Published October 6th 2015
NA >Contemporary | Romance
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I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Clare and I baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was the damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.
Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When her significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless- and with an eating disorder- she turns to partying to cope. This only makes matters worse because at a party she is raped, which leaves her psyche at an all-time low. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to find herself. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out
Road to Publication
After finishing Barren in my senior year of high school, I took some time off from writing. With the start of college, I started to focus more on classes and put Barren on the back burner. In the summer before my sophomore year though, I worked on my query letter. It took a few weeks to hammer out the best letter I could, but with the help of some friends, I finally felt confident about sending out the letter. I started sending out query letters to agents and publishers by the end of May. I heard a lot of no. It seemed as though Barren was too raw, too hard-hitting for the people I chose to send my query letter too. That being said. a few agents said they wanted to read a longer excerpt or the full manuscript. I was starting to get down on myself and was thinking about changing my query letter when August rolled around. Then, something amazing happened. I was at the movies, waiting for “Bad Grandpa” to start, when I checked my email. It was from Swoon Romance saying that I was offered publication. I turned toward my friends, in absolute awe. They convinced me it was real but I decided that I wouldn’t tell anyone else until my mom read the email. In the morning, the email was still saying the exact same thing. This was real life. I was going to be an author.
Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a double major in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.