Welcome to the No One’s Angel Blog Tour. Today we have an AMAZING, heartfelt guest post by Kelly Walker. She tells us the secrets behind No One’s Angel and how her past influenced this book. You won’t want to miss what she has to say, believe me. Also, check out the tour wide giveaway at the end.
No One’s Angel by Kelly Walker
Publication date: September 17th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Tess used to spend more hours than she’d care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels and she traded her virtual heaven for a real life hell. Now she’s on the run from a past she won’t talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she’s never actually met.
When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can’t help knowing the one night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered.
But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they’ll first have to deal with the past that hasn’t forgotten her any more than she’s forgotten it, and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.
No One’s Angel is a New Adult(NA) Contemporary Romance and is recommended for mature audiences only due to language and sexual content.
by Kelly Walker
Here is what I know: Every 2 minutes in the U.S. a woman is sexually assaulted. One in six women will be the victim of sexual assault.
How many women do you know? More than six? Chances are, one of them has experienced some form of sexual assault or abuse, but you probably don’t know it.
Because we don’t talk about it. Not enough. Not openly. And not without judgment. The conversation has started, and we’ve done better about educating women, (and I don’t mean to leave men out here, but for the purpose of this post, I’m focusing on women) but we still have a long ways to go.
In the New Adult market, I think we as authors and readers are braver than most, in the sense that we are talking about it. There have been a lot of books over the last few years that have talked about many aspects of rape, abuse and sexual assault, and I think that one of the reasons these books are so popular is because so many women can relate to the feelings of these heroines.
With No One’s Angel, I wanted to focus on one aspect of it that I haven’t seen explored as often, and that is the rape between romantic partners. It can be so hard to admit to those you care about—and those who care about you—that you’ve gotten yourself into a situation you don’t know how to get out of. Fear of being judged, misplaced guilt, and confusion have kept too many women silent. I was one of them.
No One’s Angel is not autobiographical, but many of my own experiences did find their way into the pages, fictionalized. Lots of them, actually. I lived in Tuscon for a few years and I went to college near Philadelphia, so these locations were familiar to me. I was a gamer for many, many years, so I knew the lingo. But I don’t think any of that is a secret. That information about me is widely available.
What is a secret, is that I once dated a guy who shared a few qualities with Nick. And like Angel, I was afraid to tell someone for far too long. But also like Angel, I recovered with the help and love of those who care about me.
Almost 2/3 of all rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. While we are doing a better job of teaching things like watch your drink and use the buddy system, those tips focus on chance encounters. But for many women, their rapist is someone they’ve already let into their lives.
RAINN defines Partner Rape as: sexual acts committed without a person’s consent and/or against a person’s will when the perpetrator is the individual’s current partner (married or not), previous partner, or co-habitator.
As part of the dialogue about sexual abuse, I think it is imperative that girls know they never have to give up their right to say no, even to someone they are dating.
I think one of the most debilitating aspects of domestic abuse, with or without sexual assault being involved, is that the victim often feels they chose that partner, so it creates intense guilt. It’s almost a “you made your bed, lie in it,” type of thing. And that is so far from the truth. Men who are abusers are often very cunning and manipulative, and rarely show their true colors right away. There is no shame in making a bad choice. And one bad choice—or even many—doesn’t mean you don’t deserve better.
And that’s the story I wanted to tell with No One’s Angel. One of choices. Good ones and bad ones. And about how sometimes the line between wrong choices and right choices is blurred. Trusting someone she met online should have been the wrong choice, but for Angel, it wasn’t. Deciding to focus on someone she’d met in person rather than the person she only knew from online should have been the right choice, but it definitely wasn’t.
Angel’s story has a happy ending, but many of the real ‘Angel’s out there don’t. If there is one secret behind No One’s Angel, it is that we need to do away with the secrets. By sharing our experiences and our knowledge, we empower ourselves to truly fight back against the ever growing statistics. As we abandon our silence, our abusers lose power. And just maybe, we can help each other to heal.