What would you do when all hope fades and leaves you Silently Broken?
Music is a major inspiration for me. Every book I write has a playlist. Some books I haven’t even started writing yet already have playlists. To me, music evokes emotion in a way that not many other things can. I’ve had entire book ideas come to me based off of a single song or music video.
For Silently Broken, music became especially important. There were so many times I would lose myself in the minds of my characters, Lili in particular, and I would actually just sit and stare off into space listening to Pandora and trying to get into the right headspace to write some of the darker scenes. Several of those times, I ended up naming chapters after the songs that pulled me into the moments I needed.
For example, Chapter Twenty-Four is titled Nobody Knows. It’s after the Pink song that played when I was struggling with Lili’s mindset upon returning home after being kidnapped. She tries to put on a front and pretend everything is okay and in her mind, it’s believable that way, but not only is she falling to pieces inside, it’s clear to everyone around her that she’s lost and they can’t seem to find their way past her guard.
By Chapter Twenty-Eight, Say Something, she’s finding herself closer to the end of her rope so to speak.
But, at the same time, it’s not only the negative moments that I struggled with. Sometimes, finding the right words for these two in romantic moments, particularly important ones, could become difficult as well. Chapter Thirty-Eight, The Words, is an example of the perfect song for a happy moment between the couple.
Overall, I can say for certain, that Silently Broken wouldn’t be the book it is if it weren’t for the music I listen to. I find that I’m personally able to cling to emotion from music and find my place for each individual scene that way.
PLAYLIST FOR SILENTLY BROKEN:
Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
The Scientist – Boyce Avenue feat Hannah Trigwell acoustic cover
Fine Again – Seether
The Gift (Acoustic) – Seether
Storm – Lifehouse
I Miss You – Boyce Avenue cover of Blink 182
Fix You – Boyce Avenue cover of Coldplay
It’s Been Awhile – Staind
Bother – Stone Sour
Torn to Pieces – Pop Evil
Nobody Knows – Pink
I’m Not Dead – Pink
Say Something – A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Fallout- Mariana’s Trench
Suppose – Secondhand Serenade
The Words – Christina Perri
Maegan despises writing about herself in the third person. She also hates touting her accomplishments like she thinks she’s really done anything special…
Now that we got that out of the way, I’ll tell you what you need to know. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I went back to school in my late twenties and studied Stage Production Technology. I now work full-time in the alterations shop of a major department store and part-time backstage in the various theatres around the area.
I’ve been an avid reader from a very young age and the top goal on my list of things to accomplish in my life was to write and publish a book. During the summer of 2013, while working backstage on The Lion King, I read eleven books in four weeks. I read my first New Adult book and was introduced to a genre I felt I could totally relate to. The idea for Perfectly Broken and the character of Lili was born backstage during that time.
SILENTLY BROKEN by Maegan Abel is a dark and spicy continuation of the much-acclaimed Perfectly Broken. Silently Broken drags the reader, kicking and screaming, through a heart-wrenching, deeply moving, and utterly compelling story. If you love angsty, sexy, thought-provoking New Adult romance, this book should be next on your TBR pile.
Title: Silently Broken
Author: Maegan Abel
Series: Broken Series
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Forever Red Publishing
Print Length: 80k
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1-941853-18-4
Digital ISBN: 978-1-941853-19-1
Zane Tishler has never been the All-American picture of happiness. Every time he seems to get his feet under him, someone or something has to rip away his chances at healing. His girlfriend and son are missing after a devastating fire that left the home they shared in ruins, along with his life. How long can someone cling to hope without the two most important people in their life?
Liliosa Cortez has always been a runner. It’s how she’s survived for as long as she has. But, there comes a point when you just can’t run anymore. Lost in a world darker than she ever could’ve imagined, she has to figure out how to live with the choices she’s made — in her past and now. She has to act fast if she’s going to save the people she loves. That’s what matters. Even more than her own life.
Zane and Lili were finally finding their very own happily ever after when tragedy struck. What happened the day of the fire? Where are Lili and Conner? How can Zane and their family deal with this deep of a loss?
What happens when your world is turned upside down and guilt eats at you during every waking moment?
What do you do when all hope fades and leaves you Silently Broken?
Praise for the Broken series:
“The author did an amazing job keeping you interested in the read. It’s full of action, but also filled with so much passion that you feel what Lili and Zane are experiencing; I rate her 5 perfect stars.” – Summer’s Book Blog reviewing Perfectly Broken
“If you are looking for two broken souls that struggle to find where they belong, a twisted SOB, and some steamy sex this [Perfectly Broken] is your book.” – Recommended Romance
“Why must I be limited to 5 stars? Perfectly Broken honestly deserves 15 stars!” – We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
Excerpt from Silently Broken:
I hadn’t realized Zane was finished until he set the cup in front of me. He followed my line of sight as I looked away from the chair he’d been sitting in about six months ago when he held me as I cried. I closed my eyes, pushing that thought away. That girl was broken. She was damaged. That wasn’t me. Not anymore.
“Lili,” he whispered, and I cringed.
“Don’t call me that,” I said automatically, letting out my breath in a rush as the realization of what I’d said struck me. I opened my eyes, grabbing the mug. “Sorry.”
“What do you mean?” he finally asked as I sipped on the hot liquid slowly. It burned on the way down but I ignored it, needing the excuse not to answer that question.
“Just an automatic response. I’m fine,” I answered, blowing off what was happening.
“Would you stop fucking saying that?” he snapped, causing me to jump a little. Startled, I kept my eyes on the mug but neither of us moved as we waited for the other to take the next step. Finally, I lowered the glass to the table.
“What would you like me to say? Hmm?” I knew I should stop, walk away now and not make this worse, but I no longer cared. “You want to know why I told you not to call me that?” I looked up, meeting his eyes. “Because I’m. Not. Fucking. Her. I’m not that girl.”
“Yes, you are—” he started, but I cut in before he could finish.
“No.” I laughed, but the sound was hollow. “No, I’m not. You see this face and you think I’m her, but I’m not. You’d be closer to the truth if you called Kaitlyn by that name.”
He flinched back from the name and I waivered, the part of me still able to feel guilt worming her way back in as I watched his expression.
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