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They say high school will be the best years of your life.

It’s a lie.

Lexie and Dylan used to be the best of friends. That all changed the summer before freshman year when their mothers skipped town together without explanation.

When the scandal broke and fueled the school rumor mill, it branded Lexie as an outcast. For three excruciatingly long years, she faced endless torment by heartless bullies in her class.

It wasn’t long after his mother left that Dylan ran headlong into a slippery slope of self-destruction. As he rose to the top of the social ladder, he turned his back on Lexie and used bitter resentment to hide his pain.

When the two are forced to spend the summer together, tensions run high, but emotions run higher as the former best friends struggle to navigate the uneasy months ahead. But even if Lexie and Dylan can find their way back to each other, can either learn to forgive their mothers when the truth behind their leaving comes out?

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Sweat beaded everywhere. Face, chest, back. It was like a sauna. Thunder rumbled in the distance and the wind picked up. After I closed the door, I scooped the first aid kit from the bottom of the stairs where it must have slid when I dropped it.

The sound of Lexie’s voice guided me into the kitchen where she stood at the sink with her phone tucked between her shoulder and her ear as she started to unwind the shirt from her hand.

Her harsh laugh stopped me from taking another step.

“I couldn’t tell you what St. Augustine looks like. I’ve been stuck in remodeling hell,” she said, sharply before adding, “Hang on, I have to put you on speaker.”

She took the phone from her shoulder, moved it to the window ledge, then propped it up. “So how’s your summer been so far?”

“What summer? The boss found out I had a lot of free time now, and he piled on the hours,” Heath answered, adding a dramatic sigh.

Lexie laughed again, though it sounded amused this time.

“How is that funny? You get sand and sun. I get florescent lighting and rude customers,” Heath grumbled.

“Hey, I’m working, too. Besides, weren’t you the one who was complaining about needing more money?”

“Yeah, well, I didn’t mean I wanted to work my entire summer away,” he said.

“How’s everything else?”

“Same. You?”

I wanted to back out of the room and give her a little privacy, but I couldn’t move because I didn’t want to miss her reply.

She shrugged as if he could see her. “Just working.”

“Lex… has it been bad?”

“No.” Her answer sounded strained.

“Uh-oh, spill it,” Heath said.

Her light tone was clearly forced when she said, “There’s nothing to spill, dummy.”

“Lex, I know you. I know you better than almost anyone. What’s up?”

“It’s nothing, really. Just different… ya know?” she answered.

Heath sighed. “I know. But hey, look at it this way… you don’t have to deal with the assholes while you’re there. At least you get a break from here. Damn it, I gotta go. My lunch break is over. Talk to you soon?”

Her head bobbed. “Yeah, of course. You call me, though, since your schedule is so busy.”

“I will. Take care, Lex. And try to have a little fun. I want a full report on St. Augustine when I call you again. Bye!”

The phone disconnected, but I didn’t move until Lexie turned the cold tap on the sink. “Fun. Yeah, right.”

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They say high school will be the best years of your life.

It’s a lie.

Lexie and Dylan used to be the best of friends. That all changed the summer before freshman year when their mothers skipped town together without explanation.

When the scandal broke and fueled the school rumor mill, it branded Lexie as an outcast. For three excruciatingly long years, she faced endless torment by heartless bullies in her class.

It wasn’t long after his mother left that Dylan ran headlong into a slippery slope of self-destruction. As he rose to the top of the social ladder, he turned his back on Lexie and used bitter resentment to hide his pain.

When the two are forced to spend the summer together, tensions run high, but emotions run higher as the former best friends struggle to navigate the uneasy months ahead. But even if Lexie and Dylan can find their way back to each other, can either learn to forgive their mothers when the truth behind their leaving comes out?

Genre: Young Adult
Cover Designed By: Sonya Loveday
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Release Date: September 21st, 2018

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It’s Christmas time in Opp, Alabama, and the Six have been given a little reprieve from the world of international intrigue.

There’s something special about the holiday season. Maybe it’s the days filled with excitement and cheer, or the feelings of happiness and peace. Whatever it is, the Six plan to embrace it with full hearts.

Grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable, because the Six, and their expanding family, have another story to share. Told from alternating points of view, A Very Merry SixMas will fulfill every reader’s Christmas wish to hear from their favorite character one last time.

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Under Northern Lights

Book 6 of The Six Series

In the coastal city of Nome, under the northern lights, sets exactly the right location for a government-funded secret sector of Cole Enterprise. But that’s not all Alaska has to offer. Amongst the natives is an unsuspecting woman who has been hand selected to join the undercover operation.

