Novel Spotlight & Excerpt: Leaving Eva by Jennifer Sivec #CLPBlogTours

leaving evaJennifer Sivec will be on tour June 8-22 with her novel Leaving Eva

There is a secret pain lurking within all of us, waiting to consume us if we allow it.

On the outside, Brynn Michael seems to be living the perfect life. She’s a successful businesswoman married to a handsome and devoted husband. But nobody, not even her husband and childhood sweetheart, Adam, knows the true depth of Brynn’s horror. Abandoned on the side of the road by her young drug addicted mother, then abused by her adoptive father, teenage Brynn turns to the only solace she can find in the sharp end of a razor. She spends her lifetime hiding the scars, both physical and emotional, until she has no choice but to face what she has been running from her entire life.

Brynn must figure out a way to confront her past or risk losing Adam, the only true love she’s ever known, forever. But in spite of it all, Brynn may not have the ultimate choice, as the past eventually seeks her out.

Leaving Eva is the heartrending story of one woman’s battle to overcome her tragic childhood and the abandonment and abuse that haunt her. Caution: Eva’s story is contains graphic violence, strong language, drug abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse.

In this dramatically dark novel, Jennifer Sivec, author of women’s fiction, delves into the selfishness and depravity of human nature, and begs you to question whether happiness can ever truly be attained once you have been deeply scarred.

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Ellie started to cry uncontrollably. The needle in her hand was pinching, and the sharpness in her belly was unbearable. Her skin felt dirty and the inside of her mouth, slimy. Ellie didn’t know how she was going to push.

I can’t!” she cried, her voice breaking. “I can’t do it! I’m so tired and I need to sleep. I just can’t, please don’t make me.” Ellie’s youth was apparent, and the nurse was filled with pity.

The nurse squeezed her hand speaking in short, clear sentences so that the girl would understand her through the pain. “You need to push. Now. Or you and the baby will be in danger. I am here for you. You can do this!”

“I can’t, I can’t!” Ellie cried. Her belly was exploding but she didn’t have the strength to push. “Please no, please! I can’t do it!”

The nurse took her face in her hands and looked her in the eyes. Then Ellie’s tears suddenly stopped. She thought she had never seen eyes like the nurse’s before. They were a deep well of blue gray, and were staring deep into Ellie, calming her. Ellie didn’t understand why, but she felt better, stronger.

“I am with you!” the nurse said in a strong lovely voice, never taking her eyes off her for a minute. “You. Can. Do. This! You. Will. Do. This.”

The room was silent for a moment.

“Okay!” the doctor said breaking through the stillness, “Let’s do this, young lady. Push!”

Ellie pushed down as hard as she could while gritting her teeth.

She held tightly to the nurse’s hand, absorbing her strength. “Puuuuuuuuush,” the nurse said in Ellie’s ear, holding it out as long as she could. Over and over, they did this, allowing Ellie to catch her breath for a moment until they made her do it again.

Ellie was sweating and panting and she could feel that her armpits were moist and warm. She was tearing apart from the inside and she screamed, loud and long. Just when she thought she couldn’t do it any longer, she heard a cry.

Thank God! It was finally out!

The other nurses quickly whisked the baby away while Ellie’s nurse squeezed her hand and hugged her hard. Through the haze of exhaustion, Ellie could hear the other nurses in the room whispering in hushed voices. The nurse looked at Ellie, wearing an expression that the girl couldn’t read. “You did a wonderful job,” she said to Ellie smiling under her mask, her beautiful blue-gray eyes glistening. Ellie looked up and smiled weakly. The nurse hurried over to the other nurses with the baby.

“I’m going to push on your belly, and you will feel pressure while we get the placenta out,” the doctor said. Ellie was so tired that she didn’t care. She just wanted to sleep. Her eyes were closing uncontrollably and she was drifting. Momma, I miss you. I wish you were here to tell me that everything was going to be okay.

Ellie felt as if she were dreaming about the last time that she saw Momma. She could see them standing in the foyer of their big house and Daddy was yelling. Momma was standing behind him sobbing loudly, but nodding in agreement. Ellie felt tears on her cheeks. I miss you both so much.

Ellie heard a tiny cry. She quickly opened her eyes, feeling her heartbeat quicken. My baby! “How is my baby?” She said weakly.

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jennifer sivecAuthor Bio:
Women’s fiction writer, Jennifer Sivec, has always found an escape in books and beautiful stories. In writing, she has discovered refuge and sanctity her entire life, which quiets the chaos while giving her perspective and peace of mind. She finds inspiration in the balance of beauty and tragedy, which is something she has experienced personally.

Jennifer was born in Seoul, Korea and then abandoned at a very young age. At the age of three, she was adopted and has lived in Ohio for most of her life. She is married to her best friend, Jeff, and together they share two incredible, funny boys.

Jennifer is the author of The Eva Series and the standalone novel, I Run to You. Leaving Eva is her first complete work and was originally released in April of 2013. Losing Eva is the sequel and continuation of Eva’s heartbreakingly beautiful story. The Eva series is an intense journey into abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, and cutting, with numerous twists and turns that will keep the reader holding their breath until the very end.

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