Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Back to Reality by Danielle Allen

~ Synopsis ~

Her past: Emanuel Mills was her first love. The guitar playing, adventure seeking, IT whiz was everything she ever wanted.

Her present: Tyree Barker was her last love. The cultured, educated, successful entrepreneur was everything she needed.

But when Sahara Lee’s past and present collided, a series of events occurred that changed her life forever, leaving her future up in the air.

As a college freshman, a tragic accident changed the course of Sahara’s life. Ten years later, just when she started putting her life back together, Sahara’s world was rocked again due to a similar accident.

Heartbroken and guilt ridden, Sahara fell into old, familiar habits before quickly realizing that she wasn’t the same Sahara Lee anymore. Unable to live a lonely, loveless, isolated life anymore, Sahara decided that the way she coped before wasn’t going to work this time around.

Time didn’t heal her wounds, but forgiveness might.

~ My Review ~
5 Star Review
I really loved this book. It was a continuation to Back to Life. If you have not read that book yet, stop whatever you are doing and get on it! You don't want to miss out on this gut wrenching, tear your heart out series.

Sahara is trying to decide who she wants, Emanuel the guy she has loved all her life or Tyree, the guy who helped her start to live again. The only problem is when the going gets tough, she starts packing. She runs away from all her problems, thinking it will make them go away. Finally after this last times she wants to learn to live again and not run away from everything. With the help of a Dr. can she overcome her guilt? Will she finally be able to chose which man she wants?

Tyree has never felt as strongly for anyone as he does for Sahara. He never expected for her to be on love with a childhood friend. So when they worked things out and them gets in a wreck he wasn't expecting her to be gone. He doesn't understand why she would leave after everything she said to him before the accident. Will he forgive her for walking away? Or will he decide he is better off without her?

Emanuel has been in love with Sahara for years. It seems like Every time they have a chance to be together something gets in their way. He wants her, but can only handle being pushed away so many times. Will he move on with Ashlyn? Or does he wait for her?

This book is a must read book. I don't think I have ever wanted to throw my kindle more in any book. I seriously had to get up walk away from kindle and vent to the author over this book. Yes, I needed to say my peace as I read (love you Danielle)! To pull such strong emotions out of a reader is a true talent. It means a lot to me that she can make me feel so strongly about a fictional character. Well done Danielle and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us now!!
~ Sahara's Top Three ~
 ~ Top 3 fav songs ~
Jay Z—“Song Cry”
Etta James—“At Last”
Fleetwood Mac—“Landslide”

~ Top 3 artists ~

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Pablo Picasso
Andy Warhol

~ Top 3 paintings ~

Gold Griot by Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso
Ladies And Gentlemen by Andy Warhol

~ Top 3 musicians ~
Jay Z
Jill Scott

~ Top 3 fashion designers ~


Christian Louboutin
Alice + Olivia
~ Top 3 life moments ~
When I fell in love for the first time.

When I fell in love for the second time.

When I realized I didn’t have to be alone anymore.

~ Ty's Top Three ~
~ Top 3 musicians ~


John Legend


~ Top 3 songs ~

“Never Felt This Way” Brian McKnight

“Pretty Wings” Maxwell

“One Mic” Nas

~ Top 3 life moments ~

Graduating with top honors from undergrad and grad school.

Opening Motive and exceeding the financial projections for that first year.

Opening my heart for the first time.


~ Emanuel's Top Three ~

~ Top 3 thrill seeking adventures ~

BASE Jumping in West Virginia

Kayaking when the river is rough

Sky diving in Florida

~ Top 3 songs ~

“Hurt” –Johnny Cash

“Blood On The Leaves” – Kanye West

“Song Cry” – Jay Z

~ Top 3 life moments ~

Getting a contract to play professional basketball.

Surviving that accident.

Surviving my love life.

~ Author Bio ~
I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.

With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.

So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.

To know me is to love me.


~ Social Media Links ~


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~ Giveaway ~

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  1. I hope I win, I am greedy like that ;)

  2. It's not often you hear of other people who know who Jean Michel Basquiat was, much less is a fan. I think I <3 you.