Sunday, December 15, 2013

Save Me From Me by Erika Ashby Blog Tour & Giveaway


Dani refuses to lose another parent due to her absence from their life. After pulling herself back together following the death of her father, she moves back to her childhood town to live with her mom. She’s slowly pulled back into the lifestyle she worked so hard to get away from ten years ago. She accepts that this is the life she has always been destined to live. Getting a job at the store down the road and hooking back up with her first love Gage, seems to be the logical way to go…that is until Holden Reynolds shows up in town.

Now that Holden is finally back home from the Navy he plans on following in his father’s footsteps. Still trying to move on from the one woman who had his heart, he busies himself in work and returning to the country boy lifestyle he’s always loved. The best way to get over someone is to get under someone, right? That’s his mindset as he travels town to town with his job perfectly content with being a rambling man…that is until he meets Danielle Brooks.

When Dani isn't leaving and Holden isn't staying will they be able to keep themselves from getting too attached? Or will they be just what each other needs to cut all the strings that have them bound? 

“You can’t save me from me, Holden.” –Dani

~Book Trailer~

~Author Bio~

Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.
~Social Media Links
Twitter: @erikaashby

Alright what is there to be said about “Save Me from Me” that have not been said before now. Fan-freaking-tastic story by Erika Ashby, she have left me stunned yet again. This woman’s writing skills is out of this world, I don’t think all the words in Webster’s dictionary can help me explain the talent the she posses. Now that’s out of way let me start off my talking about Dani Jo, she’s the type of woman that you want to be friends with, she’s not afraid to defend herself & kick some ass. Her smart ass, sarcastic mouth reminds me of Mallory, another one of my favorite characters from a book; watch out folks because Dani don’t take shit from no one. Even though she comes off as this strong willed person on the outside, on the inside she’s this weak individual who wants to save everyone but herself. Then she gets to meet Holden & the story gets better from there. He is the typical country boy, well mannered, ladies man, who’s trying to hell from his past as well. Together, Holden & Dani will be able to “Save Themselves from Themselves”; yeah I made it up, because together they are a stronger unit. There will be obstacles in the way, but once you have find that one true love nothing & I mean nothing can get in the way of that love. Great book by Erika Ashby, I always say that I thank Ena for mentioning “Moving Forward” to me because I became an instant fan of this lady’s writing. TEN FANTABULOUS TUMBS UP!!!!!

~Character Casting~

~Alternative POV Gage~
     I hate all the feelings that were brought out from hiding tonight. I’m damn sure that I kept them in check — for the most part anyways. Slipping every now and then and flirting with Danielle wasn’t harmful. Or was it? Who am I fucking kidding? The feelings I had for her are still the same. Truth of the matter is I’ve never gotten over her. She’s the one who got away. How do you get over that one when no one else will ever compare? You consume your mind and body with other things, that’s how. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing the last ten years. Consuming my mind with work and mind numbing substances while over consuming my body with meaningless sex. The only meaningful sex I have ever had was with her…the one that I let go. The one that I never chased after. I should have gone with her.
     “Huh?” she asks with a look of confusion. Fuck, I must have said that out loud.
     “I’m just delirious. Don’t mind me.” I try to play it off, hoping she won’t pry, but she does because she’s wanting to be chatty fucking Kathy or something. She really doesn’t want me to open the can of worms that’s been stagnant for a decade. “It’s nothing, Dani.” The slight shudder tells me what no one else would even notice. Using the nickname still gets to her. I noticed the same movement in her body at the bar. I never called her by any of her nicknames unless I was pissed at her. Maybe it was stupid, but since everyone else shortened her name I had always wanted to use the real deal — the one no one else used.
      I reach for the doorknob knowing I want to do anything but leave, but not sure that’s even an option until she speaks up. “Wait.” I turn around to face her and try to conceal my smile. She looks so damn cute acting all nervous scanning our surroundings before her eyes find mine. “Why don’t you just stay here? I mean, you really shouldn’t be driving all the way home. Plus, I’m not very tired,” she yawns. “Maybe we can catch up some.”
     “Are you sure?” I ask double checking because I don’t want to overstep any boundaries.
     “Yes, I’m sure. Honestly, I’ve missed you and really want to just chat. I haven’t really just sat down and talked with anyone in a very long time.” The look on her face is sad, and I know she means since her dad died. I’m not sure the whole situation at her mom’s house, but if I had to guess I’m sure there isn’t much constructive talking going on there. I know her step siblings better than I’d like to, but as long as they aren’t causing me trouble, I don’t mind them.
     “I’ve missed you too.” I admit as I make my way to the couch and sit down. I pull my hat off and toss it on the floor and stretch my arms as far as I can while pushing my legs out and letting out a noise as I do. I catch Danielle checking me as I readjust my shirt back down from where it lifted. “Like whatcha see?” I tease obviously knowing the answer.
     “You sure have filled out.” She says not taking her eyes off my body. I feel like she’s undressing me in her mind. It makes me feel so violated. Not really. I actually love the idea of her openly gawking me.
     “Wouldn’t you like to know how filled out I am?” I wink and that statement causes her to blush once the realization of what I’m talking about clicks.
      “Perv. I swear.” She hits me with the throw pillow. “Will you ever grow up?” She asks as she rolls her eyes trying real damn hard to hide the fact that she would like to explore my filled out body.
     I hold my hands up in my defense, “Who was checking who out?”
    “No shame over here. You’ve always been a hottie, Gage. But you sure have thickened up the last ten years.”
     I laugh, “Now who’s the perv?” It’s fun messing with her. It keeps me from thinking about the resentment I had started to feel towards her over the years. I’m stuck here. No getting around it. And she bailed on me. I had felt that she didn’t love me enough to stay. If you love someone, you stay. You don’t go out to make a better life on your own. You stay and make the best with what you have. That’s what I’ve been trying really hard to do these last years. The mechanic shop is what it is and the business we get is decent. Same with the women. I’ve probably slept with all the decent ones in town, but none of them are keepers. I’m sure they’d settle down with me in a heartbeat, but since I’ve settled with everything else in my life, the last thing I’m wanting to do is settle for someone that will only make my life more miserable.


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