BookTitle: Beyond Believing (Book #1) by D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 Non-explicit sex, swear words (light...couple f bombs)
Book Description for Book #1:
When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her entire life is upended. Shattered with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to trust Dan’s eternal friendship. That trust allows him to break through to her from the beyond, and Dan guides Olivia through the twists and turns of her life into something new and entirely unexpected.
When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and no one to turn to, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. He isn’t quite the comfort Olivia hoped for, but on that journey, meets someone who fills the void in her heart. She’s never experienced such a deep love. It heals her soul and rekindles her spirit - and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.
Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D Marx regards this book as her love letter to friendship.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This was an inspiring bittersweet tale of two tragedies which had a devastating effect on two individual lives lives.
Narrated by the two key individuals, it offered the reader the insights into the thoughts and feelings of the man and the woman these events effected and how each responded to his/her situations.
This is a story of true friendship and loyalty, family solidarity, existence beyond the grave, strong belief, and one's choices.
The characters are well portrayed and feel realistic. The background scenes are described in a way they are easily visualized. There is a steady captivating flow to the story.
For the average reader, this is a very interesting,relaxing, "quick read". However, I was disappointed to discover this was so similar to a novel I have previously read that I knew exactly what would happen for the most part of this tale...- Thus, it lost my interest... Never fear, the second book of the series made up for it.
Reader Beware: There are some crude remarks and a few sexual situations.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Are you a foodie?
When I came up with the character Finn McDaniels, I was addicted to watching the Food Network, which is funny since I am not a huge foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love food but I grew up with a very bland palette. I don’t like condiments. Say what? I grew up in the seventies and eighties so my “go-to” condiment, on a sandwich, was butter.
I was drawn into the network because I was fascinated these chefs could make, something from nothing, in a limited timeframe. Take the show ‘Chopped’. You are given a basket of ingredients and in a split second, the clock starts and you must make a five-star meal for the judges in under thirty-minutes to not be eliminated. The pressure and intensity alone would cripple me. The meals they create are nothing short of remarkable and nine out of ten of them include ingredients I’ve never heard of. It encouraged me to expand my palette.
I’m a texture person so if something doesn’t “look good” the chances of it crossing my lips is slim to none. Recently I had a friend take me to a high-end sushi restaurant. The entire sushi menu is on my “no thanks” list because of the raw and slimy textures. She asked me to trust her. My only rule was that she not reveal what I was eating until the end of the dinner.
The restaurant had a “chef’s option” where he chose what he prepared for you. The waiter asked us a handful of questions, around herbs and flavors, to get an idea of what we preferred. That was the only time we spoke. From there, eight different dishes were delivered from the kitchen, each more delicious than the last.
At the end of the night I found out I ate duck egg and almost fainted. That was right before I thanked my friend and informed her the meal was the best meal that I’d ever had the pleasure of experiencing in my lifetime. The moral of the story? In life, don’t limit yourself based on perceptions because you’re usually misinformed.
Meet the Author:
D.D. marx came barreling into this world with the “gift of gab”. Her parents quickly identified a pattern forming when each teacher conference contained the words “she’s a little too social”. d.d.’s biggest life concern was identifying which boy she’d be chasing at recess rather than mastering math problems. She parlayed this gift into creating play dates on the playground. If friendship were a business, she would be a millionaire. She prides her life on maintaining friends from every walk of life in every corner of the country. This is the fuel that fills her tank.
Graduating with a Communication degree from the University of Dayton, she attempted to break into the world of Public Relations but was instead side-tracked with a J.O.B. At the strong encouragement of her friends and family, who dubbed her a “funny story teller”, she stretched her comfort zone by entering the Second City program in Chicago where her itch for entertainment was finally scratched. Determined to share her story and create a legacy, she decided to combine these talents and become a writer. She returned to her alma-mater to immerse herself in a 3-day writing course where this dream finally came to life. Asked to imagine if she was a super-hero, her task was to dig-deep to describe her special powers. Based on the real-life tragedy of one of her best friends, that answer came without hesitation. All she’s ever wanted was the power to visit with him one last time. This is the inspiration that catapulted her into her debut project titled, the Beyond Series. She dove into a world imagining that he never left.
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Win one of 3 prize packages:
1st package is a Kindle Fire 8 16 GB that includes the ebook copies of the Beyond trilogy (open to USA only);
2nd package is a spa basket that includes paperback copies of the Beyond trilogy (open to USA only);
3rd package is ebook copies of the Beyond trilogy plus a $25 Amazon gift card (open int'l)
3 winners total
(ends Dec 28)
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