Cover Reveal: Nearly Mended by Devon Ashley

Hi guys! After reviewing Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley last week (and learning all about Kolache!) I’m beyond delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Nearly Mended – a sequel which is dual point of view! Below is a look at the cover as well as comments from Devon about it and be sure to check out the bottom of the post for a rafflecopter tour wide giveaway.

 

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I’m in COVER LOVE right now! I’ve once again got Megan and Nick on the cover, but this time you get the chance to stare into those stunning eyes that just scream Don’t f*ck with me. However, that is not Nick on the back. That is the unconscionable Zander Malone, who thanks to the authorities, has his blond locks rockin’ a darker hairdo to help stay off the radar a bit. Of course he’ll be making an appearance in Nearly Mended, but for how long and whether or not he’ll obtain any pleasure while there, I won’t say! But he has definitely got some wicked things planned this time around.

Oh…and did I mention it’s dual point-of-view this time? Both Megan and Nick will be gracing us with their thoughts and opinions in Nearly Mended. I’ve dabbled with the idea of getting into Zander’s sick head a time or two, but in all honesty, I’m still against it, forcing us as readers to learn only what he wants us to know.

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Title: Nearly Mended (Nearly #2)
Author: Devon Ashley
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense / Dark Realistic Fiction (Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.)
Expected Publication: Winter 2013 (hopefully December)

Synopsis (goodreads):

He’ll pay for what he’s done to her…for what he’s done to me.

Megan Whitaker desperately wants to forget what’s happened over the past two years – the haunting images and sensations still plaguing her thoughts and dreams – but she can’t. Because he’s still out there. Zander Malone. I’ll find you and bring you back to me. She wants to believe she’s safe with Nick in their secluded new home, but it doesn’t keep her from looking over her shoulder, jumping over unexpected sounds, carrying a concealed weapon or even preparing for the worst. He’s coming for her, but this time, she won’t let him get the jump on her, nor will she go quietly into the night.

Nickolas Ellis has seen a change in his long, lost love. Battered emotionally and physically, Megan has turned her fear into anger, spending her days at self-defense classes and researching things that’ll never allow her to let go of the past. And he feels guilty even asking her to, because he knows that heathen will return, it’s only a matter of time. And when he does, Nick will do anything to protect her, even the unthinkable, risking everything he’s fought so hard to get back.

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Literary-ly Inspired: Kolache and Nearly Broken

That’s right. I have a new feature. And it comes with its very own play on words.

Have you ever read something in a book and wanted to try something new because of it? Either it’s going some place or cooking something. Even taking a class because a book aroused your curiosity. That happens to me all the time! And I thought it was about time that I stopped saying how cool it would be to broaden my horizons and just started doing it!

It doesn’t have to be something big. And – like my post today – it doesn’t have to be all that connected to a book.

It just has to be something that is different from your regular everyday life that you would not have done had you not been inspired by something literary.

Homemade Sausage Kolache inspired by Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley


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Last week I was reading Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley (check out my review here) and Megan wakes up to find a bag of jalapeño kolache. Little known fact about myself – I love jalapeñoes. And I love trying new things.

What is a kolache? Well I didn’t know. And nor did the super-handy dictionary on my kindle. Now I was very curious. What could these spicy breakfast foods be?

According to Wikipedia (a semi-reliable search when looking for foreign food related questions):

Kolache /kɵˈlɑːtʃi/ (also spelled kolacekolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče, sg. koláč) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.[1] Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States.

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Texas-Style Homemade Sausage Kolache as seen on Confections of a Foodie Bride

And just like that my craving for the baked good began.

I found a recipe and after a trip to the supermarket (and one to the kitchen goods store. Who knew I didn’t own a cheese grater?) I was ready to begin.

I’m not going to just reiterate the recipe. The one at the link I used is the one I followed. I don’t think I was quite prepared for just how long it would take. It takes a VERY long time to bake kolache. You have to let it rise for two hours. Then in the fridge overnight. Then after you have formed your unfilled dough it needs to rest for twenty minutes before filling. Then after filling, rest for another twenty minutes before baking.

