Tortured Souls #1
By Kate Givans
Due to sexual content and graphic nature of some scenes, this book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY.
Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow.
A dark and gritty, contemporary adult novel about loss, healing, and love’s ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden.
More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger. There’s just one problem.
Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away.
Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?
We’re all afraid of something. Spiders. Heights. The dark. Whatever the fear, there’s usually a story behind it – something that’s instilled it, given it the ability to manifest itself in everyday life.
But there’s one fear that needs no explanation, one that almost everyone has.
The fear of death.
Inevitable and unpredictable, death is something we all think about at some point in our lives. We realize that, someday, we’ll simply cease to exist. And it could happen in the blink of an eye. No warning. No way out. No do-overs.
I’m not like most people though. To me, death is peace. Peace from pain, and from an existence much worse than death: torture.
Your body is still alive. You know exactly what’s happening to you – the endless cycle of pain and mental anguish, the constant drip, drip on your forehead.
At first, you’re optimistic, hope it’ll end, that maybe someone will come along and save you. Then comes acceptance: this is now your life, and there’s no way out except death. You start wishing for each breath to be your last.
I know what it’s like to reach that state of mind, to feel like your situation is hopeless. It’s a long road back, but trust me, there’s someone out there that cares. They’re looking for you, ready to free you from your chains.
Just be careful.
Sometimes salvation can rip you from the inside out, and before you know it, you’re right back to where you started.
Quirky, clumsy, and always a little off-key, Kate Givans has always loved books and the words contained within. Now that she’s writing the stories, she’s filling them with broken characters, angst, and even a few of those happily-ever-afters that seem to evade us in real life.
When not writing, this wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”
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