Monday, March 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Desert Flower

Upper YA - Women's Fiction
Date Published: 1/21/2013

Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert—the first, the dead body of her mama; the second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two is downright cruel.

Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurrecting past hurts and revealing old secrets. It also pits against one another the two men who vie for her heart: Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it; and Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.

When bad choices made as a child lead to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads, forced to face her demons head-on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive one's self is damn near impossible.

Visit old friends in this harrowing sequel to Desert Rice, in which award-winning author Angela Scott brings back the characters so many readers have loved. 

Author Bio:

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.
As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.
You can subscribe and follow me on my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.
Twitter: @whimsywriting

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My Thoughts:

I actually just finished reading this book, like five minutes ago. I just sat there with my mouth wide open like a dummy. This book is good y'all! VERY good. I did not expect it to have this sort of effect on me! I almost cried like 3 times while reading it. My emotions! GAH! Serious business this book! It's not fluffy and it's, at times, VERY heavy. Tons of intense things happen. 

I have to admit that I was already a fan of Madam Scott's. I love her zombie novels, and have reviewed them in the past so when I saw this book I snatched it up! She did not disappoint! Nope, no zombies in this book, but I still LOVED it. Sam is such a strong/tragic/emotionally damaged character, you can't help but love her, even when you know she'd doing dumbassed things! She's human. She's scarred and broken, but she's beautiful nonetheless. It's been AGES since a book has moved me like this! 

I will say that this is a sequal to Desert Rice, a book I have yet to read, but that did not stop me from understanding the events of this book. If ANYTHING it shows how amazing Angela Scott is at writing, because without knowing what happened in the first book..with slowly understanding Sam's past..I STILL felt connected and still felt like I knew what was going on. 

This book is intense and wonderful and full of amazing writing..I feel as if I am gushing, but it's the truth. Read this book. Do it! 


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review. I'm so glad you liked it. You also helped me to know if this book could read and stand on its own without having the knowledge of the first book, so that really made my day. That was my hope--for the book to stand on its own. Thank you for taking time to read it and for your great words. So appreciated.

    If you get a chance to add your review to Amazon, that would be totally AWESOME! :)

    Thanks, Angela Scott


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