Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tour Stop: SAVING AMY by Nicola Haken

Title: Saving Amy
Author: Nicola Haken
Eighteen year old Amy’s surname may be Hope, but her life contains anything but. She drinks, she sleeps around, she cuts… anything to help her escape the agonising existence growing up between her mother’s drunken wails and her father’s fists. But nothing works. There is no escape. And Amy wants out…
Enter Richard Lewis – the doctor responsible for saving Amy’s life after her drink and drug-fuelled suicide attempt. Thanks to his own hidden demons, Richard is drawn to Amy and her situation, and despite the incessant warnings from both his own mind and his jealous ex-lover Joanna, he feels compelled to help her.
But how will Amy feel when she discovers Richard’s attachment to her is born out of his own guilt? He was her last resort – her last chance at being saved. Can anybody save Amy, or has she finally reached the end of a very long, torturous road?
(Not recommended for younger readers due to language, scenes of self-harm and sexual content)
My pulse was throbbing, violent and painful in the back of my head. Richard – my constant, the only confidante I’d ever had – was gone. We were in the same room but he couldn’t have been further away.
I had no one.
After snatching my bag from the floor beside his feet I turned sharply towards the door. His firm hand grabbed my shoulder and I automatically flinched at the contact. Not again. I was never supposed to feel that kind of fear again. He promised me. He… saved me.
And I fucked it up just like I knew I would.
“Amy no… please. I’m so sorry, baby. I’m so fucking sorry.” He removed his hand from my shoulder and surrendered them both in the air. I heard him choke back a sob but I ignored it. I needed to escape. I couldn’t deal with the mass of unruly emotions churning deep inside my stomach. I was stunned, confused and beyond hysterical. I needed out…
I opened the door and ran… Barefoot, I bypassed the elevator and headed hastily for the stairs.
“Amy!” Richard called after me – his voice piercing my tear-ducts… and my heart. But I kept going until his voice was a distant whisper. When I reached the lobby I picked up my pace, ran straight towards the revolving glass doors and out into the darkness.
About the author...
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (and dog!). She is the author of two stand alone novels, Inevitable and Saving Amy, and is currently having fun working on her first series with book one, Take My Hand, to be released in October. When not reading or writing Nicola can usually be found carrying out her daily slave duties – cleaning, feeding the mob, cleaning a bit more etc… or watching The Twilight Saga for the fifty-billionth time.
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