Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog tour + Giveaway: Beautifully Awake and Beautifully Done

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Beautifully Awake (Beautifully Awake #1) by Riley Mackenzie 
Published: September 26, 2013 

Diagnosis: Sleep-running
Treatment: Truth 
Prognosis: Beautifully Awake

Lili Porter hates the rain. Bad things happen in the rain. As a small town social worker dedicated to protecting children, she is forced to start over to escape her rural disaster. Determined to follow her father’s advice—head up and chin high—Lili finds herself in a new city, taking on a new system, this time healthcare. In doing so, she gets something she never expected, an intimate behind-the-scenes look at life in the hospital.

 Lili learns that a surgeon’s hands have the power to heal more than physical wounds. And a prescription for truth can cure three years of sleep running and leave you beautifully awake.


   

The only way I can describe the setting in Beautifully Awake is Grey's Anatomy.  The story on the other hand is all new.  Lili is a case worker at a hospital with a tight budget, which forces her to rotate departments.  As luck would have it, she drops right into the neurosurgery department with the new head of the department with intense eyes and a god-like physique.  The situation wages war on the Wall of China built around her heart.  Chase is a top neurosurgeon with lots of skill to share, but when it comes to his part is anything but an open book.

The book held a lot of mystery in the beginning that slowly unraveled, but was not at all predictable.  Lili and Chase are perfect complements of each other, she's caring and smart, he's intense and skilled.  Chase was a mystery at first, I wasn't sure if he like Lili or couldn't stand her, but he quickly put that question to rest.  Lili is lovely and caring and you can't help hoping she gets a happy ending.  The book ended perfectly, but luckily I got to see more of them in Beautifully Done.

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Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake #2) by  Riley Mackenzie 
Published: July 16, 2014

Diagnosis: Borrowed time 
Treatment: Trust 
Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman. He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride.

He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility. 

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done.

 ***Author's note*** Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili's story first. For readers 18+    

The perfect phrase to describe Beautifully Done is YOLO ("you only live once").  I want to apologize to the author for describing her book with overused slang.  Asher is a ladies man that is living on borrowed time.  When a blast from the past comes into his life, Asher may be forced to rethink his life.  Talia is a successful woman whose past made her who she is today.

Let me tell you, Riley Mackenzie can write a story.  Just like in Beautifully Awake there is a lot of mystery that won't be revealed till Riley decides she wants to tell you, but will tease you with hints throughout the story.  You cannot guess stuff ahead of time because you will be wrong, repeatedly.  I loved Asher, he's been added to my collection of favorite womanizers and I LOVE that he has green eyes, which is the best thing any author can do for a character!  I can't begin to describe how much I love Asher, he was just written so well.  Talia was great too and her and Asher were perfect together, but Asher is one of my all time favorites.  I love nothing more than a superbly written ladies man.

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About the Authors

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Yep. That's an “s.” There are two of us!

We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.

It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.
So you can easily find us at 4 o'clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).

When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school. Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?

Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one.

 So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!  

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