Hello, Raine Norman here with my first ever guest blog spot! Many thanks to the lovely Kim Fielding for kindly allowing me to invade her blog. I am here to celebrate the release of my novella, Broken, and also to have a little chat to let you all get to know me. A giveaway will be up for grabs too – more details about that later.
Broken is the story of how a physical injury has emotional repercussions not only for Oliver, whose leg was broken in a skiing accident, but also for his partner of four years, Joel.
More than Oliver’s leg is broken after a skiing accident. The months spent in hospital and enduring physical therapy leaves him bitter and insecure. His lover of four years, Joel, represents all Oliver fears his weak and disfigured leg has stolen – the ability to live an active and carefree life.
Joel endlessly tries to lift Oliver from his despair, but after being rebuffed one too many times, he suggests they take a break and moves out.
After a long and lonely week, Oliver is both delighted and terrified when Joel suggests they meet to talk things through. He discovers that Joel plans to make amends by helping Oliver realize he can still enjoy the snow.
From Joel’s old apartment to the snowy peaks of a Canadian ski resort, Oliver and Joel will face their greatest fears together and with a little luck and a lot of trust, rekindle their love.
Oliver’s self-esteem takes a plunge in the face of his ‘surfer-dude’ partner, Joel’s, physical fitness and outgoing personality after sustaining a serious leg injury. These very traits are what attracted Oliver to Joel initially, but now Oliver misreads all the signs. Joel, too, fails to realise how his normal behaviour is now causing Oliver to have doubts about Joel’s commitment to their relationship until it is almost too late.
I think the old adage ‘you need to love yourself before someone else can love you’ has some truth in it. Negativity can cause many problems not just in relationships, but in the workplace too.
My self-confidence can be boosted when I wear a favourite article of clothing. It is almost like putting on a coat of armour – nothing can touch me when I wear it. In my wardrobe I have a long black velvet dress I call my Morticia Addam dress, which makes me feel great whenever I wear it, even though it is seldom appropriate or conventional attire for the occasion. I recently bought a gorgeous embroidered coat which makes me feel like a million dollars. Do you have a favourite item of clothing that makes you feel great? Have any of you had a loss of confidence in yourself lead to relationship troubles? Or conversely, have you found your confidence and gone onto amazing things?
I’d love to hear your stories in comments and I will randomly select a winner of a free copy of Broken (e-book). If I have fifteen or more responses I will give away a second copy of Broken!
The winner (or winners) will be announced on my blog on 1st March! Why not go and follow it now, and read how my loss of confidence affected my own relationship.
Writing apart, the other things to fill my free time are my two horses, Mabel and her 2013 foal, Florence, and my ever faithful terrier, The Norm, who is generally anything but normal! The Norm has recently had major surgery due to a blocked duct in his liver, but he seems to be making a good recovery so far. I live in a beautiful part of the English countryside and enjoy being out and about with my animals. My day job is working in the office of a busy veterinary hospital, and I have plans to write a series of novels based around a fictional veterinary practice. I am also working on a fantasy novel and a contemporary novel which I hope you will see on Dreamspinner Press in the future.
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