Friday 25 April 2014

Face Time Book Blitz

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) by SJ Pajonas. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This blitz takes place on 25, 28 and 30 April, you can view the whole blitz schedule here.

After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.

Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can't stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without. But Laura's got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee's stressful traveling schedule means they'll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out.

Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.

About the Author

S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.

Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
Visit her on her website at

Excerpt From Face Time

I guess I’m sick of New York because I haven’t been away from here in five years.
Most people need a break from the city. Mary, my boss, keeps pushing me to take a
vacation, but I always wave her off. Shit, I would love to leave — am dying to leave — but I
have been saving every spare penny so I can move out someday soon. My mother moved in
saying, “Oh honey, it’s only for a few months, and then I’ll buy my own place.” That was over
three years ago. When six months passed and she was on her second boyfriend and hadn’t
looked at any real estate in the city, I knew she was never going to leave.
Taking out my iPhone, I aim the camera at the sun setting on my street. If I tilt it
around, I can catch a sun glare off the tops of the cars and another couple walking towards
me holding hands. Click. I attach the photo to a text to Lee and hit send before picking up my
bag and heading inside.
The door creaking open to my apartment is the only noise I hear when my phone
buzzes in my purse.
Lee Park
I love your street. Looks like a beautiful day.
Laura Merchant
It is. Let me get my iPad set up in the kitchen and we can talk.
Lee Park
Ok. Call me when you’re ready.
I grab my iPad out of my bag and stand it up in the kitchen, but then remember what
I’m about to do. Third date. I run back down the hall to the bathroom, stumbling over my
shoes in the hallway, and quickly touch up my makeup and wash my hands. I should try to
look good for Lee, right?
He lives in Seoul.
Fuck, he lives in Seoul.
I pause and examine myself in the mirror. Why do I fall for the unavailable ones? He
seems to like me too, but with seven thousand miles between us, we can’t be physical. What
if this goes somewhere, we finally get together, and the sex is horrible? But the kiss was
great. The kiss was legendary, the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve kissed at least thirty boys. The
sex will be good, right? What am I thinking? I’m skipping way ahead. Screw it. If the sex is
bad, I’ll figure out what to do about it later.
In the kitchen, I initiate the call, and wait until Lee’s face pops up on my screen. He
was handsome in a suit, heart-stopping in a sweater, but, full-on gorgeous in a t-shirt. His
arms and chest stretch the tight black shirt over every curve of muscle, and I have to close
my eyes and turn my head away. I may be so turned on that I’m nauseous.
“Hi,” he says, and I turn my face back to the iPad. “Are you okay?”
“Yes, fine. It’s nothing.” Nothing at all. Just that you’re so hot and so far away. It kills
me that I can’t touch you. “I’m hungry. Just got home from Connecticut.”
He nods and sits down in his chair at the table where he took the last call. I don’t think
he’s done anything with his unruly hair since he woke up, but bedhead suits him.
“Well, eat and tell me about your day.”

Lisa's Review - 4 out of 5 stars

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. When I started reading it, I was rather sceptical - I have never had a long distance relationship, and I have never had to rely on all this new fangled digital technology to keep a relationship going, and honestly I don't see how that is enough to keep a relationship going, especially a brand new one! But I also wanted to keep an open mind, having never been in the situation, I don't want to judge.
Lee and Laura meet completely by accident, but there is an instant attraction. They meet in New York, where Laura lives, but Lee's home is 7000 miles away, plus he travels all over the world for his job. So, they spark up a relationship, relying on text messages and Face Time (a video calling application) to keep in touch. Which then led me to realise that Laura and Lee managed to get to know each other in a lot deeper way than most new couples do in the amount of time they were in a relationship.
Both Laura and Lee didn't have the easiest of upbringings, and struggle with family problems. It is nice to see a new relationship that is strong enough to deal with, handle, and help  the other half to cope with their issues.
This is a very sweet story, and Laura and Lee are very loveable characters. I hope to hear more from them in future releases in this series.

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