Author Guest Post
What Inspired You To Write Pulled Beneath?
We’ve all been there…in a place so dark, so damaging, so debilitating that we’re unable to find the light. Not just a tiny ray of sunlight. I mean even a speck of the glow from a neon bulb. It’s complete and utter hopelessness.
We all deal with those situations differently. Some reach for substances, some communicate their way through the loss, some never find their way out of that emotional cage. But during that time period, we can’t forget about life because it doesn’t just stop while you’re attempting to heal. It claws, bucks, screams, and it adds to the weight that’s already holding you down. When it rains, it pours. That’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but it honestly couldn’t be truer.
I’ve always been fascinated with the decisions people make when they’ve been affected by tragedy. Whether they take the substance route, communicate, or they bury even deeper, so I decided to write a novel that explores all three. Drew Stevens, my protagonist, is at her breaking point. Things can’t possibly get any worse…but they do. The book shows the spectrum of emotions she experiences, the sparkle of hope that shines from the most unexpected place, and the internal struggle when she tries fighting against her heart.
About The Author
When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children.
Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann
Book 1: Bar Harbor Series
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Format: Paperback - 244 pages / Kindle - 497 KB / Nook - 435 KB
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
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Book 1: Pulled Beneath
Book 2: Pulled Within (Publish Date: 9/12/14)
Book 3: Pulled Apart (Publish Date: Fall 2014)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.
Drew travels north to settle her grandparents' estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn't expect to find was Saint, whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.
With Saint's scars so deep and Drew's so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?
My Book Review:
What would you do if you discovered that your life has been an intricate and tangled web of lies? Do you let the loss, secrets, and betrayals from your family's past pull you beneath the surface into a deep hole, or can you rise to the surface and move forward?
For Drew Stevens, this is what she faced after the brutal murders of her parents in their Sarasota, Florida home left her broken and disconnected ... only to have her world turned upside down even more when a letter from an attorney in Bar Harbor, Maine reveals the news that she had a family in Maine, one that she never knew existed. The estate of her grandparents on her mother's side gifted her a house and oceanfront property. From an intricate web of deceit, everything in Drew's life is different now ... Drew travels to Bar Harbor in search of the answers to her family's past, a search that will lead her on a journey of self-discovery and healing as the truth of her family's past is unraveled one strand at a time.
In Pulled Beneath, the first book in the Bar Harbor Series, author Marni Mann pulls the reader into an intricate and complex tale filled with loss, lies, secrets and betrayals ... a tale of struggle and heartache ... and a journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption. Written in the first person narrative, the reader follows Drew Stevens on her emotional journey in search of answers to her family's past.
The author does a wonderful job of weaving a tale that is complex and full of angst. The drama and mystery of Drew's family's past takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. With an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic and flawed, to a richly detailed setting that transports the reader from the warmth of Sarasota to the cool oceanfront of Bar Harbor, you can't help but get drawn into the mystique of the family's past as it slowly unfolds. Add in a mysterious neighbor named Saint who has his own painful past, Drew finds herself pulled to him ... two broken people drawn to each other by the intertwined bonds of pain ... but can they help each other heal?
I loved the mixture of the mystery and the slow building romance between Drew and Saint. The intricate complexity of the story had enough drama and intriguing twists and turns that kept me captivated and turning the pages. I loved the chemistry and deep emotional development of their relationship, especially their shared bond of swimming as a means to disconnect and find peace. The author does a great job of letting the reader feel a real connection with the characters as the story unfolds. I enjoyed following Drew's emotional journey, but at times her indecision and self-wallowing had me wanting to smack her upside her head! I loved Drew's best friend Gianna, her love and support for Drew was phenomenal, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention Bella, Drew's Yellow Lab, who was faithfully by her side throughout the journey. I can't wait to read the next two books in the series: Pulled Within and Pulled Apart.
Pulled Beneath is a breathtaking story of one young woman's journey of overcoming tragedy, survivor's guilt, and a painful family past through self-discovery and a healing kindred spirit.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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