+Book Cover Reveal+ A Book Spotlight on #NewAdult Contemporary Romance Release: “Asher’s Mark” by Amy Durham

Posted Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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}: Book Spotlight: New Adult Contemporary :{

Asher’s Mark by Amy Durham
Published BySelf-Published by Author, TBA August 2014
Official Author WebsitesSite@Amy_Durham | Facebook | GoodReads
Converse on Twitter: #AshersMark or #AmyDurham

Available Formats: E-Book, Paperback
Page Count: approx. 300


Asher's Mark by Amy Durham. Cover Art Design Credits: Tracy Stewart at Simply Bookish. Tattoo for Asher by Teresa Reasor (author & artist)
Cover Art Design Credits: Tracy Stewart at Simply Bookish.
Tattoo for Asher by Teresa Reasor (author & artist).
Ebook Cover Art

}: Book Synopsis :{

Grace Ballard has been in love with Asher Howell for a long time. When she was sixteen, he became her hero, and she fell head over heels for the boy with a ring through his eyebrow, a big heart, and an unending sense of justice. But two years ago he left for college without a backward glance, leaving Grace to wonder if she’d imagined everything.

With no reason to wait for Asher to return, Grace moved on, and Asher’s brother, Adam, stepped in to help her pick up the pieces. But Asher never left her thoughts… or her heart. Now, two years later, tragedy brings Asher home and back into Grace’s life. The boy who left her behind is now very much a man – a licensed tattoo artist, much to his parents’ dismay, and still carrying a major torch for Grace. But two years apart has changed them both, and the things that happened during their separation may create a divide that can’t be crossed.

Asher and his brother both left their mark on Grace’s heart. Will Asher’s be able to stand the test of time?

}: Author Biography :{

Amy Durham

After spending every work day with classrooms full of tweens and teens, then going home to three boys of her own, two of whom fall into the tween/teen category, you’d think that Amy Durham might like to leave the world of teenagers and young adults behind. Not so!

Instead, she spends her spare moments – which sometimes consist of waiting twenty minutes for her oldest kiddo to get out of band practice – with her laptop and a multitude of teenage characters trying to navigate their way through the twisted, difficult road of adolescence. You might ask… “Why Young/New Adult Fiction”? Well, because it’s what she knows. As a teacher and a parent, Amy is around teens on an almost constant basis. And while it’s true they can be – ahem – challenging, they are also full of life, vision, and dreams. And that’s a really cool place to be.

Young Adult and New Adult Fiction allows young readers the opportunity to find hope for the situations they find themselves in, find determination to keep on going, and courage to pursue their dreams. It also allows adult readers the chance to revisit the exuberance of youth, remember the joy and poignancy of first love, and recall how it felt to dream with abandon.

Amy Durham is a wife and mother, an author, a teacher, an avid reader, and a musician. If she weren’t writing books, she’d be a celebrity chef!


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}: on Behalf of Amy Durham :{

I have always attempted to keep my mind open to new genres and sub-genres to explore whilst I wander through the literary realms, even if at times I stumble across stories that might not quite whet my palette of interest. If I find myself able to be remain open to the possibilities of where each story might take me, I am on the right path as a reader! Therefore, even though I’ve had a bit of a rocky entrance into the New Adult branch which is by extension the next option past Young Adult, I have remained cognizant of the writers who pen the stories within this sphere of literature. When I found that a Young Adult / New Adult author was following me on Twitter, I decided to take the moment to get to know who they were, their writing style, and read their feeds. I was not expecting to discover they were offering their next new release as a book for review for book bloggers! This enticed my interest a bit and in the end, I have come to know quite a remarkable writer who is a teacher by day, and a Mum!

You will find that I appreciate getting to know who follows me on Twitter, even if I do not get the proper chance to respond straight-away from when a person follows me, odds are in favour that I will not only visit their Twitter Profile but I will click through to their websites as well. I like to know who is following me as I never believed in simply accruing a list of ‘names’ without knowing a bit about who they are, how they started to follow me, and if they are enjoying my blog and tweets. I am a social reader, after all!

I will admit when I first saw the Cover Art design for “Asher’s Mark”, I did draw in a breath of unexpected air as I was not expecting Asher to be shirtless! Laughs. Even as a thirty-something reader, life affords a few surprises for you! His tattoo and the back-story of how tattoos play a bit of a part in the storyline is what first appealed to me to read the novel, as I have always been keenly fascinated and intrigued by tattoo art and tattoo design! To the brink that I used to watch the reality series on TLC! I always was attracted to the ‘stories’ behind the ‘tattoos’ as that is truly what interested me the most! How each person who was receiving a new tatt was asking to symbolise a part of their life onto their skin and through the ink to fuse together mind, heart, memory, and emotion. Some of the best recent artwork I’ve seen in pictures are actually the tatts that one of the survivors of the Cleveland kidnapping case has: Michelle Knight has a beautiful set of tattoos and I love the symbolism she has for them! Especially the dragon!

