Thursday, 9 July 2015

**Blog Tour** Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez

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Flint’s highly anticipated emotional story  is FINALLY here!  
**Each book in the series can be read as a standalone**

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I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I’d follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have.
My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair.
Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare.
Until I met her.
Ash Mabie had a heart-stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn’t matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.
I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn’t even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her.
Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting the shadows of our past.
Fighting to reclaim my future.
Fighting for her.
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Excerpt #1
Chapter One
I remembered it all.
I heard the gun.
I felt the bullet.
I saw her fall.
In less than a second, my life as I knew it was over.
But, unquestionably, I would do it all over again.
For her.
“Flint!” Eliza cried from underneath me.
It wasn’t the way I had dreamed of at least a million times over the years. Her voice hadn’t broken in ecstasy. She hadn’t called my name as I’d been claiming her as my own, nor was it followed by confessions of love and declarations of forever. Instead, there was a sharp ringing in my ears and a tsunami of tears welling in her deep-blue eyes.
My heart was already pounding, but the earth-shattering pain on her face spiked my pulse even higher. I knew I had been hit, but that wasn’t what scared me.
“Are you hurt?” I rushed out.
“I’m fine,” she choked around a sob. As much as I hated to see her cry, the weight of my world disappeared with only two words.
“Are you sure?” I studied her, but she was focused on something else completely.
Peering over my shoulder, she lifted her hand off my back. Blood dripped from her fingertips to the floor.
“Oh God!” she exploded, scrambling from under me.
“I’m okay,” I tried to reassure her, but as I attempted to push up off the floor, I knew my words were in vain. I was nowhere near fine. “I’m…” I started, but the thought was stolen from my tongue. Pain overtook me, causing me to collapse face first to the ground where Eliza had just been lying.
I desperately tried to keep myself from passing out, but it was a battle I was quickly losing.
“Flint. Stay with me. Just hang on, please,” she said calmly, kneeling beside me. But as soon as she sat up, her true emotions were revealed. “Help him!” she cried. “Please, God, someone help him!”
My mind was drifting, rendering me unable to focus, but even amongst the chaos of Eliza pleading for help and security rushing into the room, I somehow homed in on the announcer’s voice on the television blaring in the background.
“I really expected more from Till Page in the ring tonight,” he said.
It was then that I was reminded of a pain far worse than any bullet could inflict.
Her husband.
The father of her unborn child.
My brother.
He deserved her, but damn it, so did I.
My eyes never left hers as her screams drifted into silence.

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Wendy's 5 star review

Aly Martinez is fast becoming a legend of gritty reads that also weave in a serious issue.

With the “On the Ropes” series we get the grit, but we also get something that teaches us about life and what it can throw at us.

If you, like me read and loved Fighting Silence then I can safely say you are going to fan girl her ass over Fighting Shadows.

Till was the man in Fighting Silence, he was the brother who stepped up for his family and Flint, Quarry and Eliza were his home. Flint was the little brother that we saw growing up and we didn’t get to see the man he was going to become.  But now we get his story and he is a man. A man with difficulties to overcome, but you are rooting for him from the beginning of his story.

Fighting Shadows begins in the aftermath of Till’s story, and Flint has both physical and metal demons that could destroy him and his story is not an easy ride. But then we wouldn’t want that would we? We are so bad, because we want it to be hard, we want t to hurt, because that way we live the story, we learn from the story and we remember the story for a long time to come.  And that is the sign of a great story.  Aly achieved all those things with a cherry on top.

 Ash comes along and makes it her mission to drag Flint’s self pitying ass out of that misery that he sees his life has become.  She does it with the kind of sass and wit, that Aly is renowned for.

Aly also complete crushes your soul and the tears and snot flowed freely, making me a miserable, snotty blogger mess.  But I loved it, us bloggers are weird like that.

The Epilogue pieced me ever so slightly back together, just enough to message Aly how much I loved the book, and that I am just going to tell you all to “Buy the freakin book, its awesome”

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Haven’t read this series yet?  Meet Flint Quarry, Till & Eliza
in Fighting Silence

Aly Martinez
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

$50 Gift Card
Signed Set of Paperbacks (Fighting Silence & Shadows)

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