My YA Novels

Luz, Rebound

is a second story surrounding the character Kara Jagger, set for publication February, 2015.

What it's About

The Unfamiliar Territory of Home

Senior Kara Jagger returns to Trinity, a private boarding school in New Mexico, after completing a student exchange year in Australia. She needs the comfort of familiar surroundings, but realizes her friends have changed. Her ex-boyfriend, Ryan, is heavily into a new romance with Christie, a girl who has copied Kara’s look. Christie forbids Ryan to speak to Kara and tries to intimidate Kara into doing the same.

Meanwhile, Kara experiences reverse culture shock. She misses Ben, the boyfriend she left in Australia, and the sense of security that her relationships with both Ben and Ryan previously gave her. So why not try to win Ryan’s attention again, Kara justifies to herself, since jealous Christie accuses her of it anyway?

Still, playing a part in a love triangle means someone’s going to be the odd one out. Kara’s rekindled passion for Ryan leaves her feeling confused and causes Christie to act with increasing desperation. The three are eventually enveloped in scandal that threatens to further isolate Kara from her friends and peers.

As the end of high school approaches, Kara must find a way to emotionally graduate to the person she wants to be, or risk hanging back in the darkness of a painful past.

Advance Review

-- 5 Stars, Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Van Diemen at 17

is my debut novel published by Smoke Signal Press.

What it's About

American seventeen-year-old Kara Jagger had the best intentions for a year-long high school exchange in the land of "Aus." She didn’t think she’d be as unhappy and lonely as she finds herself a couple of months into the experience. She’s battling culture shock and the onset of a secret eating disorder, and is upset mostly with herself for not trying harder to fit in.

Kara’s exchange program assigns a counselor, Ben, to help her get back on track, but her emotions and problems only become more complicated as their romantic attraction ignites. Ben provides motivation and encouragement to overcome her self-destructive behavior, but helping Kara with such conflict of interest risks his own reputation, and triggers unforeseen consequences for them both.

Set in mid-eighties Australia, and somewhere in between Anna and the French Kiss and You Deserve Nothing, Van Diemen at 17 is a novel about dealing with the unexpected, moving forward, and bittersweet love.

WINNER: 2010 MoonBEAM Children's BOOK AWARDS
Category:Young Adult, MATure ISSUES

GOLD Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards

For reviews, click here.

Check out the Van Diemen at 17 book trailer on YouTube:

This is an updated video (November 2011) with a new soundtrack.

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