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Thursday, February 26, 2015
Beneath, You’re Beautiful Release Day Blitz
Four words continue to
haunt me . . .
You. Have. Breast. Cancer.
I associate them with the upheaval of my life to this point. The last few
months have been a test of my strength . . . mentally, emotionally, and
physically. Cancer is a monster. It preys on your mind and it consumes you,
consistently reminding you of how your life used to be. Life before cancer.I was a successful business woman,
running my own design firm, and was happily married to my college sweetheart.
My life seemed perfect. Until it suddenly came crashing down all around me.
So, here I am, in the
midst of treatment, incinerating the remnants of my shattered marriage and
attempting to piece the rest of my life back together. With three amazing
friends pushing me forward, the ‘post-chemo’ finish line is coming into view.
And then . . . there’s
him. The man I never anticipated. The one who breathes hope and meaning back
into my life. A man who kisses my scars and shows me that I’m beautiful. I
never expected him. Hell, I never expected cancer. I’m finally ready to write
my future, a future I never planned on, but one that is better than I could’ve
Walking back into the kitchen, I stopped outside the entrance and
overheard Bobbie Jo quietly talking to Jen, who was standing at the kitchen
island. As hard as she tried, Bobbie Jo never mastered the art of talking
quietly, and she was currently sharing her version of my day with Jen.
Clearing my throat, they both snapped their heads in my direction. “There
she is,” Jen announced with a little smirk and twinkle in her blue eyes. “So?”
“What?” I asked, pretending to not know what they were talking about as I
walked to the fridge.
Bobbie Jo interjected in her sassy voice. “You know damn well what she’s
asking about. Did you call Dr. McHottie?”
I pulled out a bottle of sparkling water and a lime. Grabbing a knife
from the butcher block, I sliced the lime and then squeezed a wedge into the
bottle before taking a sip. I could feel the two of them closely watching my
every move. “Fine. I’m meeting Dr. Forrester—I mean Blake—for coffee on Sunday
morning. Are you happy now?”
The squeal they let out was deafening, and they both bounded toward me,
wrapping me in a hug as they started jumping around in a circle.
“Ouch! Easy, I just had a fill done. Please stop smooshing me, it hurts.”
They both stepped away, but the up-to-no-good smiles were still planted on
“I knew it! He’s so into you,” Jen stated matter-of-factly. “Bobbie Jo
and I both had our suspicions. Oh my god, you’re dating a hot doctor, and not
just any hot doctor . . . Dr. McHottie himself!”
“Calm down. I’m not dating him, and I’m already questioning why I agreed
to meet him. Hell, I just signed my divorce papers this morning. Isn’t there
supposed to be a mourning period? I don’t want to fall victim to a rebound
relationship. What the hell did I do?” The panic was more than evident in my
voice, “Look at me.” I insisted, waving my hands up and down my body showcasing
my shiny bald head and hard chest that resembled a suit of armor. “I’m bald, I
don’t have boobs, and my skin is dry and pasty. Let’s be honest, I look like the
goddamn female version of Gollum from The
Lord of the Rings.”
“Like I told you earlier, he wouldn’t have asked you if he wasn’t
interested!” Bobbie Jo exclaimed,
her green eyes intensely focused on me. “Christ, Victoria, he’s seen you at
your best and at your worst. He understands you and what you’re going through
much better than Noah did.” She tossed her wavy chestnut brown locks over her
shoulder and went to mix herself a cocktail.
Happily married and the
mother of two, Tori Madison is active in the world of philanthropy and finds
joy in making a difference in lives of others. She is an avid reader, lover of
life and a breast cancer survivor. Currently residing with her family in Minnesota,
she can often be found at Caribou Coffee or at the dance studio with her kids.
With a well-known weakness for dark chocolate with sea salt and cheesecake, she
also has a fondness for chips and fresh salsa.
Writing a book was never
on her radar. After a challenge from a friend to write 1,500 words the story
came to life and a new opportunity to make a difference was born.
Her debut novel, Beneath
It All, released on September 24, 2014. Beneath, You’re Beautiful is her second
novel and the sequel to Beneath It All. It is a two book series.