Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears by M.E. Sanford ~ Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Title ~ The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears

Author ~ M.E. Sanford

Published ~ 28st May 2014

Genre ~ M/M Romance, Contemporary

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Synopsis

Small town mechanic Vinny Shields doesn't have much going for him. He has a girlfriend that seems to chase every man that crosses her path. His father and mother are consistently unimpressed with his lifestyle. And his younger brother just dropped a bombshell that will change the dynamic of his family.
Vinny then meets the flamboyant gas station attendant, Tristan May, and learns more about what it means to love and be loved.

Tina’s Review

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OMG… I don’t even know where to start. First of all I love the cover, it’s beautifully done and an eye catcher, making it stand out favourably from others in this genre. The story itself is one of the hardest I’ve read in a while and I have to admit, at first I hated Vinny the main character. I hated his prejudice, his weakness, his superficialness and his fearfulness. It took me a while… strictly speaking half of the book, to even bear him… but paradoxically there was something about him that drew me to him. I just couldn’t put the book down, it caught me from the very first chapter and kept me reading to the end.

Vinny… yeah, how to describe Vinny. He is straight (or thinks he his…), a guy with a steady job as a mechanic, he has a few friends and an on-off girlfriend aka fuck-buddy who turns out to be evil incarnate. Just thinking about that bitch makes my blood boil. No, I won’t go there…

Anyway, when Vinny’s brother Danny comes out to him and his family, a terrible roller coaster ride begins that leads into an indescribable drama. At that particular time Vinny meets Tristan, a former dancer and model, who is struggling to help his family. A lovable, cute, flamboyant, vulnerable and simultaneously strong guy, who doesn’t hide who he is and little by little Vinny starts to question his own sexuality and prejudice.

The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears moves fast, it’s a page turner, a powerful book, full of angst, realistic in nature, a book about families who discard their children for being gay and hide behind a ridiculous, mendacious ideology.

It’s a melodramatic story, a story about emotional torture and the will to survive, about discovering what love really means and it's profoundly moving. There are so many misconceptions, and the effects of preconceived opinions on the lives of others that are truly devastating. The story shows the reader quite plainly the close-mindedness and ignorance of small town people, the alarming significance of social acceptance, which seems to be much more important than a few lives.

But it’s more…the writing is emotionally charged, and takes the reader on a tumultuous ride of: Loss, grief, acceptance, forgiveness and true love. It’s a story of tragedy, hope and triumph, it follows the blossoming love between two young men, and if the readers open their hearts they might discover the raw emotions behind the characters and that true love knows no boundaries. It’s so sweet, it’s a true journey of forgiveness and it points out the importance of family and loyalty.

Recommended to those who love to read character driven books. This one will break your heart but at the same time will make you love the people you first start out hating. It’s a truly touching book, full of character growth, twists and turns, life lessons and new beginnings. It’s an eye opener in so many ways. The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears is M.E.Sanford’s debut novel and I think it’s an excellent start. Definitely worth reading.

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Note: The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears is the first book in the Golden Nettle series.

Purchase Links

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A Word From M.E. Sanford

During my youth I was heavily depressed. Actually, that depression lasted until my middle twenties and left me with an oddly warped perception on the world and friends.

When the inspiration for The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears walked into my door I was left in tears from that particular situation and experience. I knew that something was there, something that required me to create a world and characters. There was a story in that pain and I had to tell it in my best way, by writing it down.

Vinny, I feel, is very much like a man that doesn't realize he's stuck in place. He's so stagnant and lifeless that the poor man is ultimately a zombie walking around, which happens, and it's sad. Vinny is very much me in a sense, at that time I was trapped in a place that I didn't want to be. Working jobs and living a life that I hated and began to think that ending my life would be the only way out made me a very sad man.

Then Tristan simply walks into Vinny's life and turns his world upside down. Suddenly, everything is new and everything is a learning experience for Vinny. Tristan is the incarnation of my inspiration to move cross country and pursue a dream that I'd been hiding since I was four years old.

Sometimes all we need is that one person to help drive us forward. And even though I didn't have anyone but myself it makes happy that I was able to make characters in whom needed each other.

I hope you can enjoy the story of Tristan and Vinny. They are very close to my heart and are part of my dream come true. Now...the sequel!

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About The Author

A lifelong writer and storyteller, M.E. Sanford has always pursued creative careers. One of his passions is writing novels and other short stories. Just recently he made a major move cross country to pursue a dream that includes publishing his stories that he's been working on the past several years. An entertainer at heart, M.E. follows the pull of his ambitions and turns his experiences into touching works of literature. If just one person is touched by his stories he can consider himself a success.

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Giveaway

M.E. Sanford is gifting one lucky reader an ebook copy of his novel The Wind Your Voice, The Rain Your Tears. All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below…

 

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45 comments:

  1. I truly love your giveaways! Easy and fun <3
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. I just love the title of this book, so beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. I've got the book already, great review, one for my holiday coming up I think!

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    1. Thank you, Suzi. Enjoy your holiday.:)

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  4. OMG!! Amazing giveaway!! **fingers crossed**
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  5. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. This looks like a great book!! Thank you for the review and giveaway.

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  7. The boob sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I'm interested in reading this book, please count me in. Thanks

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  9. The books sounds really interesting and the cover is really good.

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  10. I love it when books take me on an emotional roller coaster. This sounds like a must-read!

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  11. WOW! This books sounds absolutely amazing! I need to read this emotional art :) Your review was great! I love books with mechanics, they are my "bad boy" and then for him to realize his true passion, I can't wait! Thank you so much for the giveaway and teaching me/us about this book!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Good luck for the drawing and enjoy the book. :)

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  12. There is something perfect about the title.

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  13. Definitely going in the TBR pile!

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  14. I love the cover and the title. I look forward to reading it and it's going in my TBR pile. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  15. Thanks for the great review! The cover and title are lovely and quite eye-catching.

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    1. Thx Jen. Yep, I thought exactly the same. :)

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  16. Thank you for the awesome chance!!!

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  17. This sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  18. Sounds really good , adding to list.
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  19. this one is on my wish list...sounds beautiful

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  20. It's on my TBR now. New author, but it sounds amazing.

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  21. New to me auth, can't wait to read

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  22. This is one of the books I'm dying to read. Thanks for the opportunity of winning a copy.

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  23. Always love your reviews! Thanks for the chance!

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  24. this looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  26. Great review! Added to my wishlist! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thank you Alaina. And good luck for the drawing! :)

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  27. Sounds like a great read.

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  29. Tina's amazing review has convinced me I have to read this book. Count me in.

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  30. Beautiful cover and interesting plot. I would like to win!!!! :)

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  31. This sounds nice & angsty. Please count me in.

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  32. Looks like a great book. TBR list for sure.

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  33. The review of this book has further encouraged me to want it. I love an emotional story as they allow you to release your emtions that you normally hide

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  34. Wohoho~ I love the sound of it. LOL... Please count me in. :3

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  35. Never read this author before -- looking forward to checking this out!

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