Blog tour and Giveaway: Present Perfect: Alison G. Bailey

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I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.

Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn't allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them...but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.


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Noah had always been my best friend, my partner in crime, my protector, my soul mate, the love of my life. My everything. I may not have gotten all the beauty, intelligence or talent, but I got Noah Stewart, the one "perfect" thing I could claim as mine and I wouldn't trade him for the world. 

Noah and Amanda(aka Tweet) were soul mates from birth. They were literally born a minute apart and have been inseparable ever since. He was her best friend, her protector, and eventually her first crush. But she never felt she was good enough or perfect enough for Noah. Noah thinks she is perfect and wants more, but she has such deep insecurities, fears, and an  inferiority complex that she denies them what they both really want. She keeps them friend-zoned because she is so afraid of losing him as a friend if something goes wrong. Problem with that is that the more she denies, the more she pushes him away and runs the risk of doing exactly what she is most afraid of ...losing her best friend. .

Noah deserved perfect because he was and I was as far from perfect as you could get. Plus, we were best friends and I never wanted that to change. 

"You're the first girl I've ever noticed and the last girl I'll ever notice."

This book starts when they are very young. I went from sighs of contentment at the sweetness of their young friendship to having an ache in my heart for most of the book as they struggled with changes. I really felt for these two and I just wanted them to finally let go and be together. Just when I thought my poor heart could not take more... HOLY CRAP... it took another hit! I literally gasped out loud and was screaming obscenities at my kindle. In ways I was crushed and in other ways I began to feel hope. This book was a serious roller coaster of emotions for me. And it just kept building all the way til the very end. 

I adored Noah. He was wonderful. He loved completely, always wanted her to see how perfect she was, and stood by her even when they had problems. He was the ultimate combination for a friend and boyfriend as he was fun, loving, romantic, thoughtful, and devoted. Their connection was undeniable, intense, and all consuming. They were literally almost halves of each other and could not live happily without the other. 

"You've always been my girl and always will be. No one will ever take me away from you, Tweet. you're my heart and soul and that's never going to change, no matter what you say."

"I don't know how or where you ever got it in your head that you're not good enough. You're beautiful, smart, funny and kind. You're perfect for me and always have been. I wish you believed it."

As much as Tweet's insecurities and fears drove me crazy, I could understand since she lived in her sister's shadow and jealous girls continually made her feel insignificant. And I could understand her fear of ruining a life long friendship. I think many of us have had that friend of the opposite sex that you had feelings for but were afraid to admit. But it got to the point that it was frustrating and heart breaking to see her deny Noah and herself. And some of the choices she made as she got older made me want to shake her. But she was really sweet, loyal, and caring. And she made many decisions based on what she really believed was in Noah's best interest even if he did not agree. But we do see growth throughout the book and she eventually begins to change her views and perceptions.

Even though he was a more minor character in the story, I have to mention Dalton. He came into Tweet's life at a pivotal time and he showed the importance of living life and going after what is important. He was funny, supportive, and profound. Even though most of my heart belonged to Noah, I gave a little piece to Dalton too. 

"The past doesn't exist anymore. All we have is the present. The present's perfect, young grasshopper, because we're breathing, moving, laughing, crying and are surprised when we finally meet someone we connect with. Stop living in the past and wasting your present...." 

This book had me tense, agitated, frustrated, tearful (even the BIG UGLY CRY), hopeful, swooning, happy and inspired all at different times. It is not often that a book affects me or surprises me as much as Present Perfect. It seriously shocked me multiple times and had my emotions all over the place. It was beautifully written in Tweet's point of view, expertly executed, and completely engaging.  The characters are so well developed that you feel like they are real. I was so involved in their story that I could not put it down and stayed up late finishing it. I woke up in a book hangover and still could not stop thinking about it.  It was not what a I expected at all. I actually decided t read it last night after I had just finished an emotional read and I thought it sounded sweet and light. Yeah, I was totally wrong! This is a a powerful, poignant, emotional debut and  story of true love  from Alison G. Bailey. 

I am looking forward to the next book Past Imperfect about  Brad who we met in this book. I gotta say I know I was not supposed to not really like him that much, but something about him appealed to me despite his obnoxiousness.  I am already intrigued by his story.

Thanks to Alison G. Bailey for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Excerpt-The Roommate

It took me about a month and a half to adjust, but college life suited me. The hardest part so far had been getting used to being away from home. I had no idea how good I had it at home. At school, I actually had to do laundry and was put on a schedule to clean the bathroom. It took moving away from my mom to really appreciate her.

