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Title: Heart of Marley
Author: T.K. Leigh
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense
To the moon and back…
From the stars to the ocean…
That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code.
Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls.
No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare.
They’re finally able to start over…
But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear.
Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.
In Heart of Light, we get a glimpse of Cameron’s past. As he helps Jolene overcome her horrific past, he explains his desire to help her by telling Jolene about his sister Marley and what she went through as a young girl.
Heart of Marley brings gives the reader so much more than a love story among teenagers, we see how the characters deal with abuse. This story conveys so much about how much abuse affects not only the victim/survivor but also their loved ones. Cameron was his sister’s protector and having read about him in previous stories, it was a pleasure to get to know him in is younger years. To see his past and how it shaped him to be the dreamy psychiatrist we fall in love with in Heart of Light. He mentions and thinks about Marley several times, so it was great to finally meet her and read about her role and influence in Cameron’s life. Her past and experiences lead him on the path we saw in the previous book.
Marley was an extremely strong character. After everything she went through, she shows that the most horrendous experience can essentially make us a strong person. We see her struggle with the memories of what she had to endure, but we see her work to set that aside and try to move on from it. However, she must also deal with a society and time when experiences such as hers aren’t spoken aloud. A community where they feel that if it’s left unspoken, it doesn’t exist. Their priorities are out doing their neighbors and friends and in popularity contest with which they use their children to as trophies. Pageants being the most popular in the area. Turning young girls into objectified creatures so their daughter is declared the prettiest. I don’t know about you, but that just gives me the creeps. Helloooo; Toddlers and Tiaras ring a bell?? This pastime only exacerbates the pain and agony that Marley ties so hard to overcome.
This book is quite touching as well as VERY emotional and touches on so many subjects. It’s not for the faint of heart. It deals with subject matters that can be quite difficult for some but the message is one of strength and it is an homage to survivors of such atrocities. Cheers to you T.K. Leigh for conveying an important message in such a beautiful and heart wrenching story.
I had gotten used to things over the years. Marley’s emotions always took you on a wild roller coaster ride, the ebb and flow often unexpected and sometimes tumultuous. But during those moments that things flattened out, and the ups and downs of her life were on an even keel, even if for just an instant, those were the times that I treasured. I wouldn’t trade those rare memories for anything in the world. Those were the times that I saw the real Marley…the girl that forced me to play Barbie’s with her, the girl that convinced me the mud pie she made for me was really chocolate. The way her eyes brimmed with enthusiasm and mischief at the same time, you couldn’t help but believe her, knowing that she would squeal with excitement and delight when you pretended to take a bite of her ‘chocolate’ pie.
“Remember the tree house?” she asked, bringing me back from my own memories. I could hear the lump in her throat.
“How could I forget? You hounded Dad for months to build you one.”
“Remember going out there after he died, but before Mama lost the house?”
I nodded, finding Marley’s hand and grabbing it. “Yeah, I do.”
I felt her body tremble beside me as big, fat rain drops began to fall. “I think it would have been the best tree house on the block.”
“The way Dad doted on you, it would have been a tree mansion by the time he was done with it.”
Losing my father was hard enough when I was just eight, but having to be faced with the constant reminders of his life made it even more difficult. The worst was looking out our back window at a tree that he had begun to build a house in for Marley and me. The night that Mama had explained to us that Dad had gone to heaven and wouldn’t be coming back, I remember glancing out there and seeing Marley sitting on the lone wood plank that he had set up as the foundation of the tree house. Nearly every night that we lived in that house, we would go out there and simply lay down and look at the stars.
“This reminds me of that,” I said softly. “Of those nights in the tree house.”
The sound of thunder boomed around us and we remained on that roof, not caring that we were both drenched from the late summer downpour cloaking the town.
“Me, too,” Marley said. “I think that’s why I like coming out here so much. It reminds me of ‘before’. It makes me feel closer to Dad. I always swore I could hear him talking to me in that tree house and, some nights when I’m out here, I can still hear him.”
“What does he say?”
She turned to face me and almost broke into tears. “That he’s proud of you. That he can’t believe how much of him he sees in you. That he’s happy you don’t let anyone or anything influence your decisions. That he’s thankful you’ve never abandoned me.
About the Author
T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
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Author: K.D. Wood
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: November 11
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Neely McIntire’s dreams warn her about the future but will not protect her from the danger hiding in plain sight. On graduation night, she plans to tell her best friend, Hayden Nelson, that she’s in love with him. Instead, they argue. Neely’s hurt feelings leave her vulnerable, giving her secret admirer, Andrew Huckley, the opportunity to put his mother’s monstrous plan into motion. When Neely gives in to her broken heart and pushes him away, Hayden knows he must fight to recapture the spark he felt in their last kiss. But will he find her in time to reverse the damage or will she be changed forever?
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Synopsis:*** This is a short but full 19.5k novella. This is part of The Broken series. 18’s only due to sexual content. ***
I’m a huge fan of Ker Dukey’s work. When I read her first book.. Broken. I was speechless. Then I read The Broken Parts of Us and was amazed. The Broken Tethers That Bind Us was an unexpected treat. She keeps these little numbers hidden and then surprises us each chance she gets.
The this little novella takes place years after the first two. Children grown up and starting relationships of their own. We see Mickey all grown up (the story is in primarily in his POV BTW). His struggle with what he feels and what he thinks is right is very evident. He’s not sure what to do when the person he’s grown up with as a cousin/sister starts showing an interest. With an age gap of several years, he’s puts a stop to her advances…. but as she gets older it gets harder and harder to resist. So he thinks that by setting her up with someone, she’ll move on and their family dynamic will remain as it always has. Unfortunately, she’s already gotten under his skin and it’s not looking so good for him. He has to worry about breaking her heart versus how their parents will react and he’s at a loss of what to do.
This was a wonderfully short novella that gives us some closure to the characters we fell in love with in the previous books. It was great to see the children grown up and their individual personalities as well has seeing how the parents’ relationships are enduring over the years after what they went through to be together. Their love and their stories gives their children an example of the type of love they want in their lives.
Kuddos to you Ker Dukey for surprises us with this little treat. I’m still in love with Jasper and I’m just happy to know that Kyra and Derek are still keeping him happy with their little family. Sammie and River’s story was one I’ll never forget and it was wonderful to see their love was just as intense now as it was in the beginning. Their children finding love and is an added bonus.
I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active… I would want to change the script.I would watch films and think of ways they could of improved the story if they took another direction so i thought it best that i tell my own.
My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.
When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.
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