Date Published: March 1, 2015 (second edition)
Original edition published April 2014
Tragedy destroyed Alex Kohen’s life, until fate offered her a chance to escape her nightmares and possibly find love…
Beautiful, compassionate Dr. Alex Kohen had the perfect life – until, in an instant, it was tragically ripped from her. Plagued by her demons, Alex moves to a new city and devotes herself to her work and her patients. But her secrets continue to haunt her, making her afraid to build a future outside of her career. Convinced that her heart is irreparably broken, Alex has closed herself off to the possibility of love.
That is, until she meets sexy, confident Kellen Rhion – a wealthy CEO with a reputation as the ultimate playboy. Kellen, plagued by personal tragedies of his own, knows from the moment they meet that Alex is the woman he wants. And with patient determination, he slowly begins to break down her long-fortified defenses.
Although they meet under tragic circumstances, out of that catastrophe is born a connection that neither can deny. And despite the challenges of their demanding and busy careers, Alex and Kellen find the time to nurture their growing relationship. They struggle through obstacle after obstacle, including Kellen’s celebrity lifestyle and Alex’s emotional baggage.
But after Kellen’s supposed betrayal and brush with death, can Alex really trust him with her heart? And can Kellen accept that she will always, in a way, be broken?
I had the privilege of reading this book back in September here's my review.
How was Tragically Broken inspired?
I deal with death every day. It’s the hardest part of my job. Not only does almost every decision a doctor make have a potential consequence of death but dealing with Neurologic cases are even more complicated. Neurologists deal with the most difficult of cases from patients who overdose and become brain dead to massive strokes to Cardiopulmonary arrest with lack of oxygen to the brain but yet we are expected to turn those sad, horrifying, morbid emotions off and resume normal life once we walk out of a room. There is no way to do that. Either we live a partial existence, have PTSD (similar to anyone else who experiences death on a regular basis) or we find a new outlet. Writing is my outlet. It helps my brain take a mini-vacation from reality, just as does reading.
The idea of Tragically Broken came to me after dealing with people I know who have lost someone at a young age. How do they move on? Do they? I have seen both. I’ve seen some start dating or married a year later and I have seen others never date or marry again. Either way, the thought of losing someone and moving on is tragic and I pray I never experience that loss. I’ve no idea what I’d do in that situation and never want to find out.
We can all decide to either open our hearts to love or close them. We’ll never find love if we close them and some people love way too easily. Tragically Broken is a story about finding the middle ground, finding the person who completes you but not settling for anything less after heartbreaking loss.
Life can be lonely without “your person”- soul mate- the person who completes you. Can there be more than one person in the world who dose that? For some people yes and some people no. But if you refuse to open your heart you will never know. Tragically Broken explores this concept.
In the end, life is too short and too complicated to not live it to the fullest. Every time I think I’m having a bad day I see a patient who has a devastating disease or had a major tragedy and my day seems a lot better. I thank God for all my blessings.
About the Author:
If you have already read my book, then you have already seen into part of my soul. Each of my characters is a part of me. They each have some aspect of my personality, or represent who I wish I could be or would hate to be.
I have always been an avid reader, even as a child, and I’ve always loved to get lost in a good book. Reading a book would take over my life, and at times it still does. It is my addiction. Once I start a book, I cannot put it down until I know the end of the story … which may be a few books later. Same thing with writing – once the story pops into my head, I obsess about it until I have it down on paper. I have notes on scenes all over. Some have already been developed into a book, and some are waiting for the rest of the storyline to be written in order to find their journey and see where it ends.
For a decade, or more, I had to put all that creativity on hold while I dedicated my life to my professional career and creating my family. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and two angelic children. Supporting and nurturing them is now my number one priority.
Once my life reached a stable point, I was finally able to find time to rekindle my love of books. Twilight took me by storm, which then catapulted me to Fifty Shades of Grey. “It all started with a vampire who was replaced by a man with a whip.” Reading tales written by my favorite authors reignited my own creativity, my mind wandered into stories of my own, and now, amazingly, I am an author.
When my time is not consumed watching my daughter dance or my son play hockey, spending time with my husband, or working, I am lost in either reading a good book or writing. Disney World is my respite and I love all things Mickey. My family and friends are incredible people and support me in all that I do. I have learned that life is too short, and we have to take time to enjoy its simple pleasures.