Press release 07/02/2013:
Raw & Realistic Romance Novel Compels Readers to Seek Therapy.
Ria MacAlister’s emotion-tugging new novel exposes the
behind-closed-doors plight that millions of women face in torn
and unhappy marriages. Due to its bold realism and pertinence to
modern society, ‘Heartshaped Shards’ is inspiring women to bring
their issues into the open and seek therapy for their adversity.
For Immediate Release
While the romance genre has long been a staple of the literary
world, many of its narratives blur the lines of realism with
‘sappy’ love stories that could never play out in real life.
However, a powerful new novel Ria MacAlister is turning the
tables with its hard-hitting depiction of the ‘woman next door’.
‘Heartshaped Shards’ replaces swept-back billionaires and doting
brides with the possibility that two souls who have been beaten
down by the world may one day find each other.
Kate had a future. With a degree in physiotherapy, she had hopes
of pursuing a career as a sports rehabilitation therapist. But
fate had other ideas.
Beaten once again and left for dead by the man she should have
been able to trust with her life, Kate awakened from a coma to
discover that not only has she lost the precious baby she
carried, the beating also damaged her internally so that doctors
didn't think she would ever conceive again. As if that weren't
enough, Kate is also nearly blind due to the injury to her
Scarred--not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually
too--Kate moves in with her childhood friend to try to somehow
recover. Eventually her physical body begins to heal, but her
emotional state seems to deteriorate with each passing day. It
isn't until Patricia Daniels, an Irish psychotherapist, comes
into her life that Kate finally starts putting the pieces back
together in her shattered life.
Patricia (Trish to her friends) takes Kate with her on holiday
to Ireland and Scotland. Through a series of kind-hearted Celtic
men who come into Kate's life, brick by brick she is finally
able to begin to bring down the fortress she's built around
herself. The only question is whether a shattered shell of a
woman can love wholeheartedly.
Heartshaped Shards is not only an endearing romance, it is a
story of triumph; a testimony to the perseverance of the human
spirit. This novel deals with the difficult subject of spousal
abuse, but leaves the reader with the knowledge that there is
always hope...and when there's hope, amazing things can happen.
As the author explains, her narrative is having a profound
effect on its readers.
“'Heartshaped Shards' is a story of the woman next door, the one
you see with a black eye or a bruised cheek and wonder what goes
on behind closed doors,” says MacAlister.
“I have already been contacted by readers who have
said this book was 'the catalyst to get me into therapy for my
own issues,' or 'gave me some hope after my own painful
Since its release, the book has attracted a consistent string of
“I felt all of Katie's pain and fears like they were my own. I
got lost in this book. Ria made the characters seem like they
were real. This wonderful book had me on an emotional
rollercoaster, but in a good way,” says Kelly, who reviewed the
book on Amazon.
Jonel was equally as impressed, adding, “As much as the plight
of the protagonist is heart wrenching, I definitely laughed my
butt off more than once while reading this novel. MacAlister
manages to evoke the entire emotional spectra in her readers
throughout the novel.”
With its popularity expected to sharply increase, interested
readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.
‘Heartshaped Shards’ is available now: