Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Tour : Breaking Free by SM Koz

Title: Breaking Free
Author: S.M. Koz
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Kelsie Sullivan’s life has changed forever. The once outgoing cheerleader has a secret to hide. The car accident that killed her best friend Jenna? She caused it. 

With an absent father and unforgiving stepmother, Kelsie has nowhere to turn. She manages her guilt and grief with razor blades. The fleeting release she experiences becomes an obsession and soon she can no longer hide it. Once her cutting is revealed, Kelsie’s parents enroll her in a Wilderness Therapy program designed to rehabilitate troubled teens, but North Carolina is a world away from California. 

Kelsie fights against everything the program has to offer until she befriends JC, a boy with a tortured past of his own. He’s also the only one who is able to ease her pain. The two grow close, but quickly discover that nature—both human and elemental—can easily rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This book contains adult language, sexual themes, and explicit self-harm behavior. Parental discretion is recommended for those under 15 years of age.


It's not very often I stay up all night reading a book.  Well, it happens, but I usually pay for it the next day, so I try to avoid it and put the book down.  In this particular case, I couldn't do it.  I couldn't put the book down!  The writing is outstanding describing emotions I have felt myself. It was gut wrenching at times, heart warming at times, and down right frustrating at times.  Only a few authors can bring out these emotions in me and SM Koz is now one of them.  This is a great, great story and very emotional read.  If you are trying to understand your own emotions toward grief, and if you are needing an outlet to feel those emotions, this book is THE book to aid in your recovery.  Aren't we all recovering from something?  I can only hope the other characters in the book get their story, as SM Koz able to identify and write about healing and how to do it.  This is an awesome story! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!! Thank you!!

About the Author:
SM Koz was born in Michigan, but moved to North Carolina for college and never left.

She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, photography, reading, spending time with foster kids who call her house home, and learning new things. When she’s not creating online training for pharmaceutical companies (her day job) or writing, Koz can be found at the local community college taking courses on various topics ranging from digital art to HTML to desktop publishing. Next in line are auto mechanics and cake decorating.

Being trained as a veterinarian, it’s not surprising that Koz and her husband were recently told they have a mini-zoo with their two dogs, fish, cockatiels, and foster cats. In the past, they have also had parakeets and a snake. Other than the fish, all the animals were acquired through rescue organizations, something Koz wholeheartedly supports.

Breaking Free is Koz’s third original novel and fifth overall, but the only one she feels compelled to publish at this time. Her hope is that individuals who struggle with cutting may be inspired by Kelsie’s story and find the strength they need to begin the healing process.

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