Zane Tishler has never been the All-American picture of happiness. Every time he seems to get his feet under him, someone or something has to rip away his chances at healing. His girlfriend and son are missing after a devastating fire that left the home they shared in ruins, along with his life. How long can someone cling to hope without the two most important people in their life?
Liliosa Cortez has always been a runner. It’s how she’s survived for as long as she has. But, there comes a point when you just can’t run anymore. Lost in a world darker than she ever could’ve imagined, she has to figure out how to live with the choices she’s made — in her past and now. She has to act fast if she’s going to save the people she loves. That’s what matters. Even more than her own life.
Zane and Lili were finally finding their very own happily ever after when tragedy struck. What happened the day of the fire? Where are Lili and Conner? How can Zane and their family deal with this deep of a loss?
What happens when your world is turned upside down and guilt eats at you during every waking moment?
What do you do when all hope fades and leaves you Silently Broken?
Guest Post by Maegan Abel:
My preferred place to write is my office. It’s my space and I feel the most comfortable there. Usually, unless the characters are just absolutely demanding, I can’t seem to focus in public places. I have handwritten entire chapters backstage while working a rehearsal for a show but again, it’s more of a rare occasion.
My office is a fairly new addition. For most of the books in this series, I actually wrote sitting on my bed with a laptop but in the last few months, I found room in the house to actually create an office space and was able to get a new computer. I’m still getting situated in the space but I’m loving it.
One thing I have to have when I’m writing (again, unless the characters are screaming) is quiet. I get distracted by anything, including music, so it becomes difficult to focus if I’m not in my own space where I can control things.
On the topic of music, it is an important part of my writing process. Each book has a play list and as I’m working through difficult scenes in my head, I sometimes play songs on repeat. Once my fingers hit the keyboard, though, the music goes off.
I’ve learned that I can write the occasional scene out of order if something just jumps out at me, but for the most part, I have to write a book in chronological order from beginning to end. I don’t do outlines because my characters run the story and they just blow any planning I have out of the water. (I’ve learned this from experience.) I have three sets of betas. First round reads chapter by chapter as I write. I try not to make ANY major changes, including beta notes, until the first draft is complete. I take everything into consideration at that point and do my first read-through, making adjustments as needed. Once that’s finished, I send it out to my second round betas who haven’t seen it up to this point. As they’re sending in their notes, I’m making adjustments and I do another read-through, this time aloud, in hopes of catching any missed words or sentences that don’t flow. If time allows, I print out the document and hand edit at this point, hoping to find words that are repeated or any spacing issues and things of that sort. Then, the book goes to my editor. She sends it back with her edits and I take my time going through them each individually. By this point, I’ve usually decided at least one or two major scenes need revamps and I go through a lot of rewrites. I then read aloud yet again. And then I read through again to proof read. Then I send it back to the editor for her final proof read and if all goes well, the book is ready for ARC’s.
The process changes with every book but those are the basics!
Excerpt from Silently Broken (Broken Series):
I hadn’t realized Zane was finished until he set the cup in front of me. He followed my line of sight as I looked away from the chair he’d been sitting in about six months ago when he held me as I cried. I closed my eyes, pushing that thought away. That girl was broken. She was damaged. That wasn’t me. Not anymore.
“Lili,” he whispered, and I cringed.
“Don’t call me that,” I said automatically, letting out my breath in a rush as the realization of what I’d said struck me. I opened my eyes, grabbing the mug. “Sorry.”
“What do you mean?” he finally asked as I sipped on the hot liquid slowly. It burned on the way down but I ignored it, needing the excuse not to answer that question.
“Just an automatic response. I’m fine,” I answered, blowing off what was happening.
“Would you stop fucking saying that?” he snapped, causing me to jump a little. Startled, I kept my eyes on the mug but neither of us moved as we waited for the other to take the next step. Finally, I lowered the glass to the table.
“What would you like me to say? Hmm?” I knew I should stop, walk away now and not make this worse, but I no longer cared. “You want to know why I told you not to call me that?” I looked up, meeting his eyes. “Because I’m. Not. Fucking. Her. I’m not that girl.”
“Yes, you are—” he started, but I cut in before he could finish.
“No.” I laughed, but the sound was hollow. “No, I’m not. You see this face and you think I’m her, but I’m not. You’d be closer to the truth if you called Kaitlyn by that name.”
He flinched back from the name and I waivered, the part of me still able to feel guilt worming her way back in as I watched his expression.
Praise for the Broken series:
“The author did an amazing job keeping you interested in the read. It’s full of action, but also filled with so much passion that you feel what Lili and Zane are experiencing; I rate her 5 perfect stars.” – Summer’s Book Blog reviewing Perfectly Broken
“If you are looking for two broken souls that struggle to find where they belong, a twisted SOB, and some steamy sex this [Perfectly Broken] is your book.” – Recommended Romance
“Why must I be limited to 5 stars? Perfectly Broken honestly deserves 15 stars!” – We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
About the author and where to find her:
Maegan despises writing about herself in the third person. She also hates touting her accomplishments like she thinks she’s really done anything special…
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll tell you what you need to know. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I went back to school in my late twenties and studied Stage Production Technology. I now work full-time in the alterations shop of a major department store and part-time backstage in the various theatres around the area. I’ve been an avid reader from a very young age and the top goal on my list of things to accomplish in my life was to write and publish a book. During the summer of 2013, while working backstage on The Lion King, I read eleven books in four weeks. I read my first New Adult book and was introduced to a genre I felt I could totally relate to. The idea for Perfectly Broken and the character of Lili was born backstage during that time.