Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Non-Friction by Morgan Parker

Book Title: Non Friction
Author: Morgan Parker
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
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After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rock star, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist.

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The author gifted me this book and I offered to give it an honest review in return.

I have to start with, this isn't the typical romance type book that I read. I honestly might have passed this book over if the book wasn't brought to my attention by someone following the blog. It's written by a guy, which made me apprehensive. I've read 'romance' books written by guys and they are either hit or miss. They either are horribly wrong or they hit the mark. This book definitely hit the mark!

A quick synopsis of the book, Morgan Barker finds himself in a bad situation after 12 years of marriage. His wife has decided to just up and leave and take their young daughter with her. Not knowing what to do, he ends up writing a book that becomes an Amazon top seller. He quickly finds out that self publishing a book on Amazon doesn't amount to all he thought it would. He starts writing 'Our Story' in hopes to win his wife (and his safe routine) back. The problem? He also meets Emma, who makes him feel like maybe there is hope for him. Does he continue the impossible task of winning back his wife or try to start new with Emma (who has her own personal baggage)?

I love that this book is written by Morgan Parker (a fictional name) about a fictional character named Morgan Barker. The writing in this book is top notch. Parker's writing lets you visualize every scene and you feel what Morgan is feeling. There are scenes that are really funny and other parts that you just really feel for Morgan and his situation. I also love how you see Morgan's character evolve through the story. Although, he makes mistakes, you can't help but hope he gets his 'happy ending'.

I would give this book 4.25 stars. You need to read this book and experience it for yourself. And yes, it is an experience in real life issues and true to life emotions. 

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Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted former banker. Because he could never balance his cash at the end of the banking day, he made up stories in order to keep his job. None of those stories was Textual Encounters, which is great because readers will discover a truly unique and original romance that has never been told before.
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Katie discovers an unlocked iPhone in the back seat of a taxi. But instead of turning it in to the driver as lost, she decides to keep it for herself.

Outside of the usual clutter you would expect to find on a smartphone, what captures Katie's interest is the single conversation she finds on the phone's secure text messaging service, a three-month dialogue between a woman with an uncertain past named Christine and a single, eligible man named Jake.

From Strangers to Soulmates in 90 Days

What starts out as a message intended for someone else ends up being the beginning of a relationship more powerful than anything Christine or Jake have ever experienced.

But nothing ever turns out to be as good as it initially seems and their histories slowly reveal details and past lovers that threaten to derail their humble quest for love.

Forgotten In The Back Seat of a New York City Taxi

Can Christine and Jake overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, doubts and secrets that endanger their love?

If so, why would such a relationship get forgotten in the back seat of a New York City taxi?

Presented in a Format Unlike Any Other You Will Find

Follow Katie as she reads through the 3 months of conversations that form The Christine + Jake Affair and provide the foundation for the Textual Encounters Trilogy
Having found a white iPhone in the back of a New York City cab, Katie orchestrates a "chance" meeting with Jake, the man of her dreams. Knowing more than she lets on, Katie develops a relationship with Jake that ultimately gets captured in text form. And those texts are passed along to the married woman that just lost Jake's baby.

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