Colton Bradford never believed in love at first sight. And then, Rain Maxwell walked through his buddy's front door. He knew there was something special underneath the shy, guarded exterior and was determined to find out what it was.
The problem? Rain had devised her own set of life rules and “Never get involved with a band mate” was right near the top of that list. She allowed Colton into her heart as one of her closest friends, but pushed him away at the mention of anything more.
When tragedy strikes Rain's personal life, Colton is determined to be there for her in whatever way she'll allow. Will she finally open up to him and consider taking things to the next level? Will Colton's ways of trying to bury his feelings for Rain in the past ruin the possibility of a future for them?
Darra: This is the follow up book to Blessed Tragedy which I absolutely loved! This is from Colton's point of view. Which I think I love Colton's book even more than Rain's. Sorry H. B. Heinzer! It is the same story that gives a little more detail of what happens after the ending of Blessed Tragedy. I will have to express my love for Colton. He is a absolutely a F-Up at times. But he has a good heart. A MUST read on my list and yours. I think that you could read this as a stand alone book if you haven't read Blessed Tragedy.
Love it. I give the book a 4.5(which BTW is huge!) Read NOW!
Sunny: This was another book that I was dreading reading. I liked Colton in Blessed Tragedy but I was not looking forward to his POV. I absolutley do not understand the fascination with rockers/musicians so I really didn't want to read this. Then on top of it all he has long hair--uh NO! Of course, once again, I was incorrect and this was an AWESOME book. You get to really see how sweet and amazing Colton is. You get to see what Rain doesn't. He is 100% all about her. Don't get me wrong...he TOTALLY EFFS UP and Rain has every right to tell him to take a flying leap but I kind of understood why he did/said what he did. He was afraid of what was could happen.
I hate admitting once again that Darra is correct and I needed to read this book. I would give this book 4.3 stars out of 5. Go get it!!! Read Blessed Tragedy first.
AND we got to ask H.B. Heizner questions as well! The most important question to her would be:
What is the H.B.'s Top Ten most Influential bands or celebrities that inspired this book? This is what she said:
1) In This Moment
2) Lizzy Hales from Halestorm
3) Art of Dying
5) Three Days Grace
7) Theory of a Deadman
8) Saving Abel
9) Alanis Morissette
(10) Every band and celebrity who gives up a part of themselves for public entertainment. I wanted this book to be about their lives because being in the spotlight forces artists to give up some of their anonymity. So much of what they do is in the public eye, whether of not it should be.
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Some writers can tell you what book piqued their interest in writing a book of their own. I can’t. Other authors tell you the name of a teacher who influenced and encouraged them to write. The only English teacher I can remember probably does deserve some of the credit for my success because she was one of the hardest teachers I ever had. Honestly, I don’t know why I write; all I know is it’s one of two things I can do that makes me feel completely free.
The first “official” writing I did was as a fifteen year old high school sophomore. My dad was part of an APAzine and, for whatever reason, I started guest writing on his zine. That led to me getting a zine of my own in the Turbo Charged Party Animal APA. Rope the Moon (named after the John Michael Montgomery song and a nod to my dad’s influence on me) was the ramblings of a child in a world of adults.
I was held to a high standard because most of the contributors were my dad’s age. They were somewhat hesitant to allow a kid in, but they voted me in after those guest contributions. To this day, I feel blessed to consider some of those members friends.
Sometime after high school, life got in the way of my dreams. They keyboard was dusty. Looking back, that’s also when I felt my most restless. After my daughter was born, I started my first blog, More Than Mom, as a way to vent about my struggle to hold onto the identity I’d owned for 27 years.
In 2006, I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time. I jumped in with the enthusiasm of anyone who’s never tried to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. It was a damn good story. Did I mention I’d never written anything of that length before? Yeah, that’s important because it means I never lost a work in progress of that length before. It was November 14th and I was over 24,000 words when my hard drive failed. And with the loss of my manuscript, I lost the drive to write for a while.
In 2012, I attempted NaNoWriMo again, this time saving in so many places I’m sure I’ll be finding partial copies of Bent everywhere until the day I die. The thing they don’t tell you with NaNo? When you hit 50,000 words, that doesn’t mean you’re done writing! So, I kept writing until I was done. And then I edited. And edited some more. Deleted a bunch of scenes, added others in. Had some trusted friends and mentors read it and then tweaked it some more.
In January 2013, I made the single scariest click of my mouse that I will ever make. I published Bent. It’s been a whirlwind year and it keeps picking up pace but I’ve never before felt so blessed to be where I am!
I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments or even a good joke!
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