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Another book review on the Blog Tour: Empath by Becca Campbell

Greetings to all of you riding the Blog Tour train!

Today I have yet another book review from my good friend Becca J. Campbell.  I still haven’t figured out how she can write all of these books and get them published, not to mention all of the promo she sets up, with those boys of hers.  I get run ragged with my 4 and I still have only half of a draft done of my book.  Anyway…..

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Becca has a new book out called Empath.  She sent me an advance copy in exchange for the review and I was glad to do it.  I have to admit that I got into this book with a bit of apprehension because Becca told me that it was so different from her other ones, this one a bit of a romance.  Now, for me, I guess I am just a romantic because, the story didn’t seem like a romance.  Sure, there were elements of romantical ties but it didn’t read like a Harlequin romance so I didn’t notice.  The story itself is really good.  No, really good.  I venture to say that this is Becca’s best work to this point, and I have really liked her other books, especially Foreign Identity.

I got into this book quickly, empathizing with Jade and very curious about the other characters and their flaws.  Ethan was wonderfully dark and twisted, more like something I would write.  And the whole premise had elements of all of us in it.  Being uncomfortable, being able to tell other people’s moods, enjoying friends, desperation, and the fight to survive.  The settings were vibrant and real, and everything felt authentic, like places I would like to go.

There are always elements of the strange or supernatural in Becca’s stories, but these seemed the most likely to be real, and therefore a different story than Foreign Identity or Unmasked Alloy (which I am still waiting for more of that one), or even Gateway to Reality.  Notice I didn’t say better, they each had their own unique story, I just think that this one is my favorite.

I really enjoyed this book.  I look forward to reading anything that Becca puts out.  She likes to do series, so there is always more from these characters, and more to read.  Like I said, this is her best work yet, and, if I am going by the progression that I have seen since those first days in the Creative Copy Challenge(I know she was writing before that but that is where I met Becca), the next books will be even better.

Use these links and go get yourself a copy of this story.  You won’t be sorry, for either the story, or for getting to know Becca.

During the Empath Blog Tour (September 16th – October 20th), the first book in the Flawed series will be on sale for a discounted price of $0.99. Grab it for cheap while you can!

Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA  | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

 This is the “official” blurb from the book:

Empath (Flawed Book One)

Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.

Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.


Blog Tour Schedule

9/16 – The Peasants Revolt – Review

9/17 – Refreshingly Riki – Review

9/18 – Now is Gone – Guest Post

9/19 – The Pen and Whisk – Review

9/20 – Catharsis of the Bogue – Review

9/21 – Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Review

9/22 – The Bibliophile’s Corner – Review

9/23 – Kayla Curry – Guest Post/Review

9/24 – S.M. Boyce – Guest Post/Review

9/25 – The Eternal Scribe – Review

9/26 – Reader Girl Reviews a Teen Book – Review

9/27 – Reading the Alphabet – Review

9/28 – AimeeKay’s Reviews & Other Awesome Randomness – Review

9/29 – Cover Analysis – Review

9/30 – She Reads New Adult – Review

10/1 – V’s Reads – Review

10/2 – A Little Bit of R&R – Review

10/3 – OriginiquEquanimity – Interview

10/4 – Offbeat Vagabond – Review

10/5 – Lisa Is a Bookworm – Review

10/6 – Tynga’s Reviews – Review

10/7 – Dark Obsession Chronicles – Review

10/8 – BookRockGoddess – Review

10/9 – Booklvrs Haven – Guest Post

10/10 – Read for Your Future – Review

10/11– Cici’s Theories – Review

10/12 – Adventures of a Wandering Mind – Review

10/13 – Simply Sarah – Interview

10/14 – Dream Believe Write – Guest Post

10/15 – A Lady’s Manifesto – Review

10/16 – Paperback Daydreamer – Review

10/17 – A Novel Reality – Interview

10/18 – The Julia Grace Arts Blog – Interview

10/19 – Sydney Aaliyah – Review

10/20 – FU Only Knew – Review

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Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, New Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and  Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

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Part of the Blog tour, a book review of Foreign Identity!

Hello folks.  Today I am bringing you a review of a new book that has just been released.  For those who have been around a while, you may have heard me talk about a little site called the Creative Copy Challenge.  Well, it was through participation in the weekly challenges that this book, Foreign Identity, was spawned.

I was writing away with my own story (that really should be a book too if I wasn’t so lazy about it) when I started reading the other submissions.  One that caught me up in the story was Foreign Identity by Becca Campbell.  I got caught up in the story and became internet friends with Becca and was more than a little bummed when life got in the way and she didn’t finish the story.

Little did I know then, that she was working hard to make this story a novel.  And it is good.  Becca sent me a review copy of Foreign Identity (for free FTC, I know you are listening) and asked me to read it.  I was excited to really find out what happened to the main characters, Jax and Kel.  But more about that in a minute.

I don’t think that anyone knows (becasue I have never told anyone) that I actually cut and copied the entries from the CCC into a Word file so that I could either read it again or just finish what I missed.  At the last count in Word, Foreign Identity was 36,700 words long.  Not too shabby, but not a novel.  Now it is fleshed out and it is fun to see wha thas been added and what finishes the story.

Now for the review.  The book, I loved it.  The marketing and publishing through The Consortium (Oklahoma City based with some other people you have heard me talk about, Aaron Pogue, Courtney Cantrell, (I love to be able to actually name drop)) is just independent genius.  It gives me hope for my novels if I ever get them finished.

Ok, the book.

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You, You and You, Catharsis of the Bogue is 1!

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Hello!  I know that it seems kind of confusing that I am writing another year anniversary post 3 weeks after the last one, but this is the anniversary of this blog (mostly) in its present form.  This was the day that I migrated from that restrictive and un-monteziable blog to my very own self hosted number, this one here at

I still have but now it is to post my submissions to Shane Arthur’s site, the Creative Copy Challenge.  See my review of that here.

This blog however, has delved into many different areas of my brain and personality.  I spent a while trying to figure out what to call my blog last January, and before I thought too hard on it I went with Justins Brain Pan.  There are many “brain” themed aspects on this site.  That is by design.  I am writing from my brain to yours, all of these ideas come from somewhere inside of me, no matter how demented, how bizarre or profound.

I can only hope that if you are reading this you have found some value in my words, either for entertainment or some interesting knowledge.

And on that same topic, I am releasing my newest ebook today!  I am going to make you sign up for my email list to get it though.  Sign up HERE or use the form over in the right hand sidebar to get your copy of (drumroll) “The Blogging Mindset: 13 Steps to Cultivating a Bloggers Mentality”  It is in lovely PDF form and comes with a bonus checklist.  If you are already part of my mailing list you will have received a link for the ebook already!

Thank you all for your support now as well as a year ago.  You all have helped me keep going this long and I have no plans to stop.

See you Tomorrow.


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