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Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It only took a matter of moments for Lexi Townsend’s life to change. Her power was taken, her trust lost. Her bubbly personality was smothered by the depressing weight of shame and guilt.
Four years later, Lexi yearns to get back to the former version of herself. A stronger version. One who is no longer afraid to share her story, her body, and her trust. When Private Investigator Cruz Cunningham comes into her life, he proves he’s a man that’s deserving of her trust.
When multiple women in Windsor go missing, it launches Cruz and the Cunningham Security team into action. As Cruz digs deeper into the investigation, he’s torn between finding the missing women and protecting the woman he loves. Putting her faith in Cruz, Lexi never imagines that this case could destroy everything she’s worked so hard to overcome.
WARNING: This novel contains references to rape and sexual assault and may trigger discomfort in some readers.
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Guest post: does knowing “car sh@t” make a woman unappealing?
I wasn’t here for your viewing pleasure.
“There’s something not at all attractive about a girl knowing car shit.”
These words were once spoken about me.
Before I began my writing career, I managed my husband’s performance automotive business.
I did it for more than thirteen years.
I drove the race cars we built.
I knew ‘car shit’ not only because it was my job, but because I was an enthusiast.
I did not know ‘car shit’ to be considered attractive or otherwise.
Having worked for so long in an industry that is predominantly male, I feel extremely grateful for the fact that my negative experiences with the opposite sex were limited. Comments like the one above or the occasional client seeking technical advice about his vehicle and refusing to get that advice from me were the extent of what I dealt with. Thankfully, I had significantly more positive experiences than negative, but nearly all the bad ones related to the fact that I was a woman.
Should my knowledge be a threat to a man?
If I’m a guy and I know my ‘car shit’ I’m revered in the industry. But if I’m a woman and I know the same, I’m considered unattractive to some.
I wasn’t here for your viewing pleasure.
In mid-October 2017, eleven years after it was first used, a hashtag went viral.
I spent the next two months reading tons of stories from sexual assault and rape survivors. I read about PTSD and rape trauma syndrome in rape survivors. I learned about fight and flight. I also learned that the most common response is neither of those, but that it’s freezing instead. I read sexual assault survivor guides. I learned about reactions that family and friends can and do have when finding out a loved one has been sexually assaulted. I read about what sex is like after rape.
It was distressing and heartbreaking. It was also inspiring.
There were awful stories of devastation and despair. There were empowering stories of healing and recovery.
I learned a lot, but one of the most important lessons was: It’s not your fault.
It’s not your fault, even if you froze. It’s not your fault, even if you wore a short skirt. It’s not your fault, even if you showed cleavage. It’s not your fault, even if you walked alone at night. It’s not your fault, even if you kissed him. It’s not your fault, even if you liked him.
During these two months of research, Cruz & Lexi’s story came to me. I didn’t know the title at the time, but it would eventually be called Overcome.
Throughout my research, I kept looking for a recovery plan. Guess what? There is no 12-step process for recovery from sexual assault. Unfortunately, that meant I had no road map to follow for Lexi’s story. But I took the time to appreciate that and ultimately realized that, from a creativity standpoint, that was the best part about it. I had the freedom to navigate Lexi’s journey of healing wherever she took it.
I had a lot of goals when writing Overcome, but there are four that were most important to me: handle the subject matter with care, allow Lexi to rediscover her sexuality, see to it that Lexi understands it’s ok to trust people again, and give Lexi a hero (Cruz) who is patient, confident, protective, and supportive.
Overcome is the second standalone, contemporary romance novel in the Cunningham Security series and I’m very proud to say I’ve met my goals in completing it. Lexi is a truly remarkable heroine. She’s suffered something tragic and horrific, but she shows incredible strength and determination to heal herself. Cruz is, in my humble opinion, the perfect man for her. He’s extremely understanding and gentle and he makes Lexi’s well-being his number one priority, putting her needs over his wants.
Lexi and Cruz’s story is an uplifting tale about overcoming tragedy and learning to trust and love again. It is meant to be an inspiration to women, whether they’ve experienced any form of sexual harassment, assault, or rape, or not. And it is a tribute to the men who are not held captive to some primal urge and who truly believe that a woman is so much more than just a pretty face or a hot body, present only for a man’s pleasure.
About the Author:
A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).
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