Teenagers are on my mind for several reasons. One is that my teen is out of school in a few days and will be returning to those sluggish summer hours that make me a little crazy. Sleeping the morning away! Though he has a very part-time job, I think it’s also about time he gain some cooking skills. So far, his specialty is frozen waffles. I think we can improve on that.
Another reason I’m thinking of teens is that last weekend I self-published to the Kindle and Nook my very first young adult romance, My Ghoulish Senior Year. The “ghoulish” probably gives it away—it’s a paranormal. Ava Carson is forced to spend her senior year in a new town and a new school—Steadleyville High aka Deadlyville High for the otherworldies said to gather there. Ava deems that all nonsense until she discovers herself talking to a see-through guy in the passenger seat of her car! Things get worse when she kisses the ghost, and finds she likes it. (Cue Katy Perry song.) The “romance” aspect includes just a few kisses so I think it’s appropriate for any age teen and even tweens who like humor and a few shivers. A 40,000-word novel, it’s on sale right now for 99 cents.
Teens play a big part in my upcoming (July 5th) release from Berkley Books, Can’t Hurry Love. This is the third in my Three Kisses trilogy and Giuliana and Liam’s story. They fell in love as teenagers but then something happened that’s caused them to battle ever since. They’re forced to work through their feelings once a particular secret of theirs is revealed… I have an advance copy for one of today’s lucky commenters!
Summer was great for me as a teenager. I taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded at my high school pool. In my town, every high school girl played in a softball league on Sunday nights, no matter their athletic prowess, or lack thereof. Everyone showed up, from boys to grandparents, to watch the girls play. I’ll have you know that my lack of batting ability was almost made up by my speed around the bases.
What do you remember of your teenage summers? Please share! As I said above, one commenter will receive an advance copy of Can’t Hurry Love.