From the Author
I never intendedto write this book. I'd carried the title "Shadowboxer" in my head ever since Iheard Fiona Apple's amazing song by the same name, but I didn't have a story togo with it. Then one day I did. This book poured out of me in fits and starts--morestarts than fits--and I loved writing it more than I've loved writing any otherbook. I cried with Mia more than once. Laughed with her too. And just like Mia,I was afraid. I didn't know if people would like this book. If I'd gotten it"right." Abuse is so deeply personal. I was scared of screwing up, much likeFox. Several times I nearly shoved this manuscript under my bed and moved on.But I couldn't. My best friend, co-writer and CP, Taryn Elliott, wouldn't letme. Neither would Mia and Fox. Because if I let myself down, I'd be lettingthem down too--and all the people I hoped would perhaps read this story. I, too,have often felt like I didn't have a voice. I've screamed in my head because Ithought no one would listen or care.
Writing Mia helpedheal me in a lot of different ways. She helped give me my sense of hope back.She might be fictional, but she's not to me. She's me, and you, and every oneof us. She's angry and messed up and absolutely perfect.
Thank you forreading. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Book 2 in the Tapped Out series, SNEAK ATTACK, a short novel with Tray and Mia, releases May 29, 2015. Book 2 in the Tapped Out series, ON THE ROPES, Carly and Giovanni's story, will release July 1, 2015.
Also available now: BODY SHOT (a free teaser novella featuring Carly and Giovanni) and TAKEDOWN, a novella featuring Abby and Slater's brother Liam.