Monday, December 30, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with...ahem... digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.
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Jenn's Review:

What can I say other than I love Debra Anastasia?! I have been waiting impatiently for this book ever since I read Poughkeepsie over a year ago! It was one of the most beautiful stories that I’d ever read and could not wait to get my hands on book 2.

One of the things I loved about this book was even though the focus is on Beckett and Eve, we still get in the heads and lives of Blake, Livia, Cole and Kyle. We share their love and heartache and I fell more in love with each of them all over again.

Beckett wants to be a man that deserves Eve. He still loves her fiercely but his past just doesn’t want to let go. For the last several years he has made a new life for himself. And that includes giving jobs to people that wouldn’t normally get hired and even giving a dog on death row a home. But situations arise where you just have to kill a man. Beckett has been gone so long that he fears he’s not needed anymore. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Eve also has a new life. And, an actual job, in an office! But while she’s training at the gym she’s approached for another job. If she doesn’t show up, there will be consequences. Next thing she knows, her dad is in the hospital and he’s been used as a punching bag.

Someone knows that Beckett is still alive and they are working on bringing him back to town. And, when he gets the call from Blake that Livia has been abducted, he’s there as soon as possible.

This group of characters is incredible. Their stories will break your heart then mend it to be stronger. And Beckett? I want him to have his happy ending so badly with Eve! They deserve it so much. We get a small taste of book 3 and I can already tell it’s going to be a good one. I really hope you enjoy Return to Poughkeepsie as much as I did!
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