Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spotlight Tour: Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

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 Reclaiming the Sand
A. Meredith Walters
NA, Romance
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Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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I have never encountered a New Adult book that had me wanting to bawl my eyes out at every turn of the page. 
Colleen Hoover made my eyes hurt from keeping the tears but not one dropped from them. 
The Time Traveler's Wife is a whole different matter (for I have truly used my pillow as my tissue every. single. time.)

But Reclaiming the Sand? 
Reclaiming the Sand had my heart breaking and at the same time mending it again. 
Then breaking it again. Yet, still mending it once more. It's a cycle of the pains and joys that the characters go through that made me experience such things.

The author, through her words, had my heart after the first three chapters. 
She has squeezed the emotions out of it (my heart, I mean) to the point that I just want to cuddle my reader and cry, laugh and even be mad at the characters. 

What has inspired such emotions from me is how raw the characters are. Ellie and Flynn had so, so much pain in their pasts, how they relate to others and to one another can really make the readers feel. 
Sympathy, joy, hope, anger and contentment. 
What I also like so much is that it did not only focus on their relationship but also their dreams, struggles and realities. 
It never colored their relationship in a rosy way. 
It showed a reality. The reality of hurting others, of not being true to oneself.
The story showed every hurt and the love and patience they learned over time. 

Ellie and Flynn can make you feel pain. 
They can make you feel happiness. 
They can make you feel love. 
They can make you hope. 
Even when you think all is lost.  
Reclaiming the Sand reminds me somewhat of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. If you are into such books, and still wanting something edgy, something intense yet something real,
this book is for you.
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well Reclaiming the Sand, and the Twisted Love series (Lead Me Not out in 2014 and Follow Me Back coming in 2015) from Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic
Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.
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And here's a sneak peek for the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Tide (December 16)
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***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to move on from a past that has come to define you.***

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.

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