Monday, 23 June 2014

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppé Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppé
Published: May 2014

“If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

"Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s Dean…you'll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can't do him justice in a few short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally intelligent" brother's head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at All music available on iTunes.

Book Links
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Goodreads - Book Trailer


Nowadays, no one other than Tiff, Kellan and my teachers says a word to me, condolence or otherwise. I guess they just don’t know what to say. I’ve never been much of a talker, anyway, so not chatting about manicures and boy bands and juice cleanses and hashtags suits me just fine. I’m not missing out on anything, really. What do I have to talk about with anyone, anyway? Which cheerleader is hooking up with Chaz Alvarez this week? Whether glitter eye shadow has jumped the shark? Whether neon is the new black? How about . . . how my soul shriveled up and flaked off in one unfathomable day? Or how I’ve fallen headfirst into an abyss filled with darkness and silence and nothingness and rage? How about how I’ve awakened to a wet pillowcase every single morning for the past six months? Or, hey, maybe how my heart hurts so much, so goddamned much, it literally physically hurts, as if someone has been whacking my heart with a meat tenderizer? It’d be better not to have a heart at all.

Maybe my classmates would like to hear about how I’m on the verge of throwing up at any given moment, thanks to the scent of Mom’s perfume still wafting through the house, even after all these months. Or maybe they want to know about how rail-thin and frail she became at the bitter end, or how her sunken eyes flickered with such deep apology in that very last moment, I had to turn away? I’m sure they would all love to hear me say, “How can one person cry this many tears without actually dying?” I’m sure they want to hear me admit, “I died that day, too.”

Sure they do.

And so, when no one talks to me at school, I don’t talk to them, either. It’s just that simple. Last month, when Tiffany was absent for four straight days with a nasty case of strep throat, I literally didn’t utter so much as a sound the entire time (except for when I stubbed my toe on a bench in the girls’ locker room).

The whole nobody-talks-to-Shaynee thing is fine with me, really. The thing that’s a little bit disturbing, though, if I’m being totally honest, is that no one even looks at me anymore. Maybe they don’t want me to think they’re staring at me with pitying eyes. Maybe they don’t want me to think they’re analyzing my every sigh and furrowed brow and orphaned expression. And so they simply don’t look at me at all. I don’t mind. Mostly. But sometimes, occasionally, if I’m being totally honest, it sucks ass.

Author Bio - Laura Roppé

Laura RoppeLaura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

Author Links
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  1. I have wanted to read this book for a long time! it sounds like a very interesting book

  2. Great excerpt! You can feel the pain she's experienced due to her loss and the awkwardness indifference she feels at school. Can't wait to read this, thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the excerpt this book has been on my radar for some time now it looks and sounds great thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful book! First book contest I have come across in some time that does not involve vampires or world destruction. This would make a good summer read as it has some depth!

  5. Nice excerpt, looks interesting.

  6. Wow Miss Laura! You sure are a talented lady! Happy July 4th!