Monday, October 12, 2015

Release Blitz: Vivid by Jessica Wilde

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Title: Vivid
Author: Jessica Wilde
Release Date: Oct 11, 2015
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Merrick Thatcher went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. He fought to protect his country, his family, and the men standing at his side, but it wasn't just being a soldier overseas that changed him. He watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment. Badly injured, blind, and angry, he's done with war, but now he’s fighting his own battle. So, he’s waiting for it to end, spending his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him. A story about two flawed souls finding love amidst the grief. A love that shines vividly, even in the dark, and discovering that sometimes being broken is how the light gets in.
For readers 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations

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I felt her hand rest on my arm, stopping me from rolling away and getting the hell away from her before I said something stupid.
"I know you don't remember me from before, but I ..." Her words trailed off, her fingers constricting against my skin.
God, if I could just touch her, I wouldn't need to ask questions. I would be able to feel every soft curve and edge, and I wouldn't need anything more than that. If I could just touch her.
"I was never one of those girls that you found yourself with all too often."
I frowned and leaned forward, waiting for an explanation. I had no idea what she was talking about. Of course she wasn't one of those girls. She was real and sweet, compassionate and smart. Those other girls were just fake. The pretty was only on the outside.
"I was never really pretty. At least not the pretty that everyone would have seen. I was kind of awkward and nerdy, but rounder in areas where other girls were flat. Still am. Does that make sense?"
I hesitated before nodding my understanding, grinning when I envisioned her. "So you're telling me that you look like a real woman and not a stick?"
She gasped and pulled her hand away from my arm. "I didn't say that."
I waited for her to continue. Anything that would give me a better picture of her. She stayed silent. I was starting to feel like the air around me was too thick to breathe.
Grace cleared her throat and shifted in her chair. I wanted to know what she was doing with her hands. Was she wringing them together? Were they in her lap? In her hair? Was she looking at me or trying to avoid that?
"I'm just me," she said, quietly.
"You're beautiful." The words left my mouth without my prompting, but there was nothing inside of me that wanted to take them back.
She released a self-deprecating laugh and, again, I wondered what she was doing with her hands.
"I may be blind, Grace. But I can still see some things."

This book is an amazing tribute to those courageous men and women who sacrifice their everything so the rest of us can live a peaceful existence, this book is also an ode to the resilience of the human spirit.
We would never know for certain what goes on behind the walls of a war, we hear bits and pieces but we can only imagine what goes on. Unfortunately, war does not end for the "lucky" soldiers who get to come back home, because once they're back another battle begins, a battle with the physical and emotional scars left by that war. In Merrick's case is both. He's angry, he's resentful, he's trying to adapt to his new life having to accept the help of others when being independent was all he knew, at the same time not understanding why did he make it out alive when so many didn't.
Grace has come back to live with her parents after a life altering event, she too is trying to adapt to her new life and accept her fate.
These are two broken human beings who come together more or less for convenience, but little by little start teaching each other how to smile again, how to find a new normal, how to live again.
Jessica did an outstanding job writing these two characters, specially Merrick, his pain and his scarred heart jump out of the pages and become the reader's, his vulnerability was a great contrast to the tough soldier and even tougher man that came back. Grace's desolation is heartbreaking, I felt it, I understood her in more ways that one.
The story flows beautifully and there was not a single moment where I wanted to stop reading, it became an addiction.
This is a book full of heart and soul, a story that proves that as humans we might break, but with the right people by our side helping us put the parts back together, we can become whole again.


I live in Morgan, Utah with my husband, beautiful daughter, and a couple of spoiled pups. If I'm not deeply involved in writing my next book, then I'm probably reading in the safety and quiet of my closet. I love yoga – which I now practice regularly – playing hide and seek with my daughter (only to have my hiding spots revealed by one of the pups), and I love Fruit by the Foot, Twizzlers and Peace Tea. These are great ways to bribe me into revealing secrets about what's to come.
I have an unhealthy obsession with Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory. I also enjoy talking about them, so if you like them, too, come find me.
Writing has become an enormous part of my life and every book I write holds a special place in my heart.  If you read one of my books, I hope you have the same experience.

Author Jessica Wilde


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for participating in the release blitz for Vivid and for the beautiful review! It means the world to me that you loved Vivid and I am so grateful to you for your help in spreading the word and for taking a chance on me :) WOO HOO!! <3 <3