I'm a huge fan of Mila Gray (also known as Sarah Alderson) so I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of her second new adult title This is One Moment. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Come Back to Me, and the sequel is just as fantastic so I'm sure you're going to love it too. I'll be posting my full review later today but in the meantime I have a fantastic extract, some teasers and a brilliant giveaway for you all!
First though lets have a look at the book:
A wounded Marine who thinks he's beyond saving.
A girl who's determined to prove him wrong.
Didi Monroe's waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.
While Zac's away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker's a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help.
Yet Didi can't help but be drawn to him, and though he's strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.
As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn't believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be?
Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.
From Mila Gray, author of the bestselling romance Come Back To Me, comes a devastatingly beautiful, compelling and sexy story about the meaning of love and the heartbreak of loss.
Mila Gray is the pen name for young adult author Sarah Alderson.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
After almost a year spent wandering around India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb. She finished her first novel Hunting Lila just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel, Losing Lila, on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they reached Bali. Since then she has published a further four novels and several short stories.
The contemporary thriller The Sound, was published in the US in May 2014, while Out of Control, a thriller with a focus on human trafficking, was released in May ’14 in the UK and May ’15 in the US. Her first adult novel Come Back To Me was released in the summer 2014 by Pan Macmillan in the UK and became an instant bestseller. It will be released in the US in December 2015 by Simon & Schuster. Foreign rights have been sold to Brazil, Australia, US, Canada, Italy and Portugal.
Sarah is also a screenwriter. She adapted her first novel Hunting Lila for the screen (currently in pre-production) and is working on several other screenplays (multi-tasking is one of her favorite things).
Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.
Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.
|Mila Gray / Sarah Alderson|
This is the first day of my summer internship and I’m being given a tour. The pool was the first stop, the locker room the second. I saw more in those few startled seconds than I think a tour of the entire facilities will give me - and array of limbless bodies, men missing legs and arms. But clearly not their sense of humour. My cheeks are still burning at some of the comments and suggestions made by the guys in the changing room.
“Damn it!” someone yells, making me jump.
I scan the corridor. The cursing came from the room on my right.
I inch towards the door and peer around it.
There’s a guy on the bed with a bandage wrapped around his eyes. One arm is in a sling. A tray of food sits on the table in front of him and he’s struggling with one arm and no sight to open what looks like a carton of yoghurt. Frustration seems to be getting the better of him.
I take a step inside the room. He reaches for a spoon, fumbling on the tray and knocking off a dish that clatters to the ground, spraying cereal all over the floor and his sheets.
“Here-” I start to say, but he lets out a roar, stabs the spoon through the lid of the pot, next thing I know I’m splattered head to foot in a cold shower of strawberry yoghurt.
“Oh,” I say, feeling it drip from my hair onto my blouse.
“Who’s there?” he growls, raising his head.
“Um,” I say, blinking yoghurt out of my eyes.
“My name’s Didi. Didi Monroe”.
“What are you doing?” he snaps.
“Getting a yoghurt facial it would seem,” I mumble, wiping the face with the back of my arm. Great, I just blow-dried my hair. I’m going to need to go and take a shower now and find some new clothes to wear.
“Are you a nurse?” the guy asks, scowling in my direction.
I shake my head and then, realizing he can’t see me, say “no”.
“Well what are you doing in here, then?”
I blink at him in astonishment. “I heard you shouting. I came to see if I could help”.
“I don’t need your help. I don’t need any help.” He shouts. “Just get out!”
I’m speechless. Totally speechless. What an asshole. “Fine,” I stammer. “I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy your breakfast”.
I walk into the corridor, cursing under my breath, still dripping yoghurt. This day can’t get any worse. And then I look up and see a poster of a gurgling baby with the words “Laugh and the world laughs with you” written across it in comic sans.
Jose jogs back along the corridor just then and taking one look at me standing in a puddle of pink yoghurt, his eyes widen. “Oh shit”, he says, trying not to laugh and failing. “You met Grumpy, I take it”.
To celebrate the release of This is One Moment, Mila Gray is giving away the following prizes:
1 prize of 1 x signed copy of This is One Moment
1 prize of 1 x signed copy of This is One Moment
1 prize of a £25 Amazon Voucher
You can enter to win using the rafflecopter form below, winners will be contacted directly by Mila Gray or her assistant so they can arrange to send out the prizes.
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Don't forget to check back later today to read my review and make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour!