THICKER THAN WATER Blog Tour: ‘Most Challenge Scenes’ Guest Post + Giveaway

Thicker Than Water

I am so thrilled to be today’s release day stop on the THICKER THAN WATER Blog Tour! I have been anxiously awaiting its release and I cannot wait for my copy to land on my Kindle. If you haven’t yet ordered your copy, now’s the perfect time.

I love stories that have real-to-life issues, that are hard-hitting and emotional. I can’t wait to meet CeCe and learn exactly what happened, how things got as bad as they did, and whether she is able to move beyond all that has gone down.

Addiction is not an easy topic. But it’s one that has touched most everyone in some way. So it’s very relevant. Which makes THICKER THAN WATER an absolute must-read.

If you’d like to know more, the book’s description is immediately below. Keep reading for an awesome post from the author, Kelly Fiore, on her most challenging scenes to write and what made writing this book such a challenge.

There’s also a giveaway for a few copies of THICKER THAN WATER. So be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

If you’d like to follow along with the tour, to check out a few reviews, interviews and other guest posts, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the end of the post.



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Author: Kelly Fiore
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


Cecelia Price killed her brother. At least, that’s what the police and the district attorney are saying. And although Cecelia is now locked up and forced into treatment, she knows the real story is much more complicated.

Cyrus wasn’t always the drug-addled monster he’d become. He was a successful athlete, but when an injury forced him off the soccer field and onto pain medication, his life became a blur of anger, addiction, and violence. All CeCe could do was stand by and watch, until she realized one effective way to take away her brother’s drugs while earning the money she needed for college: selling the pills.

Soon, CeCe becomes part drug dealer, part honor student. But even when all she wants is to make things right, she learns that sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcome.

Thicker than Water is an unforgettable dark, harrowing look into the disturbing truth of drug addiction and the desperate love of a sister watching her brother deteriorate before her eyes.


The Guest Post

Most Challenging Scenes to Write

by Kelly Fiore

Thank you so much for having me today! I’m honored to be talking to people about THICKER THAN WATER.

It comes as no surprise that a book that touches on my own personal life would have some difficult scenes. Having a family member addicted to Oxy Contin certainly assisted in allowing me the insight to be frank and honest in my writing. However, that meant that I had to be frank and honest. It means I had to delve into all of the peripheral damage an addiction can have – the lies and the theft and the hurt. It’s been quite a journey for me.

The most challenging scene for me to write – the scene I avoided the longest – was the confrontation between CeCe and her father at court. Second to that, to give you some perspective, was Cyrus’s death. It was easier for me to write that death than it was for me to write a one on one “come to Jesus” moment between two damaged characters.

When a parent, or anyone else, is enabling to an addict, they have at least two reasons (or excuses): it makes the addict feel better, but it also makes the enabler feel better, too. CeCe knew that about her dad. He had a delusional belief about who Cyrus was and what he would accomplish in the future. He wore rose colored glasses to a fault. When CeCe had to face him, had to listen to how angry he was at her for losing Cyrus, it was gut-wrenching for me to make CeCe sit and listen. If I were here, I’d want to run. Run far. Run fast. Run away from the words – because in reality, her father has his own role to play in Cyrus’ death. He is the furthest thing from innocent.

This book was a brutal study for me, but there were many moments that provided healing. In the author’s note at the end of the book, I mention that my brother has reached his fourth year of sobriety – in fact, it’s his fifth. That note was written in a draft from over a year ago. So we keep on moving forward, through the things that are difficult or painful because they are worth it – and that’s how I feel about writing those difficult scenes, too.

Thank you so much for having me!

About Kelly Fiore


Kelly Fiore-Stultz has a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005 and 2009. Kelly’s poetry has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Samzidada, Mid Atlantic Review, Connotation Press, and the Grolier Annual Review. Her first young adult novel, Taste Test, was released in August 2013 from Bloomsbury USA, and her second, Just Like the Movies, again from Bloomsbury, was releasted in 2014. Forthcoming novels include Thicker Than Water from HarperTeen in 2015.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • THREE (3) winners will receive a finished copy of THICKER THAN WATER – US only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

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