Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Brand New Ending by S.A. Rolls Excerpt and Giveaway!

The Indie/Self-Published Author Event, hosted by the lovely ladies over at Say It with Books, is a month-long blog event that features all independently and self-published authors and their brilliant, but under-recognized works. Follow us throughout June to discover your next favorite book!

I'm so excited to share S.A. Rolls's debut novel with y'all today:

A Brand New Ending by S.A. Rolls

Release Date: 3 April 2013
Page Count: 532
Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published)
Genre: New adult, Romance, Contemporary

Phoenix Harper never imagined her life would come to this: A life not worth living anymore.

After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psychiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own haunting past.

Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?
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Click "Read more" for an exclusive excerpt from A Brand New Ending, as well as a fabulous giveaway for a copy of the book with some swag!

Pulling up the sleeve of my jacket, I run my fingers along the bruises and scars that adorn my arms. I think back to all the times I've shown Elaina, only to hear her blame them on my clumsiness. She knew the truth. I could feel it. The look in her eyes always told me she did.

It was always too convenient that she worked late nights. I tried to never be home when he was, but somehow he would always make it into the house without a sound. Escaping was impossible. As much as I wanted to leave them both, I couldn't. I had nowhere else to go and no money or resources to start a new life. There is no other option but one. I want the pain to stop. I want the fear to end.

Shifting my eyes around again, I notice there is a break in the crowd, no one on the bridge's walkway in sight. I slip my feet between the slits in the railing, lifting my body off the ground a few inches. The wind blows harder at this height. My hood flies off and my hair starts whipping in the wind so fast that it stings my face.

Swinging my right leg over the railing, I straddle it, my hands visibly shaking as I clutch onto it. After a few seconds, I notice there are people approaching not far off, as I quickly pulled my other leg over the railing. If I was going to do this, it would have to be now. My body is now facing out over the ocean again, my hands holding onto the railing behind me. Staring out before me, I take in the slowly-dropping sun. The lower half of the sky now a vibrant orange. My mind and body are eerily peaceful, ready to leave this painful life behind. I look up at the sky again, with tears fogging my eyesight.

"I'm sorry, Dad," I whisper through a choked throat, before unlatching both my hands from the railing.

About the Author

Stephanie Rolls is a native of the Bay Area, where she attended culinary school and obtained a degree in baking and pastry. When she is not baking, she spends her time reading and writing. Stephanie reads anything—from biographies of her favorite president to the most popular YA series. Inspired by her surroundings, she has written her first novel, based in San Francisco, her favorite city. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their five-year-old pug.


Stephanie has generously offered a digital copy of A Brand New Ending and a swag pack to one lucky Books à la Mode commenter! This will be an easy-peasy one-entry giveaway—fair for all!

To enter, tell me:
Who or what do you rely upon most for recommendations on what to read next?
I'd have to say Goodreads or my various book blogs around the web! Both are awesome tools for finding "the next best read" :)

Rules and Disclosure:
Giveaway ends July 8th at 11.59 pm (your time).
Open to anyone with an email address—anyone in the world! Woohoo! However, only US/CAN residents are eligible for the swag pack; international may only enter for the eBook.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.
Although I do select winners, I am in no way responsible for the prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤ However, please follow Stephanie in some way as she has been kind enough to provide this fabulous prize.
Good luck!