Tuesday 6 May 2014

A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21852694-a-life-forward?from_search=true
Purchase links:

A Life Forward: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Forward-Rowan-Slone-Novel-ebook/dp/B00JHRYEJA/ref=la_B005VRG1S2_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399402765&sr=1-3

A Life Redefined: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Redefined-Rowan-Slone-Novel-ebook/dp/B00DL5XGYI/ref=la_B005VRG1S2_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399402765&sr=1-2


Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.
When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?


Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail. And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.
But there are cracks in Rowan’s life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.


Scene between Rowan and her boyfriend, Mike Anderson, in A Life, Forward:
My hand itched to swing out and slap his handsome face. But that face wasn’t as handsome as it used to be. It was harder, more angular, more severe. He’d shaved this morning but dark stubble still peeped through. Something had changed in my boyfriend since he left this summer; something that I did not like.
Maybe, though, I had changed, too.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I am not your charity chase. Back off, Mike. This is in the past.”
“But how? How is it in the past?” He stared at me a hard moment then blurted, “That’s why you always wear long sleeves. My God, Rowan, you can’t even wear normal clothes.”
If someone threw me into the middle of a tornado, I wouldn’t have felt more frazzled, confused, stirred up. “This is me, Mike. Take it or leave it.” The shakiness in my voice disproved my strong words.
He was silent, eyes focused on my arm. It started to burn under his gaze, and I had to clench my fist to keep from scratching at the dozen lines, from tracing the ugly A.
Sometimes I still wanted to cut but I didn’t.
I. Didn’t. Cut.
My legs were covered in silky light hairs because I refused to hold a razor between my fingers. I’d bent over backward, writing in my journal, studying late into the night, putting more hours in at the shelter, just to occupy my mind.
I didn’t cut anymore.
I didn’t cut anymore.
I don’t cut anymore.
I don’t cut anymore.
“I don’t cut anymore!” A soft knock on the door was the only thing that interrupted my screams.


Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5323127.Tracy_Hewitt_Meyer
Website: http://www.tracyhewittmeyer.com/
Twitter: @TracyHMeyer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyHewittMeyer

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