Guest Post: SAFE WITH YOU by Sophie Lira @sophielira_ @SwoonRomance

SAFE WITH YOU by Sophie Lira
PUBLISHER: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: April 26, 2016 
Ages: New Adult
Category: NA Contemporary 

O​livia's starting over in the Big Easy. But just under the surface, she's terrified her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her.

Kyle's dream of playing pro baseball was shattered when surgery left him with rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without the sport he'd built his life around.

Broken and alone, Olivia and Kyle could be exactly what the other needs.

Just as they begin to trust what they're feeling, things take a dangerous turn when Olivia's past catches up to her. Will Olivia run again, or stay and fight for the life she and Kyle deserve?

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"You’re killin’ me, Simon.” I lower the bat and look at the imaginary watch on my wrist. “I don’t have all day.”

She sticks her tongue out at me and pitches a floater. It comes toward me in slow motion with a million arrows begging me to launch it into next year. My mind switches off and instinct takes over. Before I can think, my left heel rises off the sandy dirt and I raise the bat back farther. I crush the ball so hard I almost expect the casing to fly off. The sound of contact reverberates and explodes like a strike of lightning splitting a tree. Olivia’s head arcs with the ball and follows it as it lands about ten feet beyond the right field fence.

“Nice throw!” The swing takes my breath away completely. I almost need to use the bat as a cane for support. A familiar smile flows across my face and the rush comes back as if it never left … the rush of playing and knowing this is what my life was meant for. The hole in my heart starts to close and the missing piece reappears as quickly as it went.

“Kyle!” She runs over to me with the same amount of wide-eyed astonishment I think is all over my face. “That was incredible! Your stance, your follow-through, everything was perfect. For someone who hasn’t played in a few years, you’re pretty awesome.” She sighs and the most beautiful smile stretches across her face." (Kyle, Chapter Six)

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            A lot of people ask me where I got the idea of SAFE WITH YOU, and it really started from a culmination of things. Originally, I had the entire thing on a totally different path with Olivia still with Braden, while in school, etc. But you know, after a while, I didn’t want Olivia to be that girl. Who’s the doormat. Who knows her boyfriend is crazy and should leave, but doesn’t. With SWY I wanted to break the cliché mold a little bit and show a different side of relationships that I wish I would see more of in the New Adult genre.
            I wanted characters to stand on their own more. Even if they have problems and hardships, I wanted them to really push through them, even if it took some time. I’m really proud of Olivia because even though she’s totally petrified at first, she’s adamant about being her own person and recognizing her weaknesses, so she can grow. I like that her apprehensions come from learning from her mistakes, but she does take the leap to trust opinions and recognize people’s true actions when they prove themselves.
            With Kyle, I was admittedly a little sick of the bad boy routine. I was so tired of reading about jerks who only want to sleep around, etc. Kyle comes from a good background with loving parents, which was another thing I wanted to highlight in his backstory. Not every person growing up has horrible parents, which is what you tend to see a lot of in New Adult. Whether they’re alcoholics, or abusive, it’s very rare to see characters coming from a better upbringing, and I don’t mean money. I was fortunate, as was all of my friends, to have this as well. I feel like it made the story a little more real-life than a world filled with all bad things.
            As a whole, I hope going forward I continue to highlight these things in other characters and maybe help transition into a more positive side of writing. There is so much hate in this world and I like to see the bright side.

Author Bio
Sophie Lira grew up smack dab in the middle of New Jersey. As a self-proclaimed sports junkie she can usually be found rooting for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Ravens, and especially her Alma Mater, Rutgers University. She's also a seasoned beer snob with a preference for crisp pilsners, pumpkin anything, and chocolatey stouts. Her number one passion outside of writing is her never-ending wanderlust. Sophie is always looking for her next batch of frequent flier miles, passport stamps, and the perfect clouds to post on Instagram. She still resides in Central New Jersey and spends her days at an Industrial Design firm working in HR. Favorite things include: Dunkin' Donuts coconut iced coffee, the Olympics, all-you-can-eat sushi, and Siberian Huskies.
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