Category Archives: Young Adult

Learning To Swim – Book Blitz and Giveaway


About the Book:

Learning to Swim by Annie Cosby

Genre: YA Contemporary/Fantasy

The ebook is free until Oct. 16! Amazon

And make sure to add the second book Learning to Live, coming Nov. 30, to your Goodreads TBR!
When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

About the Author:

Annie Cosby reads and writes in Galway, Ireland, where she lives with her boyfriend and a whole lot of seagulls.

Learning to Swim is the first book in her USA Today-recommended Hearts Out of Water series, and the second book releases Nov. 30.

When she’s not writing, she’s usually editing for awesome clients like Anna Katmore and Month9Books/Swoon Romance. And she loves to hear from you!


“Do you know about the Merrow, dearie?”

“I don’t think so,” I said.

She nodded and seemed to deliberate whether to go on. I knew she would. She always did. “The Irish told each other stories about a sea creature much like the mermaid. Only she’s called the Merrow.” She readjusted the scarf on her head as she nodded knowingly. “They’re sweet, sweet creatures. Capable of real love. Well, human love—if that can be said to be real love.”

“Do you believe in them?” I asked skeptically.

The old woman’s eyes remained fixed on a spot on the horizon. I followed her gaze. There was nothing but boats and seagulls, the normal fare of the ocean. She finally seemed to find herself and her eyes continued to rove.

“They say that love cannot overcome nature,” she finally said. “Supposedly the nature of the Merrow always overcomes whatever love they held for their human man. She will always go back to her people under the sea.”

Sounded to me like a cruel comment on female nature made by a bitter man.

“And the merman, oh, there are stories of mermen. Terrible stories. The mermen have cages at the bottom of the ocean in which they keep the souls of our drowned sailors and fishermen.”

A chill ran through me despite my unwillingness to become involved in the story. The pale, bloated body at the pier drifted to the forefront of my mind. Souls, chained to the bottom of the ocean, fighting uselessly, perpetually against their chains, appeared in my imagination. The soul had long been gone from that bloated body when I found it.

I only then became aware of the old woman looking at me. Her eyes were narrowed and she looked at me with an intensity that I had previously only seen her use on the ocean. I felt my cheeks redden.

“They play music, too,” she said. “Do you ever hear music under the water?”

I’ve never been under the water. I shook my head.

The old woman sighed. “I suppose one must listen for it, then. I haven’t listened in a very long time. A very, very … very long time.”

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My Audiobook Review @PerryBookReviews

Annie Cosby’s 1st book in her Hearts Out of Water series, Narrated by Wendy Pitts is published by Write For You a Publishing and in Audiobook form by the Author Ann Cosby.

This is a touching YA title about Cora an 18 year old girl on Summer Break before college. She wants to stay home with her friends who are all leaving for separate schools in the fall, and this will be their last summer together.

Cora’s mother has different ideas taking Cora’s Father and Cora to their newly purchased fixer upper summer home known as the Pink Palace. The name does not begin to describe the hideousness of this house.

Embarrassed and away from her friends Cora ‘a Summer is ruined. I almost forgot her mother wants to set her up with another rich boy from the Big House’s which Cora has no interest.

Cora does meet a nice old women Mrs. O’Leary who seems to be loosing her way with reality but does love to tell Cora long tales from the sea.

As local mysteries begin to come to Cora’s attention she try’s to put the pieces of others lives together while contemplating her own future.

Love is in the air, class discrimination between those who live in the Bug Housed and the Locals, along with Cora’s families unmentionable secret bring this YA novel to a climax that will leave you the listener crying and smiling.


Order of Saint Michael- God’s Army

Order of Saint Michael – God’s Army is written by Kobie Newton and Narrated by Andrea Emmes. This book takes a behind the veil look at the spiritual world and the working of demons and Angels to influence our daily life. This book is written as a Young Adult story of two sisters who unknowingly are playing an online multiplayer game that is owned by a company essentially run by angels.

This sounds far fetched but within the storyline it works. The game allows the Angels to find Holy Warriors who are human. The sisters have a gift that allows them to see the spirit realm and the story is about their first adventure as members of the Order of Saint Michael.

Andrea Emmes is a christian musician who loves theater and has taken all her God given talents and is using them as a audiobook narrator. The voices of the characters are unique and consistent throughout the audiobook. She brings the story to life and from the beginning you as a listener are transported to the world these sisters live in. I felt real emotion and concern for the characters as I listened.

