Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Release Blitz: Flawed by Cherry Shephard

Behind the brightest smile, can lay the darkest truth . . . 


I watched in horror the day the World Trade Centre collapsed, taking with it my fiancee and unborn child. As a firefighter on the scene, I blame myself for not rescuing them. Enlisting in the United States Army did nothing to dissuade my guilt, it only proved to me what I knew all along: The world is too cruel, too dark and twisted to live in any longer.
So I'm taking the easy way out. On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, on my 40th birthday, I will return to Ground Zero, where I will finally be reunited with my loved ones. Forever.
I have just three weeks left to live.


It would destroy my sister if she ever found out why I really came back home. She thinks I'm just here to help out with Saddles, but the truth is I have a secret, one that tears me apart and threatens to consume me. It was just one night. One stupid, messed-up, drunken night.
The consequences will live with me forever.

When these flawed hearts collide, will they heal one another . . . or burn together in a blaze of glory?

Imperfect (Blaze of Glory #1) :

Where do I even begin with Flawed? From the very first chapter, Cherry Shephard crushed my heart and soul.  I’m not one for tears, but I bawled my flipping eyes out the entire book.  Keets pain and inner turmoil shredded me so deeply that I haven’t been able to read a single book since finishing Flawed.  He’s damaged beyond repair and those who have faced the turmoil of his horror filled memories of a lifelong gone will relate to his inner monologue and thoughts. He’s twisted and yet so passionate in his pursuit of Natalie that he warmed my broken heart before breaking it down even more.

Keets broke me, but Natalie stuck the knife into my heart.  From the very first moment we meet her, I had a feeling that something was going to be the game changer with her.  She’s far to used to being a wallflower in the background of her sister Shannon that I knew she would shine in one form or another.  I’ll admit that I did not see the twist of fate for her coming and that in itself, shows how much of a brilliant writer that Cherry Shephard is. 

Flawed and its prequel book in this series, Imperfect, gives an honest look at the tormented minds of our soldiers and those that are left behind.  These brave men laid their lives on the line for our country, but once they come home, they are only brought out of the darkness for holiday and remembrance celebrations. Keets and Stone’s stories could be ripped from the headlines of any veteran publication. Shephard has made me feel far more than I ever thought I was capable of in a fictitious story.  Her level of detail to understand a military system that is not native to her shows just how much she respects her craft.  The Blaze of Glory series has easily blazed into my top ten best series of all time and with each book only moves closer and closer to the top.

The only thing left for Shephard to do now is write the next book because I am an impatient girl and I need Bullet now. Or Keets. Or more Stone. I just need something!  I would also like to stake claim on Bullet now before Mischelly gets her greedy hands on him. You cannot have them all Mischelly!

“Damien?” Liz’s voice in my ear is full of panic.
“It’s okay, baby, I’m here,” I pant as I climb the stairs. “I’m coming to get you.”
“No, Damien, I-"
A loud noise shakes the earth, and people all around me start to scream as the building sways. Instinct kicks in and I shout at the civilians who seem to be frozen in fear. “Get the fuck out of here!”
“Damien,” Liz screams in my ear.
“It’s okay, baby, hold on," I yell, grabbing a support beam as the windows in the lobby blow inwards. I stare in horror as the South Tower seems to implode and comes tumbling toward the ground, spraying a pile of debris through the shattered windows. 
“Oh, my God!" Liz screams, and my thoughts echo her fear. But after the storm comes the calm, and all is still as people slowly get to their feet, covered in dust as they cry helplessly. The entire South Tower is gone, decimated in a fraction of a second, reduced to nothing more than a pile of rubble.

“Are you okay?” I ask Liz, straightening myself and starting up the stairs. It’s slow work as a stampede of civilians come running down, anxious to get the fuck out of here before this tower falls. And it will, I know that now. 
“Keets!” I turn as the lieutenant grabs my arm and yanks me forcefully back down the stairs. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“I’m going up,” I answer, wrenching my arm away from him. “I have to get up there. Liz is-"
“I’m afraid that’s a negative,” he says, shaking his head. “Orders are to evacuate the area immediately.”
“Evacuate?” I question, not quite sure I’ve heard him correctly. “You mean, leave these people to die?”
“Keets, now is not the time for your fucking morals. If you stay here, you will die. Do you understand that? This building is going to collapse at any moment.”
“I don’t care!” I yell, starting back up the stairs. “I can’t leave her.”
“Damien,” Liz’s quiet voice comes through the phone. “You need to get out of here.”
“Not a chance,” I answer, out of breath as I climb the stairs in my heavy gear. “What floor are you on right now?” 
“101,” she answers. “But Damien, I-"
“No, Liz,” I answer firmly, pressing my back against the wall as a group of people squeeze by me on the stairs. “Don’t you dare ask me to leave you.”
“Babe,” she says quietly. “I’m above the plane.”

I freeze on the balcony of the second floor, my heart thudding in my chest so hard I can hear it. Liz is above the impact zone; no matter how hard I try, there is no way I’ll be able to get to her in time... and she knows it. “Babe." My voice catches on a strangled cry. “I can’t leave you here. You’ll die.”
“If you stay, we’ll both die.”
I lean against the wall and slump down to the ground, all fight leaving my body. “Then we die together.”

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