As I read her biography, I was quite happily enjoying the reasons why Durham loves Young Adult Fiction, because I too, appreciate this branch of literature myself for similar reasons. I re-entered reading Children’s Lit due to being an Auntie and a future Adoptive Mum, as I wanted to reacquaint myself with the stories of today’s generation from where I left off reading the selections from my own youth. I started reading adult novels when I was fourteen, which in June my birthday marked this rite of passage 21 years ago! I’m still impressed all that time has moved forward as like Durham, I feel like I can relate to the age of hope, discovery, and self-identity journeys. I think that is one reason some of my own novels I’m writing have teens inside them, aside from the fact I was a teen when I started writing them.

Through reading Durham’s Q&A about “Asher’s Mark” on her homepage, I appreciated what she said about writing a New Adult that shows passion can go past physical attraction and reveal our own niches in the world. To where we can live passionately but not always have that go directly into love scenes and an explosion of hormones! I think that is one thing literature is lacking for Young Adults these days is a clear distinction between seeking out what your passionate about as an individual vs always focusing on the physicality of relationships.

In our conversations leading up to my acceptance of the Cover Reveal and the book in exchange for an honest review, what I appreciated the most about Ms. Durham is her willingness to read through my Review Policy whilst giving me honest answers to my enquiries. Not every author reads a book blogger’s Review Policy and when I find authors who take the extra time to get to know who I am as well as my reading preferences, I have a greater respect for them in return. They are taking the same interest in me as I am in getting to know their writing voice, style, and back-list of published works. I decided to include a ‘quotation’ taken from our correspondence and include it with this Cover Reveal, because I believe the author’s own words can best express the gratitude I felt in her replies. She truly has a captivating way of presenting stories that younger readers and adult readers would be attracted to reading and for that, I am especially grateful that our paths have crossed!


}: Author Quotation :{

 I always write with younger audiences in mind. While I am an adult and enjoy a wide range of sub-genres in romance (including sweet/mild and sometimes steamier romances) as a reader, as a YA/NA author, I want what I write to be “appropriate” for the youngest age range of reader that might read the book. This was a decision I made because I wanted my sons to be able to hold my book up to their classmates and say “My Mom wrote this!” Like you, I am often drawn to stories that are full of hope and aren’t quite so dark throughout the bulk of the book. I like to think that preference for reading material makes its way into my own books! – quoted from personal correspondence from the author and quintessentially is the reason I wanted to participate not only in the Cover Reveal but to offer an Author Guest Post and accept her book for review.

Cover Art Design Credits: Tracy Stewart at Simply Bookish. Tattoo for Asher by Teresa Reasor (author & artist)
Cover Art Design Credits: Tracy Stewart at Simply Bookish.
Tattoo for Asher by Teresa Reasor (author & artist).
Paperback Cover Art : Full Layout

}: Previous Releases :{

{ read their book synopsises }
  • Once Again (Sky Cove: Book 1)
  • Once and For All (Sky Cove: Book 2)
  • Dusk
  • For Once (Sky Cove: Part 1.5 A Short Story)

}: Excerpts of ‘Asher’s Mark’ :{

Snippet One

Snippet Two

This Book Spotlight & Cover Reveal is courtesy of:

Amy Durham

the author Amy Durham.

Be sure to scope out my Bookish Upcoming Events to mark your calendars!!

Return on the morrow, to read Ms. Durham’s Author Guest Post!

Similar to blog tours, when I feature a showcase for an author via a Guest Post, Q&A, Interview, etc., I do not receive compensation for featuring supplemental content on my blog.

Kindly leave a note for Ms. Durham in the comment threads below, as I will be alerting her as they arrive in for response! Also, I would love to hear from visitors and regular readers alike on this one question: Do you seek out new writers and stories outside your sphere of ‘must reads’ and ‘comfort reads’!? Do you like to experiment with new ways in which the craft of creating story is told in today’s market of releases OR do you tend to stick with writers / stories you already know you will love!? I am most curious to hear your responses! If you are a regular reader of Contemporary Romance fiction, does “Asher’s Mark” draw your eye of interest!?

{SOURCES: Book Cover art for “Asher’s Mark”, Amy Durham photograph, book synopsis, author biography,  were provided by the author Amy Durham and used with permission. Cover Reveal badge provided by Parajunkee to give book bloggers definition on their blogs.}

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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