**~**Blog Tour**~**Mending Hearts Series by L.B. Simmons

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Running on Empty: (Book #1 Mending Hearts Series)

I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband.RunningonEmpty_AMAZON

Three gorgeous little girls.

Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence.  I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life.  I lost my husband.  And I lost myself.  But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness.  I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world.  I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down.  Absolutely no way.

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How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?

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Wow…..that was how I felt when I finished Running On Empty.  I admit that I started reading this story expecting the usual fall in love and have a few problems but then kiss and make up in the end kind of story, but I was SOOOOO wrong!! This story is so much more!! It will touch you in so many ways and make you think about life and what is important.  I would go from laughing one moment, to having tears in my eyes the next. And I am not exaggerating about that. This is quite a roller coaster of emotions that I was not prepared for.484941_10200188358444616_1493108647_n

Alex married her high school sweetheart and had 3 beautiful girls. Her life was perfect until an accident happens and leaves her as a widow and single mother to 3 young girls….so sad!!!  Three years later she is still struggling with her feelings of not wanting to move on but doing her best.  Then enters Blake Morgan!! He rides back into town on his motorcycle and turns Alex’s life upside down. Blake was Alex’s best friend growing up and has not seen him since high school. She has no idea that he has been in love with her since middle school.  And Blake is quite a package…sweet, sexy, smart, sensitive and perfect for Alex but is she ready to move on?!?!

At one point I messaged LB and was like, please tell me the sadness stops soon!!! I am the same age as Alex with 2 children the same age as hers and can’t even imagine how she dealt with it all. Although, she did have an amazing best friend named Harlow.  Harlow was great support for her plus the girl was hilarious!! I know I make it sound like a lot of doom and gloom but it is not. The story has it’s sad moments but there was so much humor also. Alex’s sarcasm is hilarious and her 3 girls said the funniest things. I wanted to hug and kiss the girls and then be best friends with Alex and Harlow 🙂

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I can’t stress to you enough of how much I loved this story!! The writing is great and so easy to read plus the story is one that will stick with you for quite a time after you are done.  The creativity in this one blew me away and the story touched me in many ways. I highly recommend it!!

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Buy it here ———-> Running on Empty (Mending Hearts, #1)

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Recovery: (Book #1.5 Mending Hearts Series) – Novella (145 pages)

I have the perfect life.Recovery_Amazon_GR_SW

I’ve finally found my happy ending.

I fought through the loss of one husband, lucky enough to be given a second chance at a lifetime of happiness.  Settling into our new lives, however, may not be as easy as it seems.

What really happens after the fairytale ending?  What happens after the prince rescues the princess?  After he sweeps her off her feet and carries her off into the sunset? Do they truly live happily ever after?goodreads-badge-add-plus

Well…

This is our story.

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Oh, wow!!!! Who loves LB Simmons and can’t wait to one day meet her?? That’s ME!!! I LOVE her writing style. So far, this series has touched me in so many ways. I want to be friends with these characters…make that best friends!!! I want to laugh, cry, drink, and share stories with them. And that probably means I need to be friends with LB, since these characters came from her amazing mind…so lady, let’s do it 🙂16253706-romantic-embrace-bride-and-groom-on-wedding-day-001

Recovery picks up where Running on Empty leaves off and if you haven’t read Running on Empty yet, I DEMAND that you do it NOW!! Anyone who has kids and has been or is married can relate to almost everything the characters go through.

“Rylie skips into the kitchen with a handful of tiny plastic creatures in her hands.”

I swear I know exactly what she was talking about when she says tiny plastic creatures and I laughed as I read that she too does not know what they are for. But just as I laughed my ass off while reading this, I also felt heartbreak.

I am not a crier when it comes to reading but I did get teary eyed…for good and bad reasons. I think it’s because I can relate to some of the issues going on in this story. It doesn’t feel like a made up story…it’s like you are reading about a friend’s life. Blake’s interactions and conversations with Alex’s girls made my heart just about burst from the happiness. That’s where the happy tears came from. He was wonderful with them and that makes him even more amazing then I originally thought.

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And the sad tears…I can’t talk about that one. You have to read it to find out. Since this is a novella, I don’t want to give away even the smallest of details. There is a lot packed into it and it will keep you hanging on until the very end, and even wanting more when it is over. I feel like I could read about these characters for years and never tire of them, so I hope LB has her typing fingers on and ready.  I am impatiently waiting for more 😉

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about the author

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She hasLBSimmonsPic been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads – Email lbsimmons33@gmail.com

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Enter the giveaway for a chance to win one set of autographed paperbacks of Running on Empty and Recovery, bookmarks and charms ————–> a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Also, here is the link to the Blog Tour Facebook Event – there may be additional giveaways going on here ———–> https://www.facebook.com/events/189771061179597/

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