Monday, May 19, 2014

Release Blitz of "Overwhelmed" by Marita A. Hansen

Marita A. Hansen
May 19, 2014


It was a chance meeting
That changed everything

Before only one man loved me

Now two do

One is my husband

The other a lover

I didn’t cheat

We had a threesome

But the problem was what followed

My lover wanted more than one night

My husband got angry

My lover got dirty

And I got overwhelmed

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I opened my eyes and looked up at him. He was standing over me, wearing only a towel, his body glistening from not being dried properly. A line of water ran down the curving Maori tattoo on his right arm, dripping onto the carpet. He had the type of body made from a construction site—powerfully built and tanned, his muscular biceps and six-pack not from a gym. He pushed a hand through his wet brown hair, the stubble from last night gone. He was delicious, but all I wanted was for him to get dressed and go to work, so I could get back to the countless messages I had to answer. There were too many to deal with, all to do with my writing. My thoughts made me feel guilty, even more so since Tom was staring down at me with need in his eyes, the proof pushing at his towel. But, I was overwhelmed with work, overwhelmed with stress, and I really didn’t need him adding to it.



I would describe 'Overwhelmed' as what happens after the end of the story when high school sweethearts get their HEA.  It is not all peaches and cream and needs a lot of work.  This is something that Kelly and Tim find out the hard way.  It is a tale of lessons to be learnt, full of real life situations and colourful characters. 

Kelly and Tim are in a bit of rut in their relationship, with constant sources of disagreement on both sides.  Tim has set up a visit for both of them to a sex club as an attempt to put some spice back into their love life.  Neither of them are fully prepared for the situation they will find themselves in nor the consequences of their actions.  When they find themselves having a threesome with the enigmatic Eric, neither Kelly nor Tim really wants it to happen but believing that it is what the other wants, they go through with the act.  By going through with the threesome, they set in motion a chain of events that has the potential to break their relationship apart. 

Kelly is a self published author, who wants to proved to Tim that she can make a living from writing.  While I admire her determination to succeed at her dream, she pursues it at a high cost to her family.  Her relationship with Tim is crumbling without her noticing as they stop communicating.  Tim is going through lots of issues himself but Kelly never seems to have time for him anymore, always on the laptop.  Her teenage daughter is also going through multiple issues and rather than supporting her daughter through she enables her to continue down a path which will be destructive for her daughter.  The cost of following her dream could ultimately be too high.  As the reader you will either see her as a woman who is strong and confident enough to follow her dreams and the quality of life it will bring her family if she succeeds or as a woman that is so self-absorbed that she doesn't see what is happening to her family and that they need her. 

Tim is not absolved from blame for the situation they find themselves in.  Rather than talking to Kelly about their relationship, he decides that a visit to a sex club is what their relationship needs to spice things up.  He makes this decision on his own.  While he is a sexy, hard working alpha male, he lacks confidence in all things Kelly, despite being together since high school. 

The ultimate lesson from this story is that relationships take a lot of work and open and honest communication to succeed.  This book doesn't give you a HEA.  Life rarely wraps things up nicely and that is what Kelly and Tim are about to discover as their story continues. 

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About the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians . My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.

SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.

CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.

FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.

BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!

STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.

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