You can feel the excitement in the air. The sweet smell of freshly cut grass freshly churned dirt made from dozens of cleats, and the aroma of those few precious weeks between summer and fall float on the breeze. The sounds of clashing bodies and grunting opponents seems a fitting soundtrack to the ambience it inhabits. It’s the beginning of preseason football practices, and Eric Neilson, one the high school’s linebackers is amidst the battlefield that is the football field. But what most of his teammates don’t know is that Eric has also been fighting battles on a different war field and just how affected he is becoming by his time in the struggle.
It had only been four months since his father had passed. A father who was so largely involved with his football interest and subsequent achievements, that the pain of such a fresh wound was only becoming increasingly magnified each time he stepped out onto the field. With each practice his eyes would wander from his target to the unfilled space in the bleachers that his father used to occupy during his lunch hour to cheer his son on in the preseason. Soon however, he did notice the presence of someone new. Glynnie, a girl who was known for her journalistic efforts with the local newspaper and was interviewing one of his teammates who was injured in search of a story for her column and had caught his attention by her quirky sense of style. Shortly after his acknowledgement of her, did she approach him in the hopes that he would allow her to interview him for her piece. A most unlikely fit, Eric did not think much of Glynnie at first. But little did he know that the connection which awaited the two of them in the future would be the beginning of his accepting his grief, and becoming the man his father would have been proud of.
Just when he was least expecting it, and in the throes of his self-inflicted emotional torment, a bright spot began to shine through. This unexpected friendship with Glynnie started drawing more and more of his focus toward happier things. Toward things that could maybe make life seem normal again. Here was this girl whom he had overlooked for three years, and yet she was the one he found himself sharing his struggle with. When surprisingly they both bond over the frustrations they feel in connection to their fathers, that relationship only grows stronger. But because Eric has yet to let go and face his grief, there was always going to be something standing in the way of his happiness. What Eric had to realize is that what was standing in that barrier was himself.
Anne Herrick writes a captivating tale about a boy who loves to play football. All of the elements of the sport are infused in every page of this book, taking you back to the time when you were in high school and the main event of the week was the Friday night football game. You can almost feel yourself back there, wrapped in nostalgia while still holding focus to the originality of the story she has written before you. It is a beautiful thing to be able to recall you past and still absorb a new story being told to you as a way of identifying with the world the author has created. Herrick does this beautifully, but this is not all that she accomplishes in her writing.
Herrick breeches a topic that for most is very difficult to broach, much less express in a way that doesn’t sound preachy but instead speaks right to where we all have at one time or another found ourselves. This is a story about how you cannot outrun your broken heart. You cannot quit your so called failures. You cannot burry your heartache. You cannot bring back your past. The more you feel you are running from your feeling and the event that spurred them, the faster in fact you are running right back into them to simply live it over and over and over until you break. Losing a loved one is simply unbearable alone. To lose someone whose placeholder in your life is irreplaceable and then to act as if you are untouched by that lose is simply impossible, but it is a feat that all too many of us think that we can take on. But through her character Eric, a good, kind, boy next door kind of guy, Herrick shows us what can happen when the impossible burden brings us to breaking. She executes these avenues of heartbreak and healing with such agility and care, that there is no way that these messages could be missed. To those of us who have experienced this type of emotional turmoil, it is a reminder that we must continue to carry on and actually allow ourselves to feel our feelings. To those who have not yet encountered this inevitability of life, it is a depiction of how life can hit you in the last place you ever expect it to. Eric was all too used to taking hits on the football field and walking away from them unscathed, but when he had to take such a massive blow to his heart, the same actions he took with football were no longer valid. It’s in the learning of this that he would find healing, and by connection, so can we.
I give this book 5 out of 5 morals. Barring a few small editing typos that I found (which may have been an error in my download in the book) everything about this book was seamless. I could not put it down. In fact I read it in one day I was so pulled in by the story and the emotions it brought with it. I was reminded of some of my own feelings that have been pushed down, and now feel inspired to reexamine those situations to ensure that I am making the most out of my life and not letting my emotions make me. I wish much success for this book and would be hard pressed to find anyone who would not want to experience its impact.
Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram