Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Excerpt Tour: You Can't Force Love by Marie Drake @MarieDrake72 @pumpupyourbook

Author: Marie Drake  
Publisher: RedBird Books
Pages: 286  
Genre: Realistic Fiction

“A battered butterfly, he’d build Kimberly up, nurture her strength and watch her return to flight. He repressed the visions dancing in the back of his mind; her naked body brandished red flags and spurred him to stampede. Bulls and butterflies did not mix.”

Jordan Fry’s obsession is born in “You Can’t Force Love” by Marie Drake, Book I in the Locked Hearts Series.

From different towns and social backgrounds, Jordan Fry and Kimberly Orvine experience life-altering abuse, lose a parent and land in the same foster home. Angry, and self-deprecating, fiery redheaded Kimberly is deadset on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences, punishing herself for former sins. Scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan has vowed to change for the better. He focuses on Kimberly as the key to his success, but she intends to make him break his promises. Unaware of Jordan’s atrocious actions in the past, she’s dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?



Paul pounced, shoved him, and his back hit the bed; he concentrated on Paul’s cheek; a river flowed into a cold lake; a twisted scar ended at his icy blue eye. Scared, Jordan couldn’t continue to look at him; he turned his eyes to the water-stained ceiling, and Paul bent close to his ear. “Listen up, you little freak; I know what you did, and hate that your mother worries about ’poor, misunderstood Jordan.’ All you do is give us grief.” He forced Jordan’s head into the mattress. Jordan grappled his faded Mario Brothers comforter when Paul clamped a hand over his mouth and rammed a knuckle into his rib cage. “I should hang a brick from your neck and drop you into the river; maybe I will.” Jordan blinked; he couldn’t move his head.

Paul stood and closed the door on his way out; Jordan waited a few seconds and opened it a crack; he sat against the wall and massaged his bruised ribs. His mother sniffled and sobbed as she and Paul held a whispered conversation, and finally, their voices returned to an audible level.

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Award-winning author, Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband, four sons, and three rescue pups. With many years of experience in the Foster Care community and advocating for other victims and survivors, she specializes in realistic and psychological fiction depicting the lives of abuse sufferers; their obstacles, their triumphs, and their downfalls.