shooting her a grateful look.

She shrugged it off.
She was used to defusing our father-daughter “conversations,” especially when
he was grouchy.

“I’m sorry, baby
girl, how was your day? Do you like all your classes?” he asked her sweetly.

He did a complete
Jekyll and Hyde; if I wasn’t so used to it, I would have been suspicious and
started looking in the basement for his laboratory.


What to say about a book titled “Everything”?  Well… for starters… I LOVED just about everything in this book.  Ok… one thing, and I just can’t believe I’m gonna say this, it seems that recently I’ve found myself becoming bored with the romance (contemporary, paranormal, historical…) that are waaaay overloaded with graphic sex scenes…yep, Me…I know… I still can’t believe it myself.  Now, understand… it’s not that I don’t want to have some sizzling sexy bits in my romance reads… it just seems like a lot…and by a lot I’d say may 8 outta 10 authors are depending waaaay too much on the sex to hold the rest of the book together.  Almost as if they are writing a dozen or more sex scenes first… then filling the spots in between with bland, boring and predictable plotlines.  Have no fear…I’m not about to start campaigning for sexless romance novels… just maybe that authors try instead to initially write the foundation of their story first, leaving out any and all sexy bits, get it to their beta readers for feedback, and when, and only when the beta’s fall in love with the storyline … go back and sprinkle in your “dirty” for plot enhancement.  Cause let’s face it, it we compared the books I’m talking bout, to let’s say…a romantic relationship that was based 90% on sex… eventually it would be doomed to failure as well.

Now… the reason I happen to include my crazed ranting with this review… is because, repeating my earlier statement, I LOVE just about everything about this book, the only thing that I would’ve made it even better… a little “dirty” sprinkled in.  The plot, characters and conflict & resolution were all done extremely well.  The author, Jeri Williams, infused so much emotion and personality into her characters… I had to remind myself that they were all fictional personas all created from a very talented mind.  Dacey, Aria, Tina, Wally & Ann, Trevor, Riley, Opal and Justin, just to name the base cast, were all so multi-dimensional and intriguing.  The plot and pace of the story was amazing and firmly engaged my attention.  I was so emotionally invested in this book that by the time I read the last page, I wanted nothing more than to immediately start reading the next book the author has planned for her characters.  Just to clarify… this book doesn’t really end on a “traditional” cliffhanger… but because Jeri left some of the situations unresolved, I couldn’t help but WANT to read more about how they will play out.  And totally didn’t feel the “sense of cliffhanger trickery” that many authors also seem to be employing in their books. 

Jeri… I am absolutely captivated with your characters and the lives you have created for them!  Please get the next book to us quickly… and if you were to decide to sprinkle a little dirty into an already phenomenally awesome story, I would totally NOT be hating that!  But, no pressure I’d still love it if ya didn’t!
5 stars  ~Kathy

About the Author:

Jeri Williams lives a super fabulous lifestyle
(by fabulous, she mean’s kinda lame) in the hot Florida sun and loves reading
of any kind (except instruction manuals and cereal boxes). She has always
written stories and made her family listen to them since she was young,
although this is her first book she has ever published. She is a mom of an
up-and-coming Jerry Seinfeld (in girl form) and also enjoys being right and
knowing everything, although she is hardly ever right and really doesn't know
anything and is obsessed with inventing miniature zoo animals you can carry
around in your pocket (although not really).

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, I'm happy you enjoyed it. the next book is not 'dirty' per say but not as vanilla.