New Adult Contemporary
Companion Stand – Alone to CURVE
Releasing November 28, 2014
This title is suitable for readers over 15
Sometimes it doesn’t end with happy ever after.
Neve believes Jake is the one. She is miles away from home, struggling to fit in at university and missing the people she loves. The only thing getting her through is the knowledge that Jake will be visiting for the weekend.
Jake believes he isn’t the one. His family and lifestyle mean he can’t give Neve what she deserves: so much more than him. He arrives for the weekend, knowing that he has to break her heart, along with his own.
Sometimes we make decisions and have to live with the consequences.
Each of them struggles to cope with the aftermath of the weekend. Each of them is unhappy. Each of them refuses to do something about it.
Sometimes it isn’t about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love; sometimes it is about what happens next.
by Nicola Hudson
The more I wrote Neve’s character in Curve, the more I wanted to write a novel in which she was the main character. I was intrigued about this girl who seemed to have a wonderful life with her happy family; and what would happen when she faced more of life’s challenges. How would she cope away from home and the safety net of her parents? I wanted to push her and see what she was capable of; and I’m kind of proud of the young woman she has become by the end of Heart.
However, Heart isn’t just about Neve: it’s also Jake’s story and I wanted the reader to hear both sides of their story. Curve is only written from Cass’s point of view but I offered a Christmas gift to my readers – and a chapter written from Flynn’s point of view was by far the most popular choice. It went on to become the most popular page on my blog as well so I knew I needed to give Jake his voice in Heart. However, I found it difficult to get inside Jake’s head when I first started writing. The turning point was not writing his point of view straight onto my laptop; it just didn’t fit with the person Jake is. His sections were drafted in pencil in a small notebook, often in a busy coffee shop. That black notebook, filled with Jake, is now something I treasure.
Whilst writing the draft of Heart, I became concerned that my completely HEA ending was going to feel unrealistic; after all, would Jake and Neve’s long-distance relationship really survive for three years? Subconsciously fuelled by these niggles, I had a late night chat online with a blogger about the concept of happy ever after. A couple of days later, I went back to my initial plot outline and drew a line through the last few sections. The feedback from my beta readers suggested I had done the right thing – I just hope that other readers think so too!
I walk in to the tattoo studio, not sure what to expect. After all, my last one had been done illegally, in the back room of a piercing place, as I was underage. I’d been lucky; it hadn’t turned out to be the complete disaster that some unprofessional tattoos were, and I’ve seen enough pictures on the internet to know it could have been a hell of a lot worse. But this time, it’s different. I’m not a kid anymore and this time I want it done properly. It’s the least she deserves.
By half past two, I am beginning to regret my decision. Maybe a sixteen-year-old’s sense of rebellion is a better pain suppressant than the paracetamol I took earlier, but, shit, this hurts more than I remember it doing last time. My arm is raised over my head so Dave can work on the underside and I’m tempted to tell him not to worry about that bit as it’s not that visible. Telling myself off for being such a pussy, I clench my fists and think about the reason for going through this.
In a weird way, this is about me proving I can take more pain than I am expecting her to cope with. This is real pain I can man up to. I have no defence in the face of the agony caused by the hundreds of thousands of shards I broke my heart into.
I was so naïve to think it would get easier as time passed. Every day, another ounce of doubt is added to the weight of the pain I carry wherever I go. If Neve is feeling even one-tenth of the pain I am, I will always hate myself for putting her through this.
Do I wish I had kept my mouth shut and not gone through with it? Definitely.
Do I wish she had got in touch in one of my weaker moments? Hell, yes.
Do I still believe it was the right thing to do? I don’t know.
Since almost breaking down when bloody Fix You by Coldplay came on the radio at one of the houses I was working on, I’m doing everything I can to keep myself out of pain’s way: listening to some god-awful thrash metal on my iPod and steering clear of Grace’s sympathetic glances, encouraging me to bear my soul.
Yet here I am, putting myself through this burning pain because it distracts me from the real pain that I can’t get rid of any other way.
To celebrate the release of HEART, Nicola Hudson is hosting a giveaway on her Facebook Page!
(1) Signed Print Copy of HEART (International)
(1) eBook Copy of HEART
(1) Nicola Hudson Swag Pack
(1) $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $10 Amazon Gift Card
(1) $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $5 Amazon Gift Card