Abandoned by Elisa Dane
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic. She hates me and insists I'm the reason she's not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.
I am a fraud.
Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis. The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.
The sad fact is: I'll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.
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Elisa Dane loves books, chocolate, reality television, her family, and All Star Cheerleading. Not necessarily in that order! She writes contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. She writes what she knows, and it’s her hope that her stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you’ll find a new respect for the sport of All Star Cheerleading you may not have had before. She’s represented by Brittany Booker of the Booker/Albert Agency, and has published a NA paranormal series under her real name, Lisa Sanchez.
I would like to thank Elisa Dane for answering some questions for us about her and her writing :)
What inspired you to write your first book? I’d just finished reading Twilight and was swept away by the writing bug. My story idea wouldn’t go away, so I caved and the rest is history!
Do you have a specific writing style? I’d say I lean toward angsty and snarky. I like dark stories that tug at your heartstrings, and strong female characters with attitude.
How did you come up with the title? The title for Abandoned was easy. My main character’s mother abandons her.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? You bet! In reading about Tierra’s struggles, I’d love it if readers came away with the sense that they’re never alone, and that it’s okay to lean on friends.
How much of the book is realistic? I think the majority of the book is realistic. These days we see more and more dead-beat parents in the media. Tierra’s situation is probably more common than any of us want to believe.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Nope. This baby is pure fiction.
What books have most influenced your life most? Oh goodness. That’s a tough question! I’d have to go with J.R. Ward, Colleen Hoover, and Penelope Douglas. Those girls have mad talent!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? You mean, who would I want to mentor me? Coho all the way!
What book are you reading now? I just finished Rock Chick Revolution by Kristen Ashley. She’s amazing!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I’m really enjoying Kristin Miller’s work. She writes sweet romance, as well as paranormal with wolves for Entangled.
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on the third and final book in my Fighting Chance trilogy.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. I’ve had some wonderful support from the blogging community. Bookish people are the best.
Do you see writing as a career? You bet!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope. I absolutely adore Tierra and Mattie’s story.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve loved to both read and write ever since I was a child. My mom fostered that love and I’m so thankful.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Giveaway Information: Contest ends February 26, 2016
- One (1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Abandoned by Elisa Dane (INT)