Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Release Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tagline: "Where you are is home..."
The Butterfly Project Blurb:
"Where you are is home..."
At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years
hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian
graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child
abduction—before they happen.
Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book
publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her
stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded
young man with a past he’d do anything to change...
Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his
head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and
hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his
Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of
wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and
maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must
choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot
The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest
decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen
“Why do you stay if it’s so hard to live here?” I asked.
Beckett took a drag from his cigarette, as if he were buying time before answering.
“Brooklyn, born and raised,” he said finally, still not looking at me. “Where else would I go
anyway? Different city, same struggle.” He finally brought his gaze to mine. “So you’re getting
“On the bus, tomorrow,” I said. “I can’t stay. I was here for a job interview—sort of—and it fell
“What was the job?”
“You’ll think it’s stupid.”
“Yeah, I probably will.” His smile was dry.
I laughed a little. “Smartass. I draw graphic novels.”
He stared at me blankly.
“Long-form comic books that tell one continuous story,” I said.
“Like The Walking Dead?”
“Exactly. I have one mocked up and I came here to pitch it to a few publishers. They all rejected
me. Well, one half-rejected me, but it doesn’t matter. I can’t stay in the city long enough to make
any changes, and I wouldn’t know what changes to make if I could.”
Beckett studied the cigarette between his fingers. “Why can’t you stay?”
“Where do I start?” I ground out my cigarette under my boot heel. “My poor planning? My
dwindling funds? The fact I was robbed today? Or that I was naively hopeful the publishers
would adore my work and sign me on the spot? Take your pick.”
Beckett shook his head, his mouth turned down in his grimace. “Wait, go back. You were
I nodded and waved away the last of the smoke, wishing my failure could be as easily dissipated.
“I came here like a wide-eyed twit with a dream, and I crashed and burned.”
“You tried. That’s more than most people do.”
“Tried and failed.”
“So try again.”
“I wish,” I said, letting my gaze roam over the dingy back alley. “I feel like I’m so close to
breaking through. That last publisher gave me some hope. If I could pull a few weeks out of my
ass, I’d have a chance. But it’s impossible. I have to go back to Nevada.”
“You don’t have friends or family nearby?”
Yes, and only two hours by train.
“No,” I said, and decided I’d said enough to a total stranger. The last thing I needed was the
terrible homesickness to well up again. I stood and brushed off the ass of my pants. “Anyway, it
is what it is. Thanks for the smoke.”
“Were you hurt?”
I turned, glanced down at Beckett. “What?”
“You said you were robbed,” he said, his voice low, his eyes holding mine as if he were forcing
himself to hear this. “Did they hurt you?”
“No, I… No. I wasn’t there. It was a break-in.”
He leaned against the wall and his sigh plumed out in front of him in the cold air. It sounded
relieved. “I’m sorry, Zelda.”
I frowned. “Not your fault. Like I said, the city kicked my ass. The sooner I get the hell out of
here, the better for
Beckett ground out his smoke and got to his feet. He was at least six-two, yet it didn’t feel
imposing to stand in his shadow. It felt…
Safe. I feel safe with him.
“Do you know how to get back to wherever you’re staying?” he asked.
“The same way I got here, only in reverse,” I said, covering my unsettling thoughts with
Because that was safe for me.
Emma Scott never ceases to amaze me
with her stories and her words.
The Butterfly Project is no exception.
I'm also filled with so much love and appreciation for her talent and her brilliant mind to come up with a story like TBP.
Emma Scott knows how to paint
a vivid picture.
Every word,sentence took on a life
of its own and created magic
and I was spellbound.
Her use of words
is like a stroke of a paintbrush.
It feels effortless
and in that one stroke
emotions come pouring out
from every single word of hers.
It was intense when a single sentence or word would just hit me
and I was either fighting back tears or smiling like crazy.
I love that about her words.
They hit me when I least expect it
and they hit me hard.
Here with TBP it was the whole concept that hit my heart and soul to the core.
What Emma Scott created with TBP is a story about life changing events and how a person or an act of kindness can maybe change that person's life for the better.
The story is about forgiveness,
I love a story within a story that has a deeper meaning and with Zelda's comic book graphics and her story
that's exactly what I got.
It was brilliant
thought out and
executed to perfection.
The characters Zelda and Beckett were phenomenal.
As flawed as they were because of tragic events from their past and they still had their humanity.
They were both deeply affected by their pasts
but never let that define them.
I loved how their personalities broke through.
An act of kindness like giving some change to a homeless man or giving food to your neighbors is huge gesture when you think of today's society.
But for Beckett it's nothing.
That's just who he is as a person.
Again, I like to think there's also a deeper meaning to his actions.
His existence prior to meeting Zelda was trivial and his everyday life monotonously boring.
Zelda and her generous and kind heart and personality soon changed that and vice versa.
She brought color and life to Beckett's black and gray existence and
he brought and became safety
to Zelda's world.
Their union was intoxicating
and had such a profound impact
on them both.
Their friendship was
fantastically well developed.
How it and their journey progressed
to more was flawlessly executed.
It's no secret that I'm a huge admirer and fan of Emma Scott.
She challenges me with her stories and her words.
The Butterfly Project is another unique gem not to be missed.
I strongly recommend it.
As Zelda says:
"One small look,
one smile or one word
could alter the course of a life forever".
This is truly what The Butterfly Project is all about.
TBP will stay with me for a very long time if not forever
when I hear the title or look at this
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders,
poets, and writers of various makes and models. Emma loves to write book lovers; those who
have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we all do in real life. She digs
realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. She also loves to write about enduring love, souldeep
love, in as real a setting as possible, but with big smooshy HEAs. Emma believes in
diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. She adores sweetness mixed with steam, love
conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
Where to find Emma:
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