It took forever.

But, nearly a day after I started (because I got caught up and couldn’t fill and bake until 24 hours after I had started) – FINALLY! I had over twenty gorgeous little baked kolaches. And – even I was impressed with just how pretty they turned out to be.

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Look at how pretty my kolaches are straight out of the oven!

The Verdict?

I found it surprisingly therapeutic to make these. There’s something about playing/baking with dough that is fun and relaxing at the same time. I made most of mine with jalapeño, cheese and sausage but a few without the jalapeño because I ran out – and amazingly the ones without were my favourite! The dough is very sweet – so much sweeter than I was expecting but considering all the flour in the mixture I shouldn’t have been surprised.

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Action shot of one of my Kolache.. it tastes better than it looks!

These tasted okay at room temperature but so much better after I gave them 30 seconds in the microwave. Like – couldn’t believe how much better.

Will I be making these again? Probably not. The recipe made over twenty. I put most of them in the freezer because apparently they defrost very well. It is SO hard to know if you are making something right when you’ve never tried what it is supposed to turn out as. I’m glad I made them – they were fun. But I think next time I try kolache it will be at a bakery or deli and NOT from my own kitchen.

So that’s the first literary-ly inspired post. There will be more in the future. I’ve got some things I plan to do that I never would have thought to try had it not been for books I’ve read so keep an eye out for them. Thanks 🙂

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This is me trying to take a creative photo… I think it’s slightly more blurry than creative! 😛

Book Review: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

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Welcome to my stop on the Nearly Broken blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule! Don’t forget to check the bottom of this post for a tour wide giveaway! 

Title: Nearly Broken (Broken #1)nearly brokenAuthor: Devon Ashley
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Self published
Publication Date: 4 June 2013
Pages: 367
Rating: 3.5.stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.

Claire.

Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.

My Review:

Note: This book is recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

Megan Smith is a workaholic. For the past 18 months since moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere she has worked the night shift every night without fail. No social life to speak of, Megan actively tries to avoid attention. Attention that might be deadly. She spends half her life checking over her shoulder and keeps her secret past close to her chest.

And then there’s Nick. The gorgeous guy who’s cooking skills belong anywhere but in a small town diner. Megan is drawn to him instantly but knows that she can’t afford to get tied to anyone. What if they find out what she’s done? Or the scars that lie underneath her long sleeves.

This is a story that has mystery, suspense, thriller moments and a lovely romance. Megan is a complicated character. I don’t want to reveal too much so I’ll just say that the nearly broken in the title refers to her. She’s been though so much and it’s heartbreaking. But she’s strong and I admired her for it. Despite all that has happened she never once stopped trying and she didn’t take the victim role even when it was assigned to her. But I also found her a little confusing at times. I thought some situations she felt a little out of character – but what is her character? I feel a little unfair for even mentioning this considering that this is a woman who was fractured and is trying to put the pieces back together. I’d be critical if I thought she was too well put together.

Through all the mystery and drama, there’s a sweet love story. One about soulmates and overcoming everything to be together. I thought it was lovely. Megan and Nick are a great fit. But Nick’s perfection was a little hard for me to take. He’s so protective and so amazing… but I sort of felt like Megan traded one cage for another. I was very interested to see that Ms. Ashley has written a companion novel to Nearly Broken which tells Megan and Nick’s story from Nick’s perspective. I think that I’ll have to check that one out just to see if it redeems Nick in my eyes.

Overall this is a tough novel. It’s one that tugs on the heartstrings and instills some fear – it’s a little eerie that Megan’s story could happen to anyone. This is not a book for the faint hearted with very disturbing content but I thought it was entirely worthwhile.

About the Author

Devon Ashley

Devon Ashley

Devon Ashley was born in Huntington Beach but has spent most of her life residing in Texas. She spends a great deal of her time taking care of her husband and son but always seems to find time to write, knit and create unique decorative pieces. She particularly likes to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Interesting Fact: Devon Ashley shares her birthday with her favorite author, Jane Austen.

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