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Barren by Elizabeth Miceli Publication Date: 6 October 2015 Publisher: Swoon Romance
*** PUBLISHER’S ALERT: MATURE CONTENT WARNING ***
Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, teen sex, and sexual assault.
This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl’s rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling first person point of view account of something that occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story, and we wanted the fictional account to feel raw and as devastating. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.
“I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper, and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was a damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.”Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless and with an eating disorder, she turns to partying to cope. Things go from bad ot worse when she is raped, a crushing blow to her psyche from which she may not recover. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to dull the pain. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.Barren is written by debut author Elizabeth Miceli. It is a devastating and dark account of one girl’s plummet to the very bottom of the human experience and the horrific and petrifying road to recovery and self-worth.
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A note/letter to your readers/fans
I am praying that you have not been through the experiences that Stacey has. But that being said, I’m sure a lot of you were drawn to the book for that exact reason—you relate to her.
The main thing that I want to say to all of you is that you are not alone. You may feel alone and helpless but you are not the only girl struggling her way through high school or college. You are beautiful and special. You are worthy. I want you to take action. If you have been in similar situations as Stacey, SPEAK UP. Get help. Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. And moreover, take care of the people in your life! If you see someone with these problems- please make sure that you are standing up for them. Help your friends, your family and your peers. Help the people around you because I’m sure you would want them to do the same for you.
Whether you read the book because of the topics or just because you felt like it, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my work. I wish I could explain just how much I appreciate it. Also, I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!! Tweet me, DM me and definitely follow me on Twitter. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a double major in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.
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Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 23, 2015
- One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Barren by Elizabeth Miceli and a $10 Amazon GC (INT)