Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Destructive Release: A Destructive Novel Destructive Release is the third and final book in A Destructive Novel Series and picks up where Destructive Choices left off. A beautiful pearl is created from the smallest grain of sand. My fingers trace a pattern in the sand, how can something so precious come from something so painful? Grief-stricken, Lacey realizes reality has caught up to her. She was silent, but it kept her trapped as if she was a frightened little girl. When Lacey finally speaks up, secrets are uncovered that will forever haunt her. She made choices, but they seemed to only hurt those she loved. When Lacey tries to stand up for herself, she is confronted with a choice. A choice she will be forced to live with for the rest of her life. If life hands you more grief than happiness, what will it take to move on? When the guilt of letting someone down consumes you? Drowning in her sorrow, will she be able to pull through her inner demons to obtain happiness?

“How can a heart be so heavy and full of sadness when there is so much to be grateful for?  When God has been so gracious in his blessings?  I wish I could forget so much of the pain and just be happy.  It is just so difficult to move forward, knowing all that has transpired.”

This quote sums up the series perfectly.  It is a sad, depressing story…furthermore, this is based on someone’s actual life.  My heart literally aches for “Lacey” in all that she has endured.  I honestly didn’t know if I should roll my eyes in order to remain detached from the story or if I should cry over the fact that despite hardship after hardship, she prevails. 

One breath, one step, one minute, one day at a time.  This book is probably one of the best things she could’ve done with her story…no matter how painful it was to write.

“Understanding a number of the choices I have made over the last couple of years have not been wise, but a few were some of the best decisions I have ever made.  My poor judgment began a long time ago, perhaps as far back as when I was eight years old.  I would like to think I am learning from my mistakes.”

I can’t say I relate to every part of this story, but I did relate to some of it (either through personal experience myself or from watching my own mother).  I like to think I have learned from her mistakes, and I know that in reading this book I have learned quite a bit that I never really wanted to think about before. 

So, thank you.  Thank you for forcing issues to light that so many people keep locked behind closed doors, or swept under rugs…we all have a story to tell, skeletons in our closets, LU is just one of the brave ones; for that, I am thankful.

My favorites quote in this book, which I have heard before and hope I am reminded often:

“I am thankful for the difficult people in my life.  They have shown me exactly who I don’t want to be.”—Unknown

“You can determine how confident people are by listening to what they don’t say about themselves.”—Brian G. Jett

“The greatest prayer is patience.” –Buddha

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Meet the Author

Author L.U. Ann moved to Colorado from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two children. Life in Colorado is so much different. In Maryland, you would find her in the garden tending to her vegetables and flowers, sea glass and shark tooth hunting once a week, and enjoying the kids swimming in the backyard. Her life took a drastic change when her family moved to their own “Little House on the Prairie" at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, and a semi-arid climate that makes it hard to grow anything. While barely anything can grow where she resides now, the wildlife makes up for it. Mountain Lions, and coyotes, and rattlesnakes, oh my! She tries to spend a little time each day writing, but domestic chores around the house usually take precedence. She would much rather hide them from her husband. She tends to her loving four-legged children who at times become much too demanding when she locks herself in the office. This often results in MORE domestic work, and she finds herself cleaning up after their deviant behavior. At night, you’ll find her begging the kids to go to bed so that she can catch up on the latest book before her sister can. Yes, she is an avid reader who escapes her chaotic but wonderful home to the feisty depths of romance land in search of her newest book boyfriend. Shh, don’t tell her husband. She is an artist by the grace of God. She worked as a set designer for six years, helping establish a local children's theatre where she was the scenery artist, set, and prop designer. Before that, you would find her covered in paint, so engrossed in painting a mural that time didn't exist. Graphic design is her guilty pleasure. Destructive Choices is the second book in The Destructive Series. Each book will hit its reader with lots of angst hoping for a happily ever after. 

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