Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Release Day - PUDDLE JUMPING by Amber L. Johnson

We are so excited to be able to announce the arrival of the newest book by Amber L. Johnson, PUDDLE JUMPING.  It is available in both e-book and paperback.

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

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.

Amber's musical suggestion for this book is Ten Feel Tall by Afrojack (ft. Wrabel)

I received an ARC of Puddle Jumping and have actually read it many times. I've seen it change and transform, but one thing has remained the same; the love that grows from a childhood friendship.

Lilly Evans meets Colton Neely when they are both young, but the impression that they leave on each other lasts for years to come. When Colton shows up at Lilly's high school after years of home schooling, Lilly takes it upon herself to guide Colton and show him the ropes. However, what she learns from him far exceeds anything that she could teach him.

Colton is an incredibly talented artist, but Lilly notices that he seems to have some anxiety in many social situations. Lilly learns that Colton has Asperger's and, good or bad, she decides not to do research right away, but to learn from him what that means.

Colton and Lilly struggle just like every young couple. They learn from each other and grow with each other, but face unexpected pressures caused by presumptuous actions and the expectations of others.

Puddle Jumping is a love story, not a how-to book. Amber's words are beautiful and her writing is captivating. She brings a humility and humor to her stories that is hard to find elsewhere. This is a must read for all Young Adult lovers.

1 comment:

  1. I love the original by 107yearoldvirgin and I know i will love the story of Lilly & Colton. I always try to purchase the books and support our ladies from our fandom when they are published even though I have the original stories. Good Luck Amber!! KimiD