Striving for Normal

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Normal. It's a relative term, or so I thought. It wasn't until I got caught up with a man who stripped me of my confidence, dignity, and trust that I realized I was no longer normal. I did things and became part of things I never thought I would have.

I was content in my shell, living what life I allowed myself to live. Both my best friend and therapist had different ideas. They wanted more for me and saw to it that I wanted more, too. When life started to open new possibilities...

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Overview

Normal. It's a relative term, or so I thought. It wasn't until I got caught up with a man who stripped me of my confidence, dignity, and trust that I realized I was no longer normal. I did things and became part of things I never thought I would have.

I was content in my shell, living what life I allowed myself to live. Both my best friend and therapist had different ideas. They wanted more for me and saw to it that I wanted more, too. When life started to open new possibilities I thought I no longer deserved, it also brought back old ones I thought would never return.

How do I move on from a past that won't let me go or move into a future I'm not sure I'm ready for? Am I strong enough to go after what I want and say no to those things that try to pull me in again? More importantly, will I ever be at peace with myself as I'm Striving for Normal?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989192361
  • Publisher: B L Mooney
  • Publication date: 8/17/2013
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do-she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she's made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up in her head just fine.

B.L. lives in the Midwest, and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review** EMOTIONAL┬┐

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review**

    EMOTIONAL…TWISTED….AMAZING! 

    Striving For Normal begins with Drew Clayborn speaking with her therapist of four years, Joseph Hatcher, in a session to discuss
    coming to terms with her past. Drew feels guilty about the things she has done and truly does not believe she should not be allowed
    any happiness, because she feels what she has done is unforgivable. Drew reveals the shocking secrets through her sessions with
    Therapist Joseph that will leave you appalled and sadden, but understanding why Drew can no longer trust. 

    Terri, Drew’s best friend, is trying to assist her with moving forward by helping her with her career and dating, but Drew is struggling to
    move forward. Drew then meets two men whom come into her life, Carl Williamson and Dennis Brooks, whom are worlds apart in
    character. Carl is a wealthy man that can easily have any woman he wants, but he is too fighting a personal loss and Dennis a
    laid-back man that makes her smile and makes her feel loved.

    As Drew finally feels she is moving forward with her life, her past comes back to haunt her and she finds herself surrounded with
    everything she has been trying to overcome the past four years.  Will Drew find true love and will her true love be able to protect her from
    her past, so she can have a hopeful future? Will Drew’s past shatter all hopes of her recovering from all her demons to move forward
    without the hope to be normal again? Striving For Normal is a beautiful story about a young woman struggling to be a survivor of
    unfortunate circumstance of life and finding the courage to move on with loving ourselves and allowing others to love us in return.
    Striving For Normal is a novel that will capture your attention immediately and will be unable to put the book down. While reading, you
    will find yourself on an INTENSE emotional roller coaster experiencing many emotions like being MAD, SAD, SCARED, SHOCKED,
    CRYING, LAUGHING, and FALLING IN LOVE. 

    I rate B.L. Mooney’s novel, Striving For Normal – 4.5 AMAZING STARS!

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    REVIEW TIME!STRIVING FOR NORMAL by BL Mooney Review by Wendy Shh

    REVIEW TIME!STRIVING FOR NORMAL
    by BL Mooney
    Review by Wendy
    Shhh, Mommy's in the Bathroom.,.Reading
    5 Stars

    Drew Clayborn has done things she can't forgive herself for. She's spent the last four years with Joseph, her very calm, understanding, and compassionate therapist. She doesn't feel she deserves to be happy after the tragic events and choices she has made. 
    Her best friends Terri and Mark have taken Drew under their wings and think its time for her to move forward. And they know the prefect guy for her. Problem is Drew doesn't think she will or even deserves to move on.

    Carl Williamson is rich, handsome, and a powerful Alpha male. Carl gets what he wants, who he wants, when he wants it. Carl does things to Drew, physically and mentally. He sets her on fire, but is this a temptation too great for her?

    Dennis Brooks is the all around nice guy. He's strong and handsome and makes Drew laugh and smile. He's the safe option.

    Drew is torn between two men, one she has an intense reaction to and one that she thinks isn't strong enough to handle the demons she hides. Or option number 3, just stay alone.

    Until her past comes back to haunt her, she's just Striving for Normal...

    I was first introduced to BL Mooney with Coming Home. I really like this book, so I was happy to review her next undertaking. 
    Can I say, "WOW!" She really outdid herself with this one. I was sucked in from the beginning. You really want to know what Drew did that was so horrible. Well, Drew definitely has some demons to overcome. My emotions really ran the gambit on this one, I laughed, I cried, I got very turned on, mad, angry, pissed, and even had to step away. I fell in love with these characters, and some I down right loathed. The characters are well developed and the story flowed. The story alternates between what's going on in the present and what happened in the past. I don't want to say too much for fear that I will give things away, but this is a must read roller-coaster of emotions. This is a definite READ ME in my book.

    I cant wait to see what BL Mooney has in store for us next!

    Favorite Quotes:
    “What do you want, Drew? I need you to tell me.”
    “You, please, I need you.” I squirmed, trying to get where I needed to be.
    He placed his forehead against mine and whispered, “I need to be part of you, Drew. Tell me what you need.”
    I felt him press against my entrance. I started to move down, but he held my hips still. I groaned. “I need you..."
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    “If I can’t love me, how can I expect him to?”
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    “I think that you do want to see and that you’re striving for normal and don’t know how to accomplish that.”
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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Let me start off by saying, this book was not what I expected. D

    Let me start off by saying, this book was not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I had good expectations, but Ms. Mooney met and surpassed them! I went into the story thinking it was going to be a romantic love triangle with a villain thrown in the mix. While there is some truth to that, the story provided so much more. When we first meet our protagonist, Drew, she is in a session with her therapist Joseph. While her diagnosis is never stated, it is clear that Drew is being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over time and through a series of memories (or flashbacks), the reason(s) for Drew’s pain are revealed to us. And let me tell you, there were some scenes that caused my jaw to drop. (Those of you that know me know this is no easy task!) The story takes this broken person from being a victim of her circumstances to being a survivor of them. The book isn’t really about Drew being torn between two men, it’s about her learning to love and forgive herself enough to feel worthy of love. How can she love any man the way he deserves if she doesn’t love herself? With the help of Joseph and her I’m-going-to-tell-you-like-it-is-and-I’m-not-going-to-sugarcoat-it best friend, Drew attempts to work through her insecurities and find her self-worth. It’s no easy journey as Drew fights herself (and sometimes everyone trying to help her) every step of the way. There is a lot of ugly in this story, but Ms. Mooney added just the right amount of altruistic beauty to level it off. 




    Striving for Normal is a story of victimization and survival, fear and courage, self-hate and self-forgiveness. There are jaw-dropping moments and several twists that will keep you on your toes. I recommend it to anyone looking for an atypical romance with depth and surprise. 




    ~ Shawn

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