Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spotlight, Reviews & Giveaway ~ The Learning Series by R.D. Cole

We are excited to share with you today the first TWO books in the Learning Series by R.D. Cole ~ Learning to Live (#1) & Learning to Heal (#2). Both books have been receiving great ratings and reviews. Don't miss out on reading them now before the third book Learning to Forgive releases in June. Make sure to check out these books, add them to your Goodreads and enter the GIVEAWAY below for $20 Amazon Gift Card, a special necklace and a set of Signed Paperbacks!

Book #1 - Learning to Live $.99

Being alive and living are not always the same.Trudy Love is used to being on her own and has rarely been shown affection. Between growing up in foster care and her abusive boyfriend she has no idea what life can be. At 19 she goes through something no one should ever experience and is left alone once again. Six months later she moves to Mobile, Alabama where she meets someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses everyday. Too late she finds herself caught in a storm of emotions that are unwanted, but she's determined to fight them off.
Jaxon Coleman has a good life, and for him to attend one of the finest Med schools in the country and follow in his dad's foot steps is a dream come true. However, dreams can change in life and when he meets Trudy he knows his will never be the same. Jax knows she has secrets she is unwilling to share, but he's never given up on something he wants and he wants Tru.
Can Trudy stop resisting her feelings and welcome the chance to live a different life than she pictured or will her defiance and haunted past eventually take her out of Jax's reach?
After tragedy living is not easy, but with the right person it can be learned.

*****5- Tragic yet Beautiful -Stars*****

~this review may contain minor spoilers

Love? Your name is Trudy Love?
And my sister calls you Tru, so your name is Tru Love?
Are you shittin' me or is that your real name?”

That was... well, intense. Tragic and beautiful, sweet and sexy. One woman's journey through soul-breaking heartbreak, learning hoe to live again and the man who loves her and shows her how. This was the first book I've read from R.D. Cole and for me it was insta-love. There was so much pain, from so many different people, but the underlying story was how love, family and friends can heal all wounds with a little bit of time and patience, as long as you let it. Sadly some people can't be reached in time and that is the real tragedy.

Tru, look at me. You were beautiful before I knew all this, but now you're the strongest and most beautiful woman I've ever met. I'm in awe of how you've overcome the shit life has thrown at you.”

Trudy Love has had to handle more in life than any one person should and that was before suffering a loss that would destroy most people- but she refuses to let it break her. Taking care of herself is all she's ever known, so she picks herself up, heads off to Alabama to attend college and attempts to put her life back together. But there is a fine line between existing and living and one look into a pair of gold-flecked brown eyes that seems eerily familiar tells her how very afraid she is of crossing back over that line.

there is something about her. I don't know. She's crazy hot, but it's something more than that. I feel like I need to know more about her.”

Jaxon Coleman knows the minute his eyes connect with Tru's that his life will never be the same. Sure she stunning and he wants he like no other, but it's more than that. One look in her eyes tells him she has had her share of heartbreak and he wants nothing more than to help her live her life and to take care of her. He knows getting her to trust him will time some time and a whole lotta work, but everything worth having is worth fighting for.

I know you have secrets, and I know you don't trust easily. I also know that you are mine, and I want to know everything about you.”

And just when you think things couldn't get more complicated- manipulative ex's, desperate cougars, and demons from the past all work to keep these two apart. Will Tru ever get to a point in her life where she just feels safe and loved?

whatever happens in life helps make us who we're meant to be and leads us to people we're meant to meet.”

So many characters to love in this book and some that will break your heart. Benji stole a little piece of me, the entire Coleman clan made me wanna move into my kindle with them, David cracked me up, Mason & Cohen were just the cutest, Jaxon was just sooo sweet and damn sexy, but Tru owned me. So strong, so resilient and beautiful, I just loved her. Cannot wait to see where this series takes me next, hope my heart can take it.

If something would have happened to you...
...I wouldn't be strong enough to make it without you. I love you so damn much, Tru, and I know this might be fast for you, but you're my forever.” 

Book #2 - Learning to Heal

"If Fools rush in, then most people in love are idiots. And I'm the biggest one of all."
Meet Jasmine Coleman. She's the girl that's outgoing, beautiful, and full of self-assurance- a confidence that’s forced to cover the scars she hides. When rushing into love becomes a heartbreaking mistake the last piece of it disappears. Now she is left uncertain, weak, and full of self-loathing. But her strength is needed now more than before.
Mason Reed is the quiet computer geek that's always the friend and never the boyfriend. Putting his social life on hold to help his single mother has left him shy when it comes to the opposite sex. And Meeting Jazz is no different. However being in love makes you do crazy things and his crazy has major consequences. Especially when the truth is revealed to others who are determined to rip them apart.
Rash Decisions have major consequences. Some good. Some bad. All Life Changing.
"The Truth doesn't always set you free. Sometimes it breaks you apart and leaves you in pieces."

