Thursday, February 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Break Away by Ellie Grace with Character Spotlight and Giveaway

 Author: Ellie Grace
 Release date: February 10, 2014
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: WordSmith Publicity

Book Description:   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.

Author’s take on Dex:
The character of Dex went through a few different phases before he really came together for me. I had a strong idea of what I wanted the leading lady (Olivia) to be like, and I needed a male character that would complement her and create a balance between the two. At first glance they are quite opposite from one another, but deep down they are both struggling to overcome painful pasts and find their way forward.
At the beginning of the story, it seems as though Dex’s biggest vices are women, fighting and drinking. However, as more is revealed about him, it becomes evident that his main vice is that he’s lost confidence in himself, and has basically given up on himself. Despite that, he is also strong, brave, loyal, caring, and fiercely protective of those he cares about.
One of the interesting things about Dex is that he’s not in denial about his issues. He’s painfully aware that he needs help to overcome them, but he doesn’t know how to get it, and fears what will happen if he opens up to anyone . He’s overwhelmed by guilt and lets himself suffer through it because that’s what he believes he deserves. Over time, he’s found his own (unhealthy) ways of coping.
Dex has shut himself off to the people around him, and pushes people away so they won’t see the darkness hidden inside him. He’s got a dangerous, sexy look about him that easily draws women in, and he uses that to his advantage. He spends his nights with women in an attempt not to feel anything, and believes that he’s doing them a favor by keeping them at arms-length. In his mind, he doesn’t deserve to be close to anyone, so he hides behind this cocky, callous disguise in order to keep people from seeing the “real” him.

 About the Author:
Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.

Author Social Media Links:
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5 ebooks, 5 print copies, 1 Kindle Paperwhite

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  1. The cover is fantastic, and I certainly like the sounds of Dex.

  2. Such a great cover, I love it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I like that Dex and it's very fitting! Thank you for participating, Ellen!!

  4. I loved Dex too! He's one of the best guy characters I've read lately. Thanks for sharing, Ellen!

    1. Thanks for letting me participate in the tour :)


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