Love You to Death by Melissa March
Love You to Death by Melissa March
Genre: New Adult
Published March 26th, 2014
Publisher: Fire and Ice an imprint of Melange Books
Seventeen year-old Arden Elliot is alone, barely surviving life on the streets. All she wants is a place to call home, somewhere she can be safe. After meeting Det. Cass Bateman, surviving is exactly what she will need to do. He dominates her world, steals her spirit and breaks her body. All in the name of love. She knows if she stays, one day he will love her to death. On the run she meets Gideon, a Kentucky cowboy. She tries to resist the power of her heart, knowing she doesn’t have the luxury of falling in love, but just when she thinks her life is finally secure, her past comes calling. Now she will have to decide whether to confess everything to her new family or leave them safely behind to run again.
When I first heard the moaning I thought it was just a stray cat. It didn’t sound human. But then I heard the muted thump of something hitting a soft surface. Like a boot in the stomach. It was followed by a louder “Oomph.” and more moaning. Someone was getting a beat down. I’d heard it happening before. Time to scram. I eased out of my huddle, slung my pack over my shoulder, and made my way toward the street. That’s when I spotted another frayed backpack leaning against the dirty wall. A street kid never left their pack, it contained their whole life. A child’s plastic batman mask, complete with the pointy ears, was sticking out of the unzipped top. That was Stewie’s bag. I cursed under my breath. Living on the street you had to learn fast to divest yourself of a conscious. It was always best to mind your own business. Never get involved. Stay away to stay alive. But Stewie was different. He was special. Not the special as in child prodigy, but special as in he was a twenty two year-old beefy boy of six feet, with the mind of a nine year old. His parents had abandoned him when he was little, leaving his grandpa to raise him. Gramps kicked the bucket last year, and the landlord gave Stewie the boot. Now he was just another statistic. I cursed my bad luck again and turned around. I couldn’t let Stewie get mugged. I had no idea what the heck my scrawny butt was going to be able to do, but I had to try something. Looking around the trash filled alley, there wasn’t much to choose from. I found a broken down skid, and grabbed a splintered piece of wood.
Can you tell us about your book, Love You to Death, in 15 words or less? This is always so hard! A young girl loses everything and fights to find a place to belong.
What was your favorite scene to write? The doctor’s office with Shorty and Magoo. It’s got snarky humor in the middle of all the serious and it’s where the story pivots.
What was the hardest scene to edit out? Actually, there wasn’t anything edited out. This was my second novel and it just flowed. Unlike the first one that I’m still tweaking or the third one that just stalled on me!
Is this a standalone or part of a series? Stand alone.
What genre is Love You to Death? New Adult
Do you have a favorite quote from the book? There are a few but my favorite is when Maw –Maw says, “Well who shot her porch light out?”.
Are you currently working on anything else? I’m working on an adult mystery.
What is currently in your TBR pile? I don’t keep a list because I’m always wanting/looking to read something new. But I did just add Jodi Picoult’s new book The Color War to my kindle.
Melissa March grew up in a small town, spending the majority of her time in her room chain reading books until her eyes blurred or hammering out the next great American novel on her typewriter.
Now, she lives in another small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and young son.
Between the housewife gig, the toddler taxi service, getting her website tweaked and trying to be all writery on it, she is usually nose deep in a book or up to her elbows at the keyboard. (Some things don’t change.) Her favorite way to spend time is with her family.
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