Today, we are pleased to welcome new indie author Gail McHugh to our blog as she promotes her new book Collide which will release on 1/21/13.
Gail McHugh will be giving an ebook copy of Collide and a bookmark at each blog stop. To enter, leave a comment on our facebook page as to why you love reading. Winner will be chosen on Tuesday January 22nd!
Enter to win a GRANDPRIZE of signed paperback of Collide and a $10 Amazon gift card below. Contest ends on 1/21/13!
A missed first encounter…
Colliding with a second chance…
On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.
While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.
Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.
This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life
This was a really well written book for a debut author.
In COLLIDE, Emily Cooper arrives in New York to live with her best friend. Her boyfriend, Dillon Parker resides in the city, and for Emily who just buried her mother, this is a fresh start. While trying to secure a teaching job, Emily takes a job waitressing and this is how she meets Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome AKA Gavin Blake.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gavin. He was a well-rounded character; you could feel his struggle with finding someone who pulls at his heart. The connection between Emily and Gavin was one the reader could feel. You felt the initial spark and then you watch their friendship develop and grow over the initial lust of attraction.
Emily’s boyfriend Dillon Parker is another story. When the book first opens, you think he is a good guy having supported Emily through the death of her Mom. You sense something is off because Olivia, Emily’s best friend can not stand him and she does not keep that a secret. I throughly enjoyed Olivia’s loud mouth, she truly had her friend’s best interest in mind.
I also enjoyed Falcon, Emily’s co-worker. She was laugh out loud funny and her interactions with Olivia’s brother could make for a great spin-off story.
The characters in this story are all interconnected in some way – Gavin, Dillion and Olivia’s brother Trevor worked together. Gavin and Trevor grew-up together. These interactions made for a very intertwined story.
I did sometimes struggle to understand why Emily allowed Dillon to treat her so poorly and I really did not understand some of Trevor’s motivations. He claimed to see Emily as a sister but then says he does not want to get involved with what he thinks might be mistreatment of her.
Ms. McHugh’s description of New York City was vivid and telling, the city itself almost felt like a character.
The last scene left me with a knot in my stomach and not just because of the ending – it leaves you wanting for a book 2. It is powerful and leaves me hoping Emily has found her voice.
I am looking forward to PULSE, the second book and completion of this story releasing later this year.
I am very much looking forward to a stronger Emily and to reading more from this author.
Gail’s Dream Cast
In My Veins- Andrew Belle
9 Crimes – Damien Rice
Evil Angel- Breaking Benjamin
Closer- Kings of Leon
Almost Love- A fine Frenzy
You had me at hello- A day to remember
With me -Sum 41
The Unwinding Cablecar- Anberlin
Sweet and Low- Augustana
So Cold- Breaking Benjamin
Run- Snow Patrol
Run feat Sugarland- Matt Nathanson/Sugarland
Lovesick fool- The Cab
La Vie en Rose- Louis Armstrong
Kiss me- Ed Sheeran
About the Author
I’ve always been a lover of writing, but mostly dabbled in creating poetry while raising my three beautiful children. I am grateful that my husband of fifteen years has supported me—albeit sometimes kicking and screaming—as I pursue this “hobby” of mine. Without his help, writing would be an impossible endeavor.
In late June 2012, I felt an urgent tug of my pen, and I began writing one of my first novels, Collide. Although I thought it might never see the light of day, it gave me the courage to plunge headfirst onto a path I had never considered before.