Friday, July 14, 2023

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Shattered Dreams (Beautiful Nightmare, #3) by Abbie Roads

Shattered Dreams
Abbie Roads

(Beautiful Nightmare, #3)
Publication date: July 11th 2023
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Romance

A crooked cop. Corruption. A woman convicted of murder. A man determined to prove her innocence.

When Helena Grayse is released from prison, all she wants is to say a final goodbye to her old life. But when a man finds her trespassing on his property, instead of turning her in, he takes her in. Accepts her. Loves her.

But someone decides to serve Helena with a death sentence.

Shattered Dreams is the third book in Abbie Roads’ Beautiful Nightmare Series of dark romantic thrillers. It features a felon heroine who never thought she deserved love. If you devour true crime and romance novels, then you’ll love a series that combines both in a roller-coaster ride of danger, mind games, and swoon-worthy love.

Buy this dangerously dark romance today!

Trigger warning: Depictions of SA and violence.

Previously Published under the title Never Let Me Fall.

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Interview with the Author:

As a reader who is new to the works of best-selling author Abbie Roads, I was lucky to be given the opportunity to ask her some "Getting to Know You" questions!

Me: Would you like to share a little of your backstory?

Abbie: I’m a country girl. I was raised in rural Central Ohio. Our house was surrounded by fields, and we had complete privacy. I’m still a country girl and have a house that is surrounded by fields.

From the moment I learned to read, I loved to read. It was a coping skill I used to escape anything bad going on in my life. I devoured books. I was the kid who got in trouble because I was always in my room reading. My parents would make me come downstairs and sit at the table to read.

While I was growing up, I wanted to be a writer, but I struggled with grammar. I still do. If you start using grammar language around me, my eyes glaze over, and I black out. I just don’t understand it. In high school, a teacher told me that if I couldn’t understand grammar, I couldn’t be a writer. So, I didn’t become a writer. I became a mental health counselor.

I have a master’s degree in counseling and have been working in the field for over twenty years.

But about ten years ago, I decided to explore my dream of being a writer. And so... Here I am.
Me: What does your writing day look like?

Abbie: I have a day job, so usually, I can only fit writing in if a client cancels. Every night before bed, I write for an hour in the bathtub. I call it my aqua office. I know I’m weird.

If I have a day off work, I usually start my day by exercising, taking a shower, getting dressed, putting make-up on, then sitting down and working on writing. I’m not a writer who stays in their pjs all day. I feel more motivated and ready to work if I stick to my normal routine.
Me: What has been your family members’ and friends’ reactions to your becoming a successful published author?

Abbie: My husband is my biggest cheerleader. And despite my books having sex scenes in them, his elderly catholic father is very supportive, too, and has read every book I’ve written. Before he read the first one, I warned him that there was sex in it, and he said, “I have six kids. I think I can handle it.”
Me: If you could go back in time to before you wrote your first novel and give yourself a tip or secret about writing, publishing, or marketing your work, what would you say?

Abbie: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Use every day to keep learning and growing.
Me: What are you currently reading for pleasure?

Abbie: I’m eagerly awaiting My Child is Missing by Lisa Regan. It’s book 18 in her Detective Josie Quinn series. I don’t know what it is about this series, but I’m addicted to it.
Me: What is your favorite of your own books and why?

Abbie: Broken Dreams is probably my favorite of my books.

It took me two and half years to write the version you read today. I wrote a first draft, spent a year editing it, then realized it sucked. I learned more about my craft, then went back and re-wrote the whole thing again and did it much better. I think part of why it’s my favorite is because I’ve spent more time with Lathan and Evanee than any of my other characters. And Lathan’s just hot. He rides a motorcycle, he’s got tattoos, he’s hearing impaired, and he’s downright perfect to me. 

Thank you to Abbie Roads for taking the time to tell us about herself and her writing life!

 Author Bio:

Abbie Roads is the best-selling author of the Fatal Dreams Series and the Fatal Truth Series. Her novels have been finalists in many prestigious contests including The Golden Heart, The Greater Detroit Booksellers Best, The Oklahoma National Readers’ Choice Award, The Write Touch, The Strut Your Stuff Contest, The Aspen Gold Contest, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, The Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, The Midnight Sun, The Kathryn Hayes Contest, The Chanticleer, The Daphne du Maurier, The National Readers’ Choice Award, The New England Readers’ Choice Contest, The Beverly Award, and The Maggie Award. Her debut novel Race the Darkness was Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Fall, and Never Let Me Fall is an Amazon Editor’s Pick.

By day Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor, always focusing on the bright side. By night she writes on the dark side, putting her characters through the wringer before she gives them their happily-ever-after. She loves a good inspirational quote and is a fan of true crime.

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Abbie Roads said...

Thanks so much for being the fun questions and being a stop along the tour! You rock!

Karen Hitt Siddall said...

So happy to host! Thank you for the interview!