Blog Tour Book Review- Turning Grace

Welcome to my stop on the Turning Grace
Book Tour
hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!


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Turning Grace by J. Q. Davis
Published by Createspace on June 10, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Pages: 190
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**Medal Winner of the 2014 New Apple Book Awards in the E-Book Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Category**

Life or death?
It all seems to be the same for Grace…

Some of us have been there before — falling for the hot, popular jock who just so happens to be dating the hot, popular girl in school.

Your snarky-but-always-right bestie insists you make a move, but you’re not so much into putting yourself out there.

Then it happens, and suddenly you find yourself eating a cat on your neighbor’s porch.

No? Never happened to you?

Well, Grace Watkins can’t say the same. Her hunger is growing with each day that passes and her urges are getting harder to control.
No one can explain why her body is changing, except one man.

Turning Grace was cute. It was easy to read and pretty entertaining. Grace is just an average teenage girl (or so she thinks); she has a crush on the popular boy and has a best friend who keeps her afloat in the world of high school. The characters did feel a little young to me, but it worked in the story.

I feel like Turning Grace is a great book for girls 12 and under. Get much older than that and the events in the book just don’t feel possible. It was a little (*a lot) out there for me, and I just couldn’t see any of these events actually happening. And let’s get real people: in order to totally love a book you need to believe that somewhere in some alternate universe these events have actually taken place. Turning Grace just didn’t do that for me.

Overall the story was entertaining. I do want to read the next book in the series just to find out what happens next. If you are looking for an easy, fast, and fun read then you might want to try reading Turning Grace.

I am going to give Turning Grace three out of five hearts.

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J.Q. Davis is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her husband,
an active duty Marine, have no children but consider their pooches, Lucy and Bella, their daughters. When she was little girl, she aspired
to become a writer. But then one day, she learned about zombies…and now she wants to be a zombie.
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Author Q&A- Christopher Westley

Today I had the honor of interviewing an amazing author as well as a veteran; Christopher Westley. When he is not flying in a helicopter or travelling the world, you can find him at home, writing amazing books and editing Seven Days To Brooklyn, his newest novel.

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Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I have been writing for nearly two decades, starting in college.

Writing is a good escape from the daily stressors of life, just as reading a book or watching a well-made movie.

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: Inspiration comes from many avenues, but I am inspired mostly to do my best. Big name Authors, but mostly I am inspired by the sense of accomplishment when I finish a novel.

My muse or source of inspiration: Clive Cussler, Stephen King and a few others. This is why you need a good editor….because, mostly is mostly overused!

Q: You were enlisted in the U.S. army for a three-year tour. Does that have any influence on your writing? How did that experience change your life?

A: The Army will always influence those that served. Many of the situations that I detail in Seven Days to Brooklyn are based on military protocols and experience. Although, I will state that I never went to war even though I served during desert storm and never shot anyone. I am thankful for that and am grateful to have served and appreciate those that are still serving, we owe them more than we could ever pay them. Military life instills discipline and structure; at age 19, it was a good fit for me. Every day, I use things in daily life that I learned in the military.

Q: You are an avid traveler. Tell me about the places you’ve been. Where was your favorite place? Least favorite?

A: I recently drove to Alaska, up the Alcan Highway with my wife and cat (Angel). The rest of last summer, we lived in a 16×16’ cabin on a remote lake on the Kenai Peninsula, while I flew for the US Forest Service, fighting wildfires. Other places of note include: Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Canada and I have been through every state, adding Alaska last year. My most favorite place is Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Least favorite, Virginia; it is not a bad state, we just prefer to live in the western states.

Q: If you could visit one of the places you’ve travelled but in a different time period, when and where would it be? Why?

A: The Yukon, during the gold rush. It is still a very remote place and one of the most beautiful places I have visited on the planet. It is refreshing to drive down the highway and not see another car for hours. I am a risk taker, so I’m pretty sure if I had lived in the 1800, early 1900s, I would be out there digging for gold in a mountain stream.

Q: How much ‘grunt work’ goes into your writing?

A: Writing is tough work. The headliners spend months on end, 14+ hours a day or more banging away at the keyboard throwing their mental energies into trying to make a story readable and acceptable to the public. It took four years to write Seven Days to Brooklyn, and a couple of months editing (we are just finishing up now.) The next two books, I wrote in four months. Just to clarify, the two I just wrote in the last four months, was full time writing nearly six days a week at least four to eight hours a day or more. Once the juices get flowing, I just go with it. Writing is like that, some days you can bang out 7000 words, the next day you will be lucky to get 500. I also spend a lot of time researching what goes into the book, just to make it as accurate and truthful as possible, even though it is fiction.

Q: You have said that you love coffee; especially a cappuccino. How much coffee would you say you drink every day?

A: Cappuccino is my kryptonite. Some days I drink 1 cup of coffee, other days as much as six, but I try to stick to two cups a day.

Q: Which of the characters you have created is most like you? In what way?

A: My characters are fiction, but I guess they all have a piece of me in them. My experiences definitely play a part in what or how the character reacts. I’ve never killed a zombie before, but do know how to chop some brushy jungle down with a machete’ and have spent days on end walking in the Army. I also fly helicopter and have a fixed wing rating (airplane) so my main character Sara Robinson, fly’s and I use firsthand knowledge but keep the terminology simple for my reader (nobody wants to hear the technical jargon of wing twist, etc., lift and those boring things, unless you are reading a technical publication on aircraft. Sara is a survivalist, like myself and has to overcome many things en-route across the states, much like I have with various jobs and travels.

Q: What advice do you wish you received when you were in high school?

A: High School advice: High school teaches you the basics. I.E. how to go to lunch, add a+b to get c and basically interact with other students. What they need to teach you is how to function in the job market and how to deal with difficult bosses and difficult work situations. You learn this by doing. Myself, I have learned it by making lots of mistakes.

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: All humanity should know that life and people are generally good. To put it simply; the Dalai Lama and Buddhist teachings view all people as their mother. In doing so, this makes them appreciate even the most difficult person or someone they really do not like. Viewing that person and treating them with respect and kindness like they would do for their mother alleviates a lot of problem in and of itself. The golden rule, that’s what they should teach you daily in school.

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