Book & Author Details:
Say Nothing… by T.A. Roth
Publication date: November 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After years spent harboring a shameful secret, I finally felt…alive, reawakened and brave. Willing to break down my walls and let love in. Let him in.
We had conquered our pasts. The truth had set us free, and we were looking toward our future. Until a crazy twist of fate brought my worst nightmare back into my life.
The voice and soundtrack to every one of my haunting dreams now had a face. One he won’t easily let me forget.
The hits Ben endured on the football field will be nothing compared to the devastating blow his heart will take if he finds out the whole truth. He knows the story, but he doesn’t know the monster. Not like I do.
Just as the wounds of my past had begun to heal, he’s come back to rip them wide open.
Maybe some things are better kept from those we love.
Maybe some secrets are never meant to be told.
Maybe it’s better to Say Nothing…
I park in front of the yellow duplex and double check the address. 336 Reynard St. Looks like the place. I step out of my beat-up Honda and smooth my hands down the front of my jeans. I’m nervous.
I’ve struggled for months to find a part-time job that would allow me the freedom to pursue my music. When Rosemarie suggested I teach piano, I took her idea and ran with it. She put an ad in the church bulletin, and I spent weeks studying ways to teach others.
I currently have three adult clients. They are older members of the church who have always wanted to learn. Today, I’ll be teaching my first child.
I grab my satchel from my backseat and make my way up the walk. My bag is filled with stickers and a few different workbooks for me to use, depending on how quickly she learns.
The woman on the phone mentioned the lessons were for her seven-year-old daughter.
I knock once and nervously push my shaggy hair out of my face.
“Coming,” says a lady’s voice from behind the door. A few seconds later, a woman in her late twenties opens the door. She smiles as a toddler perches on her hip and another one peeks out from between her legs.
“Amos?” she asks.
“Yes, that would be me,” I say smiling.
“Come in,” she says opening the screen door.
“Excuse the mess. These girls decided to pull out every Barbie they owned today.”
I step over the pile of dolls and walk over toward the antique looking piano. It’s a Baldwin.
“We had it tuned. It belonged to my grandmother. Rely is obsessed with it. Let me get her.” She leaves the room with the two little ones as I pull out the piano bench and take a seat. A noise from behind the couch pulls my attention. A pair of sparkling hazel eyes meets mine as they peek out from behind the armrest.
“Hello?” I say waving my hand.
She moves out of sight, and I smile.
“I’m your new piano teacher. Will you come out so we can meet?” I ask.
Her mother enters the room exasperated. “I don’t know where she’s hiding. I swear this girl is a pro at hide and seek.”
I chuckle and point behind the couch.
“Rely, come out and meet your new teacher.” Her mother seems to be pulling her from behind the couch. She reluctantly comes out, and as her sisters did earlier, she hides behind her mother’s legs.
“Rely, that’s a very pretty name. Your mom tells me you want to learn to play the piano. I’d love to teach you. Will you let me?” We wait a bit, and she doesn’t budge, so I try something else.
I face the piano and begin to play “Old McDonald.”
I look over my shoulder, and she hasn’t moved. “Itsy Bitsy Spider” is next and still nothing. In a last ditch effort, I try “Jingle Bells.” What kid doesn’t love Christmas songs?
Suddenly, she’s on the bench beside me, and we stare at each other a moment. She has a mass of chestnut hair, and her tiny red lips purse as she watches my fingers float across the keys.
“Can you teach me to play that?” she asks.
Little did I know how much more I’d be willing to do for her…
T.A. Roth is a wife and mother of two funny and crazy kids. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not beautifying clients as a stylist/make-up artist at her day job you can find her reading, fangirling her favorite authors, or singing along to the radio. After getting the opportunity to read the debut novel of a then client now friend something clicked. Her “what the hell” attitude kicked in and a year later, here we are.
Say Something… A new adult romance is her debut novel.