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Nov 8, 2013

Still Human Blog Tour: Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Still Human Blog Tour hosted by Romance Addict Book Blog. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Still Human and a guest post by the wonderful Kerry Heavens to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on, for sure! Without anymore delay...

About the book:

Title: Still Human (Just Human, #2)
Author: Kerry Heavens
Publisher: Self
Release date: October 19, 2013


Danny and Liv are back...

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.

They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other.

They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?
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Excerpt from Still Human:

I shake my head, the gloves are really off. I’m too stunned to speak.

“If she did leave for the reasons you think, then I won’t mention it again. But you have to find out for sure.”

Feeling the anger rising up in me, I grab my keys. “I can’t handle this.” I say as I storm past her and out the door.

I’m fuming as I back my truck out of the parking lot. Who the hell does she think she is? This is emotional blackmail. I expected better of her.

When I get in I slam my keys on the counter and pace back and forth. I really needed to sleep, now Jen has got me so worked up, there is just no way that’s going to happen. It’s not like I didn’t call her, when she was missing I was frantic. She has dozens of messages from me and she didn’t have the decency to put my mind at ease. I had to hear from her family that she had flown home, at least she left them a note! As if I would call her now. She left me. Even as I’m thinking this while pacing around like a caged animal, the idea that she may have left for another reason starts to incubate. I haven’t given it a thought before, I’ve been too angry. I’m still too angry I think, shaking it out of my head.

I sit at my desk and fire up the computer. My fingers drum while they wait for something to do. As soon as I’m in, I start furiously hammering the keys. Work will block this ridiculous chain of thoughts out.

Twenty minutes in, I’ve made so many mistakes and had to retrace my steps too many times. I put my head in my hands. This can’t be happening. Work was the only distraction I had and now, thanks to Jen, Liv has crept into that too.

I drop onto my bed and close my eyes. Not to sleep but just for lack of other inspiration. What if Jen’s crazy notion is right? What if Liv thinks I did something wrong? Surely I would have had a call from someone if they thought I had wronged her? If I thought Scott had cheated on Jen I would have been all over it. Max would have done the same wouldn’t he? Maybe I should call him. Then I don’t have to chase Liv, I can just find out what I need to know from him and put this mess to rest once and for all.

Before I know it I’m dialling his number, I’ve always been slightly impulsive. My stomach is in knots. It rings and I hold my breath.

“Hi,” he answers with a tone of uncertainty.


Losing Liv

Hi, I'm Max. You know my story, I'm the bestie!

I love my girl Liv with all my heart. She is, in many ways, my soul mate. We are the same Liv and I, we share tastes and interests and a sense of humour. We want the same things. We think the same things. We are perfect for each other...and if that was enough for me, I'd have snapped her up years ago...but she's a girl. I grant you she's not the girliest of girls, but she's not a boy and I like boys!

So I have been lucky enough in my life to find two soul mates, who accept each other and love each other. Liv is the mirror of me and Charlie is all the things I'm not. It has worked perfectly for years. Liv has had boyfriends in that time and it hasn't always run smoothly. They either don't trust me, or they don't like me, or in the case of the last dickhead, both.

Despite the problems, it has never felt like there would come a time where Liv would choose them. Liv and I are family and I always felt secure enough to know that if push came to shove, family would come first. Not that I would ever make her choose, but I'm telling you a jealous boyfriend would eventually.

I knew, no matter what, our friendship and our love was strong enough to withstand anything. Anything, except Danny. Danny was the one that got away. He was gone for good and that'd had an enormous impact on Liv's life. I had filled his shoes and I knew he was the only person who could ever claim them back. I wasn't really that insecure, but you never know. Love makes you do strange things.

So when Connie came to me and said that she thought Liv needed to talk to Danny, to help her lay some ghosts to rest and overcome the romantic block she had, I was all for it. I wanted Liv to be happy. But I was also selfishly hesitant. I knew that once they were back in contact it could only lead to more and I knew that once that happened, my position in Liv's life would have to change.

