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I’m Abby McCarthy and I write romance with incredibly strong women who have all, in one way or another, been put through the ringer. My books are all about overcoming bad happenstance.
Earlier this year, I published Tainted by Crazy. Tainted by Crazy is a story that is inspired by true events. Some parts are fictional and some are real! You’ll have to read and see! It is incredibly dear to my heart because of this. One scene, in particular, is my earliest childhood memory, it’s not the easiest thing to read. You’ll be sad for sweet Maple. You will cheer for her as she triumphs, and you will fall in love right alongside her.
I also published Current this year! It takes place in Cleveland where I’m from. June is in love with a musician whom she loses do to horrible circumstance. This book is filled with mystery and suspense. Something super cool about this book is that I worked with a local musician, Jimmy Maguire and his fabulous girlfriend Debbie Kogak. They took lyrics from Current and turned it into this fabulous song. You can listen to it here!
My husband is a biker, so motorcycles, umm yeah!! The Wrecked Series is a three book series that can all be read as standalones, but read them all because they’re great. They focus on The Devil’s Crusaders a motorcycle club in a completely made up town in Pennsylvania. Wreck You is FREE to get you started!!! These women are all so fierce and loyal. I love them, you will too.
WHAT IS A MICKEYISM???
You need to read to find out!
Exciting news, I recently sold my iBooks rights for this series to Vasko. Look for a re-release coming soon!!!
What have I been working on? That’s the big question, right?
I’m working on a brand new MC! It’s called Cut Wide Open, A Bleeding Scars MC.
It’s dark. It’s raw.
This may be my most broken heroine and the strongest heroine that I’ve ever written. Expected release date, early 2017!
Crazy. Crazy. Crazy.
Wrecked Series Box Set
“Where did you sleep?”
He looked embarrassed. “You fell asleep, so I went upstairs and grabbed a blanket to cover you. I was going to leave, but after I put the blanket on you, you mumbled for me to stay.” He shrugged then continued, “So, I locked up the house and sat back down on the couch. You curled up next to me, and I couldn’t help it. I dozed off.”
I blinked. He slept here with me on this tiny couch. That was sweet. “That had to be uncomfortable.”
He grinned at me and took a sip of his coffee. I watched as his Adam’s apple gulped down the liquid. I stopped breathing and then I realized I was holding my breath.
“Is there more?” I gestured to his coffee.
“Yeah,” he watched me and a smile danced in his eyes.
I stood up to head to the kitchen, shoving the blanket aside and that’s when I noticed the pair of jeans around one of my ankles. I scrunched my eyebrows. “Why are my pants off?”
Rys raised his brows, “Don’t ask me, you’re the one who took them off. You were mumbling about being hot. Do you know you talk in your sleep?”
“Shoot, shoot, shoot!” I’d been told I was a lousy person to sleep with, but Bradley was a deep sleeper, nothing ever woke him up. “What did I say?” I put my hand over my face and peeked through my fingers in embarrassment. “Was it bad?” I walked towards the kitchen, still covering my face. I chanced a glance at him and he was openly laughing at me, his chest moving up and down with the low chuckle.
“Nothing, I didn’t enjoy hearing.” His voice had a lightness to it that made my heart beat faster.
Oh, God. What did that mean?
“Maple,” he said between laughs.
“Yeah?” I asked mortified.
“Since we’re “just friends” and all, you might want to pull your pants up. Not that I’m not enjoying the view.”
“Oh, God!” I said, embarrassment flashed across my face. My cheeks were no doubt blazing red. I needed to hide. I turned to dash back to the couch and under the comfort of the blanket, but in doing so my foot caught on the pant leg and I was falling. The floor approached at rapid speed.
“Whoa, there!” Strong arms wrapped around my waist pulling me back up and into him, saving me from utter disaster. Warm coffee sloshed on the back of my leg, but I didn’t care because I was pressed up against him. His hard body was up against mine and my hand, with a mind of its own, was touching his chest. My heart rate accelerated. He held me in his arms last night, but somehow being pressed into him right then, felt like the first time any man had held me in his arms. It felt powerful. I could feel his heart beating and with each thump, I felt stronger; bolder. He set his coffee down behind him on the table and then returned his arm around me. I could feel his jeans against my legs, and I suddenly wished it was his skin I felt. It was a second, maybe two, that I just stayed immobile in his arms, feeling him against me. He inched a tad closer and an almost inaudible gasp left my lips. He heard it, though. His eyes darkened and I swore I saw a look of lust. My breasts swelled and I stared up at him, wondering what he would do. Would he kiss me?