My roommate, Lisa, was a no nonsense country girl from Missouri. She was beautiful with wavy copper colored hair that hit right at her shoulders, huge bright green eyes, and curves exactly where they should be. She was smart, funny, and a great roommate. It was nice to have a friend, again, and I did consider her my friend, even though we had only known each other for a short time.

My course schedule was fairly ambitious for a freshman. I was taking five classes, one of which was for my major. The campus was huge and spread out, but I was finding my way around pretty good now. All of this added up to some very long days. There were times when I was so tired at the end of the day I would just eat a couple of big spoonfuls of frosting I had stashed in the mini-fridge or I didn’t eat at all. The upside to my new, too busy to eat diet, was that I avoided the freshmen fifteen, so far I hadn’t gained an ounce. I had actually lost a little weight.

I hadn’t been home for a visit yet because I knew going back too soon would cause me to backslide and so far I was doing okay with getting over Noah. I was too busy most of the time during the week to focus that much on him. I had been filling the weekends up with frat parties and meeting people. Nighttime was the hardest. I studied in my room most of the time. It was easy for me to let my mind drift to thoughts of him during those times.

Five months had passed since I had any contact with Noah. When I thought of him, I still felt the same pain and loneliness. It was even stronger than on that day when I destroyed our friendship. If I allowed my thoughts to linger too long the tears would start and I’d spend most of the night in the bathroom hiding, so Lisa wouldn’t see me and start asking a bunch of questions.

One night while studying for a psychology test, Lisa noticed that I hadn’t turned a page in the past twenty minutes. Hopping off her bed, she grabbed two red cups and a bottle of wine she had smuggled in.

“Alright, space cadet, it’s wine time,” Lisa said plopping down in the chair across from me.

I looked up, surprised to see her sitting there. I was so lost in my thoughts, I didn’t notice her until she shoved a red cup of wine at me.

Sitting back in the chair, her feet propped up on the desk, she asked, “Are you going to tell me who you were spacing out about?”

“I was concentrating,” I said just before I took a sip of wine.

”Yeah, you were concentrating. What’s his name?”

“Who’s name?”

She shook her head. “The guy you cry about at night in the bathroom.”

Her words caught me off guard. “I didn’t know you heard me. I went in there so I wouldn’t bother you. Sorry.”

“So spill.”

“Nobody, really.” I was ashamed of myself for saying those words. Noah won’t ever be a nobody to me, even if I never see him again. “I mean, he was someone very special, but isn’t in my life anymore.”

“I got to call bullshit on that one. We’ve been here over a month and I’ve heard you crying at least once a week and…um… what’s with the sleeping around?”

I choked on my wine when I heard the words come out of her mouth. “Excuse me?”

“I just didn’t peg you as being a sausage biscuit.”

“A what?”

“A sausage biscuit. You seem to open your biscuit for every sausage you meet.”

“No, I don’t!” I wasn’t really offended by her. I was more shocked that I gave out that impression. I wondered if other people thought that.
“You and I have gone to four parties since we’ve been here and you’ve already hooked up with three different guys that I know of. You’re either trying to forget someone, get even with someone, or you’re just a good old fashion sausage biscuit. I add the crying into the mix and I figure you’re trying to forget someone.”

I took a long sip of wine and tried to decide whether I wanted to share all that was Noah with her. I’ve always had a hard time opening up to people. Noah was the only person I did that with. Maybe if I talked to Lisa, get it out in the open, the pain would hurt less.

“His name was Noah, we grew up together as best friends, and now we’re not.” I took a gulp of wine. It felt good to open up.

She sat up and pointed her finger in my direction. “You listen to me, beotch. I did not open this five dollar bottle of wine for the abridged version of your high school heartache. Details. Now.”
We stayed up late that night, drinking wine and talking. I told her most of the details of my life with Noah. It was a relief to talk about it. Lisa was great. She listened, but never judged.
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Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect. Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.

Alison's philosophy: Don't let your obstacles define you, let them refine you. At times life can get pretty overwhelming, but with a great support system and a lot of humor you can get through it. If you have humor in your life your spirit stays strong and you can tackle anything.


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  1. Thanks for sharing If You Leave and the giveaway. Sounds like a good book evamillien at gmail dot com


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