Friday, February 27, 2015

Release Blitz & Review: Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

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

"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."

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 wasalways 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.


Till and Eliza have known each other forever and they pretty much fell in love on day one at first sight, but life has proven difficult for both of them.  Neither has had a perfect happy childhood and its hard to grow up and find happiness and show love when you are not used to it.  

Till is thrust into life on his own kind of abruptly, and then he adds on the huge task of taking care of his brothers so they don't end up in the system.  Till has other struggles too, like the fact that he will eventually go deaf and there's nothing he can do.  Till finds a release in Fighting, and he devotes himself to it.  He doesn't feel like a relationship with Eliza is going to last, so he tries to walk away. 

Eliza has loved Till since the moment they met, and she hasn't really tried to hide it. Eventually she must have definition in their relationship. She's struck out on her own as soon as she legally could, but she never wanted to leave Till behind. 

Though they have their struggles, its clear to see how much they mean to each other and how far they are willing to go.  

Fighting Silence is full of adventure and pain, struggles, and an acceptance that the future can be better than the past, if you allow it to be.  It is a story of how Love can heal wounded souls and bring a family together.  Eliza and Till have been through a lot in their lives, but the greatest thing was finding each other. Making it work takes strength and understanding and patience, but luckily they are both able to put in the effort.  

This story was beautiful and sweet at times, somber at others, but defintiely left me wanting more and waiting for the next in the series.  

About the Author:
Aly Martinez

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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