On February 1st 2015, my niece became a teenager. But instead of doing things other thirteen-year olds do, Jennifer got sick. When a lump suddenly developed near her collarbone, my sister had her checked.
The diagnosis is one no parent should ever hear. Cancer. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Chemotherapy. Worse, her parents are divorced and still going through that revenge cycle, saying whatever they can to hurt each other more. While Jennifer sat in a hospital room with a port under her skin, her father was home with his new family, planning a barbecue. Relatives sent money for her medical bills; her father took the money out of all the cards and claimed he’s putting it in a college fund so her mother can’t touch it.
Her mother is the one who left her job so Jen can have round the clock care.
Now they’re in danger of losing their house because the bank refuses to work with them to make this impossibly stressful time a little less stressful.
I’m trying not to be bitter about all this, but it’s damn hard.
The one bright spot has been the kindness and generosity of friends, like Charlotte, a classmate who set up this GoFundMe account. Please share and donate if you can.
What’s better than spending a relaxing day on the water reading a good book?
How about several books?
My writing sisters and I are giving away this awesome Summer Days prize package. Just sign up for all four newsletters and we’ll pick a random winner!
Inside, there’s a fluffy beach towel, sunglasses, Yankee Candle “Tranquil Beach” candle, decorative hand towel, art plaque, butterfly photo holder, beach towel clips. And signed books from Jeannie Moon, Jolyse Barnett, Jennifer Gracen, and Patty Blount.
Hi, all — don’t forget to check out the Wattpad Block Party all during the month of July! There are prizes, special posts, giveaways, and lots of new material.
I am beyond excited to tell you that SOME BOYS has been named a finalist in the Greater Detroit RWA Chapter’s Bookseller’s Best Award AND in the RITA Award.
The awards will be presented the third week in July at separate ceremonies. The RITA award ceremony will be live-streamed on Saturday evening 8 PM (Eastern). Check the website for details. rwa.org.
I hope you’ll watch!
I am so proud and honored to tell you that SOME BOYS has won this year’s Firecracker Award for YA.
Hi! If you missed my interview with Shannon Delany, here’s the link to the playback. She asked some wonderful questions!
Yes, you read that right — TMI is a Book Junkies Choice Award Finalist!
Will you vote?
Hope you’ll listen.
TMI, my second book with Sourcebooks Fire expected Fall, 2013, HAS A COVER AND IT’S GORGEOUS!
Tell me what you think. Lie to me if you must 🙂
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