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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hi Everyone! I'm Ava Conway, and I'm so excited to be here with everyone today.  Today, I'd like to talk about my heroine, MIA, from my upcoming new adult novel, SHATTERED (Book 2 of the Perfect Little Pieces Series). 


At the beginning of Shattered, Mia comes across as naive and rather self centered. Despite the fact that she's a second year  medical student, she believes that the best way to deal with the pain and difficulties in life is to bury them. By throwing herself into her work, she doesn't have to deal with her dysfunctional family, Lucy's horrible accident (and her part in it), and her PCOS. She compartimentalizes her life, categorizing events and people as either good or bad, worthy or not.

This categorizing and goal setting extends into her internship at Newton Heights Mental Institution. Here she sees the patients more or less as a school assignment, rather than human beings.


Her elitist behavior might initially put some people off, but there is a reason for it. She doesn't want to get close to anyone, because letting people into her world would make things messy. In her family, Mia is the good, stable child, the one who will make something out of her life. That's an enormous amount of pressure, don't you think? If she let someone get close to her, then she'd be forced to admit that she wasn't perfect. She'd also need to deal with problems she'd rather not confront, and make decisions she has put off for quite a long time.


You can probably guess what happens. If you keep reading past the first chapter or two, you will see that despite her best efforts, Mia becomes close to Flynn, a patient struggling with his own set of problems. Flynn shatters her black-and-white thinking and forces her to reevaluate her feelings about family, forgiveness, and love.


Think back to when you were just starting out in life. Was there a time when you thought everything was black and white? Did you ever try to bury a painful event and push through life because you had to remain strong for someone else? If you have answered yes to these questions, then perhaps you can understand a little bit of what Mia is going through. Her journey toward acceptance and forgiveness is at the heart of this story.


For the first time in her life, Mia Horton isn’t afraid of the future. Equipped with a new major, a new internship, and a new life, she is finally able to put the past behind her—that is, until she meets Flynn McKenna. Flynn’s boyish charm and rugged good looks make her feel things she doesn’t want to feel, and shakes the foundations of her carefully constructed world. With Flynn, Mia craves things she knows she can never have, and wonders if she’ll ever be rid of the silent curse that seems to plague all of the women in her family.

Well on his way to being the youngest mixed martial arts champion in the world, Flynn uses fighting to provide for his impoverished family. Then, one day, an accident forces him to the sidelines. His failure to achieve success devastates his parents and starts a downward spiral of guilt and self-loathing that lands him at Newton Heights Mental Hospital. He has all but given up on life, until a gorgeous young intern makes him see that there is more to him than winning titles, and that love is the most valuable prize of all.  

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Rose Anderson said...

Holding on to negative emotions just drains a person.

Best wishes for the new year!

Sandy said...

What is PCOS?

This story sounds so real. It's realistic and all people have these feelings. I agree with Rose that negative feelings will drain you. I prefer to be optimistic and understanding.

Cara Marsi said...

This story sounds really emotional and true-to-life. I felt the emotions as I read your blurb. Thanks for the post.

Melissa Keir said...

I think we all get stuck in that time where things are black and white. Sadly, trying to shove things into boxes is what makes us unhappy. I'm glad your heroine learns to open up and see the world in more shades!

All the best!!

Judy Baker said...

Good luck in your new release.

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