BLOG TOUR: A GIRL BY ANY OTHER NAME BY MK SCHILLER



Title: A Girl By Any Other Name
Author: MK Schiller
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Romantic suspense
Publication Date: 12th January 2014
Hosted by: Luscious Laylah Release Day

 

 
Synopsis:


Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?

Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.

At sixteen, she dies.

Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her.

Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.
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Excerpt:

She put her hand on my arm. Her voice wavered, shifting into a soft whisper. “I can’t sleep at night and it helps me. Sometimes I get so scared that it actually hurts. I feel it in my bones, like they might crack open any minute, breaking my insides apart.”

I shifted my pole and reached for her hand. I hadn’t quite comprehended the value of hugging. “Maybe you should pray on it. Pastor Morrison says that prayer can solve a lot of problems.”

“You really think that will work?” she asked dubiously.

I shrugged. “I wouldn’t know for sure. I don’t pray right myself.”

She frowned, wrinkling her nose. “How can you pray wrong?”

“Momma says I do it wrong all the time.”

“I don’t get it.”

I sighed, staring up at the blue sky. “She always asks me what I prayed for. The first time she asked, I told her it was for a new bike and football cleats. She got real mad and said ‘Son, you are praying to God, not Santa Claus’.” I used my best Amelia Tanner impression, and the edges of Sylvie’s mouth curved upward.

“That sounds like your momma.”

“Yeah, but I guess I didn’t learn my lesson because I asked her what I should pray for then. She said I should pray to be a better person.”

“That’s a good idea.”

“That’s what I thought too. I started praying that I could throw the football longer and run faster so I could make the team in high school.”

Sylvie cupped her hand to her mouth to cover her laugh. I didn’t care. I wanted to make her laugh, even if it was at my expense. “What did she say?”

“She got pretty mad and said that’s not what she meant. She told me I was being selfish and since I couldn’t pray for myself correctly, I should pray for someone else.”

“Who did you pray for?”

I stared down at the lake. “I prayed for Mandy.”

“That’s so sweet.”

“Yeah, I asked God to make her less annoying.”

Sylvie cracked up so much I was sure she’d run all the fish away, but I didn’t care. It was one of the best feelings in the world to make this girl laugh. “You didn’t.”

“I did, but at least now I know what I need to pray on.”

“What’s that, Cal?”

I squeezed her hand, noticing how hypnotic her eyes were. “I’ll pray that you’re not scared anymore, Sylvie.”


  

Jenn’s Review of 
A Girl By Any Other Name

This was my first read by MK Schiller and I have a good feeling it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed this book. When I first read the synopsis I was sold, I love a book that has a little mystery and this one sure did keep me guessing. Even at times was I thought I was sure I knew what was going to happen next I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was not what it seemed…

I had a feeling from the start that this family that moved in next door to Cal was hiding something. Sylvie was a sweet and sassy little girl, but her pain was evident, especially when she can Cal would get close. I felt terrible for Cal when he tried so hard to get close to her only to be pushed away repeatedly. I was probably his biggest cheerleader along the way. Cal wasn’t ever going to give up and then… she disappeared. My heart broke repeatedly for him, I cried for the young man that was so lost… It brought the question to my mind once again. Can you really find your soul mate at such a young age. Cal surely did seem to think that she was the other half of him. So much so that he refused to believe what people took for truth so easily.

His tenacity and fight were so admariable even if he did have to bury it so that everyone would stop thinking that he was crazy. He made this book worth every minute of reading.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen as the book progresses, I hovered on that edge of despair for almost the entire second half of the book and when it hits, you won’t believe what you find out! I was dumbfounded and totally shocked at the revelations and that is not an easy feat with me. Typically I figure books out before the twist so I give MK a big thumbs up for stumping me… I was shocked to find out the whole truth…

This is a truly enjoyable read from the past/present writing style to the wonderful story line. There were a few things I would have liked to see handled a little differently but that never distracted from the book or the story. I give this one 4 stars. I think that everyone would really enjoy this read and truly fall for Cal…

Author Bio – MK Schiller
I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.

I started imagining stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that my best friend asked me to make up stories featuring her as the heroine and the boy she currently liked as the hero. We’d spend hours on the phone while I came up with a series of unrealistic, yet tender events led the object of her desire to finally profess his love. You’ve heard of fan fiction… this was friend fiction.

Even with that, it took many years to realize I could produce an actual full length book that readers would enjoy. I try to make my stories humorous, realistic, with characters who are flawed but redeeming. I hope you enjoy my stories and never stop searching for your happily ever after.

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