Publication date: May 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Easier to Run is a full-length standalone novel.
Reunited “friends-to-lovers” Contemporary New Adult Romance
“He took my world by storm with four simple words ‘I’m your new neighbor.’ I was only five at the time, but I couldn’t look away from the older boy staring at me through the hole in our back yard fence. In my mind, he was mine from that moment, but I knew that could never happen.
When I was fifteen, I learned that things that should never happen can sweep in and rip your entire life to shreds.
I lost everything.
I lost him….”
Six years after tragedy changed Cassie’s life forever, she continues to yearn for that one thing that will make her feel whole–the boy she was taken away from. The boy who had stood by her side and defended her at every turn. The boy whose shoulder she cried on when her parents died, after her sister committed suicide, during her testimony against her brother-in-law.
With her past a heavy burden that sits on her chest, threatening to suffocate her every night, she somehow finds the strength to go back and face it. To finally go back and find the man who might make her heart beat again and ease the dead pain she feels inside.
But six years can change people, and their relationship can never be the same.
Even with two little words—two innocent words—the little girl from next door could wrench my heart. Life had taken so much out of her—so much away from her. Leaving me to stand by through all of it. Watching with no idea how to help. I don’t know what it was about her that had always tugged at me. She had a constant place under my skin, and it wasn’t all that unpleasant—until I had to watch her quietly suffer.
I squeezed her shoulder and she pressed into my side.
Say something, I thought. Anything. But what words did I have for her that wouldn’t just stir up bad memories?
I drew her to the driver’s door, unlocked it and pushed it open, helping her up into the cab. She certainly wasn’t the same little girl anymore—not the scrawny teenager.
Everything about her bewildered me to no end. It was worse now, but not new at all.
How was I supposed to feel about a girl who was almost five years my junior? The girl I’d always protected because I had a soft spot for her. She’d been a constant fixture in my life for almost eleven years, and then, when the worst had struck, she was simply gone.
I wanted to know why she’d come back to find me. Why it had taken six years.
On the other hand, I didn’t want any of that to matter. I just wanted to concentrate on keeping her now that I had her back.
Ben: Hello everyone! I’m Ben from Silver Rain’s new novel EASIER TO RUN. Since this is the week our story releases, Silver asked Cassie and me to do a quick interview. Ready Cassie?
Cassie: *thumbs up*
Ben: You know you don’t get to avoid talking while I’m around. Question 1: What was your life like growing up?
Cassie: Of course I would get that one. My life w-was pretty awesome until I was fifteen. When I was five, this boy moved in next door who taught me all about football, and never once m-made fun of my stutter. Our families became close, and t-took us to Florida to swim with Manatees when I was twelve.
Ben: I think the purpose of Florida was Disney World.
Cassie: Small potatoes. My turn. Question 2: When you were a child, what was the w-worst thing you did and how did your parents punish you for it?
Ben: When I was twelve—
Cassie: Oh geez.
Ben: I convinced the two girls next door to help me build a “space ship” out of lawn furniture. We broke a lot of furniture that day, and were probably lucky we didn’t kill ourselves when we tried to sled it down the hill in our backyard. Moving on to question 3: What are your 3 most prized possessions?
Cassie: Russel of course!! He’s a s-stuffed manatee I got during our trip to Florida. Next is my sister’s car, because I d-didn’t get to keep a lot to remind me of her. And, my new phone I guess, since it has all of my comfort music. Next: Who is your favorite superhero?
Ben: Ahhh…. Are there any superheroes who drive a semi-truck? Because that would be my pick. I’ll go with Aquaman, then. Because he has a strong sense of duty and family is his first priority. Final question for Cassie.
Ben: What about you is heroic?
Cassie: Are you sure that’s my question? *sigh* Well, I guess the f-fact that despite everything that happened—losing my family, Mitchel… you know…, and b-being shipped off to live with my overly strict grandparents—I’m still going. I f-finally came back and faced my fears. Final question for Ben: What’s your biggest regret?
Ben: Wow. Um, wow. Where do I start with that one? Not figuring out what Mitchel was doing—or somehow preventing it before it happened, but since I couldn’t do that. I regret not seeing it, or asking more questions, or ripping his head off—the one between his legs not the one on his shoulders.
Cassie: It wasn’t your f-fault. But, that wraps up our interview. So, if you want to know m-more about our story, check out EASIER TO RUN.
Silver Rain loves meeting new book boyfriends of every flavor, so when a dream imprinted a heartbreaking and beautiful love story in her head, she decided to pick up her pen and release some of the steamy characters who begged her to run away with them.
Silver Rain Interview
Who are you?
My name is Silver Rain, and I just published my debut contemporary romance novel, Easier to Run. Outside of writing, I used to do formatting and publication management for college outreach programs. Since I’m between day jobs, I’ve been spending my days and nights tirelessly writing everything my characters tell me.
What inspires you to write?
Life! I has always been an avid reader, and I love getting lost in fantasy worlds with new characters. That is a big part of my life and I find that even after I put down a book the fantasy world doesn’t stop. Over the years, I have scribbled down stories, but Easier to Run has really captured me and tugged at my heart, so it’s a very important project for me and I decided to share it with the world. It started with a dream about the main characters, and if you want to know more… you’ll just have to wait and read. 😉
How did you start writing?
I just picked up a pen and started scribbling. Half of my writing happens while I’m lying on the floor and staring at the ceiling while scenes play through my mind. Then, I grab the nearest pen and a slip of paper and jot it all down before it fades away.
What kind of books are you writing?
Romance! It’s like falling in love over, and over, and over…. And getting my heart ripped out every now and then. I love the rush of emotions and pull of inexplicable and unbreakable attraction between two people.
My first will be Easier to Run, and I’m very excited to share it with the world.
How did you come up with the idea for Easier to Run?
Ben and Cassie came to me in a dream. Actually, in the dream I was Cassie. We were sitting in his semi, cleaning it out because he was preparing to leave, and I begged him to take me with him because I was afraid to go home. I remember waking up and the feelings of the dream were so intense in my mind, I just couldn’t walk away from it. From there the characters kept talking to me and helping me flesh out their story.
What was the hardest part of writing Easier to Run?
Dealing with Cassie’s PTSD. It’s a difficult topic to approach in any situation, but I have experienced flashbacks similar to those that Cassie experiences. At times, it was difficult to let go and allow the story to take over because there were points that I could feel her emotions so intensely that I had to walk away. In the end, I just hope that I did their story justice.
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