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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Guest Post & #Giveaway: Thicker Than Blood by Anne Marie Citro




Parents Surviving Families Torn Apart

            When we give birth to children we realize there is no greater love in the world then what we feel for those we created. I wrote Thicker Than Blood about a sibling that betrays another and the aftermath. Our love is deep for our children but it doesn’t stop us from seeing their faults as well as their attributes. But what happens when one of our children hurts the other so deeply it tears apart the family we have nurtured and loved.
            The parents in this story have to deal with those feelings. Although they are secondary characters the emotions and repercussions are heart breaking. The parents have to deal with the love they feel for each of their children although the crime is incomprehensible their devotion doesn’t change. They need to try and fix the unfixable.
            It is overwhelming for a non-offending child to watch their parents struggle to understand what is right and wrong knowing they can’t change the love they have for the offender. Wishing with all their heart to turn back the hands of time and knowing it will never happen. The guilt that somehow it is the parent’s fault and question where they went wrong.
            How do they wake up every morning and face the world knowing that they created a monster? I don’t believe anyone is total evil or totally good. Parents still see the good that exists even if no one else does. Once the parent realizes there is no fixing some crimes they then have to recreate a family torn apart and rebuild.
            Do we as parents overcompensate for our children we know had to have been hurt? Yes, I believe so because something had to have happened to their child they were unaware of to make them do something evil. I don’t think any of us believe the children we give birth to and raise are capable of truly horrible things. Yet the prisons are filled with murders and rapists and con-artists.
            I believe when a parent doesn’t choose sides they have to change their outlook. Maintain a relationship with each child individually and forget the dream of having all their children and grandchildren in one place. Guilt tripping or constantly trying to mend fences that shouldn’t be fixed will result in a parent losing one of their children. 
            As children do we have the power to step back and not act immediately in order to protect our parents. I would hope so because even though a horrible act has been happened there can be many innocent victims along the way.

            Dakota the main character has to struggle with these options. Do guilty people get off every day? Yes, because so many lives can be effected without weighing all the outcomes. Is hurting your parent’s worth vindication? Only people who have lived through it can truly answer the question. 


Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017

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Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.

Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.

How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?


About the Author


Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.


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