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Rusk University #4

All Closed Off

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Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

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Cora Carmack

26 books9,842 followers
Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

***Please note: I am rarely on goodreads, so if you're trying to get a hold of me, the best places to find me are Twitter, Facebook, my blog, Instagram, and via email (coracarmack(at)gmail(dot)com).

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May 8, 2015
At first I was surprised to see Stella's book wasn't book three. I am desperate to hear her story after the ending of All Broke Down. However after seeing Cora's tweet I can understand. She said she wanted to write a book about what happened to a women AFTER all the anger and outrage at all the injustice for what was done to Stella. When everyone else has forgotten and moved on, but she's still living through it. Now I get why we have to wait a little bit for her story.

I have a feeling it will be powerful.
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February 7, 2018
Actualización: le quitaron la fecha... 🤬supongo que siempre no sale este 2018 😒😒😒



Llevo esperando por este libro AÑOS... literalmente. Hace tiempo leí esta serie y me enamoré de los personajes y Stella siempre llamó mi atención. Espero noviembre con ansias 😌😌😌

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July 24, 2017

From Cora Carmack's Facebook:

Hello friends!

2017 has been a doozy of a year so far. I’ve experienced some amazing things— like the release of my first YA book— something I’ve been dreaming about for more than a decade. I got to travel around Europe with my person, Jay Crownover. I’ve met amazing, supportive readers at signings all over. But despite all those good things, it’s been a year of struggle. A year of both physical and mental health issues. A year when my anxiety became something I could no longer manage alone. A year when my depression reached depths that I’ve never had to face. Some days I feel normal. Some days I feel like the old me— passionate and eager and ready to take on the world. Other days it takes everything in me to get out of bed. The thing that has suffered the worst in this struggle is my writing. Writing has always been the thing that came naturally to me, the way I made sense of the world. Now I spend my days battling a voice inside me that says I’m no longer capable of finishing a book. You’d think that would be an easy fear to brush under the rug for someone who has already written ten books. But it’s not. For the first time in my life, I’m second guessing my ability to write, second-guessing every word I put on the page. It’s something I’m dealing with. I’m managing it in the best way I can, trying to challenge myself, but also be compassionate toward myself when I need it. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for a situation like this. And while I’ve had to slow down, the world has kept moving at its usual rapid pace. Deadlines keep coming, responsibilities must still be addressed, and hard choices have to be made.

I know that you guys have waited an incredibly long time for All Closed Off. And there is literally nothing I want more than to get that book in your hands. You cannot imagine how much I have beaten myself up over the long wait for this book. If I could give it to you right now, I would. But it’s not ready (because I’m not ready). So, unfortunately, it will not be releasing July 18th. I don’t know when it will be releasing because as I said, the world keeps moving. And while All Closed Off will be self-published, which allows me a certain degree of flexibility, other parts of my career are not so flexible. And as I struggle to get back into a healthy routine, I must prioritize the work for which I am contracted. So here’s what I can promise you: I’m hard at work on the sequel to Roar. Stella and Ryan are constantly in my thoughts, and I work on them every chance I get. As soon as All Closed Off is ready, I’ll put it out into the world. I will do everything I can to make you wait as little as possible. And for every person who has waited this long, who has emailed and tweeted and messaged and yearned for Stella’s story—I appreciate you more than I can possibly put into words. There has been many an anxiety-filled moment when your little check ins and messages have kept me from giving in to frustration and despair. So all I can really do at this point is say thank you. And I’m sorry. And I hope someday I can make this up to you.

See Post HERE

I hope Cora has a better rest of the year and gets what she needs before continuing Stella's book. I know that whatever Cora writes will be great, seriously no pressure, it will be great because you're a great writer. Take the time you need, I know Stella's book is very important to you, so take the time you need as long as you can periodically update us on the status. And know, we are here for you.
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April 29, 2015
While I was reading ALU, I wanted Stella to have her story, I thought it was going to be a super funny book with her personality. At the end of ABD, I needed her story. Now, after I read Cora's newsletter, I crave Stella's story, I want to hear her voice, and support her in her fight.
I'm already freaking excited waiting the release of APO, and now I've to wait until 2016, but you know what? This waiting, for Stella's book... yeah, it'll be so worth it.
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May 12, 2017
What a beautiful cover ❤️
I cannot wait for this book enough.
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Shelved as 'maybe-in-a-dream'
March 29, 2017
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April 30, 2015
I don't really like what she is going to have happen to Stella. At the same time, football players do get put up on a pedestal sometimes.
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December 5, 2016
Almost 2017 and still no release date? And no info on her book-page. I wonder why nobody knows anything about what's going on
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March 6, 2020
Does anyone have info on a possible release date? Cora hasn’t posted on her blog in almost a year.
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April 29, 2015
***Please Read***
Cora Carmack has a special announcement for ya'll and I would like to ask each and every one of you to please take a few minutes out of your busy days to read this post. It is something that has touched me and left me almost in tears. (I am not a crier either)

What she talks about in this post is a very real topic that tragically thousands of women experience. I want to help her bring more awareness to this topic and I ask that you help as well.

If you like, share this post or make your own telling people about what Cora is doing. We as a book community need to come together and show our support in any way we can.
I ask that you at least reach out to one person throughout the day and tell them about this great thing Cora is doing to spread awareness

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June 21, 2015
Pre-Read: June 16, 2015



Because it makes no sense whatsoever to cry over a book description...right?

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May 27, 2015
My heart it's aching for Stella 3 , I need her story, The WORLD needs her story, and the society needs to get solutions for things like this
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June 30, 2017
EDIT 8/19/2016:

A year later and still no release date. :(


I am dying for this book!!! Really hope we get a release date soon.
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October 15, 2015
Really looking forward to book 4 since I loved Stella and I'm even more curious to hear Isaiah's story in book 5!
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