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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Streamline Birthday Party!!

My good friend and fellow author, Jennifer Lane, is celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the publication of her novel, Streamline. I read Streamline last year and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it all with you, and what better time to do that when you have the chance to WIN a free copy?

Streamline turns one-year-old this week! We're celebrating with a give-away.





Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line...streamline.

"What an emotional journey! I don't think I have ever cried over a character so much in my life."
~Dani from Paulette's Papers

"The issues that are touched upon in the story: family, substance abuse, teen relationships, trust, honor...they are dealt with in an amazingly realistic, unglossed manner."
~Andrea from The Bookish Babe

"Overall, Streamline is a wonderfully, emotionally complex story about the ones we love, the ones we hurt, the mistakes that break the human heart, and the unconditional love that puts the pieces back together."

Streamline at Amazon for $2.99
Streamline at Barnes & Noble for $2.99


If the blurb and review comments didn't make you want to race out and read it, maybe I can convince you. I'll be honest, I don't read a lot of real life fiction. I'm a fantasy girl and love to imagine the fantastical worlds that people dream up. I've been known to fall for a vampire or a Shadowhunter in my time. I also don't really know much about the American military (I am Australian) or competitive swimming. I wasn't opposed to any of these things, I've just never had much interest in them before. Initially, I read this book because I wanted to support my friend, Jennifer. Wasn't I surprised then when I found that I couldn't stop turning the pages and when I realized that I really cared about Leo.

For those of you who don't know, I'm a social worker in my day-job and so working with people in pain and trauma is part of my every day life. Because of this, I often get frustrated reading about social issues because they are over dramatized or just plain unrealistic. That wasn't the case with Streamline. The social issues brought up in this novel are powerful and gritty and sometimes heartbreaking but, they are REAL! The situations faced by the characters are not glossed over or exaggerated and the counsellor is very realistic. I actually paid extra close attention to the counsellor because that's what I do for my job and I wanted to see how realistic it was - the answer was VERY. I would have worked with Leo the same way she does. That's the mark of an excellent author to me.

So, I'd just like to wish Jennifer a very happy Anniversary and congratulations on reaching this milestone. Now, everyone check below for details on how you can win a copy!!!

Author Jennifer Lane is giving away one signed print copy of Streamline to a US winner and three ebooks to international winners. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form.



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2 comments:

  1. You're an Aussie who's not immersed in swimming? Blasphemy! Ha ha. I'm so glad you took the time to read something outside your preferred genre, and that you found Dr. Ina's interventions realistic. She's based on a real-life psychiatrist friend I met through fan fiction. :-) Thank you, Hannah!

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  2. It was awesome to get your perspective on the story as a social worker, Hannah. As a reader who has very little experience in that area, I appreciate knowing it's authentic.

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