Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Undefeated Blog Tour.... Check out my interview author Scott Hildreth and my 4 star review

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Shane Dekkar is an undefeated, gorgeous, and somewhat shy boxer from Compton California. In the ring, he's a beast, out of the ring, he's loving, caring, and intriguing. After the death of his grandfather, he moves to Austin and meets Kace by happenstance as she and her boyfriend are in an argument in public. He is drawn to her, and she to him. Her boyfriend drives away as she mouths the words "help me" through the window...
When they meet again two years later, Shane begins to believe in fate. But, as he prepares for a potential shot at a championship fight, he believes there's no time in his life or career or a woman.
Kace Meadows lives in Austin, Texas. Now 26, she has been in an abusive relationship since she was sixteen years old. As terrible as it is, she can’t seem to find a way to allow herself to end it. With her current boyfriend, she can’t seem to win. She finds hope in reading about her book boyfriends....and dreaming.
Until she meets Shane Dekkar, a boxer. Holy mother of perfection...
Shane fights his inner demons by using his fists. On the street or in the ring, Shane does what he does best, he wins at any cost. Unlike Kace, Shane can’t seem to lose.
Undefeated is an extremely romantic erotica novel about fighting. Fighting for what you believe in. Fighting for life. Fighting to live. And fighting to keep love once you find it.
Be prepared to be moved, touched, stand up and cheer, and cry your eyes out. This book will, without a doubt, knock you unconscious. This novel clearly defines the love that we all seem to want, yet can't find. This is not your typical boxing/fighter romance. This book will give you hope, make you feel, and cause you to wonder....wonder why you haven't met your Shane Dekkar.
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My Kaptivating 4 Star Review

If something or someone is presented to us once, we will often dismiss it as being nothing more than happenstance. If that person or situation is presented twice, it is God slapping us in the face and telling us to pay attention. It is fate.”
Since she was sixteen years old,  Kace knew that love hurt, literally. Like most relationships, her boyfriend showed her nothing but affection, the affection turned into hurt and isolation and fear. Now at twenty six years old, Kace is realizing that this isn’t love nor a healthy relationship. No matter what she does it is never right. Knowing what is happening to her is wrong but fearing the unknown of leaving, she lies to herself and tells herself that things will be better today. One day a horrible argument with her boyfriend has her meeting an unlikely hero.
“I’m coming for your heart, Kace,”
Shane Dekkar is a cocky but modest unknown fighter. Growing up in Compton, California, he knows what it takes to be tough and street smart and how to fight. He fights his inner demons by fighting in the ring and he has never lost a fight, EVER. After losing his grandfather he moves to Austin where he meets Kace. He witness’s an argument between her and her boyfriend. When he tried to intervene, they play it off as a little disagreement. Shane knows there is more to it, he sees the pain and fear in her eyes and watches as they drive away. There is something about her and he can’t get her out of his head.
They say things happen for a reason so when two years later he runs into Kace again. Both of their lives change.
“He could take advantage of me at any point in time that he preferred; the fact that he didn’t made me both admire him and hate him both.”
 Shane is an upcoming fighter with a fantastic future but his past has damaged him. Preparing for the fight of his life, he doesn’t have time for a relationship.
It took almost losing her life to finally move on with it and make a choice she has feared for years. Not knowing if she is strong enough to be on her own, Shane helps her through it.
This story is about two people with devastating pasts, finding the strength to be better and stronger, learning from mistakes and moving forward.
“When walking away from something we were once committed to, we often hesitate. Deciding to make a major change in life is difficult. But we all reach a point when we’re done - done giving to a world that only takes. Until then, you’ll want, you’ll wait, and you’ll contemplate change. When you’re truly done, you’ll know. You’ll know when the time comes.”
This story touched me and yes, although there were some disturbing situations, I was able to see the message or at least the message that I interpreted which was, no matter where you come from or the situations you suffered through or witnessed, you can break the cycle! You aren’t a product of your environment. You can be that change. Abuse is no joke and people think “why doesn’t she just leave? She is lame for staying with him for so long.” Although this is just a story the abuse in this story is a very real problem that people live with daily.
Scott Heldreth did a fantastic job. It was heartfelt, kind, disturbing and romantic but what I loved most was that it showed Bravery, Courage and Respect.
It is a fantastic must read! 

My Interview with S.D Hildreth
KK Reviews: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

SDH: In some way, shape, or form, I have written my entire life. From poetry to newspaper articles, and now books, I have always written. To me, writing books is where I belong. I have never been happier. Short answer, yes.

KK Reviews: Do you write to music or do you need silence?

SDH: I listen to music. Sometimes, I have to change it up a little depending on my mood, but generally, I have a playlist that I listen to throughout the book I am writing. Over and over on repeat until I am done.

KK Reviews: Do you have a favorite place to write?
SDH: I can only write at my desk, looking out over the city in which I live. I cnat imagine doing it elsewhere.

KK Reviews: What authors do you admire? 
SDH: Nicole Krauss changed my mind about love. Fir that, I admire her.

KK Reviews: Was it difficult to write sex scenes? 
SDH: Sex scenes to me are like writing a scene about picking flowers or walking down a sidewalk. It's just words on paper.

