Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blog Tour: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Title: The Butterfly Project

Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tagline: "Where you are is home..."

The Butterfly Project Blurb:
At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years
hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian
graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child
abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book
publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her
stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded
"Where you are is home..."
young man with a past he’d do anything to change...
Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his
head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and
hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his
Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of
wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and
maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must
choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot
at happiness.
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest
decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen
into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Where do I even begin with this book, except to say that Emma Scott has done it again.  she quickly became one of my go to authors, one whose book I will read no matter what the blurb says.  She has this way of just making you feel all of these emotions while reading. being able to connect to her characters and feel with them.  the Butterfly Project was no different.

Zelda has just moved from Vegas to New York in hopes of fulfilling her dream.  She has written a Dystopian graphic novel that she hopes to have published.  But when her first meeting doesn't go so well she wonders is she is doing the right thing.  She can either pick up her things and go back to Vegas or put her big girl panties on, stay in a city where she knows no one, find a job, a place to stay and not give up o her dream.  I think a lot of people would just take the easy way out and head back to Vegas.  But Zelda is not most people.  When she meets Beckett at a restaurant they form a connection, an alliance if you will.  She has a proposition for him, which will allow her to stay in the big city, follow her dream and make a friend in the process.

Beckett is a bike messenger in the day and works at a restaurant at night.  He is just trying to make ends meets.  A few years ago he was sent to jail for 2 years and is now out on probation.  He has been living with the guilt of what he did since that day.  It wasn't something he was proud of but at the time it seemed like something that he needed to do.  He is still beating himself up over it to this day.  He meets Zelda and she makes him an offer.  she needs a place to stay and he could use the extra money to help pay the rent/  They form a friendship and are there for each other.  Two broken people, two people who are carrying around so much guilt.  While their pasts were so different I think they both understand the guilt that the other carries.  Together they are there for each other in any way that they can be.  They agreed to be just friends only, until that line of friendship starts to blur.  Zelda is still fowling her dreams, and the past has a way of messing up your present.  Will their past affect them from trying to move on?

This was a beautiful story of loss, love, hope, guilt and forgiveness.  Beckett was such an amazing guy.  He is so kind, and sweet and protective.  He has a huge heart and you see that over and over again.  He made a mistake a few years ago and he is paying for it in the form of guilt.  His past has broken him and I think in a way he is just lonely as well.  Zelda is a fantastic heroine who is strong but at the same time has her weak moments.  She too has blamed herself for something that happened in the past.  And while they both may know deep down that it was not their fault it does not take away the guilt that they have been carrying with them.  Together they learn to open up to each other and learn to forgive themselves.  They are just perfect together.  They were there for each other when they needed to be, in a way I think they were each others light.  

Once again Emma Scott has given us a beautiful story that was written with passion.  She captivated me from the very start and made me feel with her characters.  Within her words, between the romance  and the love there is also a message to be heard. 

"The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever. "

We see this message through the actions of the characters.  How that one small decision had changed their lives.  How these two broken characters were brought together in this universe and through their smallest of  decisions they both learn how to forgive, and how to heal, former changing their life.  Another amazing story by Ms. Scott.

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The Butterfly Project Excerpt:
“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked.
Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.
“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting out?”

“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell through.”
“What was the job?”
“You’ll think it’s stupid.”
“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.
I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”
He stared at me blankly.
“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said. “Like
The Walking Dead?”
“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”
Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”
“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”
Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were robbed?”
I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated. “I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”
“You tried. That’s more than most people do.” “Tried and failed.”
“So try again.”

“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”
“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”
Yes, and only two hours by train.
“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”
“Were you hurt?”
I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”

“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”
“No, I... No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”
He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”
I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of here, the better for
all involved.”

Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt...
Safe. I feel safe with him.
“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.
“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with sarcasm.
Because that was safe for me.

Author Bio:
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, soul- deep love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

Where to find Emma:
Facebook: Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites

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