Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Blitz: Heart Shaped Rock

Title - Heart Shaped Rock
Author - Laura Rappe
Release date - May 2014


“If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

 "Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s Dean…you'll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can't do him justice in a few short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You 

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally intelligent" brother's head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms. 

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at All music available on iTunes.


I sort of flop my arm around in the air like it’s a marlin on the end of a deep-sea fishing line, attempting to simulate a goodbye wave to Jared as his hatch-back pulls away from the curb. Jared waves back at me in reply to my flopping gesture, so perhaps I’ve managed to imitate appropriate human communication well enough. But I don’t feel human. My arm doesn’t feel like my arm. My body doesn’t feel like my body. I’m totally numb. So numb, in fact, I could probably fling my body into oncoming traffic and not feel a damned thing.

My phone buzzes in my pocket. And buzzes. And buzzes. Someone is calling me, but I don’t pull my phone out. I don’t want to talk to Tiffany.

The memory of Tiffany’s face when I accused her of wanting to keep me down flashes in my mind, and regret explodes inside my chest, splintering and shattering like a glass hurled against a wall. I’m ashamed of myself. I’m just a bad person. I’m evil, I suddenly realize. I’m just a horrible, soul-sucking, inhuman person—or, actually, come to think of it, maybe I’m not a person at all. Maybe I died along with Mom, just as I’ve always suspected, and stupid doctors and scientists butted in and put me back together again. Maybe, my insides are now cobbled together with chicken wire and wood planks and Styrofoam and stone and fiberglass and silly putty and paper maché. Maybe, now that I’ve got an egg carton for a brain, I’m just too brainless to understand what has happened to me. That would explain a lot, like how I’m walking around without a beating heart inside my chest. Or, apparently, without a soul. Or a single redeeming quality. Or, now, thanks my stupid, cruel words to Tiffany, a single friend. Wow, it’s true. I don’t have a single friend now. I don’t have anyone on this earth who loves me, except for Dad and Lennox, but they don’t count.

Everyone is gone.

I’m all alone.

About the Author

Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

Author Links

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Book Blitz Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

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