Back Again

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Between life and death lies fate.

"Dawn had lost count of the number of times she’d lived through this. Every time it hurt as much as the time before. Eventually, she thought that she must become immune to the events, and that her heart wouldn’t shatter into a thousand, million pieces—
But it always did." More

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About Susan May

Susan May decided she was a writer at four. Unfortunately, for the next 46 years she suffered from a common writer’s disease—life-gets-in-the-way-osis. In 2010 she discovered a cure—write a page a day no matter what. Since then she has churned out multiple short stories, many of which have become award winners and enjoyed publication.
Enthralled with any form of storytelling, Susan snared her dream job when she became a film and book reviewer for U.S. Suspense Magazine. You can find her several times a week in a darkened cinema with her hand in a popcorn bucket.
Her award winning short stories have appeared in U.S, U.K. and Australian publications. Susan built strong relationships with Australian publishers through her book reviewing and her dream was to partner with a major publisher to release her books.
After interviewing Hugh Howey the poster author for Indie publishing, she did her research and decided to turn her back on the idea of traditional publishing. Susan found herself top notch editors in New York, NY Book Editors, and released her first book, Behind the Fire in August 2013 as a self-published work.
She is currently working with David Gatewood (Hugh Howey’s editor) on several short story anthologies containing her award winning stories and previously unpublished gems. Three anthologies will be released in the final quarter of 2013.
By the end of 2013, Susan's readers will enjoy their first taste of ‘HUNGRY’, book one of an apocalyptic thriller series in which the majority of humankind develops a fatal allergy to genetically modified food. A terrified world suddenly finds itself faced with an epidemic of anaphylaxis deaths and food too dangerous to consume. Sustenance has become a guessing game. As the majority of the population faces extinction, the few who are immune become valuable commodities to the allergic survivors, and governments who are searching frantically for a solution.
Says Susan, “It’s an exciting publishing world now, and I am taking full advantage of it to entertain readers. Every day I pinch myself that I am able to do what I love and be in control of every facet of it. And I can wear my track suit pants and slippers while doing it. Bliss.”
Susan lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her best first reader, her husband, Franco, and their two young boys, Bailey and Harry. Her mind, however, ventures constantly into the dark crevices where all speculative writers create their strange worlds.

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Review by: AnaBanana on Aug. 26, 2014 :
I won this book through the Member Giveaways in exchange for a review.

This novella was incredible!! A story that I will not soon forget. When I read the description I was a bit hesitant to try to win it, as my husband and I lost our first and only child 17 days after birth, and wasn't sure if it would hit too close to home. But the premise sounded so interesting that I decided to chance it. I am so glad that I did! Did it hit close to home once I started reading it? Yes, absolutely! Although the circumstances were different, the fact was that I and the main character, Dawn, still lost our son's. Yet the story grabs at you from the first word and does not let go. What a story!! I can't wait to read the book!! This was an extremely emotional story and your heart breaks for Dawn, the mother, as she tries to change the outcome over and over again. But any mother would do the same, regardless if changing the outcome was successful or not. This was a great story that I will not forget. Ever. If only this could happen in real life!! Susan May knows how to get into the heart and mind of the characters and in turn, also knows how to reach the heart and mind of her readers! A story that I will read and re-read again and again!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: SAMANTHAJULIA on Aug. 11, 2014 :
A haunting and memorable story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tamara! on Aug. 05, 2014 :
Do not read if you are feeling any sort of emotion other than stoic! Heartbreaking and yet, wonderfully told. Going back every 10 days and figuring out the 'how' of it all, trying to grasp something and change the outcome made for an intense and worthwhile journey. Descriptive in a lively and very human way, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It was tough, as well, it's a child dying, but the mom's journey to fix it was fascinating.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: lilfries on July 24, 2014 :
I received a free copy of this novella for an honest review. If you had to repeat one of the worst moments of your life wouldn't you try to change the outcome. This is a heartwrenching emotional story. It shows the true power of a mother's love. It is a story not easily forgotten.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: allthesmallthingsandbig on July 14, 2014 :
I was given this book for an honest review. By page 19 I was crying as a mother the storyline for this book hit me hard. I could not imagine the pain Dawn was feeling. I felt so sorry for Dawn and hope I never have to live through an experience like it. There are many times in life you think to yourself ‘what if’ this story takes that ‘what if’ and amplifies it.

This part of the story hit me ‘It never grew easier to live through Tommy's death and,
at every opportunity, she never stopped trying to change the timeline.’ I can relate to what she is saying, if this were to happen to me I would stop at nothing to try and change anything that happened on that day. This story well and truly touched my heart, I also found it sad that it also seemed kylie was reliving the same day as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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