The Background of Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The background of Reckless Beginnings

I had the idea for this book over twenty years ago. For the next fourteen years it mulled around in my head, reminding me once in a while I should get it written but life kept getting in the way and it never happened.

It wasn’t until my father unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack in 2010 and a year later I was diagnosed with breast cancer that I began taking life more seriously and told myself if I want to write this book I’d better get cracking and I did. Fast forward seven years and it’s finally going to be published October 4th of this year.

The book is women’s fiction based on true events. Events that have happened in my life and I know many other women who can relate to the foolish decisions The main Character, Tammy Mellows, (based on myself) had made. Thus the title Reckless Beginnings. But the choices she had chosen only made her stronger and more determined to be rid of the chaos and turmoil in her life and allow normality to return.

Throughout my experiences I’ve met so many other women who like me were living with an addict and were shadowed by the addiction. We had become the silent and forgotten ones. Feeling trapped, afraid and quite frankly at a lost. Change was not an option, it was out of our reach and feared. We soon found ourselves settling. It takes courage to stand up for yourself, face your fears and go after what you really want in life. Having the drive and determination to do something about it is the key.

When my son was born, change became the only option and my book takes you on Tammy’s journey. I wanted to write this book to give women who are in a relationships with an addict and also family members of addicts a voice and make them realize that they don’t have to settle, they have choices.

Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?

Enjoy an Excerpt

“What do you mean she’s gone, John?”

Who was gone? Tammy wondered.

Her mother became angry. “She can’t just disappear, John! Someone must know where she is!”

Glued to the railings, Tammy was dying to know who and what they were talking about.

Then her mother began to cry hysterically while she held the phone tight and screamed into it, “She’s still a child, John. She’s just seventeen. You should never have put her in that home! She isn’t an object you can just discard because she’s in your way. She’s your daughter!”

Tammy remembered how her heart sank to the floor when she suddenly realized they were talking about Donna. Her sister had run away and was now missing. She wanted to race down the stairs and snatch the phone from her mother’s hands and ask her father WHY? Why had he put her in that awful place?

Donna had written a letter to Tammy and Jenny, telling them how much she hated being in the home. How no one wanted her anymore and she was going to run away. Frightened by what she had read, Tammy showed the letter to their mother. As upset as she was by both the letter and the fact that Donna had written to her sisters and not her, Rose never believed Donna would actually run away. “I’m sure she’ll be okay. She just needs time to adjust. It’s all new to her. We have to trust your father’s judgment. He said this would be good for her. I have to believe that. She is a very troubled young girl and needs help,” her mother had told her. But she had run away, and now no one knew where she was.

About the Author: Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled, “Better Endings.”

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.

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  1. Bea LaRocca says

    Congratulations on your upcoming book release and on the book tour. I’m so glad that you took the time to get the story down after it had been stewing in your head for all those years. Your words give me incentive to get my own stories written down.

    • Thank you so much. It takes courage to write a book. In order to write this story, I had to revisit events from decades ago and allow the emotions to resurface so they would show in my writing. At times it was a struggle but a necessity in order to show the flip side of addiction and how it affects the loved ones of addicts. Good luck with writing your own story. I would love to read it.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. James Robert says

    Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

  4. Thank you so much for hosting. I will be available throughout the day to answer any questions your readers may have.

  5. kim hansen says

    Sounds like a good read.

  6. Sounds like a good book.

  7. Lovely coming of age.. etc book cool!

  8. Thanks for sharing, sounds like a great book!

  9. It sounds intense but well-done!

  10. Thank you, Trix!

  11. Dale Wilken says

    Sounds really great.

  12. Thank you, Dale.

  13. Sigh, forgot the Rafflecopter yesterday…

  14. This does sound so good, and I love stories based on true. It was a hard beginning, and it would be interesting to see how Tammy manages to right the ship and sail!

  15. Nikolina Vukelić says

    This sounds like a book I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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