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**This is a stand alone novel. Now available**

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Not everyone will grieve in this order, nor will everyone go through every stage. It’s during the stage of denial when Alex Hart meets Andrew Foster. He takes her one-step closer to acceptance: the stage when new, meaningful relations
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ebook, 294 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by Self-Published (first published September 15th 2013)
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Lucinda Claire
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was offered an ARC of Skipping Stones in exchange for an honest review. I typically read (and review) erotic romance, and since one of the biggest concerns/criticisms I had read was that there was no sex in this book. I was mildly intrigued by confusing comments, so I had to check it out for myself.

Okay, so first, let’s just get this out of the way. Hands-down, unequivocally, clearly, and indisputably, this is a book about love, and yes, for a romance junkie like myself, there’s even some of t
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Foxy  Roxy
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC Was Given To Blog For A Honest Review
When deciding what to read next, I tend to fall back to my standard type of book: troubled, alpha, tattooed males with hearts of gold who fall hard for their lady loves. I have grown rather fond of those types of books and tend to use them as my standard in choosing a book. Skipping Stones was not this type of book. Ok, wait; hear me out. Don’t let me lose you yet. I am not saying this isn’t a good book, it is. It’s just not one I would typically choose
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Lexi Buchanan
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow - you are going to need plenty of tissues for this book.

75% of this book is such an emotional roller-coaster ride, one, which I'm glad I climbed aboard for.

JB's writing was beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time.

I found myself having my iPhone in one hand and spatular in the other while cooking dinner, because I just couldn't put the book down.

We are first introduced to Alex who is staying with her grandparents while her parents go away for a few months, when tragedy strikes. During
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Skye Burling-Briggs
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received by author in exchanged for an honest review***

Firstly let me say this, you will need tissues, lots and lots of tissues!!

'They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.'

Skipping Stones ripped my heart out, not just once, but repeatedly and I loved every second!
I was on the verge of tears for the first 60% of this book (as you can clearly see from my progress updates!)

"I think I know what it feels like to die. I think I must be dyi
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Kathy
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
“If the night never ends, then there’s never a new day ... and with a new day comes renewed hope, light.”

J.B. McGee has outdone herself and completely showcased her imagination and ability to tell a story with Skipping Stones. This heart-wrenching novel requires a survival kit of tissues, bottled water (to replenish the loss of fluid through tears), tissues, and...more tissues. I knew reading this story was going to be emotional for me, given what I've recently gone through in my personal life.
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Jennifer
**5 Heart-wrenchingly Beautiful Stars**


I don't even really know how to write my review for this book. I have so many different thoughts and feelings going on in my head and heart right now. This was my first book by JB McGee. I have her This series on my kindle but I haven't had a chance to read it, but when I saw the blurb to this book I just knew I had to read it right away. It totally captured me. Plus I LOVED that it is a standalone. There are just so many series out there that it is so re
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Becca
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh where to even start with the amazing book! I am going to warn you now, it is a tear jerker of a book. I cried from the beginning to the end.

Alex Hart was ready for a Summer with her grandparent, while her parents go on a three month trip of traveling. Her Summer soon turns into a nightmare and this story is her story of survival, love, loss and promises broken and kept.

I can't tell you too much without giving away the plot. Know that this a book that will speak to your heart and let you know
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Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
I am not so sure my heart was ready for Skipping Stones, but it was a fabulous journey for me to take.

This is a beautiful story of love, loss, heartache and family. Of course, the most important of these things in love and this book conveys that in such a beautifully told story. Alex has just lost her parents within days of each other. She is having a hard time understanding why. She has lost everything. She has lost herself and what she considers her life. But on one of those fateful days follo
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Donna ~
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, yes I heard the hype that there was “no sex” in this book and that it was different from JB McGee’s other works. Yes, I am a huge fan of Erotica and Contemporary Romance, BUT I am a “cover girl” first and foremost. If the cover gets me then I look further. Something about this cover just screamed “READ ME”……and boy am I glad I did. Now that being said, let me just warn you that tissues…yes tissues, and lots of them will be required. I wore my red, puffy eyes with pride the morning after I fi ...more
Jennifer Noe (The Book Blog)
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book absolutely put my emotions through the ringer! You know those books, where after you are finished you just sit there and stare at nothing? Yeah, I was there. Skipping Stones is about losing those most important to you but, it’s more than that. It’s about finding comfort in another’s arms and making the best out of the worst. It’s about never giving up, even if you want to. And, finding strength within yourself and those around you, to help you get through. It’s about finding your first ...more
Tami Talbert
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Skipping Stones

To say I don't know where to start this review just doesn't describe my feelings for this book. This was just... What I mean to say is... Oh my gosh... Just WOW! Such an emotional journey of life, loss and a deep love that can and will survive.

The story begins with Alex who is only 15 (but is described as an "old soul") who is on her way to stay with her grandparents while her parents take a vacation. When tragedy strikes leaving Alex crushed and heartbroken she meets Drew. From
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Danni
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ugly-cry
I so want to leave a review but my emotions are all over the place. But right now my heart and my mind are on my on Papa I need a moment to get myself together.

Now I have had time to pull myself together I can now leave my review. This is a book that made me ugly cry and I love books that pull that emotion out me. Loved how the booked started didn’t take too long to get into what it was going to be about. This wasn’t a book that had a whole lot of secondary characters and that is okay because it
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Kaitlyn
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Alex Hart has suffered far more than any 15 year old should. Her parents dropped her off with her grandparents for a temporary visit while they go on a trip. Sadly, her parents never made it.

Alex and her grandparents heard a crash and went out to investigate. What they found changed their lives forever. Their worst fears were confirmed when the police showed up at their door. Alex's father was gone and her mother was badly burned in critical condition.

Alex had a hard time accepting what's happen
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sue
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to read this as an ARC and have just managed to get around to reading it.
I read what it was about before accepting it, and I heard around the net that it makes you cry, they were not wrong.

This is the very first book I have read by J. B. McGee and will be seeking out more from her. You won't be disappointed if you purchased this book, it is told in such sincerity, with such feeling and full on emotion, it will grip you from its first page.

Skipping stones is a well thought out ti
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Karen
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this truly enchanting book. I've read JB's other books and really enjoyed them but feel that the writing in this has moved on leaps and bounds.
The characters are described so well that you feel that you know them, particularly Papa. You can feel the closeness of the relationship between Papa and Alex. The key places are described in a way that make you want to be there.
The story starts as Alex suffers a devastating loss. It is a truly emotional read becaus
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L. Chapman
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-read
What can I say? This is one hell of an amazing book. From the title you think it’s just going to be to do with Skipping stone, but no. Yes it happens in the book. Everyone needs to know how to skip stones.
Alex a normal blunt girl, Drew a normal young lad who end up turning to each other, through unexpected incidents?

Nothing in this book follows the normal way, you assume “Oh this is going to happen next.” And it doesn’t. It’s full on unexpected surprises that make you want to carry on reading.
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Tammy Sipe
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Emotional. That is what Skipping Stones was for me. I started crying at the prologue...when you read it, be sure to have tissue on hand. Skipping Stones is a sweet read. Hard to review without spoilers. When Alex goes to visit her grandparents for the summer, the first place she wants to go to is the creek..it has always been her favorite spot. The creek is a place of peace and comfort, fun and memories, and trying her whole life to learn how to skip rocks. Her favorite place to be? Sitting on h ...more
L. Duarte
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review for Skipping Stones
An emotional ride is a good way to describe this book. Alex, the main character, deals with a great deal of heartbreaking events at a very tender age. It is a story of loss, and pain, of grief and sadness. But most importantly, it is a story of hope and healing. It presents with the certainty that we can find beauty in ashes. If only we take the time to skip stones.
Alex is an admirable young woman who is able to overcome the string of losses she endures. The ending is
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Anna
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is so, so sad. But the love is so overwhelming. Good book about love, life, death, family, and fate.
Christy
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
This is a story that when you read, you can feel every emotion that JB felt when writing, you shed every tear that JB shed. Truly a book you will all love like many of us already have. This is a story about loss, love & lessons of the Heart.

It is the summer of 1996 and Alex is on the way to see her grandparents in South Carolina. She has always enjoyed staying with them whenever she could. She has this special place in her heart for her Papa & Memaw. Her Papa though is the man who has al
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Molly
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

***REVIEW EDITED 9/27/13*** (I did not have final copy at time of original review, changes to original review will be in bold.)


My 3.5 Star review

I was incredibly excited to receive this arc because I'm already a fan of this author. I knew going in to this book that the author was pulling from some real-life situations. Knowing this, I was thrilled to start.

