Monday, March 17, 2014

Reclaiming the Sand by Release Day Event with giveaway

Reclaiming the Sand Synopsis:
Bully and victim. 
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable. 

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.


Wow, this review is turning out to be really hard to write. It's hard to put all the emotions I am feeling after reading this story into words. I don't think I can do it justice, but I'm trying. It isn't your typical love story. Flynn isn't a typical character. But somehow, the author drew  me in from the very beginning and left me feeling "wait, it can't be over". 

Bullying sucks. There is no better way to put it than that. And Ellie sucked big time- at least while she was in high school. Actually, she took it one step further, acting like a friend when they were alone, then joining her friends when they were tormenting him. At least she felt guilty about it, and even apologized. That made me feel a little better, gave me hope that there was actually a caring person inside her, she just needed time to come out.

Now, more than 6 years later, Ellie and Flynn's lives cross paths again. This time, Ellie is stronger, more confident, and is trying to changing her life for the better.  This time, she isn't fighting the connection she seems to feel toward Flynn. But before things can progress, she has to let go of the past, the guilt for all she has done to Flynn. Flynn doesn't know everything she has done. Can he get past the biggest hurt of all?

I will admit this story was hard to read.. The flashbacks to their high school years were the most difficult. Seeing, the bullying from both Ellie's and Flynn's point of view was hard. Flynn suffers from Asperger's, an autism spectrum disorder, which causes significant difficulties in social situations, especially picking up on non-verbal cues in conversations. Anyone who knows anyone with Asperger's might find the bullying hard to read, others will really connect with Flynn because of it. 

This book is listed as a stand alone, but I would love to see more of Flynn and Ellie's life together.  Although the last couple paragraphs tell me that things work out for both of them, I want to know more. There's going to be a lot of challenges to overcome. I want to see them do it together. 


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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