Tainted by Crazy is coming soon!!! June 21st soon and I’m revealing my cover on June 10th!!
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Blurb: What do you do when your boyfriend of five years is sleeping with your best friend and you’re in a dead-end job, breaking your back for mere pennies? I’ll tell you what I did. I did the one thing I’ve been dreading for the last thirteen years, I finally went home. I needed to get back on my feet and I needed my Grams. As much as I wanted to pretend life was working for me, it wasn’t.
The problem with home though is that everywhere I turn, her ghosts were haunting me.
Crazy, crazy, crazy, just like her, just like my momma.
I wanted to pretend that crazy didn’t exist, but it was all around me, trying to do its best to pull me under.
There’s one problem with that, Keenan Rys. He’s determined not to let it. And I’m determined to keep him away.
I can’t wait for you to get this in your hands. I started writing this book a year ago when I was on the way home from the nursing home. My mom was there because she literally lost her mind. I was sick. It was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever endured. And the worst part about it was that she lost her mind because she’s a drug addict. This wasn’t new to me. It was something I was dealing with my entire life.
In the midst of writing this book, she started to get better. I couldn’t focus on it. I wrote Current when I was at 30,000 words in this book and then once I was finished I came back to this book and finished it.
This book for me is a journey. It has a lot of things that are very close to home or real for me. Some things that happened to Maple happened to me.
This book is going to hurt, but I promise, I’ll put you back together again.
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Are you a blogger and would like to receive this book as part of the blog tour?? Here is the link for that as well!!
I will have a lot of opportunities for advanced reader copies.
The Cleveland Author event is June 25th. I am doing everything in my power to have paperbacks there. Here is the link for Cleveland.
I also signed on for The Arch City Author event in Columbus Ohio. Here is the site for that! Arch City Author Event
I know, I know I need more outside of Ohio. I was supposed to do Richmond Va. but due to a bummer of a situation, it was canceled.
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Thank you for reading.
Look at what arrived today!!! More BOOKS! Want to buy a signed paperback??
Tainted by Crazy 12 plus 3 for shipping
Current 13 plus 3 for shipping
Hurt You 10 plus 3 for shipping
Fight You 10 plus 3 for shipping
Wreck You 9 plus 3 for shipping
Wrecked Series (all three books) 25 plus 6 for shipping
Wrecked Series and Current 35 plus 8 for shipping
Wrecked Series, Current, and Tainted by Crazy 47 plus 8 for shipping
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I hope that you have picked up Current and have enjoyed it!! Thank you, to every reader, blogger or friend who has posted about it! Your support means the world. If you haven’t gotten get your copy here!!
Here’s a beautiful teaser from a blogger
So what’s next?? Before I started Current I was working on another story. I have FINALLY named it! It’s called Coming Home!
It’s a tad different from my other stories, but still very much me. There is a slower build between Maple and Keenan Rhys, but for very good reasons. I am about fifty percent into writing it so it shouldn’t be a huge long wait in between books.
I thought I would share with you a quick excerpt. This story is so personal to me in so many ways. I’m writing it because I need to. It’s my therapy, and you should know, that the majority of it is inspired by true events.
This story is for me, but it’s for anyone who can relate to loving someone whose mental illness or drug addiction has spread over to your life. Writing is vulnerable, as an author we open ourselves to be judged, but we sometimes hope that our words may help others. For me, writing Coming Home is as much about healing as it is about exposing my innermost feelings.
I, in general, come off as one of the most bubbly energetic women you may ever meet, but I’ve had my fair share of it all, so this story that is so close to me is at times raw and emotion filled.
So without further ado…
Coming Home excerpt
“I mean exactly what I said. No. It’s time you stop running. It’s time for you to be home. I know it’s hard for you to be here. I know it hurts, baby. But I can’t give you money to take off again. Your problems won’t go away with a change in location. I know everything with your Momma damaged you. I know it wasn’t fair to you, but sweetie life ain’t always fair. You’re thirty-one. It’s time to let go of the past.”
