13 February, 2018

Better than this by Tia Soulders - Release day Blitz




Better Than This

By Tia Souders

A young adult novel

published by Clean Reads

Release date: Feb. 13, 2018



What can keep a dream alive?

Before the car accident that changed everything, Samantha Becker was a happy and loved little girl. Ten years later, Sam, now 18, lives under a dark cloud—largely ignored by an alcoholic mother who never recovered from her loss and ruled by an overbearing father who blames Samantha for the family tragedy. And yet, the troubled teenager has a dream that keeps her going, and an extraordinary musical talent that could take her all the way to Julliard…and far beyond.

Following her heart, however, means defying her father, who has his own plans for his daughter’s future. Then, in the wake of another devastating personal catastrophe, her dream is irreparably shattered, and in her pain and anger, Samantha acts out recklessly. But her salvation could come from a most unlikely trio: a handsome college student, a hopeful little boy…and an older neighbor woman whose caring and secrets will change Sam’s world forever.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37882982-better-than-this?from_search=true 

 









EXCERPT:




Excerpt



My mother crashed into the kitchen,
knocking over the wine glasses nestled on the hutch. Mumbling something
incomprehensible, along with accusations that someone rearranged the furniture,
she stumbled and fell. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the raised knife
poised again above the apple.
My father said I shifted my hand on the
island, distracted by my mother. A totally plausible explanation—if it were
true.
My eyes widened as I stared down at the
halved fruit, now drenched in my blood. The pain came in startling, pulsing
waves until my entire hand felt as though it was engulfed in flames.
My heart threatened to crash through my
chest, as I struggled to comprehend what happened. I vaguely recalled screaming
in the background. Where it came from, I’m still unsure. Possibly me, or my
mother. I barely noticed my father’s panicked voice as it rang in my ears, nor
did I feel it when he squeezed the dish towel over my hand.
I don’t recall moving. I don’t remember
speaking or moaning in pain. All I remembered is the sight of the blood-stained
cloth shifting, noting the missing finger, and thinking This is my fretting
hand.




























About the Author

Tia Souders is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel
Waiting On Hope and the upcoming award-winning young adult novel Better
Than This (formerly titled Freedom Road). When she isn’t writing, she’s
likely renovating their century home. She’s a wine-loving, coffeeholic
with a sweet tooth and resides on a farm in rural Ohio with her husband
and children. 






www.readitwriteas.blogspot.com



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