~*~*~ BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY ~*~*~ Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

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Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!

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Excerpt #1

FIGHTING SILENCE

“That wasn’t yours to take away,” he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. “That was our place. Not yours.” His voice cracked right alongside my heart.

“Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn’t yours to take either.” I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.

His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. “There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you,” he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.

“Till,” I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.

“Why!” he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. “Goddamn it! I needed that place.”

Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.

I shoved my hands into his chest. “What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks.”

He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.

“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”

“Doodle,” he whispered.

I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.

I lost it completely.

Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.

I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever.

“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own.”

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Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it’s the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I’ve always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine.  I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn’t a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting for my career.

Fighting the impending silence.

Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that’s the sound I’ll miss the most.

Review (1)

I adore Aly Martinez, and have loved everything she’s written, but Fighting Silence is just in a whole new league for me. This book is beautifully written, and is full emotion.

Our hero Till is unlike any other male character that I’ve read. Growing up poor and with less than ideal parents, he had to learn to be a man at an early age, and make sure that his two younger brothers were taken care of. He does so without complaint, and puts their needs before his own. He does a good job of hiding the pain of living this way, until he unknowingly breaks down in front of Eliza, who has family difficulties of her own.

Eliza is the first person to show concern for Till and his needs. The secret friendship that forms between them amazing. The abandoned apartment that they meet in every night is like their own little magical world where they can be themselves, where the pain and troubles of the outside world can’t touch them.

Till’s world comes crashing down when he finds himself raising his brothers after their father is sent to prison and their mother disappears. He, Eliza and the boys become a family, where they don’t really have much, but they all love each other immensely. Although Till and Eliza love each other deeply, they try to keep things platonic for fear that they will lose each other if they pursue a relationship and it doesn’t work out. But as they grow closer, only one of them continues to feel this way, and the other must decide whether to jump in, or risk losing the other for good.

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of this book is Till’s hearing disorder. He has always known that there is a possibly of him completely losing his hearing. When he’s finally making enough money to support his family, an even better offer that he can’t refuse is given to him. Till then has to decide between his hearing, or being able to provide all the financial support that his family would ever need. He needs Eliza’s support now more than ever, but will she be able to support the decision that he makes?

Fighting Silence is one of my top reads of 2015. I can’t recommend it highly enough. 5 emotion-packed stars.

About the Author:

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.

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