Salter, Aimee L.: Breakable

November 10, 2013

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BREAKABLE

by Aimee L. Salter

Released Monday, November 4th! Breakable, by Aimee L. Salter, is the unique and compelling story of a young woman learning to value herself when no one else does. Oh, and she can talk to her future self…

 

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

 

When seventeen-year-old Stacy looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been Stacy’s secret support through the ongoing battle with their neurotic mother, relentless bullying at school, and dealing with her hopeless love for her best friend, Mark.

 

Then Stacy discovers Older Me is a liar.

 

Still reeling from that betrayal, Stacy is targeted again by her most persistent tormentor. Only this time, he’s used her own artwork to humiliate her – and threaten her last chance with Mark.

 

She’s reached breaking point.

 

Literally.

 

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“Original. Authentic. Heart-breaking. BREAKABLE has officially become one of my favorites!” -New York Times Bestselling Author, Cora Carmack

 

“…I wish every single high schooler (and their parents!) could read this book.” – Jen Strand, Reviewer, Fictitious Delicious

 

Read the opening chapters at Goodreads.

 

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Author Bio and Links:

Author Photo - ALS - Small formatAimee L. Salter is a Pacific North-Westerner who spent much of her young (and not-so-young) life in New Zealand. After picking up a Kiwi husband and son, she’s recently returned to Oregon.

 

Aimee is the author behind Seeking the Write Life, a popular blog for writers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/@AimeeLSalter) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AimeeLSalter).

 

Aimee’s debut novel, Breakable, released November 4th for Kindle, Nook and in paperback. You can add Breakable to your to-read list on Goodreads.

 

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REVIEW:

 

We all have been subjected to bullying in one form or another . . . or been the bully ourselves.

 

In Breakable by Aimee L. Salter, young Stacy is bullied by a nasty elitist crew from school. The hardest part of being bullied by them is she once considered them her friends.

 

Add to Stacy’s angst her not-so-secret love for Mark who begins dating the nastiest of the crew, but he is blinded to Karyn’s true nature by her “perceived” beauty.

 

To recount more would definitely be a spoiler . . . but one more little twister, Stacy communicates with “Older Me”, her future self, by looking in a mirror. And “Older Me” isn’t nearly the person she appears to be.

 

Breakable is a fast-paced book filled with raw emotions and a host of interesting characters.

 

For a debut novel, Ms. Salter has tapped into an issue at the forefront of too many tragedies on the front page of our newspapers today. She is a clever wordsmith and very perceptive into the world of YA readers.

 

Breakable kept me engage and I only put it down because I reached the end. I highly recommend Breakable to all readers and I look forward to reading and reviewing more of Ms. Salter’s books in the future!

 

~Patricia, Room With Books~ © 2013

 

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Excerpt:

 

I’d been expecting another text from Mark. I’d just assumed when the phone went again so soon…

 

I didn’t check the sender before I opened the text.

 

The words screamed at me from the glowing screen:

 

HEY FATTY R U COMIN 2NITE?

DONT 4GET UR BRIDLE

FINN WANTS 2 GO 4 A RIDE

 

My ears burned. I could just see them, all gathered around Belinda’s phone, cackling. I’d learned a long time ago it wasn’t worth opening anything that came from her, or Karyn, or Terese.

 

Why hadn’t I checked the stupid phone?

 

With shaking fingers, I deleted the text. My stomach hardened into a knot, the bitter taste of bile rising in my throat. I drew the straighteners through the last strands of my hair without really paying attention.

 

Oh, gawd. Was Older Me right? Should I stay home? If they’d started taunting me before we even got there, then it was going to be one of those nights. They’d make it hurt.

 

But… Mark.

 

Mark had grabbed my elbow as I ran from art that morning. Told me we needed to talk. He’d run his hand through his sandy hair. His blue eyes wouldn’t quite meet mine. He’d been nervous. Twitchy.

 

Mark was never nervous with me. And I’d only ever seen him twitch when he was talking to whatever girl he had the squeeze for.

 

When he left, I’d almost danced on the spot.

 

So, I had to go tonight because I thought – I hoped – Mark was finally going to ask me out.

 

But if the vultures were already circling…

 

I stared at the phone in my hand and swallowed hard. Then realized Older Me was still talking.

 

“…seems hard to believe, but your friendship with him is probably more fun than anything else you could have right now. And who knows what will happen later? Wouldn’t it be better not to risk that?”

 

Ignoring the irony of my future self asking rhetorical questions about the future, I dropped the phone onto my bed and picked up my bag. Picking through items one by one, pretending I was listening, I made sure the condoms I’d bought that afternoon were still safely hidden under my wallet and make-up bag, stifling the shiver that ran down my spine.

 

If I was right and Mark asked me out, would I have the courage to invite him back home? To sneak him in? How many of these would I need if… if it came to that?

 

“Stacy?”

 

After giving her my best we’re done here expression, I turned back to my bag.

 

Would it be better to put them in the zip pocket so there was no risk of them falling out and embarrassing me? Or would that make them too hard to find in the dark?

 

“Are you listening to me at all?”

 

I groaned and dropped everything but my keys back in my bag. “I’m leaving.”

 

“But–”

 

“I’m sure I’ll see you in the car,” I called back over my shoulder as I left the room.

 

She gaped at me from the surface of the mirror, but I kept walking.

 

Tonight was a turning point. I just knew it.

 

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I’ll be doing three giveaways – a signed and inscribed paperback, and two copies of the e-book of BREAKABLE.

 

Readers can enter the drawing all week in one of three ways:

 

– Add BREAKABLE to their to-read list on Goodreads

 

– Tweet the promo of any cover reveal post during the week using the hashtag #BreakableBook (i.e. if you’re a blogger, they can tweet a link to your post, but must include that hashtag in it)

 

– Share my cover reveal status from my author profile page on facebook (or your author profile page, if you link the status to my blog and tag me here: www.facebook.com/AimeeLSalter)

 

RULES:

 

1. One winner will be drawn from each social media outlet, then a winner of the paperback drawn from those three.

 

2. Readers are welcome to enter on all three sites.

 

3. Entries are counted between Monday at 4:30am PST, and Thursday at 11:59pm PST.

 

4. Every tweet or share gains an entry (though an individual can only win once).

 

Friday morning I’ll draw three winners, one from each social media outlet. One will get the BREAKABLE paperback, the other two will get free e-books. I’ll announce the winners on my blog next Monday (14th).

 

To make one entry easier, here are some easy tweetables you can use.

 

I can’t wait to read #BreakableBook by @AimeeLSalter. Check out this cover: http://ow.ly/px5vw #yareads #amreading

 

I just entered to win a signed paperback of #BreakableBook by @AimeeLSalter. Cool cover: http://ow.ly/px5vw #amreading #yalitchat

 

The gorgeous cover reveal of @AimeeLSalter’s book Breakable is here: http://ow.ly/px5vw #breakablebook #yareads #yabooks

 

I love this cover! Can’t wait to read Breakable by @AimeeLSalter: http://ow.ly/px5vw #BreakableBook #yabooks #yalitchat

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