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While You're Awake | Book Review + Giveaway

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars.

When I heard Amber Stokes had penned a new novelette—a modern day twist on Sleeping Beauty which involves coffee—I was immediately intrigued!

The story starts out with Ava, a freelance editor in her late twenties who has two major fears:

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When Ava comes home one day, her worst fear is confirmed. A swarm of bees are in her house and she has no one to turn to. Suffering from exhaustion because of her fear, she takes her pressing editing work to Coffee By Angels to escape from the bees.

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When a bee gets into the coffee shop, events unfold which cause Keegan, the barista to notice her fear and begin a friendship with Ava. Along with his two dogs, he attempts to break the "curse" that hovers over Ava. Their friendship gradually evolves into love.

A short, yet, very sweet novelette about overcoming your fears, While You're Wake is a perfect length tale to accompany a pot of tea or coffee on these cold October days.

He brought up his own hand to help brush away the tears dripping from her chin. "Fear is fear. Anything that holds us back from life and the love we can give—all of it's powerful. No matter what causes it. Any kind of paralyzing fear should be acknowledged and then fought against, don't you think?"
While You're Awake by Amber Stokes

About the Author:

Amber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor's degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she's always considered home. You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com. 

To celebrate the release of While We're Apart, Amber is hosting a giveaway! Enter to win a little something sweet from Ava, Keegan, and the author! One winner will receive a lovely yellow and gold flower necklace and earrings set from Baubles, Beads and Stuff; a $10 Starbucks gift card (delivered electronically); and a Kindle copy of While You’re Awake (can be gifted to a friend, if desired!). Open to US residents only due to shipping costs.

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Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with us, Amber!



  1. Oooo! This looks like such a sweet story!
    1. I don't really drink coffee, so I'm not that well versed at all in the different kinds...I guess the one with the most milk and sugar? :)
    2. At the moment, breaking pie plates comes to mind. I've done it before, and I make a fair amount of pies, so it's a valid fear.
    3. Very much a night owl.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. 1. My sister's home-roasted coffee
    2. Hi-fives and handshakes
    3. Sound Sleeper

  3. 1. A blended London Latte (different caramels) at the nearby coffee shop, Wake Up Call.
    3. I am both a night owl and sound sleeper. ;) I like staying up late...