by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Synopsis: Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily. And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever. All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
Guest Post - The Writing Process
Every book has it’s moments of difficulty, and every first draft has those spots of despair and I can’t do it, but Hold Me Like a Breath felt a lot like an anxiety attack shaped like a novel.
The writing process looked a lot like this:
And my super-patient critique partners saying this:
My amazing agent saying this:
My dear saintly husband saying this:
My toddler twins (the Schmidtlets) saying this:
My mother saying this:
And then me, apparently turning into a teenager again and saying:
Add in a lot of research, a lot of revising pens, a lot of revision snacking, even more mini- breakdowns, a whole lot of:
and you’ve got the writing process for Hold Me Like a Breath.
When I turned it in, I celebrated for days. I’ve never been more relieved to hit THE END or more proud of something I created. I was convinced it would the hardest thing I’d ever write... And then I started the sequel.
Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She's not at all superstitious... at least that's what she tells herself every Friday the thirteenth.
SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.
com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.