Let’s GO PINK with
Authors Mari Carr & Sami Lee!
Help them & Samhain Publishing raise
money to support
Breast Cancer Research!
Joyfully Reviewed would like to send out a big THANK YOU
to Mari Carr & Sami Lee for including us in this wonderful event!
Sami Lee and I—with the support of our publisher, Samhain—are running a GO PINK blog tour to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month. We have both published books that feature heroines dealing with breast cancer in some fashion. During the month, we are talking about those books and how we came to write them with the aim of spotlighting the issue. We’re extremely grateful to Joyfully Reviewed for allowing us to visit today!
Samhain Publishing has generously offered to join forces with us and will donate $1 of every copy of Erica’s Choice and Fix You sold on their site during the month of October. The money will be donated to Pelotonia, an Ohio based organization that directs 100% of funds raised toward cancer preventions research.
Martha Weinman Lear wrote, “Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.” My story, Fix You, was born of that agony when I discovered my cousin, Jeannette, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As I listened to her experiences from the biopsy through radiation and right on until that amazing phone call when she said, “I’m clear!”, I couldn’t stop thinking…she’s a real life heroine. I was inspired by her courage, her resilience, and her positive attitude during months of pain, exhaustion and fear.
Over the years, I’ve learned to deal with stress through fiction. It may sound silly, but when the real world becomes too overwhelming, I sit down to write. I spent months, scared to death for Jeannette and it was during that time I wrote the first few pages of Fix You. I thought I’d share just a glimpse of those words with you today.
What if love can’t heal all wounds?
Second Chances, Book 1
After too many years of secretly loving her best friend, Zoey realizes she’s been shortchanging herself. It’s time to take action. This New Year’s Eve heralds the year she’s going to tell Rob the truth. Even if he is on the road, reaching for musical stardom with his band.
Her plan is derailed when she discovers a lump in her breast—and it’s not “nothing to worry about”. How can she ask Rob to take a chance on love when her future is so uncertain?
Rob has spent his entire life chasing his dream, but the moment he hears Zoey’s voice on the phone, he realizes he’s been running the wrong race. Zoey never sounds like she’s been crying. Ever. Without a second thought, he books a flight for home, determined to give her everything she needs. A shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold…and nights of intensely emotional, passionate sex.
His biggest challenge, though, is convincing his best friend that he’s in it for the long haul. Because he finally knows what he wants, and it’s not fame and fortune. It’s her—and her love.
This book runs the emotional gamut between scorching-hot passion and the pain and fear associated with cancer. Keep a box of tissues next to your glass of ice water.
Excerpt from Fix You:
How could she do this alone? She wasn’t strong enough. Her stomach clenched and the lonesomeness wafted over her again, the pain so overwhelming she felt lightheaded.
His voice. I just need to hear his voice.
Before she could think about her actions, she picked up her cell phone from the coffee table. When it began to ring, she considered disconnecting the call, but fear kept her hanging on.
“Zoey? What’s up?”
She regretted dialing the number the moment she heard Robbie’s voice. “Not much,” she lied. “Just, um, wondering how things are going.”
Robbie was silent for a moment. She didn’t call him to chitchat thirty minutes before a show unless it was an emergency. And in twenty-five years of friendship, she’d never had that kind of an emergency.
“Everything is fine, Zoey. How are things there?”
Things were completely and utterly horrible. Instead, she said, “Fine.”
“Are you sure?”
Tears clouded her vision. Shit. She’d been okay all damn day. Hadn’t cried a single tear. Hearing Robbie’s concerned voice exposed the cracks in the dam. “Yep.” The word came out loud, awkward.
“I have to go on stage in a few minutes.”
She knew that. Christ. Robbie was living his dream. His band, Express Train, was opening for The Traffic, one of the biggest rock bands in the country. She’d been selfish to call.
“I just wanted to say—” She paused, her mind filling in the real words: I have cancer. She cleared her throat. “I wanted to say break a leg.”
He chuckled. “I’ll do my best.”
She dropped her phone to the carpeted floor and closed her eyes to avoid the onslaught. The action was useless. There was no stopping the inevitable.
Tears escaped, flowing slowly and steadily for several minutes before giving way to huge, soul-wracking sobs.
So much for the run-of-the mill baseline mammogram.
Her baseline was fucked.
Erica’s Choice and Fix You are both available at Samhain Publishing in every format including Kindle and Nook. If you have questions about breast cancer, www.breastcancer.org is a wonderful resource I was directed toward while writing Fix You.
About the Author
Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari finds time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet.
You can visit Mari’s website. She is also on Facebook and Twitter. She blogs at International Heat and hangs out on the Heat Wave Readers Yahoo group.