$10 GIVEAWAY and SIGNED paperbacks of The On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez

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$10 GIVEAWAY and SIGNED paperbacks of The On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez

Fighting Silence (On The Ropes Series Book 1)

Aly Martinez

Published on 2-23-2015

Genres: New Adult
Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.
You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.
They both happened anyway.
Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.
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“That wasn’t yours to take away,” he exploded into the otherwise silent night. His words echoed off the surrounding buildings, each wave slicing me to the quick all over again. “That was our place. Not yours.” His voice cracked right alongside my heart.
“Yeah, well, there was a lot of stuff that wasn’t yours to take either.” I held his gaze, desperately trying to be strong, but as his eyes grew wide, I whimpered.
His long legs strode forward, stopping only inches away from me. He was crowding me, but he still leaned in closer to my face. “There is nothing in this world that was ever more mine than you,” he stated. Though it was the absolute truth, I wished with all my heart that it were a lie.
“Till,” I cried, swiping the tears from my eyes.
“Why!” he shouted, causing his muscles to tense under the force. “Goddamn it! I needed that place.”
Porch lights flashed on from the surrounding apartments, illuminating not only the darkness but also my rage.
I shoved my hands into his chest. “What about what I needed? You left! I waited in that fucking apartment for weeks.”
He didn’t budge, but my bare feet slipped, sending me toward the ground. Impossibly fast, Till’s hand snaked out and caught my arm. I didn’t let his chivalrous gesture douse my fire. I had six months’ worth of words to say to the man I was irrevocably in love with.
“You took what you wanted. Then you left me.”
“Doodle,” he whispered.
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I had been perilously close to the edge of insanity, and with one single word, he’d pushed me over.
I lost it completely.
Pounding my fists against his chest, I screamed at the top of my lungs, “It’s Eliza! My name is fucking Eliza! Not Doodle!” I spun to march away, but Till’s arms folded around me, lifting me off my feet to restrain me.
I was miniscule compared to him. There was no use in fighting, but I still kicked my legs, irrationally desperate to get away from him—but only because I knew I couldn’t keep him for forever.
“Stop it!” he growled into my ear. “I know your goddamn name—probably better than I know my own.”
While I was wrapped in Till’s strong arms, six months’ worth of tears fell from my eyes. He carried me to my apartment and guided me back through the window before following me inside. Then he stripped out of his blood-soaked shirt before dragging the blankets down and climbing into the bed behind me. I cried for a while in his arms, even turning to face him, only to cry against his chest. I had missed him so much.
I knew I’d loved Till years ago, but this was more. I needed him in order to function on a very basic level. Together, the world didn’t feel so big and overwhelming. He was my escape—the dream personified.
Till Page was comfortable.
His hands trailed up and down my back, soothing me until the words fought their way out.
“I couldn’t stop going back,” I announced in a broken whisper. “I didn’t know where you had gone. And for the first time since I was thirteen, I was alone inside my own head. God, it was a scary place.” I tried to joke, but the tears streaming down my face told the truth.
“I’m sorry,” he responded on a sigh. “I couldn’t stay.”
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About Aly Martinez

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

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101 Responses to “$10 GIVEAWAY and SIGNED paperbacks of The On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez”

  1. Christi

    In fourth grade I got into a fight with a boy who kept pulling my hair. Once I got him onto the ground I didn’t want to hit him so just sat on him until he apologized, he was so embarrassed because all the kids in the class were there :)

  2. lorraine Irvine

    Not really had a fight since i was in school which was a long time ago xx thanks for the opportunity xx

  3. Sophie S.

    No, I haven’t been in a professional fight, although I’d love to. Thank you for the chance! :)

  4. KellyMae Helfrich

    I’m going to say that I have not, outside of the scuffle I would have with my sister and brothers growing up.

  5. Kim Brown

    Yes, when I was very young and it was coming to the defense of someone being bullied,

  6. Tina Taylor

    When I was younger,I got bullied,until I said enough is enough,so yes I have been in a fight.

  7. Jules

    Not really–a two minute cat fight with my sister over who got to use the bathroom first is probably not what you mean!

  8. Jo Anne V

    I have never been in a fight but have been in the middle of ones breaking them up on the school playground.

  9. Julia Lis

    I once got into a fight with this one girl in highschool. She bullied me and pushed me around, and one day I was at a football game and she pushed me down on ground and scuffed my knees well let’s just say it didn’t end well with her. I got suspended from school a few days.

  10. Heather Scully

    Ever been in a fight? Hell yeah. Good ones and…some really bad ones. I protect what’s mine. Always. I’m a down and dirty badass scrappy, according to mine. Lol ???

    Thanks for the chance. This series is incredibly amazing. ??❤??

  11. Tanja Dancy

    Yes, I have been in a fight before. I was in a fight in 4th grade and one in 6th grade. I used to get bullied in school.

  12. Candy Beck

    was late to my first fight in 6th grade, I mean really who schedules a fight? it may have been a draw but who cares it was a long time ago….lol

  13. QuenKne Ma

    No I have never been in a fight. I’m definitely a lover, NOT a fighter; and besides, lovers have more fun!!!

  14. Tachelle

    I have been in one too many fights. I guess its not good look to always get in fights when your a girl, but I just never liked when people to messed with me.

  15. Victoria Dattilo

    no never i have been blessed with people in my life who are always there to stick up for me and fight for me. I’m a lover not a fighter

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