After his abrupt departure from Haiti, Eli Bennet never thought he’d see Nova again. The idea of recruiting her as a team medic excited him. There’s only one minor problem… he has no idea how to approach her.

Nova McCarty knew taking care of her grandmother wouldn’t be easy. Noni’s memory has fizzled to the point where it’s no longer safe for her to live alone. Bumping into Eli was the last thing Nova expected after returning home. But there he was as if she’d pulled him out of her dreams, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Can Nova figure out how to have what she wants without sacrificing a part of herself to get it? Furthermore, will Eli turn his back on the Six in order to stand by Nova when she needs him the most?

Release Date: November 16th, 2017

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Enter the Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest Today!

You’ve worked hard and put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into writing your book. In fact, you may have invested a good deal of money into an editor, cover designer, online marketing and more.
Then, you come across a book award contest. Your pulse quickens with a touch of excitement mixed with a hint of fear. You sit pondering whether or not you should enter. What will it really do for you?
Every contest is different; therefore, it’s important to do some research and make sure that you’re entering a valid contest, especially if there’s an entry fee. However, free contests may not benefit you as much as those with an entry fee, so keep that in mind as well.
The question remains; should you enter one or more book award contests and how will they benefit you. Here are 9 reasons you should enter.
1. Discover If Your Book Has Merit 
 
Judging is subjective. There’s no way around that, but a credible and trustworthy contest will have judges who critique with a professional eye. They will help you truly know if your readers will likely find value in your book. You’ll know if, from their professional perspectives, your book is worthy of attention and praise. *Remember, it’s still a subjective opinion even as a professional one.
2. Improve Your Writing 
 
You’ll receive constructive criticism that can help you become a better writer. Take what resonates with you and the leave the rest behind. Mind you, if you hear the same critique repeatedly, you probably shouldn’t ignore it. When you’re open to supportive criticism, you open the door to not only enhance your skills as a writer but to experience personal growth.
3. Help You Set Goals 
 
Knowing you want to enter can help you establish and set goals. It can help you set goals such as taking writing workshops or courses to improve your writing skills, setting daily, weekly or monthly writing goals, finding and hiring a professional editor, and/or getting a professionally designed cover.
4. Get Motivated By the Deadline 
 
Once you’ve paid your entry fee, you’ll have a deadline to complete your manuscript – that is if you haven’t already completed your book. There is room for reasonable procrastination, but continually putting something off won’t benefit you. Therefore, an entry deadline can help you get in gear.
5. Receive a Critique of Your Book 
 
Not all contests write a critique or review and return it to you, but those that do can be invaluable to you. This offers more of an opportunity for praise as well as the constructive criticism that can help you improve your writing. And, you can select positive quotes from the critique or review to share on social media, your website, in the editorial review section on Amazon, etc.
6. Become an Award-Winning Author 
 
It’s super exciting to be able to say you’re an award-winning author. It gives you clout and credibility, and it lets other potential readers know they might very well like your book, too. It can also help you get media attention from podcast interviews to local television interviews to newspaper articles. You can say that you’re an award-winning author in your bio, on your website, in your social media profiles and banners, in your email signature, on the cover of your book, and more.
7. Win a Cash Award Or Other Prizes 
 
Some book award contests offer cash prizes. Obviously, winning that is a good reason to take the chance to enter. Other book award contests offer other prizes such as coaching VIP Days, mastermind access, book cover designs, publishing it, marketing it, a chance at turning it into a movie, and more.
8. Get You Out of Your Comfort Zone 
 
Entering a contest somewhat puts you on the line. It stretches you personally and professionally as you take the mild risk of allowing someone else to judge your work. You need to be prepared for feedback -positive as well as negative.
9. Can Create a Marketing Buzz 
 
Depending on the feedback you get, you may be able to sing it from the rooftops (or just post all over social media, your newsletter, your website, etc.) that you received 4 Stars, 5 Stars, Gold or Silver or whatnot. If you’re a finalist or a winner or get honorable mention, you can put that on your cover or any of the other places already mentioned. Again, this gives you a chance to get media attention and can help you get speaking engagements.
Don’t Hold Yourself or Your Book Back 
Don’t let fear stop you. Fear of rejection or criticism can hold you back and hold your book back. Don’t let that happen to you. Go for it. Look for online contests, local contests, genre specific contests…but do it. And, while you’re at it, enter more than one. You’ll get more feedback, create more buzz and have more opportunities that way.
Enter the Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest Today!
 
 
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