Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fisher's Light by Tara Sivec: Release Blitz Review & Giveaway

Blurb:

Fisher,

I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.

Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.
I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me.


Lucy

To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.





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About the Author:

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec. Check out the page for T.E. Sivec for more information.

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Review by Michelle:

I've read Tara Sivec's hilarious Chocolate Lovers and Chocoholics series and loved every minute of them, but I had yet to read one of her more serious works. After coming across the synopsis for Fisher's Light and getting a bit misty-eyed while reading that heartbreaking letter, I just knew that this would have to be my first. What a wonderfully diverse and absorbing author. From the laugh so hard you should probably invest in a pair of Depends while reading Seduction and Snacks to the potent, significant, and compelling story that is Fisher's Light. A story that brought tears to my eyes more times than I care to admit, it seems as though there is no emotion this talented author cannot evoke, no subject too taboo, too difficult, or too complicated to pursue, no character that won't instantly warm your heart and draw you in so completely that it is hard to wrap your head around anything other than the trials, tribulations and intensity of the story.

This poignant look at PTSD that harpoons you through the heart from the onset and drags you along through an ex-Marine's tumultuous journey back to himself is such an important and relevant insight in today's war torn world. We often look to those active duty military members and want to thank them for their dedication and service. We see the devastating effects on family and friends when a soldier is injured or worse, fails to return from service. Unfortunately it is all too easy to overlook those members of the armed forces who have been to war, have done their duty, have been discharged or retired, and have done and seen things that most of us don't even want to think about, let alone talk about and seldom acknowledge how those things can, and will, stay with these brave men and women and undeniably, irrevocably change them in many ways.

Fisher is no sensual alpha male that will bowl you over and make you swoon, at least not at first. Fisher has been traumatized by the things he has experienced overseas and he sometimes take these things out on the innocent friends and family members surrounding him when he returns home. He has flashbacks and mental trauma that makes him act in ways that are completely out of character for him and above all, he can be downright mean and incredibly hurtful. But do you know what that makes him? Strikingly real, an incredibly significant example of a shockingly underestimated number of American men and women, and immensely heroic, not just in his devotion to his brothers and his country, but in his determination to turn his life back around, to lay his demons to rest, and to right his wrongs.

Tara Sivec alternates between past and present tense for the majority of the story highlighting significant events throughout the entire 14 years of Fisher and Lucy's relationship as well as alternating between Fisher and Lucy's perspectives. This play between the couple's history and their current circumstance leaves you never knowing just what point in time you will experience next and from which characters viewpoint. This perfect blend of highlights from various points in the past and present insights makes for a powerful bond and feeling of camaraderie with the characters as you experience all of their important highs and lows as well as a rollercoaster of all sorts of emotions from the devastating and disastrous events leading up to their divorce to the beautiful and touching reconnection that melts your heart, brings tears to your eyes, and makes you want to jump for joy.

Not only is Fisher's Light impactful and consequential, it is beautifully written, immensely emotive, and virtually unputdownable. It seems as though Tara Sivec can really do it all; light, fun and amusing, as well as serious, emotional, and powerful. I may have only read her comedies in the past, but I have been so impressed by Tara Sivec's far reaching talent that her entire extensive oeuvre has been moved directly to the top of my to read list.

Rating: 5 Stars


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