Monday, October 28, 2013

Release Day - WHERE WE FELL by Amber L. Johnson Review and Excerpt

Amber L. Johnson's WHERE WE FELL is finally available.

You can now get your copy of Amber L. Johnson's debut New Adult novella, WHERE WE FELL.

Early praise for WHERE WE FELL:

"a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story"                                        - Stephanie on Goodreads

"Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon."              - Author Sydney Logan

"It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one."                                    - Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing

Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight - and to live.

“Wouldn’t it freak you out if I took my hair off right this second and was like, ‘Oh my god, Oliver, I had cancer too!”

“Don’t lie.  That’s a shitty thing to lie about.”

“Is it?”

I shrug, trying to control my emotions.  “It would explain why you changed your hair, I guess.”

She straightens her spine.  “I guess it would.  Or maybe it makes sense that my mom had cancer.  And lost her hair.  So I dyed my hair and cut about sixteen inches off to donate to her for a wig.  That might make sense, too.”

Hannah Hartwell is weird.  And she’s awkward.  But at this exact moment she is not a liar.

“I might not know what you’re going through first hand, okay? But I know what it’s like to see it from the sidelines.  My mom didn’t even tell me that she was going in for testing.  Didn’t tell me she got a diagnosis.  She just called me on a Wednesday and said she was going in for surgery on Friday, and could I please make sure to pay my phone bill on time this month.  It was like, how did she just go to these appointments without telling anyone?  So blase.  Like you.  It baffles me.”

I’m silent as she talks because I have nothing to say.

“It’s kinda ironic that the woman who leaves an oncologist because he’s ‘married to his job’ ends up getting the one thing he could potentially help her with.”

The room is so quiet that I can hear the music from outside filtering into the house between the window panes and cracks under the doors.  Our food is going to go cold, which bothers me a little, even though I’m no longer hungry.  She did spend a long time cooking it, after all.

Instead of saying anything about her confession, I pick up the ear of corn and start eating.  

“This is good,” I say.  And I mean it.

She forces a tight smile and picks at her own plate.

“It’s not ‘cure my cancer’ good.  But it’s good.”

This time, it’s a spoon that she throws at my head.

About Amber L. Johnson:
Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

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You can get an e-book and print version of WHERE WE FELL on Amazon Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson
You can get a print copy on Createspace 

Three of us reviewers here at Ficwishes have read and reviewed WHERE WE FELL on Goodreads.  I've decided to just go ahead and post all three reviews to help you get a full picture of why we loved this little story so much.

Me first.  (Review by Lori)

Oliver Bishop receives some really bad news. As he sits at a diner, staring in shock, he unexpectedly meets the one person who could save his life.

Hannah is home from college for summer vacation. She isn't looking for love, but what she finds is so much more.

This is a beautiful story of life. It's messy and often ugly, but its because of the bad that we are able to truly appreciate the good.

I have to confess to knowing and loving the author, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a fantastic little novella that will steal your heart. I had the privilege of reading Where We Fell as it was written and often got so lost in the story that I forgot whose words I was reading.

I'm so proud to finally see this published.

(Nikki's thoughts.)

I won't bore anyone reading this review with more summarizing the plot of this book. 

I'm more concerned with letting you know that Where We Fell sincerely made me feel; hope, sadness, but mostly joy and love. This is a really well written novella. And its amazingly packed very neatly into 83 pages. I highly recommend this short read to anyone, but especially fans of books like The Sea of Tranquility and The Fault in Our Stars (sigh). 

Honestly, this book blew me away. It was, simply put, fucking gorgeous. I look forward to more books from Amber, she's definitely an up and coming author to watch. Buy this one immediately!

(Stephanie's Review)

Oliver is still in high school when he finds out his short life just got an expiration date. On the day of his diagnosis, he's drowing his sorrows at the diner, when he meets Hannah, the fun, lively,-always sticking her foot in her mouth - waitress. From there, an unlikely friendship blooms into something much, much more. Hannah, and a photo album of memories, are the only things keeping Oliver going. 

I loved this book. It's a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story about a boy and a girl, and their really amazing friendship, which leads to them falling in love, despite the fact that he could die. Even having lost her own mother, Hannah gets the pain that will come if he does, but loves him anyway. She's his rock, and she's never going to let him fall even of he wants to give up. 

The thing about Where We Fell, is that it brought up a much bigger question for me, personally. Is the person you fall in love with before beating Cancer, the same person afterward? Are either of you? When you go through something extraordinary as fighting and actually beating something that should kill both your spirit and your faith in the process, it's bound to change you inside in ways that you'd never imagine. Some people recover from the disease, but their loved ones never quite bounce back from the experience. I appreciate books that make me think and question. 

I loved that Hannah struggled with the person Oliver becomes, and how he makes her see that the Big C didn't take who he was, but made him a better man for fighting it. I loved watching their realationship evolve and grow into something indescribable and beautiful. 

Where We Fell had me smiling, in tears, and jumping for joy throughout the story. 

And while I admit I was privilaged to read the story as the chapters were written, as well as a very good friend of the author, this in no way changes or my opinion of the book.

I am very, very excited to see more from Amber Johnson.

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