*****5- the geek gets the girl -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

he's always listened and only gave advice when I asked. He notices me. And not like a brother or family member would. Like I really matter. Why am I just now seeing how he's always made me feel significant.

Well now, that was unexpected. This author really has a way with digging out all our inner most fears, even ones we didn't realize we had, and putting them on paper with her stories. And though book one hit me in the gut just a little bit harder than this one, book two had me in a cold sweat of fear, some pretty heavy stuff in this series. But I think that's the beauty of R.D. Cole, each book has different aspects that will call to different people but affect us all just the same, she's just that good.

I hate being alone like this. I feel more alone right now than I can ever remember. My family is who I've always depended on to pick me up when I'm upset. Not this time, though. This time I have to depend on myself.

Learning to heal pick up right where Learning to Live leaves off. Jazz drops her bomb on the family at Thanksgiving dinner. I was shocked the first time I read that scene, the second? I was not prepared for everyone's reaction, especially Jax's. But when the reason for their reactions come to light... it broke my heart. I fell in love with Jazz in book one and her 'take no shit' attitude, in book two I cried for her. You would never guess at how much pain and insecurity she hiding under the surface til you get in her head. This girl is truly amazing.

Geez, I can be a bitch sometimes. I'm glad the guys can't hear my thoughts. I wonder if Jax has these contemplations of Tru or is it because I grew up in a house full of estrogen that causes me to be a pussy sometimes.

Mason Reed has spent years taking care of his autistic little sister. With a single mom raising them, working two jobs to keep a roof over their heads, he's had to sacrifice a lot of his social life to help his mom out. As a result, he's still incredibly shy around girls and is more comfortable working on a computer or taking apart an engine. From the minute he sees Jazz he becomes obsessed with her knowing she is way out of his league, but still tries to be a friend to her so he's at least in her life. When he sees Jazz in a vulnerable situation with nowhere to turn, he makes a snap decision that will change his life and everyone's around him. He's now left to deal with the consequences of that decision.

The girl from my past that I used to love just offered what I've always wanted... that is until a few months ago. I'm pining over someone who I'm not sure wants me at all. Shit. If I thought things were complicated with just the lie, now things are really fucked up.

How far will the repercussions of his decision reach?
Will Jazz ever be able to see Mason as more than just a friend?
How can they make this work when so many things and people are getting in their way?
All of the characters we fell in love with return to us in this book, plus we get to meet some new, interesting people that will stay with us for a long time to come. Angst, drama and tears in abundance, this story grabs hold and refuses to let go. And the set-up for the next book was surprising to say the least. R.D. Cole has definitely landed herself on my 'must read' list and I don't see her going anywhere anytime soon. Cannot wait to see where she takes us next.

She seems to make me more without knowing it. Braver. Happier. Just more than I was before her. I guess love is the ultimate super power because I'd take on the world just to make her happy.

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Book #3 - Learning to Forgive - Coming June 2014

“I’ve learned a lot this past year, but there are two things I’ll never forget: one, People aren’t what they seem, and two, I fucking hate liars.” –Blaire
Blaire Morgan was a quiet, grief stricken girl when she left Mobile, Alabama, a year ago after her brother’s unexpected death. She returns a year later with fresh wounds from another betrayal, and she’s not the same person. A woman letting her tortured past rule her life, her “take no shit” attitude is catching the attention of everyone that crosses her path, including the bad boy front man of Lyrical Obsessions—the new band that plays at Jay Jay’s. When she learns he has something she wants, she plans on doing whatever it takes to get it.
What is a demon? An evil spirit possessing a person, acting as a tormentor in Hell?
Lyric “The Demon” Devereux is that tormentor and Hell is any place he sees fit, either in the fighting ring or on the streets. He killed his first person at seventeen years old, and that list has grown over the years—as well as his list of enemies—but his biggest enemy is himself and he doesn’t know how to win that battle.
When Blaire comes into town like wildfire and turns heads, Lyric’s temper emerges—uninvited and unexpected. His plan to stay at a distance for her safety, and his sanity, changes when she continuously shows up with her defiance and seductive pull. He now has no choice but to face his past that could possibly destroy the both of them.
Tempers will detonate. Lust will consume. Truth will destroy. But will love forgive?

R.D. Cole is a lively person with a determination to make it in life. Once her mind gets set on an idea she pursues it with passion. As long as she has God and her family she feels she can conquer everyday. Besides reading and writing she loves to sing, dance, and go mudding on her Souped-up Can Am. Her hubby is 9 years younger but he seems more mature than her at times and they level one another out. She has a beautiful daughter named Bethani who is a miracle and a fighter. She’s the only known living survivor of Matthew Woods Syndrome and when no one thought she’d live R.D. said “yes she will.” R.D. takes nothing for granted when it comes to life. “Everything can be ripped from your fingers before they can grasp it. So if you want something in life, do it. Go for it.”
That same mindset has helped R.D. write small pieces of her life mixed in to fictional settings and characters that will capture your heart.
“Read on. Dream on. Write on.” –R.D. Cole
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