Tuesday 28 February 2017

✪ Emma Scott ✪ The Butterfly Project ✪ Excerpt & Giveaway ✪

©  Bianca  Janeane ✰ 

• Release Day: 28 February 2017
• standalone!

5 Stars
"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes
like child abductionbefore they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can
like the flutter of a butterflys wingscreate currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever. 

Zelda is a 24-year-old artist. She just finished her graphic novel and is now in New York - all hopeful for the future - to sell the book to publishers. But nobody wants it. It's lacking heart, they say! But she put all of her into that story! She's supposed to work on it and come back again. But she's almost out of money and has no place to stay.
Enter Beckett.
He's also almost out of money; he can't afford next month's rent without a little miracle. And suddenly there's this girl at the italian restaurant where he's bussing tables. She's looking just as lost in life as he feels.
Long story short, they click, and Zelda moves in to Beckett's tiny studio apartment for a month or two, just long enough to find a job and finish her book.

But lack of money is not the only thing they have in common.
There's all that guilt.
Both feel horribly guilty for things that happened in their past. And they can't keep on living their life with all this guilt inside. They can't just keep on existing with no hope! Something has to happen!


This book was amazing.
It was different. Beautifully written. So moving, sad, hopeless, but still so very hopeful.
I just loved it.

We have those two broken and lonely people with their whole lives ahead of them... but with just no hope or dreams for their future. There's just this guilt they're trying to get rid off. But they don't really want to rid themselves of the guilt. They need it to survive. Because without their guilt there would be nothing. But you can't live life like that. They need to find forgiveness ...

And once they meet, things are changing.
Feelings start to develop. Feelings they feel too guilty to feel. But of course the reader knows or at least hopes, that they will learn to live with what happened and open up their hearts...

It was such a beautiful story with amazing characters. A story with so many emotions and feelings and so much hope and hopelessness and pain and happiness. Just perfect!

But please make sure to invest in a canoe or something like that. You might need it to float out of your house after you're done crying for & with Zelda & Beckett! ☺☺☺

Something I thought was a tiny little bit weird. They're both 24. But from the very beginning I had the feeling that they should've been / could've been between 3 and 6 years younger. They have this extremely young air about them. I guess it was written like this on purpose, because they both missed so much  growing up because of the things that happened. I just had the feeling that they're not acting and sounding like 24 year olds. And they're nowhere near that place in life where people their age are supposed to be. Again, all due to their pasts, but still. I wanted them to be 19 or 21 maybe. ☺ BUT, being 24 is totally ok, it doesn't lessen the amazingness of the story at all!!!

Amazing story. Amazing characters. Amazing locations. Lots of feelings, excitement, fun, sadness, pain, hope ... and of course some sexiness too!

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT was such an amazingly beautiful lovestory! Please run to your nearest amazon for your own Beckett, because this one is MINE! MIIIIINNNEEEEE!!!!  !!


“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked. 

Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.
“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting out?”

“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell through.”

“What was the job?”

“You’ll think it’s stupid.”

“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.

I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”

He stared at me blankly.

“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said.

“Like The Walking Dead?”

“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”

Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”

“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”

Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were robbed?”

I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated. “I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”

“You tried. That’s more than most people do.”

“Tried and failed.”

“So try again.”

“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”

“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”

Yes, and only two hours by train.

“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”

“Were you hurt?”

I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”

“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”

“No, I… No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”

He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”

I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of here, the better for
all involved.”

Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt…

Safe. I feel safe with him.

“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.

“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with sarcasm. 

Because that was safe for me.


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Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.