This is the first book in a series I am excited to continue listening to. I received this book as a gift for an honest review.


The Lie – Andrea Emmes Narrator

The Lie, Gold Medal Winner – Fiction 2013 at Illumination Book Awards by Ashley Fontainne and Narrated by Andrea Emmes. This book jumps off the page and comes alive through the performance of Andrea Emmes. The characters all have substance and emotion. I felt the confusion and terror of the unknown. Every twist and turn caught me off guard and yet I never jumped ahead in my mind to the end. Every word was written so well I listened in one sitting.

Karmen Moncrille was raised by her mother after her fathers death in a car crash. She was home schooled and sheltered from the world. She read every author and every type of book. When at 16 she wrote her first book it was a best seller then a Hit Box Office Movie. Her gift for writing made her wealthy and every book was quickly picked up by her fans.

When her dreams started coming to life and causing her mental anguish she runs away to relax in her Kentucky  cabin. A spiritual battle ensued that opens Karmen’s unbelieving heart to the truth of Jesus and Gods ultimate plan. A shocking and thrilling ride to the end. 

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Waking Dream – J.J. DiBenedetto

Waking Dream is the fifth book in the Dream series. Sara is back with her husband Brian the kids and a new foe.
She also has a new narrator Pam Dougherty. Pam keeps the tone and pace of previous narrators. Her voice was close to other narrators so I easily heard Sara’s voice in Pam’s performance.
JJ DiBenedetto writes a story that can stand alone but also is part of bigger picture. So many authors retell previous books to catch a reader up and add chapters to the book, JJ does it gracefully and with just enough backstory to please both new and old readers.
Sara is faced with a new discovery about here dreams. This ability can influence people to act in the real world. Although Sara would never harm anyone she finds another dreamer who does. This person is out for blood and money. Will Sara find out who this second dreamer is? Can she stop them before they harm someone. The hunt is on as Sara keeps up her regular life and her dream life. Can she keep both on track and safe.
Read Waking Dream to find out what’s next for Sara and her family. This Dream Series Book will not disappoint and is a great listen. I received this book as a gift for an honest review.IMG_0679-1.JPG

Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face

Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face. Written and narrated by John Eldredge and Sam Eldredge. Available September 9th, 2014 published by Thomas-Nelson and on audiobook by Brilliance Audio. 
This Father and Son duo has written a conversational book. The son shares his thoughts and feelings about life and his father, a councilor, tries to explain why his son is feeling the way he is, how growing into manhood is challenging and how you can make the change from boy to man while staying under God’s direction for your life. 

Sam wants to share the thoughts and feelings of a generation that many feel is lost. I know that his thoughts and feelings are not much different than my own a decade or more before. What do I do for a job/career? Who will I marry? How does money affect my life? Where is God’s place in my decisions? How do I stand “against” Religion and “for” a Relationship with God?

The back and forth conversation make the audiobook difficult to listen to as Sam describes what he is thinking about his overall life direction and choices and his father John trying to explain those feelings both clinicly and spiritually. It is a message worth hearing but sounds more like a professor and student than Father and Son. 

This book uses a lot of references to sociological and psycological theorist along with the bible. An average listener will not understand the references or know who those referred to are. This aspect takes the book from a  insightful listen to a educational tome. Killing Lions has great information and I hope listeners can hear Sam’s heartfelt questions as they are questions of a generation.

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Be the Dad She Needs You to Be – AudioBook Review

Psychologist Kevin Leman’s book published by Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio and Narrated by Stu Gray is a must listen.

Stu Grey’s voice brings the jovial nature of the author to life. Within seconds of starting this audiobook I was laughing out loud. The stories and life lessons some taught and some learned by Kevin Leman are shared with a fatherly love and compassion. This tone is properly presented by Stu Grey. 

Being a Father to your Daughter is a high calling and one that needs to be taken seriously. Leman uses humor and scriptural insight to bring his wisdom and experience to the listener. This is an audiobook that can be listened to on a road trip with the whole family or while walking or driving to work. This is good information for men, woman, sons,  daughters or any one planning on becoming a parent. 

Christians and Non-Christians alike can find Gold in this audiobook and I highly recommend this and any other audiobook Author Kevin Leman and Narrator Stu Gray produce with confidence.
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