But I love that girl and I want her to be happy. There was no question that it was the right thing to do, so let Connie do her thing, I played along and shoved Liv in the right direction and they reconnected. It was intense and fast and within a few days it had come to nothing. Liv was devastated and I felt horrible for encouraging it in the first place...and then he was there!

That moment when they saw each other for the first time, it was just electric. That was when I knew I'd eventually be letting Liv go.

Seeing them together though, there was no way I could ever begrudge Liv that much happiness. So I encouraged her to see where it would lead. I met Danny and I liked him right away. I didn't get the standard jealousy vibe from him, I felt like he understood and appreciated what I had with Liv.

As time went on, he became a friend. I could see it being ok between us and I started to relax. I knew this wasn't about me and I never would have let Liv see my insecurities, but I started to feel like I wasn't going to end up being a casualty of their love. We were going to actually be friends.

The course of true love never runs smooth though and when it all came crashing down I found myself in the strange position of thinking, 'I don't think Danny would do that.' It was tough to tackle that with Liv, because she rightly thought that I should support her without question. But Danny is a good guy and I could see how much he loved her. It was a difficult line to walk with her, but actually, her pigheaded stubbornness gave Danny and I the chance to bond.

It was during the time she was at her most stubborn, that I got the opportunity to see that Danny's love for her would stop at nothing. We had time to talk and get to know each other and I saw that he appreciated my relationship with Liv, rather than resented it.

I realised that with Danny I would never have to compete, or justify myself. He would never try to undermine me or fear me, because Danny understands that I am Liv's soul mate. I am the mirror of her and he is all the things she's not. it's perfect. He is perfect for her and I am so lucky to call him my friend.

So in helping to secure Liv's happiness, I didn't lose a Liv, I gained a Danny.

What are five of your (non-spoilery) favorite scenes from Still Human?

  1. I'm just going to say VEGAS #1!
  2. The tree
  3. The tree again
  4. Buying the bath
  5. The epilogue

I won't be all spoilery about it; you will know the parts I mean.

Danny’s five favorite things about Liv.

  1. Her individuality
  2. Her strength
  3. Her vulnerability
  4. Her adventurous streak!
  5. Her humour

Liv’s top five favorite Danny lines.

  1. It's not really a line, but 'Danny is typing...' always gets her!
  2. “What is the acceptable length of time before you change your life to be with the person you love? A day was all I needed.”
  3. “I tried being without you, life is nothing without you.”
  4. "I’m still me and I know we could destroy each other. But I don’t’ care, because life without you isn’t worth living, …I dare you ….Let me back in and you won’t regret it."
  5. “Like this tree, we stumbled and fell, but something so strong cannot be wiped out in one moment. I’m always rooted here with you and together we are too strong to fade away. I promise we will continue to grow together even if there are more storms to come.”

What are five of your (or some if there are too many) highlights as a published author?

  1. Writing. I love writing and now that I've published two books I can do it all again.
  2. Seeing my books for sale, I never get tired of clicking on Amazon!
  3. Hearing from people every day who have read the books and being able to talk to them.
  4. Finding so many wonderful book lovers who I now count as friends
  5. Meeting other authors. it's amazing to have other people to talk to, who understad what this journey is like.


About the author:

Terrible wife
Mediocre mother
Appalling housewife
Fashion graduate
Wedding coordinator
Sex toy salesperson
Shop manager
Designer
Font collector
Romance addict
Fancier of nice men
Ok, fancier of almost all men
Awesome cupcake baker
Incessant singer
Film buff
Friend
Writer

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6 comments:

  1. I am about to read this. Now I'm just so excited! <3

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  2. next in my TBR list!! cant wait to read this!!!

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  3. Haven't met them....yet :D

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  4. I haven't heard of Kerry so thanks for sharing :D

    Love the guest post. I haven't met them yet .

    Mich

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  5. p.s I'm in Australia so hopefully giveaway opened to international . I didn't see anything not saying it wasn't :D

    tintinbrains@bigpond.com

    Mich

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  6. I haven't met them yet, but I hoping to meet them soon! I'm really excited to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway

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