Author: Mechelle Morrison
Release date: July 4, 2013
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
When her father drags her to a new life in Wyoming, Aspen Brand doesn’t expect to fall for a cowboy named Kyle Thacker—but she does. At seventeen, Aspen and Kyle share unexpected ground: guitar, running, physics. And guilt. Aspen blames herself for her mother’s car accident, while Kyle can’t find a way past his brother’s suicide.
On their first date they open up to each other, forging an unbreakable bond between them. But Kyle has spent two years living with a vicious secret—one his ex-girlfriend will do anything to protect—and sharing his truth with Aspen makes her a target. Now if Kyle is to be her love story, Aspen must first win the fight of her life.
Guest Post: The INSPIRATION behind PAINTED BOOTS
If I’m honest here I’ll admit Painted Boots was inspired by loss. Twelve years ago my two young nieces died in a car accident—they were six and seven. Their dad couldn’t handle it and killed himself. Time went by and my nephew killed himself, too. My favorite aunt died unexpectedly while hiking in the mountains. My grandmother died. In just a few short years my large and loving family shattered. The people I had known for a lifetime turned unfamiliar, redefined by grief.
For months after my nieces died I often felt isolated from life. I went so long without smiling that when I began smiling again, it hurt. Looking back now, I recognize my grief was just one expression among many displayed by family and friends. It was as if we each descended into a severe form of tunnel vision and clung to our one, seen thing to get us through. When I read Painted Boots I re-live some of that narrowed perspective as well as some of the extremes grief can bring. But I also feel the shimmering threads of hope we weave when working through devastating loss.
About the Author
Mechelle Morrison loves language–she’s always wished she could speak and write them all. She lives for chocolate, lazy summer days, spontaneously funny things . . . and family. She’s sort of scared of dogs.
When she’s not reading or writing or wandering the world, she can be found in her backyard in Utah with her husband, their daughter and the bevy of quail that live behind their garage.
If she didn’t write she’d make stop-motion animation shorts. So she does that anyway.
Visit her online: www.mechellemorrison.com
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