February 8, 2014

'Break Away' Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

February 8, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the Break Away Blog Tour, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity! Today, I asked the author, Ellie Grace, her take and dream cast for her character, Olivia. See what she has to say! There's also a giveaway you can enter. Thanks for stopping by.

Title: Break Away
Author: Ellie Grace
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
When Olivia Mason catches her fiancĂ© cheating, her life gets turned upside down. With no family and no real place to call home, she heads south for a fresh start in Charleston, South Carolina. Determined to gain her own independence and protect her heart, the last thing she needs is a sexy, tattoo-covered guy to cross her path and test her resolve. Just as she’s beginning to put her life back together, she uncovers a piece of her past that shakes up everything.

Dex Porter has his own demons. A former Marine, he’s haunted by the past and uses whiskey, women and fighting to drown the pain and guilt that consume him. When Olivia arrives in town, he finds himself drawn to her immediately and is surprised by his desire to get to know her. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met but he knows he can’t get close to her without exposing the part of himself that he keeps hidden. 

As Dex and Olivia strike up a friendship and fight their attraction to one another, they begin to chip away each other’s walls and help each other heal. However, the past is never far behind and they soon learn that no matter how fast they run, it will always catch up with them.

Ellie Grace's take on Olivia

Olivia’s character was a lot easier to formulate, because I knew exactly the kind of person I wanted her to be—strong, confident and independent. Someone who could face betrayal and pick herself up, brush herself off, and start her life over. She has a tragic past and has been on her own for much of her life, which has made her stronger and more resilient. She’s tough and has developed a thick skin, but she’s also terrified of being hurt and losing more than she already has, so she doesn’t completely open herself up to people.

Her biggest vice is that she thinks with her head instead of following her heart, mainly because she’s trying to protect herself and play it safe. She’s desperate for stability, and her fears keep her from taking risks or striving for more. Her main virtues are her sensitivity, thoughtfulness, strength and compassion. She cares so much for others, and while she may be slow to let people in, once she does, she will be there for them no matter what.

One thing to keep in mind about Olivia is that when she was growing up, she never had any example of what a loving relationship looked like. She doesn’t have any memory of her father, and her mom never had anyone else after that. She may come off as cold in some ways, especially regarding her relationship with her ex, but she had no idea what real love was supposed to be like, so she settled for what she thought was safe.

Olivia is nothing like the shallow, easy girls that Dex is used to. She’s a blonde haired, blue eyed beauty, and while her looks are what get his attention, it’s what’s on the inside that keeps his attention. She doesn’t take his crap and she’s not afraid to challenge him. Despite the pain and heartache she’s gone through, she’s tough and she doesn’t feel sorry for herself. However, beneath her gorgeous looks and feisty attitude is a scared little girl who is struggling to find her place. 

I'm an avid reader and overall book lover. I love to write, and when a story popped into my head that I couldn't seem to ignore, I decided to take a shot at self-publishing with my first book, “This Time Around.” Now, much of my time is spent dreaming up new characters and planning for the next books that I hope to write. When I’m not writing, I’m usually curled up with my Kindle, reading book-after book-after book from all of my favorite authors (which is a very long list!) 

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