Thursday, July 24, 2014

Promotional Event: A Safe Space by E.M. Tippetts {Excerpt + Giveaway}

Welcome to the promotional event for A Safe Space with E.M. Tippetts, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Visit the tour homepage to find all the tour reviews, excerpts and teasers.

Title: A Safe Space
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Everyone needs a safe space.

For Lizzie Warner, that space has always been in front of the camera on her hit show, or on stage to a sold out concert arena. Since before she can remember, she’s been a star, but that may be about to change.

She’s nineteen. Her show has been cancelled and now she’s going to play the lead in a new prime time drama series, but is the world ready to take her seriously, or will she be typecast as the cute tween queen forever?

Her network has decided to be aggressive and has invested millions of dollars in an ad campaign for her show, money she’s not sure she can earn back. Her co-star can’t stand her, and the writing for the show turns out to be poor at best. The only reason Lizzie didn’t walk away from the job offer to begin with is because she’s broke, the victim of a decade of bad money management.

Then there’s Devon, the personal trainer at her gym. Arrogant and abrasive, he’s the last guy she should ever find attractive, but she has a hopeless crush on him anyway, and he doesn’t seem entirely disinterested either. In fact, sometimes he’s downright sweet to her. If only he weren’t an untamable bad boy who uses and dumps women like they’re nothing. Though Lizzie’s friends warn her to stay away, he’s the only person who can create what she needs: a safe space. But is there any way she can break him of his years' long habit of being a user?

I check out [Devon’s Facebook] Wall. 

From today:  

A picture of a water tower shared by Rachel Schofield with the caption: Good times! 

Devon Schaller: You know it. 
Rachel Schofield: Like it was yesterday. 
Devon Schaller: Nah, if it was yesterday, I’d still be hungover. 
Rachel Schofield :-)  

My blood boils. A smiley face? To add insult to injury, Devon “liked” it. I scroll down his Wall. 

From two days ago:  

A picture of a lanky, teenage Devon with hair long enough to fall in his face. He’s in a tank top and cutoffs, trying to flex, but he’s too scrawny and wiry. Again it’s shared by Rachel Schofield and has the caption: They don’t make ‘em like they used to. 

Devon Schaller: Holy crap, Rache. Where’d you get this? 
Rachel Schofield: Off my bedroom wall. 
Devon Schaller: Sweet!  

No! I want to scream now. Not sweet! Not cool! Not funny! It’s creepy and wrong and I hate this woman so much.  

Rachel Schofield: And my locker door before that. You know it.  

Again, he “liked” this. 

I click on Rachel’s name and am popped out to a page that reveals little. She shares nothing about herself except a profile picture of an average looking brunette woman with her arms around two big-eyed toddlers. The dark circles under her eyes and the cheap clothes she wears, along with the wallpapered wall behind them screams “single working mother only just getting by.” Which gives her clear moral high ground over me, a spoiled Hollywood princess who is much younger and has much less baggage. Devon is a better person for “liking” what she says, than he is for hanging around with me, a paying client. 

The mature thing to do is switch off my computer and ban myself from Facebook for a few days. 

I hit Google and grab the first stupid Veronica Pryce meme I find, one of me in pigtails with a cheesy grin with a caption that says, “Is it the weekend yet?” In three clicks, I’ve put it on his Wall. Then I sit back and wait. It feels like hours before a comment pops up.  

Devon Schaller: Nice. 
Elizabeth [Warner]: I thought you’d like that. 
Devon Schaller: You know me too well ;-)  

Yesss! My heart soars at the sight of the winking smiley face, but then I can’t think of a response. I spend the better part of twenty minutes typing and deleting various ideas, and during that time, Rachel shows up.  

Rachel Schofield: You a Veronica Pryce fan? 
Devon Schaller: Always :-) 

Now she gets a smiley? No way. Not cool.  

Rachel Schofield: My daughter loves her.  

No, I think. Shut up. Nobody cares about your daughter. I remember then to “like” Devon’s comment to me.  

Devon Schaller: Oh yeah? 
Rachel Schofield: We watched the movie last week. 
Devon Schaller: Which one? 
Rachel Schofield: There’s more than one? 
Devon Schaller: Uh, YES. Who doesn’t know that?  

Right, I think. She knows nothing. Shut her down and ignore her.  

Rachel Schofield: Well excuuuuuse me! 
Devon Schaller: As punishment, you have to go find the other movie and watch it. 

Right then, someone knocks on the door of my trailer. I’m needed on set. Dang it.

Purchase Links: 

Amazon  | Kobo  | Barnes & Noble

-Music Playlist

Love songs on the radio that were hits when this was written (that also speak to the themes of the book):

Peace by OAR

Raging Fire by Phillip Phillps

Sleeping with a Friend by Neon Trees

All of Me by John Legend

Let Her Go by Passenger

Waiting for Superman by Daughtry

Songs that speak to Lizzie’s career crisis:

Am I Wrong? by Nico and Vinz (specifically, what they have to say about the inspiration for that song: 


2 winners will receive a prize pack that includes: a signed paperback of the book, one pen of the winner's choice from EM's Etsy store (, and coupons for free Pie Pops.

About EM Tippetts:

Emily Mah Tippetts writes science fiction as Emily Mah and sweet romance as E.M. Tippetts. A lifelong New Mexican, she lives with her family in Santa Fe, though she's been known to spend years at a time in the UK, her second home. Aside from being a writer, she's been a lawyer and jeweler, and is currently a stay at home mother, polymer clay artist, book designer/formatter, and owner of E.M. Tippetts Book Designs.

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