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A Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Grief, love and pursuing dreams are at the forefront of this emotionally powerful coming-of-age story.

Seventeen year old Karen Campbell has just lost both her parents in a tragic car accident. Grief stricken and alone, her gymnastics coach opens his home to Karen, providing her a place to live while she continues to train, working toward a spot on the world championship team.

Coach Bentley’s only child, seventeen year old Jordan is good-looking and charming enough to scare away a girl like Karen—someone who has spent ten times more hours on balance beams and uneven bars than talking or even thinking about boys. But the two teens share a special connection almost immediately. It turns out Jordan has a tragic past of his own, grief buried for years.

As Karen’s gymnastics career soars, her nightmares and visions of the horrible accident grow in strength. She can only avoid facing her grief for so long before it begins to surface and ultimately spin out of control in a very dangerous way. Can discovering love and lust (simultaneously) help with the grieving process or will it only provide a temporary distraction while waiting for reality to hit full force.

Why Letters?

So, you might be asking about the title for my latest project releasing August 1, 2013 (read about that here). Instead of going into a lengthy explanation on this title, I figured I’d show you exactly how it evolved and what part the letters play in the story through an example from the manuscript pages.

January 29th
Mom and Dad,
Grandma left to go back to New York today. She’s spent ten days giving me a crash course in financial independence and how to order room service. She also gave me a couple books on grief and grieving. I’m currently reading about the stages of grief and very excited to hang out for a while in stage one—denial.
I’m sorry I freaked out about staying at home but I’m making up for it in other areas, like gymnastics. I’ve gotten on a daring streak and I think I’m making Bentley nervous. You know how he is about technique and drills. He doesn’t yell and push like Coach Cordes. Sometimes I think I’ve become dependent on that kick in the ass and pushing myself to the max with Bentley requires a higher level of internal drive. 
It’s going to be weird living with him, isn’t it? For some reason, I have visions of him technically analyzing everything I do, like counting my steps when I walk from the table to the fridge like we do for our vault runs. Or maybe he’s going to watch everything I eat and criticize my diet. I’ve heard stories about coaches who do that. At least I don’t have a Lucky Charm and chocolate addiction like Blair.
I’ll write you again with an update after I get some time to assess the situation.

Love, Karen         

So? What do you think? Want to read more? Have you added it to your goodreads to-read pile yet?



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  1. Shannelle C. June 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Can't wait for the blog tour! 😀

  2. Petra Poet August 7, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

    I have added it to my to-read pile 🙂

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