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My Mommitment journey and car decal giveaway

A year ago I was suffering from a major judgemental spiral. Being a special needs parent I had more than enough stares, disapproving looks, and snide comments. It was always when my son was reacting to his environment of being too loud, busy, and over stimulating. I still remember a very public sensory meltdown that ensued when we were in a McDonalds. After a day of travelling for hockey I chose a quiet place to have his happy meal than an amped up hockey team pizza night. Well little did I know that the town was going to see a spectacle in that quiet venue. 

It always starts out innocently enough of they didn’t have the toy he wanted. So we go for plan B and they don’t have that either. After those options we decide to eat our meal by this time I have an upset child running up and down on the bench. To any outsider this looks like my son is spoiled and I’m a passive parent. When really it’s an impending feeling of doom for him struggling with preservasive behaviours that his mind is telling him he needs. 

We always have a set routine at our McDonald’s, but this isn’t our local one so making do is our only option. That’s when the judgement bus comes rolling in and I feel hot, stifling, embarrassment and then a instant cup of angry for my son being judged. I ended up overreacting and gave those diners quite a show of what it feels like to be prisoner in a sensory overloaded moment. I left that restaurant feeling defeated as I had to pick up my son and go back to the hotel. 

I brainstormed, wrote a blog, and had to think of a way to change this negative to a positive. So I prayed on it, I always believe when the student is ready the teacher appears. That’s when Mommitment came into my life. Now I judge less, and ignore more, I spread awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder than anger, and I love and forgive myself and my son because life can be as unpredictable as how his central nervous system and senses are. Today a year later I’m still a work in progress but I stick to my Mommitment mindset and proudly wear this decal on my vehicle. This is my check in for the day, week, and month to remind me of my Mommitment and now that I know better I do better. 

  
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Book Review for Being Nobody and Becoming Somebody

 

 I had the good fortunate of beta reading for the author Heather D’Augustino I was really happy to be able to read both sequels in the Witness series. I first read Being Nobody and was introduced to the main character. These books had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t want the first book to end and I couldn’t wait to continue the story of the main character Mallory in Becoming Somebody Book 2 :

 

My Review for Becoming Nobody

I received this book as an ARC for my honest opinion. I’m so happy I had an opportunity to read this book. From the first page in the prologue I was hooked on learning Mallory’s story. Due to her Dad witnessing a crime the police put him and his whole family into the Witness Protection Program. Mallory (who’s really Samatha) changes homes, schools, jobs, and identity’s like she changes her underwear. From the age of 7 to 17 she’s on the run hiding out from this gang that is stalking them from state to state. She falls in love with Devlin and her world becomes confusing. Mallory has yet to move again and leave her first love behind. Soon she’s an adult living on her own and still wrapped up in her life as Mallory. One day a beautiful but dangerous man walks into the bar she’s working in. Mallory’s world is turned upside down and cue hot, sexy, discovery of her world meeting Brian’s. Will Mallory learn to trust him, will Brian let her into his heart and into his secretive world? Or will all their secrets threaten to tear them and their emerging relationship apart? Well you’ll just have to read it and find out! Keep in mind there are detailed, sex scenes and this book is suited for a mature audience. I loved this book, plot, characters, and premise for the story to develop. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel Becoming Somebody in the Witness series. 

 

  

Becoming Somebody

 

What happens when everything you thought you knew suddenly changes with a few simple words? 

 

When Samantha Connelly fell hard for the one person that could rip her world apart she wasn’t prepared for the bomb he would later drop on her. With a few words, Brian completely turned her world upside down and sent her into an emotional spiral. 

 


Forced to leave town once again, she begged him to come with her…pleaded with him to choose her…to love her, but Brian had his own agenda that he couldn’t deviate from.

What happens when two people who are meant for each other are forced apart with no reunion in sight? How do you recover from the reality that you may never see one another again? How do you go back to being a nobody when all you want in life is to be somebody to someone?

My Review for Becoming Somebody

I received this ARC for my honest review. I was happy to read the sequel to Being Nobody. The Cliff hanger at the end of the book had me wanting more! We start the book off with Mallory living in Las Vegas and carrying on as normally as she can. Time passes and in four years she’s found someone to share her bed. I wondered if she could ever share her heart with anyone but Brian. She receives a phone call that changes her life and heads back to Chicago to start over as Samatha. She’s intent on picking up where she left off and finding Brian. There’s a lot of twists and turns in the book. Will Samatha find Brian and rekindle the flame of their love. Only time will will tell so you’ll have to read this book. Another great read from H D’augustino that I devoured in one evening. I’m looking forward to reading more in the Witness series, and discovering new characters. Once again like the prequel this book has adult themes, sexually charged language, and is for mature audiences. 

 

Thank you Heather and her PA Angie for letting me part of this blog tour. I look forward to reading more adventures in the Witness Series. 

  

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Author Bio

 

Amazon bestselling author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy, Heather D’Agostino writes contemporary and newadult romance set in Boston, New York, and North Carolina. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to “get her feet wet” in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that her books have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children’s activities.

 

 You can follow Heather at http://www.facebook.com/H.DAgostino.Author or http://hdagostinobooks.weeby.com

 

Bibliography:

The Second Chances series

Unbreak Me-book one

The Boy Next Door- book two

The One That Got Away-book three 

Inside Out- book 3.5 a Second Chances Novella

Fallen From Grace- book 4 

The Family Next Door –book 5

The Shattered Trilogy

Shattered (Shattered #1) 

Restored (Shattered #2)

Renewed (Shattered #3

Destined (Shattered #0.5) – Coming January 2015

Fated (Shattered #4 Cam & Avery) – Coming2015

The Broken Series

Irreparably Broken (Broken #1)

Saving Us (Broken #2) – Coming 2015

The Witness Series

Being Nobody – Nov 3, 2014

Becoming Somebody- Coming March 2015

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