Friday, 27 February 2015

BLOG TOUR: Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez


Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!


"That wasn't yours to take away," he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. "That was our place. Not yours." His voice cracked right alongside my heart.

"Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn't yours to take either." I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.

His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. "There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you," he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.
"Till," I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.

"Why!" he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. "Goddamn it! I needed that place."

Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the dark but also my rage.

I shoved my hands into his chest. "What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that f**king apartment for weeks."

He didn't budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till's hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn't let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.

"You took what you wanted. Then you left me."

"Doodle," he whispered.

I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.

I lost it completely.

Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, "It's Eliza! My name is f**king Eliza! Not Doodle!" I spun to march away, but Till's arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.
I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn't keep him for forever.
"Stop it!" he growled into my ear. "I know your Goddamn name—probably better than I know my own."


*Complimentary copy received from the author*

This is a first Aly Martinez read for me and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. I like nice surprises like this. Because as it turns out, I bought another series of hers but obviously, I haven’t read yet. So this just makes me want to bump that up on my list.

Eliza and Till’s story started when they were 13, and what a sweet emotional ride it was. As sweet as it was, it wasn’t easy for sure, having come from where they came from. In their world of hardship, they have become each other’s anchor and source of strength, and escape. Nothing came easy, especially for Till, from having non-parents for parents to being responsible for his siblings to facing his own challenges, both emotionally and physiologically. And in that world of his, he somehow found Doodle/Eliza.

If I can summarize it, it’s a story of perseverance, dexterity, tenacity, innocence, tenderness, hope, and true love albeit young. These characters are usually too young for my reading taste when it comes to romance but I totally fell for these kids. I usually shy away from this kind of angst but I gobbled this up. I laughed when they laughed, and cried as well when they did *tear*

Seriously, I just feel like scooping them all up in a giant bear hug and shield them from any more angst. With all the things that they have gone thru, I waited with bated breath just like they did, hoping just as much that the rug is not just gonna be pulled under their feet. That’s how worried I was for these kids!

Anyhoot, I wish Eliza’s past was given a little more focus to make me care for her more and that she was given more of a life outside Till and his siblings. Her whole personality is attached to his family which I found a little lopsided. It doesn’t mean I like her less though. And all that drama at the end, I felt that took the angst 1 step closer to OTT. But it’s all ok, all’s well that ends well…

Next in line are the stories of Till’s 2 other siblings. I’m looking forward to those ones, for sure…


Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting for my career.

Fighting the impending silence.

Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

About the Author:

Aly Martinez

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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