Thursday, November 7, 2013

Book Blitz: Drowning by Rachel Firasek (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Drowning by Rachel Firasek 
New Adult Contemporary
Publication date: October 26th 2013

Content Warning: Drowning is a New Adult Contemporary Romance suited for 18+ due to some violence, language, and sexual content

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“I dare you.”

Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison’s life forever. She’s a party girl that doesn’t believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.

Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family’s vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he’s envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.

With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.

Psychopath or Sadist

**WARNING** This post may be a little difficult for some people who have dealt with abuse or been a victim of assault.

Today, we’re going to discuss E. Harrison—the villain—in Drowning. I’ll try not to let out any spoilers, but for those of you that have read the book, this should get interesting.

After doing some research on the topic, I have to adamantly declare Harrison a Sadist. Here’s why: Psychopaths have no emotion about their torture. Harrison takes immense pleasure in Alice’s pain.

You may wonder why I chose to make Harrison a sadist and not a psychopath. Well, there’s good reason. I try to write all of my characters with their own story. And even though I hate (and probably so will you) Harrison, I still wanted to create someone that we could somehow wonder about. What makes a person enjoy someone else’s pain? Is it about the control? Or the torture? Or both? And also, what kind of person enjoys hurting his own child? It’s not about child abuse for him. That’s different. This is calculated and has a purpose. Most people that are abusive are reactive and bullies. Harrison is neither.

So…although, I’d love to label him a psychopath, I can’t. And even though I know that this is a hard topic to discuss. Please understand that sexual sadism and what Harrison is are two different things. There is no form of sexual abuse in the book. He gets off on yielding the power to inflict pain on someone weaker than him. It’s about control.

My question for you is, do you know any psychopaths or have you ever dealt with a sadist? I don’t mean in funny ha-ha moments either. Have you ever had to reason with someone without emotion? How was the experience? You don’t have to name anyone. If you leave a comment for your lovely blogger here, you’ll be in a drawing for a free eCopy of Drowning.

About this Author:

Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.

She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart! 

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