Friday, June 24, 2016

Release Blitz -- Breaking Skin

Title: Breaking Skin
Author: Debra Doxer
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance 
 Release Date: June 20, 2016


“Deep down, we all want a no-matter-what kind of love.”

Dancing is like magic. It makes me disappear. When I dance I’m not a sister or a daughter, not a lover or a friend. I exist in the moment, onstage, where I turn pain into art and pretend the illusion is real. My past is an abomination and my future is unwritten, but my present is pure, fluid, and focused. I’m content, or at least I think I am, until the night I meet a man who makes me want more.

He’s broken, just like me, but in different ways. He’s older and nothing like the men I’m used to. Compared to him, they’re all boys, immature and insipid, while he’s a force of nature, confident and virile. Virile is a word I’ve never used before, and I only use it now because he embodies it so completely.

At first, he fights the attraction between us almost as hard as I do. But when words like destiny and soulmate whisper through my thoughts, how can I ignore them? He can have any girl he wants, but he looks at me as if I’m the girl he’s waited for his whole life. How can I tell him I’m not that girl?

I wish I were enough for him, wish I were whole. But beneath my facade, I’ve been falling to pieces for a long time, and I don’t know if I’m strong enough to resist the downward momentum.

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"Knowing that doesn't change the way I react to her. I felt it for the first time in my life that night at Blackburn's. I've been with my share of women, but I was completely blindsided by it, and I feel it now too. It's hard to explain what Nikki does to me. I'm incredibly attracted to her, although attraction seems like such a bland word for this feeling. It's deeper than that. It's chemical and volatile. It's a spark capable of igniting an inferno. It's undeniable, and it's damn inconvenient." 

I fell in love with this story from the very first page moment I saw the cover. I was instantly drawn in, and with each passing chapter I became more involved with Nikki's life and how it would turn out with her estranged family and... 

Stuck between her passion for dance and her guilt-stricken heart over her sister and niece, Nikki is forced to face aspects of her life she had long run away from. 

"I'm the walking wounded, slowly bleeding out, but I'm the only one who can see the deep red stains that color my skin." 

Making a mends isn't easy, and when she learns that not only has she been left alone but that the one person she thought she'd never see again lives right next door. And he no longer feels the way he did before...or does he?

So, take the journey. Find the answers to all of the questions...but mostly, fall in love. That's what this story does, it makes you fall in love. Fall for the man. For the woman. With the little moments that translate into something so much bigger than you could ever imagine. It's heart-wrenching and beautiful. 

It's about loss, love, and finding everything you ever wanted in the least expected places.

"I'll become the bluebird each night and lose myself in the dance so I can find myself again at the end." 

**5 Dance Away with My Heart, Stars**



“What can I do to help?” he asks.

“You can kiss me.”

Cole goes still.

Wide-eyed, I gaze up at him. I can’t believe I just said that. God knows I want to kiss him.

“It doesn’t have to be anything more,” I say when he doesn’t move. “Just a simple kiss to relieve the tension, because we want to, because it will feel good. It doesn’t have to be a complication.”

Surprise flickers in his eyes as they search mine. He licks his lips but still he hesitates, and I want to scream in frustration. Where’s the Cole I met two years ago, the one who homed in on me like a laser at Blackburn’s? The one who in his own quiet way made it impossible to refuse him.

Before I can think better of it, I push up onto my toes and wrap my arms around Cole’s neck, pushing my body flush against his.

“Please,” I whisper, ashamed that I have to beg but willing to do it anyway.

His jaw flexes and thoughts war behind his eyes, but finally his arms come around me as his lips slant over mine. He pulls me closer, and when his hand fists in my hair and gently tugs my head back to deepen the kiss, I’m lost to him.

Cole takes control and there’s no slow buildup, no gradual descent. Passion consumes us, and it wouldn’t matter if a tornado came tearing through the yard. I wouldn’t notice. But somehow Cole keeps his wits about him. He drags his mouth from mine.

“Langley,” he says, his gaze focused above my head toward the slider into the kitchen. Thinking quickly, he moves us to the side, out of view.

“Did she see?” My heartbeat is frantic, my body strung tight.

“I don’t think so.”

We stand there and catch our breaths together. He rests his chin on my head because neither of us have relaxed our arms. We still have them wrapped around each other.

“A kiss between us is complicated, Nikki. Let’s not fool ourselves.”

Slowly, I unwind my arms from his neck. “Why? Because of Renee?”

He leans back to look at me. “Because of us. Because of how this feels.”

This feels incredible, but I can already sense him pulling away. He’s shutting down again, and my racing heart beats even faster because I’m going to ask the question that hangs between us. The one reason I’m most afraid is the source of his hesitation.

Author Bio

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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