Monday, August 24, 2015

Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery: Tens LIst with Book Review

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What are 10 weird things about you? 
(Chose this option because who doesn’t like to know weird facts about others ;) )

1) I have an irrational fear of all bugs, spiders especially but I loathe them all equally and turn into a crying ninja when I see them.
2) I make fancy shmancy cakes, but don’t really like to eat cake.
3) Stray cats are attracted to me like lent to static.
4) I have a fear of being murdered while in the shower, even when the door is locked I am afraid something will crawl out of the mirror or toilet so I keep my eyes open the whole time…even when washing my face (it is possible).
5) I totaled my first car going 3 (yes three) miles an hour.
6) I totally believe in aliens. In my head I picture them all as Luxen aka Daemon (The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout)
7) I could eat avocados, chicken and watermelon for the rest of my life and be completely content.
8) Short arm T-rex jokes get me every time haha! 
9) I had the brilliant idea of going by a pen name of Summer Rayne until I said it out loud and ugly laughed at how ridiculous it was. 
10) I have an issue with whiteboards. I will redo them a million times till the words/lines are straight.


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Title:   Scarred
Author:   Elizabeth Montgomery
Published:  June 26th, 2015
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  YA Coming of Age, Antibullying
Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis:  For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.


Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?

She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.

Flawed. Damaged. A freak.

Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities.


20% of proceeds go to an antibullying foundation.

Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Excerpt from Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery:

The halls were crowded with kids trying to get to class, but one person stood out in the crowd as she always did. Harper Clarke. The bane of my existence. I learned early on in middle school that she came from the upper crust, but her love was bought by her alcoholic mother and absent father. She was beautiful, popular, and I’m pretty sure she could wipe her butt with hundred dollar bills if there was no toilet paper.

Walking into class, I saw the one person I wished would just move out of the state, Harper. She was draped over my desk. Our English teacher thought it was a good idea to assign seats in tenth grade. It had not been conducive to my fading-into-the-crowd plan since my desk was toward the front of the room.

“Can you remove your butt from my desk please?” I asked as sweetly as I could.

“Aww, what’s wrong, Scarface? Didn’t bring your guns?” she asked with a bogus frown and then doubled over laughing. She had called me Scarface ever since I could remember. One of the downfalls to growing up in a small town: everyone knows everyone. Forever.

“What are you talking about, Harper?” I asked, dropping my backpack to the ground beside the desk.

“Don’t you get it? Scarface…guns…Al Pacino.” Her head tilted to the side like a confused puppy. “Whatever,” she said as she rolled her eyes. “I heard you’re coming to Blake’s party?” she asked, crossing her legs across the desk.

“Who told you that?” I was starting to get annoyed, but I didn’t want to push her; she was ruthless and would tear me to shreds in a public humiliation scene.

“Well, Blake himself, silly. I think he likes you.” She had a southern twang in her voice and a pageant smile plastered across her face.

“That’s nice. Can I have my desk back please? Class is about to start and you wouldn’t want a smudge on that perfect image you have, would you?” I winked at her as she wrinkled up her face at me before grabbing my backpack and dumping its contents on the floor. Flipping her hair over her shoulder, she walked away like nothing happened.

MY REVIEW (repost)


This fast paced, easy to read book quickly grabbed my attention and I read it all in a short afternoon.  The stereotypical characters interacted together fairly typically.  I liked the writing style and the voice.  I particularly liked Avery’s mom.  It was refreshing that Avery and her mother had a very close loving relationship;  not adversarial.  I really enjoyed their interactions. 

I enjoyed the story and felt it did a good job pointing out how hurtful and harmful bullying is.  It also did a good job showing how teens can react to being the target of a bully in generally non-combative, positive confrontations.  At the end Avery used the hard-life lessons she had endured to show compassion and friendship to a girl who truly had no right to expect such generosity.

This book packs a wallop not soon to be forgotten. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

About the Author:
Author Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and raised a hop, skip, and a jump away in Yorktown, Virginia. Paranormal inspiration was easily obtained during her childhood in the Historic Triangle. This helped to spur her love of Paranormal romance stories, but she also enjoys reading YA and NA.

She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading, or writing.

“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”

Find Elizabeth on the Periscope mobile app: @EMontgomeryAuth

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Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • A $25 Amazon gift card and 5 ecopies of Scarred.

Giveaway is International.

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