A searing, troubling, poignant and hopeful glance into one teen’s life. This novel tackles domestic violence, racism, teen pregnancy, self-harm, infanticide. It also dives into teen romance, how help and support can come from the unlikeliest of places, and how life can change—for the better—in an instant. We never know what the future holds. Hold tight, my readers.
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her […]
I am the victim of the times–surrounded by constant stimulation, whether it be text alerts, social media, murmuring television or radio in the background, people talking to me, at me…the absolute dreaded phone call. As someone who leans so far into the introvert category, I could easily spend a solid week (or more?) completely alone, without talking to a soul. I absorb quiet like a tonic I can drink, like a vapor I can smell. I need quiet like I need food, water, air. But I am rarely immersed in quiet. It is so rare, in fact, that I feel like my mind is under constant assault. And if I do […]
Hi folks, and a very happy Wednesday to ya. I just returned from two days in the famed New York City where I picked up some new hardware. My YA thriller, The Reformation of Marli Meade, won gold in the Best Regional Fiction category, Mid-Atlantic region. What does best regional fiction mean? It’s not about where the author is from (like I thought originally, I admit), but rather the content of the book speaks about the region in some meaningful way, all while wrapped up in the work of fiction. The Reformation of Marli Meade is set in rural West Virginia, and is about 16 yr old Marli Meade. […]