The Something More Boxed Set
Author: Danielle Pearl
Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance
Normal (Book 1)
It’s the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That’s what I’m counting on.
A year ago, Aurora “Rory” Pine was just a normal teenage girl – just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.
But this isn’t a year ago.
Rory is broken, and suffering from a new debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that’s easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There’s a witness – and a gorgeous one at that.
Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly can’t ignore.
But Sam has issues too, and Rory’s past won’t just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they’re lucky – love. This is not a flowery romance – not for the faint of heart.
ReCap (Book 1.5)
Rory and Sam fell in love in NORMAL, and we all fell in love right along with them. Now see it all unfold through Sam’s eyes, and learn just how the new girl with anxiety issues stole the heart of the gorgeous heartthrob, and turned his world upside down.
You already heard the story. The one of how Rory and I fell in love, supposedly, even if she couldn’t handle it in the end. You know how it all went.
Or you think you do.
You only know her side. But I have my own point of view, and even Rory couldn’t know my thoughts in those few months it took for her to go from being a stranger to my whole entire world.
Every moment is permanently ingrained in my memory. In my goddamned soul. From the moment I stumbled upon the girl panicking outside of calculus – the one with the tight little body, the angelic face, and the fierce attitude – to the night she abandoned me in Miami. It was the sum of those moments that changed me irrevocably.
Our story isn’t over. I won’t let it be. But this, this is what happened so far, the way I saw it.
I’m Cap. Or Sam, to Rory. And this is my story.
Okay (Book 2)
After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for her and Sam, love means letting go.
Can two people hopelessly in love ever revert back to just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam knows for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.
As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.
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Read an Interview with Author Danielle Pearl
- In 5 words, how would you describe your ‘Writing Style’
Real, honest, angsty, suspenseful, emotional.
- When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
The new releases! But I inevitably wind up lost between the romance shelves, sometimes for hours.
- What is your favorite book from childhood?
Easily and unequivocally The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery. My mother gave me her copy when I was ten or eleven and I fell in love with both the story and the (translated) prose. My mom read it in its original French, and I’ve always been jealous of that, but alas, my French is limited to menus and a few curses.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
I have three kids, including an eight month old baby, so… that. And, of course, read.
- What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My mom used to buy me those blank journals to keep a diary, and I would fill them up with pure fiction. As far as my first published work, Normal, it was inspired by an article written by a remarkably strong woman, and the comments below it that made my head spin. Here’s a link to my blog post all about it: daniellepearl.com/home/the-inspiration-for-normal
- What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would advise younger me to ignore her doubts and publish sooner. And not to try and design my own cover :/
- List the 5 books your HEROINE loves best and why…
Forever by Peter Hamill because New York is her safe haven, and she loves reading about its colorful history (Rory does read this book in Normal). Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher because she’s inspired by the heroine’s strength and survival. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery because she can relate to its message on narrow-mindedness. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher because she connects deeply to the protagonist and wishes there were more people like him in the world. Wuthering Heights, because in Rory’s eyes, love, contempt, and tragedy all go hand in hand.
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? What makes them special to you?
Rory is a survivor. She has suffered the worst kind of betrayal by those meant to love her the most, and while she definitely struggles, she is fierce and determined to move forward with her life. But it’s how she slowly and reluctantly opens up to a handsome stranger that makes her special. How a girl with every reason in the world to write off men decides to let this one in, first as a friend, and then, eventually… something more.
- What drew you to the romance genre? What are your Top Favorite Romance novels?
I’m your classic hopeless romantic. I was boy-crazy since I was a kid, but I learned fast that boys in real life aren’t always all that great (my amazing husband not included!). But in books… in books they are everything.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Easy by Tammara Webber
Bully by Penelope Douglas
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas
Real by Katy Evans
The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
- What is your favorite line from any of your books?
That’s like asking me to choose a favorite child! But today I’ll go with “Our lips crash together in a desperate union, each trying to steal a piece of the other, trying to leave some of ourselves behind.”
About the Author
Danielle Pearl is the Amazon and iBooks best selling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her husband three delicious chidren. She is a life long book enthusiast who has been writing ever since she could hold a pencil.
Danielle went to Boston University and worked in marketing before self-publishing her debut, Normal, in August of 2014. She writes mature young adult and new adult contemporary romance. She is represented by Erica Silverman of Trident Media Group.