KK Reviews: This book is based on true abuse correct? How much research did you have to do for the mindset of the victims as well as the mindset of the abuser?
SDH: The book isn't necessarily based on true abuse, but the abuse that I have seen women exposed to sticks with me. What I have on my website is accurate, correct, and true. The abuse described inspired me to write a book that all abused women can relate to. Additionally, I wanted to be certain to write it in a manner that allowed women in or out of a conventional relationship enjoy it as well.

KK Reviews: Who was your inspiration for Dekkar’s character? 
SDH: Actually, he's one hundred percent fiction. Well, except the part in the restaurant with the guy arguing with his wife. That actually happened. And in that instance, I was Shane.

KK Reviews: Prior to writing this story, was the subject of abuse something you thought of writing about?
SDH: I always think about writing about abuse. If you read my dedications, almost every one of them is directed toward abuse.

KK Reviews: The message in your book is fantastic. For me I got that you are strong enough to break the cycle and you are strong enough to leave a horrible situation. Have people thanked you? 
SDH: I have had multiple people email me and say that they were moved or touched by the content of the book, most of which either had a close friend in an abusive relationship or they were in an abusive relationship. That, in itself, is my reward.

KK Reviews: If you could be a character in your book, who would it be and why?
SDH: Kelsey. He gets to witness it all and enjoy it.

KK Reviews: If this book were to become a movie. Who would you cast in the main roles? 
SDH: Ripp would have to be Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Shane, in my mind, would be Mark Wahlberg ten years ago. And Kace? Rachel Mc Adams.


Author Scott Hildreth's Inspiration for Writing Undefeated
My inspiration to write Undefeated, and the hope that it may inspire someone to get out of an abusive relationship, came from the events described below. The events below are true. The events in the book are not. The book is one hundred percent fiction.
One weekend, I had a girl get in touch with me that I had never met. She had received my telephone number from a friend of a friend. Frantic, she attempted to speak to me initially, but each time she tried, she was overcome with emotion.
This emotion filled silence continued for almost an hour, and then we then actually began to communicate, albeit slowly, and one-sided. I learned through the conversation (that lasted almost eight hours) that she was bound by her husband, and gang raped by his friends. This happened for a few days. Against, if I even need to state this, her will. She was in and out of consciousness for two days. Eventually, she was released. In shock and extremely poor health, she contacted me from a remote hotel room.
I struggled with this event, and how to handle it. I struggled with this more than I have struggled with almost anything in my life. Vengeance. At what point does one administer justice to someone that the courts will undoubtedly not punish properly? The punishment for this particular crime, regardless of what was imposed by the court, would not be sufficient for the crime committed.
I chose at the time to speak to another close female friend about the event, and get her opinion.
Although I could not speak to my friend about the person, the events, or the intimacies of the above mentioned conversation, we spoke for some time in general about God, about law and about the difference between what is right and what is wrong. I shared with her my thoughts of feeling a need to resolve this issue with the caller’s husband on my own. When the smoke cleared, I sat in a coffee shop and thought. I made a decision. “Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” I decided, for once in my life, that it was not my responsibility to resolve this issue. I contacted the authorities, called in a few favors from some friends in law enforcement, and the issue was dealt with in a manner in accordance with law.
My female friend, as always, proved extremely useful in her ability to convey her understanding of the message of God in a manner that I could listen to and accept. I have always struggled with attempting to do what is right (in my mind), and hoped that it was what was right in God’s eyes. I do not know that these things always were in line with one another.
Until now.
And now, a year later, the person from the incident above?
She is well. As well as she can be, considering all things. She is fortunate.
I struggle - still today - with thoughts of vengeance.
My struggle brought me to this.
I hope you enjoy.

About the Author

 Readers, I will never forget the first time I actually felt as if I had helped someone resolve an issue in their life. I was in middle school. It started then, and has continued throughout my entire life. I have always made myself available to talk to people and resolve (or attempt to resolve) issues that they struggle with. Having an exceptional ability to communicate has always been a gift of mine, and I have enjoyed doing so. Telling stories has always been second nature to me. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a child. I have written poetry, romance, self-help, addiction, alcoholism, codependency, technical, and satire. There isn't a genre or a topic that I feel more comfortable with. I enjoy writing about whatever it is that I feel passionate about at the time. Being open-minded and often seeing abusive relationships unfold, I have always been passionate about abuse, or the prevention of it. My main focus has always been people that are incapable of helping themselves, primarily women, children, and the elderly. I have talked to hundreds of women that were in abusive relationships, and assisted many of them in removing themselves from these relationships. I try to focus in my writings to develop a story that makes people stop and think. To look at a subject or subjects from a different point of view. If I am able to get my point across, and make the subject entertaining to the reader, I feel that I have met my objective. I feel that I have tremendous depth as a person, and have had some great experiences in my life. To date, what life has offered me has been nothing short of spectacular. My opinions, point of views, and perspectives on matters are just that; an opinion. There isn't necessarily a right or wrong in what I write, but more of a belief. I always believe in what I am writing, and I further believe that the reader may benefit from viewing it from the written perspective. I hope that you enjoy reading what I have written as much as I enjoy writing it. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than knowing a reader enjoyed something I have written. Considering that, please take time to leave a book review if you have read something I have written.
Best Regards,
Scott Hildreth
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