Tuesday 13 February 2018

✪ Emma Scott ✪ IN HARMONY ✪ Excerpt & Giveaway ✪

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"The root of all madness is an unbearable truth …"

• 13 February 2018
• standalone YA/NA Dramance
5 Stars
The root of all madness is an unbearable truth

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Opheliathe girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet

Isaac Pierce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood, and leave Harmony behind for good.

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and againneither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeares words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will endwith madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be.

In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up. PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised. 

Willow has been raped at a party she threw at her parents' house. Now, almost a year later, she still hasn't told anyone and she hasn't really dealt with it at all.
And now her dad is moving them from Manhattan to small town Indiana.
New start for Willow. Maybe she can finally deal with what happend back home.

Isaac is living with his drunk and mostly mean dad in a run-down trailer. He's working his behind off to keep that broken roof over their heads.
His passion is acting. He hopes with everything he has that his talent will take him out of Harmony one day.

Willow needs to join a club - says her dad - so she goes where Isaac is: Comminity Theater. She's extremely drawn to him. Like he is to her. Without knowing each other they just know what kind of pain is hiding behind the other's facade.

Can a broken rich girl from Manhattan and a sad and lonely genius actor from the wrong side of the tracks be each other's salvation? Each other's future?

What will happen with Willow & Isaac?

Ugh Emma! There she goes again with the moving sh*t! ☺
This book was just beautiful.
I already started crying a little in the prologue! And I might have cried a bit in the middle and towards the end and everywhere in between. ;)
But don't worry, it's not all horribly sad and depressing! Not at all. It's mostly a heartbreakingly beautiful Young/New Adult Dramance.
About two 'kids' who have been through a lot in their young life and who - together - might finally be able to move forward.
I loved reading it. It's all so sad and moving and Hamlet-ish and we want Willow and Isaac to be together and to stay together forever. But her dad is an idiot who doesn't want his daughter with the the town bad boy. And poor Isaac. He's doing everything he can to make money - to make sure his dad has food on the table. Ugh. I just wanted to jump into my kindle and hug the hell out of Willow and Isaac.

I also LOVED the new best friend Willow finds in Harmony: Angie - she's hilarious!
I wouldn't mind if Netflix came along and made a show out of this book!
This book has ALL THE FEELS!

IN HARMONY was such a heartbreakingly beautiful love story! Will Willow and Isaac find their happily ever afte with each other???  Run to your nearest amazon to find out - but get your own Isaac - this one is MIIIIINNNEEEEE!!!!  !!

♥ Giveaway ♥

Signed Paperback and Starbucks Gift Card 


“I’m so…not into being with someone right now,” Willow said with a nervous lilt to her words. “Not for a while, anyway.”

I heard a whisper on the breeze, or ever again. A heaviness in her eyes hinted she had lost something and had almost given up trying to find it.

She hasn’t given up, I thought, a fierce admiration welling in me. That’s why she’s doing the play. To find it again.

In that moment, I vowed to try to cut out all the egotistical bullshit and jealousy over Justin. The dance was out of range now anyway. I couldn’t ask her to go even if I wanted to. Which I didn’t. My job was to help her find what she was looking for in Hamlet, however I could. Even as it dented my eagerness to get the hell out of Harmony.

Willow shielded her eyes from the sun and squinted at me. “So what about you?”

“What about me?”

“Do you like anyone?” she asked, her voice a half tone higher than usual. She laughed. “That’s such a high school thing to ask.”

“No,” I said. “If all goes to plan, I’m leaving Harmony, remember? Stupid to start something now.”

“Sure. Makes sense.”

A silence fell.

“Yeah, so I probably won’t go to the dance,” Willow said. “I’m not good in that kind of situation anymore.”

“What kind of situation?”

She shook her head. “Never mind. I should get back.”

Willow started to scoot down off the block. I held my hand out to her to help. She hesitated for a fraction of a second and then took it. I held my other hand out and she took that too. I steadied her as she hopped down and then we were standing face to face. Close enough I could see her pale blue eyes had lighter shards of blue in them, like a topaz. Close enough to smell the sweetness of her breath—coffee tinged with sugar. Close enough to dance if we wanted.

“Thanks,” Willow said, gazing up at me.

“Sure,” I said.

I still held her hands. She didn’t let go.

“So,” she breathed, still not moving.


I glanced down at our hands. I hadn’t touched something this soft and good in ages. The sleeve of her coat bunched up and I spied a black mark on the inside of her forearm, close to her wrist. Willow drew in a breath as I turned her hand over. An X, about the size of a quarter, was stark on her pale skin.

She tugged her hands away. “I really need to get back.”

Every instinct cried out to take her hand again, to ask her what the X meant. To lick my thumb and erase it off her skin. I didn’t know what it meant but the sight of it made my stomach feel heavy.


“I doodle when I’m bored. I told you that.” Her voice was sharp but her smile wobbled. “Let’s go.”

We walked the short distance back to town wordlessly. Back in front of the theater, Willow shouldered her bag and glanced around. “Thanks for today. I think Martin would be happy with our progress.”

“I do too.”

God, would he, I thought.

“So, I guess I’ll see you Monday?” she said.

“You have a ride home?”

“Oh, uh…” She still wouldn’t meet my eyes. “I was thinking of walking.”

“To Emerson Hills?” I said. “That’s a mile and a half and it’s getting dark soon.”

She raised her brows. “I’m not allowed to walk in the dark?”

“You’re allowed,” I said, “but I don’t want you to.”

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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.