“You think you know how it felt and that I can just get over it? You don’t know a thing about what it was like to be me, growing up the way I did. You don’t know what it was like to hope above all hope that each time I saw her it would be different. That, this time, she’d get better. All I wanted was some type of normalcy, but even on good days, it wasn’t quite right. And I get it, as an adult, boy do I get it. I know that there is no such thing as normal, but maybe once I would’ve loved to have a mom who cared if I came home late, or a mom who cared if I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. It’s shaped my entire life. I’m just not sure if you could ever understand the amount of lasting damage it does when your mom is a druggie and a mental patient.”
“You honestly think that I don’t understand? I understand Maple how it is because my daughter who I raised was a drug addict and sick. You don’t have to tell me. Imagine wondering if it was something you did or didn’t do and you love that person beyond all explainable measures yet, they’re still sick. No matter how many times I had her hospitalized it was always the same. But besides having the guilt that my daughter was sick, I also had the burden of knowing what she put her daughter through. You don’t think at some point I had to learn that I couldn’t take on that guilt anymore? Because you’re right, it shapes your life. It is a dark tar that coats every part of it. It hangs out in the back recesses of your mind, that I loved someone, raised someone, taught them everything they knew and yet they couldn’t stop getting high.”
Hope you guys enjoyed, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date: February 9, 2016
Years later, June sits down to write a review for the band Silent Tides and is floored when she comes face to face with Lucas the keyboardist. Lucas looks so familiar; the resemblance to Jake is uncanny.
June falls fast and hard for Lucas, but she continuously questions her feelings for him, unsure if they are because he reminds her of Jake or because of who he is.
Just when June thinks she’s found happiness with Lucas, she loses him too. Their new love is torn apart, clouded in a veil of deceit and lies, shattering June.
Six years pass and June feels like she finally has found peace in her life. Once again, it’s ripped wide open when she comes face to face with a love from her past.
Now it’s June who has a secret.
“No, I can’t believe it,” I say with a fierceness I didn’t know I was capable of.
“Listen, I know there’s some damage, but don’t worry we’ll get it fixed,” Stout says in an easy going voice.
My body is locked tight ignoring Stout, my eyes are locked hard on Jake.
“Juniper,” Jake’s voice is soft as he sets down the wrench in his hand and takes a careful step towards me. Careful like he’s afraid I’ll bolt, like he sees something in my eyes that he isn’t quite sure of. It’s an emotion he has never seen before on me; straight incomprehensible fury.
“Don’t you dare ‘Juniper’ me. You lost that right you son of a bitch!” I hiss and watch Jake freeze in his step. “You Goddamn motherfucking…” I don’t finish. The anger I feel towards him overwhelms me. I lunge for him and smack him as hard as I can. He’s taller than me by a lot and I have to reach to hit him. I claw and scratch. Kick and punch. I’m so angry.
“Twenty-five minutes from us. You’re twenty-five minutes.” I’m hysterical.
Jake lets me get hits in on him, then says, “Enough.” His voice is darker and deeper than I remember. He scoops me up and throws me over his shoulder as if I weigh nothing.
“Boss, need a few,” he says like I’m not pounding on his back and screaming.
“Put me down, Jake Daniels!”
“Feisty one huh, Jake,” Stout chuckles, then says, “take all the time you need.”
Jake walks us up a set of metal stairs and through a door. My world is flipped upside down when he rights me and deposits me on the edge of a desk, then wraps his arms tightly around me, including my arms so that I can’t move.
“Calm down, June,” he says.
Get ready to dive in! Current releases tomorrow!!! I am so excited to share it with you!! If you are on facebook, I will be having a huge party https://www.facebook.com/events/823880434374131/ that’s the link!! Tons of awesome authors will be there!!!
Also, if you love music, make sure to check out this original song for Current, Soundcloud Current https://m.soundcloud.com/toast-coffee
The singer’s name is Jimmy Maguire and I worked with him and Debbie Kogok from Toast and Coffee. He took lyrics from Current and turned them into this!!! Check it out!! And yay one more day!!!! XOXO I can’t wait for yall to read it!!!
Hey, all!! I hope you are getting excited!! I sure am!! Current releases in just one week!!
Check out this awesome trailer!https://youtu.be/veUA011xkxs
I had this awesome opportunity to work with Jimmy Maguire and Debbie Kogok of “Toast and Coffee” Jimmy and Debbie took Lyrics from Ripple and Mask and blended them together into this awesome song. The song encompasses so much of June and Jake’s story! Jimmy has a sexy tone to his voice. I think you will really enjoy it.
Early readers, are surprised at the twists Current takes you on! Read early reviews here.
And a new teaser!!
Pre-order your copy today!!
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