A Life, Forward Blog Tour: Top Ten Quotes from A Life, Redefined and A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer, book ONE in the Rowan Slone Series
Published June 21st, 2013
Published by Cerulean Publishing
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.
When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer, book TWO in the Rowan Slone Series
Genre: New Adult
Published: April 7th, 2014
A New Adult Novel
Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail. And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.
But there are cracks in Rowan’s life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.
Quotes from A Life, Redefined, Book #1 in the Rowan Slone Series.
- Rowan, the main character in the Rowan Slone Series, writes poetry. This poem begins the first book:
When the darkness is too great,
When the pain is too real,
There is nothing but sharp edges,
To remind me that I am alive.
- Scene between Rowan and her guidance counselor, Miss J.:
“It wasn’t your fault. You never should’ve been left alone with an infant. You were only ten. It’s time to leave that to the past so that you can have a future.”
“I’m fine. Just fine.” My heart threatened to stop working the way it did anytime the past was brought up. “I’m making the grades. Doing fine. Why are we talking about this?”
She stepped toward me. “You carry the past with you like it’s a bag of heavy stones weighing you down. I can see the strain on your face every day. You have to move on or you won’t be able to have a future.
I slammed the door on my way out.
- An exchange between Rowan and her younger sister, Trina, over the death of their baby brother and the effect it had on the family.
“It changed everything didn’t it?” Trina released her words in shorts spats. I could almost see them; like when they left her lips, they took on a physical form. Little balls of crusty blackness, their insides full of hidden, yet raging lava. And that lava shot out of the blackness as she spewed words at me.
- Scene between Rowan and Mike:
“Yes.” Mike crossed his arms over his chest. He kicked his back-pack away from his feet. Leaning down into my face, his eyes level with mine, he said, “Yes.”
“Yes, what?” I managed.
“Yes, I do care about you that much. And you know what else?”
I shook my head.
I burst into tears.
- Rowan battling her demons and struggling to cope.
It was quiet inside the stall. The metal wall was cold against the heat of my palm and I rested it there for a long time-taking in, then releasing, deep breaths. My mind cleared. The anticipation built with each breath I took; the anticipation of the oncoming release. By the time I slipped my hand into my pocket and pulled out the cold, sharp razor blade, I was almost giddy.
Quotes from A Life, Forward, Book #2 in the Rowan Slone Series.
- Poem that begins the second book:
It shines ahead.
A glimmer. A flash.
Then it is gone.
Like it never existed.
But I saw it.
And it changed me.
- Rowan is trying to have breakfast with her best friend, Jess, and her sister comes bounding into the restaurant:
“Rowan!” Trina squealed again, as if the first time she said my name wasn’t enough. She bounced toward us, her face lit up with teeth and lipstick, and bright splashes of blush.
Her blonde ponytail flapped behind her like a windshield wiper as her hips swayed in a way no sixteen-year-old’s should. I slouched down into the booth. My sister was the last person I wanted to see.
Because I hated her.
- Another of Rowan’s poems:
Will winter be gone,
Or will it always reside?
Will the darkness flitter away,
Or will it never subside?
- Rowan is reflecting on her time living at the Anderson’s:
This room, this house, had become my safe zone; Mike and his family my salvation. Where would I be if they hadn’t taken me in? Would I still be in that run-down home where the shadows of my childhood were a permanent fixture on the walls? Would I be in the hospital sharing a room with Trina, both of our wrists cut, bleeding, our souls dying?
- Rowan, thinking about her father, talking to her grandmother:
“See? He loved you, honey. Always.”
I collapsed into my Gran’s arms. At some point she eased the paper out of my hand so my tears wouldn’t smear the drawing.
What did this mean? My dad had loved me? He’d been happy enough to have a baby daughter that he drew a picture of me? And was it him I was smiling at in the picture?
This changed everything. Everything.
Thank you, YA Reads, for having me today!
About the Author:
Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.