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Friday, June 21, 2013

On Tour: Tainted Love by Erin Cawood - Excerpt + Giveaway



Erin Cawood is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours with her book,Tainted Love. Please visit her tour page on CLP Blog Tours for more blog stop and a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Tainted Love
by Erin Cawood

Genre: Chick Lit
Publication: December 2012
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Is it possible for a heart to survive twenty five years of abuse on the most intimate level?

For anyone in a relationship, the words 'we need to talk' can only mean one thing. In the last twenty-two years, the McKenzies have been through it, survived it, learned by it, and grown stronger from it, because life didn't stop for breath when they needed it. Amongst the tears and the tragedies, the hopes and happiness, they've built something amazing: a happy family, a luxury lifestyle and a booming empire. Don't they deserve to have it all?

But for the perfect wife, those four sinister words mean something entirely different. They're a summons into a private world where what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.

Faith has no doubt in Calvin's undying love for her. It's what kept her sane in the darkest hours. If only she could figure out what it is she does wrong... because it's rapidly becoming apparent their tainted love is running out of time.

Tainted Love is an intimate look at a side of marriage many people never see.
Tainted Love Excerpt

We’d been the envy of our friends in recent weeks. At the dinners we’d find ourselves singled out as the odd couple and light-heartedly labeled as ‘the gurus’ for relationship success. They all said they thought we were crazy when we started having children again. After all, our two were already teenagers. We should have gone out and enjoyed our freedom. But look at us now, twenty-two years into the marriage and very much in love, they wouldn’t be surprised if we announced one or two more babies. We both looked at each other and said we were definitely done.

We hadn’t 'talked' in over a month. When we left the campus and Caleb, Cal appeared to be in great spirits, and he slept for most of the return flight. The gentleman in the seat beside me was happily talking and laughing with Zoe and Cate, even though I kept telling Zoe to stop fidgeting because she'd wake Cal.

"Did you have fun today, Faith?" He asked as my foot landed at the bottom of the stairs.

My Cal-sense went haywire. I knew that tone of voice. No children present equaled no protection. The hairs stood up on the back of my arms. My eyes flickered around the entrance hall. The house still remained in almost complete darkness. That's when I realized I had no idea where he was. He could have been in any of the four rooms leading away from where I stood.

"Answer me."

What did I say? Without a facial expression I was going in to a minefield wearing a blindfold. If I said yes, I was a heartless bitch for enjoying the day my only son left home for college. If I said no, what was wrong with me? I'd had a wonderful weekend with my husband and our two youngest children. Either way I was providing him with grenades to throw my way.

"ANSWER ME!"

I did the only thing I thought possible. I turned. I ran. For the first time in my life I made a beeline to get out of harm's way.

Big hands grabbed at my wrist, forced me to turn and tumble back to the floor below. I landed on my knees. He hit and he punched and he kicked and he stomped. He didn't stop.

He screamed, "Is this how you repay me?"

What for? What had I done? Blow after blow, he kept repeating it until I was a ball of trembling skin and bones at his feet, long past the point where I felt nothing. He didn't stop.

I prayed for death. I prayed that God would help me. I asked Him to rescue me and when He brought the darkness to gather me, I knew never I'd wake up again.

Author Bio:

Erin Cawood is a commercial women’s fiction author, with a taste for dramatic storylines and a passion for strong lead characters she really gets behind, cheering on right to the very end of their story. Her focus? Taking romance into the darker, edgier side of contemporary fiction.

Erin lives in Leeds, UK, with her partner of thirteen years and their fourteen year old cat. She spends her days somewhere between the fiction world and the student world. Fascinated by web design and digial communication, Erin is studing a BA(hons) in New Media at the University of Leeds. Before returning to full time education two years ago, Erin worked at a theme park, a convenience store, a public house/restaurant both in the kitchen and waitressing, as an insurance agent and currently works part time in a customer contact centre.


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