What started out as an emotionally heartbreaking and tissue-filled beginning (that co
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Jennifer Reyes
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start this off by saying I have been a big fan of J.B. McGee ever since I first read "Broken(This)" and the rest of the "This" series. Her books tend to be filled with emotion, and many hot, steamy scenes as well. When I heard of this book, I was told that it wasn't her typical book, this book was more 'vanilla' then all her others. My go to books seem to be those books with a troubled alpha male who saves their love interest, and that are filled with hot steamy sex scenes. But I decided ...more
Jennifer Diaz
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I adored this book and believe it or not I am having trouble writing this review because I want to do justice to the book! Its an amazing story of heartbreak, love, and fate that makes you look at life a little different. This is truly one of those books that pulls at your heart strings and will stay with you love after you have read it.

We start the book with Alex spending her summer vacation with her grandparents in South Carolina. Being a Cali girl myself I love the southern references. I thin
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Three Chicks
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 star review by Jen Skewes

When I read the synopsis for Skipping Stones I knew it was something that I just had to read, but I also knew that it was going to be an emotional one. I just wasn't ready for how emotional it really was. Don't let that scare you because it was a beautiful story of love, loss, promises and second chances. You will need tissues but it was worth every tear.

Alex was only 15 years old when her world was completely shattered. She experienced loss in a way that no child her
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Stacey
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received for honest review*** - originally posted at Reading Rainblog

This book was non-stop from the first page! Alex Hart is getting ready for deployment and has come back to her grandparents small South Carolina town to visit just in case. Then, the book reverts back to 1996 and the events that lead to where she’s at now. Throughout the course of the book, we span a 15 year timeframe (1996-2011) starting when Alex is 15 and meets Drew for the first time. It’s very hard to talk about thi
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Shannon
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me full circle, but it was more of a circle with jagged zig zagged lines that eventually found their way back to the start. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that shattered my heart as much as this one. I’ve never ugly cried for more than a few pages in a book. I ugly cried for the first 20% of this one. Don’t get me wrong, though, I wouldn’t take it back for a second. Those ugly cries were heartfelt. J.B. stripped me down and left me feeling raw. When the main character Alex fe ...more
Sharon Xuereb
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
FULL REVIEW AT SHARON'S BOOK NOOK!

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Skipping Stones is a beautifully emotional story of love and loss.

This book is very well written and draws the reader in immediately. I felt like I was a part of this story, already crying at only 10% of the way through. Very real emotions and very realistic reactions from all characters involved to each of these situations that you forget this is a work of fiction.

It follows the story of Alex Hart who lo
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Sassy Southern
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is wonderfully written, a truly genuine story that pulls you in and doesn't let go! I so enjoyed
being with Alex as she experiences the pain of loosing her parents and falling for her first love,Drew, only to lose him also. At least she has the love of her grandparents to sustain her through the grief. They are the one constant in her life as she tries to move on and go on to graduate high school.
Alex has to let go of the past, and she intends to do just that the day she
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Jen
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"Our lips crush together, and as his kiss consumes me, he breathes oxygen onto my lungs. My heart starts to race. I'm alive. This is living."

Emotional. Heart Wrenching. Beautiful. These are the words that I use to describe Skipping Stones. I was a huge fan of JB McGee before this book. I had read her This Trilogy and loved her writing, but I love her even more now. She has taken me on a journey of loss like no other author has. It's true what they say, grab your tissues for this book. I cried t
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Jen

"Our lips crush together, and as his kiss consumes me, he breathes oxygen onto my lungs. My heart starts to race. I'm alive. This is living."

Emotional. Heart Wrenching. Beautiful. These are the words that I use to describe Skipping Stones. I was a huge fan of JB McGee before this book. I had read her This Trilogy and loved her writing, but I love her even more now. She has taken me on a journey of loss like no other author has. It's true what they say, grab your tissues for this book. I cried t
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J.B. McGee is a mother, wife, and the Amazon Top 100 author of the best selling This Series. Amazon Crossing acquired the German rights to her debut novel, Broken. Heartfall, her coming of age novel about a bullied ballerina, is a #1 best seller in the Teen and Young Adult Performing Arts genre. Skipping Stones, a military romance about a young woman strongly influenced by her faith and her family ...more
“I’ve learned through the years that it’s not where you live, it’s the people who surround you that make you feel at home.” 15 likes
“This time, I want the hugs, kisses, and love that comes with a farewell … even if it’s a temporary one.” He takes a step and cups my head in his hands. “I want to say ‘see ya later’ and know that it’s not a final goodbye. I want to memorize every line,” he strums his finger across my face, “every line of your face, Alex. When I walk away, I want to know that I’ve made every last second I had with you count.” 11 likes
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