Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tarnished by Erica Chilson Blog Tour

Royce Kennedy believes he has the town of Rusty Knob and its citizens in the palm of his hand. For altruistic reasons, of course. A real man takes care of his land and the people on it, whether they want to accept the help or not.

After fostering an orphan, adopting underprivileged kids, creating businesses to bring jobs back to the area, donating his time, energy, and money by founding the Community Growth: Life Skills Center, people are beginning to wonder if the man is running a campaign to earn the status of a saint.

Royce’s family is getting frustrated by idly watching their patriarch spread himself too thin, because he won’t allow them to shoulder his burdens or their own. Drastic measures are taken before the man can see reason. When the dust finally settles, Royce realizes he’s been taking care of everyone but himself.

But there’s a problem with sorting out your issues, with the clarity of mind, you can’t hide from the good, bad, and downright filthy secrets buried in the depths of your past.

With dark, violent, depraved skeletons, Rusty Knob’s patriarch isn’t as pure of soul as he appears to be. Will he finally surrender and accept the help to buff the tarnish away?

Just because it’s the moral thing to do, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for you.

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“You!” Willa points a butter knife at Kade. “Git yer ass up ta Wynn’s room and put on one of his nicer outfits, but dab on some deodorant first. You stink.” She gives an exaggerated shudder. “Nasty. We’re meeting a bunch of important people today, and you’re supposed to be our new director. You can’t show up flaunting how much you crave cock and are scared of soap.”

I let Willa go off because there are only three people on this earth she does this to: Warren, Wynn, and Kaden. With a respectful authority given to the twins, and a teensy bit to Bren. But she lets those three fools have it with both barrels, and I hate to admit but it makes me harder than hell.

I miss this take-charge side of Willa. I don’t dare let my mind drift back to a time when I was someone she told what to do, because those are some of my fondest and most shameful memories.

Also immune, Kade just stays at the table, reaching for his fork to continue cleaning his plate. “I’m older than you are, Willamina, remember?”

Charging forward, “By seven whole months. Whoop-dee-doo. Then act like it, ya bum. Git up! And don’t do nothing nasty in Wynn’s room. I knows how you are.”

Turning around to face the wall, I laugh into the back of my hand, but my body is quaking violently. “I just… can’t.” I bust out laughing as Kade stomps from the room, Wolverines pounding up the staircase.

Out of reflex, I reach out and grab Willa as she walks past. I hook my arm around her waist to draw her against my chest. I bury my face against the side of her neck, laughing so hard my belly hurts.

“I’ve known that little peckerwood since I was four,” Willa goes off in a serious tone. “He used to brandish his willy, flicking and waving it at me when he pissed in the yard. You just know he’s up there jerking off on Wynn’s pillow, or something equally nasty.”

“Willa,” I gasp out, barely able to breathe. “Lord, help me.” I squeeze her tighter. “Kade’s a guy. We’re nasty creatures by default.”

“So you think Kade’s tugging on his willy up there right now?” Willa looks up at the ceiling, her face twisted in revulsion.

All I can do is laugh harder– wheezing. I have to press Willa closer to me to push on my aching stomach muscles. “Knowing him, he’ll probably wipe it on the doorknob when he’s finished.” That does it, Willa breaks down with me. Clutching me just as tight, we laugh so hard tears are spilling from our eyes.

“I think I’m gonna pee my pants.” Willa runs off, still laughing. “Dang kids ruined my bladder.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I feel like Rusty Knob, WV could be a small town in Anywhere, USA.
These characters are real, they face serious life-issues but still hold an amazing inner-strength.
Where Rusty Knob was a "coming-of-age," New Adult story, Tarnished is an adult story with dark, suspenseful moments.

Tarnished resumes where Book 1 left off, but through the character of Royce Kennedy. What we learned in the first book, was only a tiny bit of Royce's story – he's been dealt heart-break and misery, but has made a positive out of a serious negative. While trying to educate the ignorant and provide necessary knowledge to his hometown, he's neglecting himself.
Willa Gillette (Wynn's older sister) has had her share of tragedy, but has found solace in Royce. Together they prove to be a team that's dedicated to providing the backbone for their family.
The journey they take to heal themselves may be the most difficult, but it will prove to be the most rewarding.
I felt like I knew what their story was, but I was SO off base it wasn't even funny. (This is the main reason I enjoy Erica Chilson's stories!)
Learning about their back-story was heart-wrenching, soul-clenching, but yet it was at times humorous and sweet. Their story isn't easy to read. It's NOT hearts and flowers and unicorn glitter but it is beautiful.
The series storyline is advanced and I, seriously, CAN NOT WAIT for Bren's story. PERIOD. I need to know what happens.
I need to learn more about all of these characters, because what I've read so far is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

The second in this new series and what a great installment! Royce & Willa's book mostly with all our favorite LGTBQ teens in the mix as well. This book gives us some wonderful background story as well as new events leading us into the next book, which you're gonna want as soon as you finish Tarnished. Royce's story is a sad one and it's his to tell, even though he has to relive all the horrifying details. These characters have such depth and heart, you'll laugh with them while you're crying for them. Royce is a wonderful alpha male, who cares for his & theirs and will protect at any cost. Willa overcoming such a horrible childhood to be there for Royce in his time of reconciliation draws us right into their stories. In the meantime Brennan and the college bound friends of Rusty Knob are having to say their goodbyes and find their own ways, while Brennan finds himself at a crossroads that leaves us groaning in the end! Great read, completely enjoyed every minute!

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Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

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