LOVE AMID THE PRIDE AND PREJUDICES OF GROWING UP ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF A SMALL TOWN

Saving Toby (Book 1)

Loving someone through their hard fall from grace takes a lot of grit.

In school, Toby Faye was a moody kid who sat in the back of class and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there. Claudia might have forgotten him if it weren’t for the two fatal circumstances surrounding his family. In their small town, the Faye name was infamous.

An unexpected job offer drops Claudia back into Toby’s life, and that of his widowed mother. Older now, Toby is a mass of muscles and unruly hair; a real head-turner. Despite Claudia’s attempt to stay away from Toby, his blue-grey eyes expose a need she cannot ignore. Toby’s world is a place where sadness lingers and old wounds run deep. Touched by the family’s plight, Claudia vows to help Toby and his mother move past the hurt.

When a local hate crime is linked to Toby and his friends, doubts are cast. Old friends become enemies. Animosity between Claudia’s father and Toby strains the father-daughter relationship. Taking Toby’s side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined. She will have to be tougher than she’s ever had to be. Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?

Saving Toby is the first book of a duology that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple’s journey to find themselves.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, Saving Toby may be read as standalone.

TITLE: Saving Toby (Toby & Claudia Book 1)
AUTHOR: Suzanne McKenna Link
DATE OF PUBLICATION: Jan. 31, 2014 (Revised Aug. 2017)
PAPERBACK RETAIL PRICE: $12.99 US
(6X9 Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1432799854
PAGES: 300
eBOOK ASIN: B00EV6K2AC
RETAIL PRICE: $1.99

Bonus Material: Click here for Saving Toby deleted scenes, poem and song written for the book

Saving Toby playlist: Songs that inspired the story.

Keeping Claudia (Book 2)

How do you love someone whose past goes against everything you’ve ever known or trust in a future you’ve yet to believe in?

Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.

Toby Faye is a new man, and the girl he’s long dreamed of is finally within his reach. With Claudia’s help, he’s put the past behind him. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.

Can Claudia love him unconditionally … or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

Keeping Claudia is the emotional finale to the love story that began in Saving Toby, an unforgettable journey of a couple who discover the only way to love someone is with an open heart.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, may be read as standalone.

TITLE: Keeping Claudia (Toby & Claudia Book 2)
AUTHOR: Suzanne McKenna Link
DATE OF PUBLICATION: June 1, 2017
PAPERBACK RETAIL PRICE: $13.99
(6X9 Paperback) 
ISBN-13: 978-1545236536 
Pages: 403
eBOOK ASIN: B071YPHXG8
RETAIL PRICE: $2.99

Bonus Material: Deleted scenes from Keeping Claudia 

Keeping Claudia playlist: Songs that inspired the story.

What readers are saying about Saving Toby…

Watch out Suzanne McKenna Link!

This was an absolutely beautiful book and I’m not just saying that because of the fabulous love story. This book had such tangible characters. I felt like I was living out their experiences, their joy, confusion and turmoil. That I can connect so much to all these characters, speaks very highly of the writer/author of this book. That is pure talent!!!
I was rooting for Toby and Claudia. I’ll be reading the next story. I hope it’s not as emotionally driven as this one. That takes a toll on the reader. I really hope neither of them do something so horrible or stupid, they don’t end up together.
~ Ileana Amazon

Quality Read

I never expected such a high quality read from a first time author. Saving Toby draws one in from page one and keeps us wondering and excited throughout. It’s a great lesson for the young and inspires the young-at-heart to reminisce. I did not want it to end but at the same time could not put it down until I finished. Great read. Can’t wait for Keeping Claudia.
~ jlb Amazon

Beautiful Story

Saving Toby was an outstanding read! From start to finish each character captures your heart! The message of finding your own personal happiness in order to have happiness with another person is beautifully entwined throughout the book! I am looking forward to more of this authors work!
~ Karen S Amazon

LOVED LOVED this book!

There is so much I enjoyed about this book, I don’t even know where to begin….
First of all, as an Italian-American from NYC, everything about Claudia and her family was 100% authentic. It is a very personal pet-peeve of mine when Italian-American characters in books are written as stereotypes and are not realistic at all.

Secondly, the story was flawless. The author really took her time developing the plot and creating a slow buildup. All of the characters, even the smaller ones, were extremely detailed and well developed. I was often a little frustrated by how slowly things seemed to be moving between Claudia and Toby, and how many brick walls they kept hitting, but at the same time that is what made them believable. I also would have like to see some more intimacy between them, just because I like my books steamy, but that definitely did not take away from how much I loved these characters and how deeply I felt their connection.

Overall, I just loved everything about this story and I am extremely eager to get my hands on the next book!!
JANA410 Amazon

This was a great book and very glad I picked it up.

It is definitely an emotional read so be prepared! Claudia and Toby are two total opposites, but you know they always say opposites attract! These two have such a heart felt story that you will not want to put this book down.
~ Jodi Goodreads.com

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ONLINE BLOG SITE REVIEWS:

Fic Central:

It’s sweet and angsty and frustrating and believable, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

My Daily Romance:

This was a really inspiring story! I would strongly recommend reading it!

Stories and Swag:

I was hooked from page one and was excited to see where the story would go.

http://storiesandswag.blogspot.pt/2014/03/blog-tour-saving-toby-by-suzanne.html

A Reading Nurse:

All in all this is a great book that you will end up reading in one or two sittings.

http://areadingnurse.blogspot.com/2014/02/blog-tour-saving-toby-by-suzanne.html

YA Book Addict:

A book that managed to evoke so many different emotions rates highly with me…

http://youngadultbookaddict.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-saving-toby.html