Excerpt & Giveaway: Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . 

Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally intelligent" brother's head. 

But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.

He grunts and runs his fingers through his hair. “It was painful, Shaynee. I’m not gonna lie.” His voice cracks. He takes a deep breath and looks down at the sand. When he looks back up, his eyes glint with resolve. Clearly, he’s made some kind of decision.

I brace myself.

“Look, here’s the deal. However we got here’s how we got here. Whatever crazy-ass, zigzagging, effed-up road we had to take to get to right now was the way it had to be. All that matters is that we got here. You and me. ‘Cause being with you, right now, is exactly where I want to be.” He lowers his voice to the faintest whisper. “It hurts too much to be anywhere else.”

My heart’s exploding in my chest.

He grabs my hand. “I want you, Shaynee. All of you. The dark, the light, the black, the yellow, the perfect, the-not-so-perfect . . . the totally incomprehensible.” He leans into me, his eyes blazing with heat. “The freckles.” He grins when I blush. “I know you’re dealing with a lot. And I’m gonna help you through it. I want to help you through it.” He pushes a lock of my hair behind my ear. “But you gotta promise me something.”

I nod. Whatever it is, the answer is yes.

His voice takes on a sudden intensity. “Promise me you’re never gonna kiss anyone else, ever again.”

I nod again, this time profusely.

“Because your lips are all mine now.”

I want to tackle him and smother him with kisses. “I promise,” I choke out. I want to press my body against his, right here on the beach and roll around with him in the sand and pin him down and tie him up so he can’t run away and lie on top of him and maul him for the rest of my days. I take a deep breath, trying to control the fierce urges clanging around inside me. “I won’t abuse your faith in me . . . ever again.”

“I won’t abuse your faith in me, either. Ever again.”

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock atwww.LauraRoppe.com. All music available on iTunes.

The Author
Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

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