Blog Tour/Guest Post/Giveaway: Shackled by Angela Carling

Today we have a special treat. I love taking part in Blog tours, so when the chance came up to host Author Angela Carling and her latest novel Shackled I couldn’t pass it up.

We’ve got a few things on the go today. First off, I want to say that this novel touched me. I was lucky enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy. Not only is it a great young adult novel, but it also has a theme within it that I don’t think get’s talked about enough. Judging by the name and the cover I’m sure you can take a guess at what it’s about.

I’m happy to have Angela today doing a guest post, and spreading the word about her novel as she let’s us in on why Shackled is so important to her.

We also have a giveaway! Ms. Carling has allowed me to giveaway a Paperback copy of Shackled to one lucky commenter. This is a must read book and I’m so happy that I can share it with you. To be entered into the contest you need to simply leave a comment below! Contest closes June 27th 2012.

Now please stick around and let Angela share with you more about Shackled and why for her this was a novel she needed to write.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow and check out my review of Shackled. A Powerful Story! And to learn even more about the author behind the novel.

I’m so glad you stopped by today and I wish I could invite you into my house to sit in my living room in cozy chairs, just a handful of us sitting together like old friends.  I wish this because it would be a more appropriate setting for the topic of this post.  Besides then we could eat chocolate together and chocolate makes everything better!

Today, I want to confess to you the “why” behind my latest book Shackled. I won’t go into detail about the storyline or the characters. I’m sure Avery did a better job explaining all that in her review of the book. Just know, that embedded in the engaging story of Lucy, an FBI agent and his son is an issue that we cannot afford to ignore.  This issue is abuse and bullying in High School Relationships.  Over the course of writing this book  I learned :

1/3 of high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship (sexually, emotionally, verbally, and/or physically).

Only 33% of teens who were in abusive relationships told anyone.

6 out of 10 rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend or relative’s home, not in a dark alley.

 I remember in High School one of the idiots I dated tried to pin me down and make me have sex with him.  Let’s just say, my knee in his groin stopped that whole situation. In retrospect, most of the guys I dated were good guys and respected my boundaries, but not all them and by statistical standards, I got off easy. My sister on the other hand (who has given me permission to talk about this) did not escape as unscathed.  She dated a guy not long after high school who was so controlling, so broken, that while she was pregnant with his child he beat her over the chest with a chair, breaking the wooden chair  along with some of her ribs.  Amazingly, her child survived and eventually she got out of that terrible situation. That is why I dedicated Shackled to her. She is my hero.  The thing is, really good girls, really nice people can get caught up in an abusive situation and never see it coming because they don’t know what to look for especially when they are young and naive.  So, my goal with this story, in addition to entertaining you, is to throw out those signs of abuse, to let you walk with Lucy and Ryan as they experience that rollercoaster that often accompanies these kinds of relationships.  I also wanted to let a surprise hero shine in the end, to show you that most of the time, nothing is what it looks like on the surface.

There is a lot of things in this world that can’t be fixed… but this problem can.  In this case, KNOWLEDGE TRULY IS EMPOWERMENT and if we address this topic in high school, there will be less abusive husbands and  fathers and of course, less victims. With education and concern for the people around us…this is fixable and even for the most part, avoidable. 

At the end of Shackled you’ll find an author’s note and the most common signs of an abusive personality. I’ve also attached a few good websites to start with here.



 To all you beautiful and valuable women out there (and you are all beautiful and valuable), please get informed on the early warning signs of abuse and don’t put up with any crap. It’s not your fault, you don’t deserve it. Also, teach your daughters to be wise and self-assured. That will make all the difference.   Thanks so much for listening to my ramblings and I really do hope you enjoy Shackled. It is a powerful story.

4 Response to "Blog Tour/Guest Post/Giveaway: Shackled by Angela Carling"

  1. VanillaOrchids Says:

    I never had a boyfriend in high school, so I didn't have to deal with anything negative in that sort of a relationship. But I was made fun of a lot growing up and still, occasionally, to this day, for one reason or another. I felt like I was emotionally and verbally abused by family members (being swore at a lot for silly stuff, made to feel like I was stupid, worthless, ugly). And I can't seem to let go of any of that. It's as if it haunts me all the time. I don't take compliments well because I feel I'm being lied to. I don't trust easily. I suppose that's why I don't have any friends, no boyfriend, no one that I feel I can confide in. But I suppose in some respect it's my fault. I tend to push people away.

    Angela, I am sorry for what happened to your sister, but I'm glad that she made it out of that situation well.

    And sorry to everyone for the depressing post.

    I look forward to reading Shackled. Thank you for the opportunity to perhaps win a copy.

    Pam

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I would love to read this book. I was lucky enough to have never been in a physically abusive relationship but I do know people that have and it's a scary situation. I was made fun of as a kid for being a little chunky by family and people at school. Not good times being a kid. I have 2 daughters now and I pray that things will work out for them and that they don't have to deal with all the craziness and that they find someone that they love and trust. I would love to win a copy of this book. If not, I'm sure it will find its way into my library. Thank you!!!!

  3. Leslie Dover Says:

    I didn't mean to put anonymous on that comment but I'll rewrite it again.
    I would love to read this book. I was lucky enough to have never been in a physically abusive relationship but I do know people that have and it's a scary situation. I was made fun of as a kid for being a little chunky by family and friends at school. Not good times being a kid. I have 2 daughters now and I pray that things will work out for them and that they don't have to deal with all the craziness and that they find someone that they love and trust. I would love to win a copy of this book. If not, I'm sure it will find its way into my library. Thank you!!!

  4. chelseastaffbureau Says:

    I love this post