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Wednesday 31 August 2016

☀ Consumed: Barren [2] - Elizabeth Miceli

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Consumed, a Contemporary New Adult by (, Swoon Romance, 185 pages).

This is the second book in the Barren series. Check out our interview with author Elizabeth Miceli, where she spoke to us about the first book, Barren.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below. Read the first four chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Elizabeth Miceli will be awarding a $5 Amazon/BN gift card and a digital copy of Consumed to two randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour (there are two separate giveaways).

Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Giveaway


Stacey Lorenzo has finished treatment, but is still devastated by her past as she enters college.

With drugs and alcohol so readily available, so much freedom, and barely any supervision, Stacey falls back into old habits.

Soon it’s a daily dose of partying, self-medicating, and having sex with lots of different guys. As her relationship with Eli destructs, she falls for Jesse, who just so happens to be a drug dealer.

Every time she starts to fall back into the memories of her past, Jesse makes it easy to snort away the pain.

But she snorts too much one night; it forces her to question the man she loves and acknowledge her mental and emotional instability.

In the second installment of The Barren Series, Stacey must overcome her addiction and make peace with her past if she is ever to be truly happy again.

Teaser: Excerpts

     “Your nose is bleeding.”
      I brought my hand to my nose and nodded.
      Ugh. I snorted coke last night.
      My whole body contorted and I ran to Derek’s bathroom as quickly as I could. I made it just in time. Blood and acid trickled from my nostrils, vomit spewed violently from my mouth, and tears poured from my ducts.
      Eli caught up with me, closed the door, and pulled my hair back into a neat bun. His soft hands rubbed my back gently until finally, after what seemed like years, my body stopped betraying me and calmed. The stress Eli felt was written all over his face; he couldn’t imagine the idea of me being hurt, sick, under his watch. He handed me some tissues for my nose and held me to his chest on the tile floor. He didn’t say a word but I knew that he was worried; he felt betrayed by my choices. I hated that I had let him down again. I cried so hard I threw up again.

Why don’t you repeat after me?” she asked, and then started. “I am a recovering addict.”
      My eyes started to tear as I opened my mouth.
“I’m a recovering addict.”
      Carol didn’t waver as my voice quavered, betraying me. She just continued. “I’m smart,” I repeated it after her.
      “I’m talented,” she continued.
      “I’m talented.”
      And then she said the affirmation that made me shake. An affirmation that felt all too much like a lie. “I’m special. I’m beautiful. I’m not perfect but I will be happy.”
      I slowed down, wiping the tears away from my eyes. And I said the words as slowly as I could. Trying to believe them.
      “I’m special?”
      Carol nodded. “You are.”
      “I’m beautiful?” The statements were coming out like questions. I wasn’t sure if I really was these things that Carol was having me repeat.
      “I’m not perfect,” I sighed, making the affirmation my own. “But, I’m on the road to happiness.”
      Carol put her arms around me and I sank into her embrace. I may not have been perfect, and I may not have felt beautiful- but I was trying. Trying to recover. Trying to be happy. Trying to live.

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The Series: Barren

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Barren [1]


This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl's rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling, first-hand fictional account of an incident -- the likes of which occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story - and one we wanted to feel as raw and as devastating as incidents which occur in real life. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.

"I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was the damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.""

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When her significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless- and with an eating disorder- she turns to partying to cope. This only makes matters worse because at a party she is raped, which leaves her psyche at an all-time low. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to find herself. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.

Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, self-harm, teen sexual situations, and sexual assault.

[Published 6 October 2015, 167 pages]

About the Author

Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a double major in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor.

 Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.

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1 comment:

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing!