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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro (Virtual Book Blast Event / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blast event for The Milestone Tapes by Author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro!

Book Review

The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: March 12, 2012 / 2nd edition - March 25, 2014
Format: Paperback - 400 pages 
             Kindle - 742 KB
ISBN: 1468150065
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

BUY THE BOOK: The Milestone Tapes

Book Description:

The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she’ll find that she still wants the same things.

With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother.

Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she’ll ever need to know. Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and watercolored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna’s death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audiocassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia’s life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right.

With the help of her mother’s long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope.

Rereleased for its second anniversary, the novel that book bloggers have called “beautiful” and “unforgettable” returns with new content and tapes never before read.

Book Excerpt:

“Picking up her finely bound leather journal, Jenna pulled a pen from the recesses of her desk. It had be a long time since she had sat in here, behind her desk, with any real purpose. She flipped open the journal and began to think.

She wrote quickly, crossing off and underlining, as thoughts flashed in her mind, some overruling others, as she highlighted the pivotal moments of her daughter’s coming life.


Becoming A Mother

Father Getting Remarried

College Graduation

First Love

Wedding Day

High School Graduation

First Broken Heart

Leaving Home First Time


Ten tapes, ten corresponding milestones her daughter would pass in her absence. You raise your children to fly, Elizabeth had said, but a mother’s work, even in death, is never really done, Susanna whispered from behind.”
- The Milestone Tapes

About The Author

Ashley Mackler-Paternostro is the author of The Milestone Tapes and the Amazon Best Selling novel In The After. Her shorter works can be found in Holiday Wishes - An Anthology for a Children’s Charity and on the blog Ashley lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and their three dogs.


Contest Giveaway

Author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro will be awarding The Book Bag, a Glass Fishing Float, a Keychain, Cassette Tape Note Cards, Mug, Paperback & a digital copy of The Milestone Tapes (US only) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a signed copy of The Milestone Tapes to a randomly drawn host.(US ONLY)

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. 

The tour dates can be found here: 

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book blast.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting The Milestone Tapes today! For anyone visiting today, I have another giveaway going on over on my Facebook page to celebrate 500 likes! XO, Ash

    1. Hi Ashley! I am currently reading The Milestone Tapes, and will be adding a book review in a couple of days. Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book blast.

  3. Hey Kathleen!
    You are so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read it!
    XO, Ash

  4. I am really looking forward to reading this. the review is amazing

    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you for stopping by my blog. The Milestone Tapes is an amazing story, hope you get a chance to read it. :)