Book Blitz and Giveawy: Hidden Scars by Amanda K. Byrne (Hidden Scars, #1) @AmandaKByrne

Hidden Scars by Amanda K. Byrne 

(Hidden Scars, #1) 
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Sometimes the past won’t stay where it belongs.
Sara’s number one rule of dating: closed off, secretive men need not apply. Years of therapy helped her move past the damage done by her emotionally abusive boyfriend, and she’s ready to date again. Someone funny, laid back, and easy to talk to. All things her coworker Taylor isn’t.
Taylor’s quiet. Too quiet. He operates in permanent stealth mode, and he hides his secrets as well as Sara does. She doesn’t want to be attracted to him, but after a night spent in a hotel room together, trapped by a blizzard, she can’t deny there’s a fire-hot connection between them, waiting to ignite. Their working relationship inches closer and closer to friendship, until one day she gathers her courage and kisses him.
It’s the match Taylor was waiting for.
What starts as a sweet, fumbling friendship quickly becomes a passionate and intense affair. Just when Sara’s starting to feel safe in Taylor’s arms, his secrets come out, and she wonders if she’ll ever be able to stop looking over her shoulder.

Music plays a big part in my writing process. I love creating playlists for my stories, and while I can’t 

actually listen to them while I’m writing (I have a tendency to sing along whenever I’m listening to, well, 

anything), I’ll play one when I’m gearing up to dive back into my latest work in progress. 

So it’s a little strange that I didn’t create one for Hidden Scars. It happens; sometimes I don’t need the 

musical inspiration, and that’s what happened with Hidden Scars. The story just poured out, and by the 

time I even thought of putting together a playlist, I was more than halfway through and barreling toward 

The End.

I’ve been thinking about theme songs lately, though. Books deserve theme songs, yeah? A song that 

whenever you hear it, you automatically think of a particular book. Like Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and 

Dance.” Whenever I hear that song, I think of Leisa Rayven’s Bad Romeo. Or my debut, One Night in 

Buenos Aires. I hear Neon Trees’ “Sleeping With A Friend” and I automatically think of Drea and Joe.

Finding a suitable song for Hidden Scars was a bit of a challenge. There’s plenty of musical references in 

the book itself – Sara listens to metal and “angry music” to help calm her down. Think Rage Against the 

Machine, Lostprophets, Sevendust, Royal Blood. But anger didn’t fit the tone of the story. I needed 

something a little angsty (because ANGST) and a little sad.

You might have heard X Ambassador’s lead single, “Renegades”, but it was another song from their 

debut that struck the right note, so to speak. “Unsteady” might be about about family and the struggle 

to keep it together, but it resonates just as deeply with Sara and Taylor’s story. They’re both a little 

unsteady, but as long as they’ve got each other, they can face anything thrown at them.


When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.

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