Author: Ava O’Shay
Audience: Young Adult
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Ava O’Shay
Cover by: Raven Books and Design
Editor: Kara Leigh Miller
Pages: 314 pages
How Far would you go to protect the people you love?
Seventeen-year old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: good friends, good grades, and a good looking boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two.
When Luke, Emma’s apparently devoted boyfriend, sets in motion a series of events, Emma finds herself in the middle of an ancient war strategically taking out anyone who gets close to her. Emma seeks refuge in a small coastal town and is introduced to Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior. Unsure of who exactly are the good guys, Emma is hesitant to trust anyone. But when her feelings for Solomon begin to grow, Emma has difficulty remembering loving her may come at a high price. Now she must decide: can she trust Solomon with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?
He leaned toward me, his tone stern. “You have to live the life you have been given. You did not cause nor deserve what has happened. Don’t force yourself to shut people out before you give them a chance. I’m stronger than you think.” His voice hovered over me. “You can trust me. I’ll never hurt you. And I’m not asking to be your friend. You have no choice in my involvement. Accept my help or not, I’m here to stay.”
My eyes were drawn to his. The pull toward him was overwhelming. I was losing my resolve.
“Why are you afraid of me?” His words turned soft and I wondered if I had heard them at all. “When I come…why are you afraid?”
“I don’t know who to believe.” I sighed. “My mind is being told too many things. I don’t know what I am. What you are. I am afraid for you. I don’t want to be responsible for another life.”
He took my hand and rubbed it against his cheek. So soft, I thought. No stubble. Flashes of Luke’s rough skin against my cheek when he’d finally kissed me slithered through my thoughts. My breath caught. I closed my eyes, trying to regain my own thoughts, to push the hard kiss from my mind. Luke’s words echoed through me. I was your first kiss.
Solomon leaned forward and touched his lips to my cheek, lingering briefly before moving away.
Character Name: Emma Hunter
A high school senior whose parents were killed when she was just a child. Has grown up in and out of foster homes and has spent the last few years at a group home. She loves to run and runs cross country for her high school with her best friend Greg. Due to her lack of family she tends to worry more about others than herself and tries to fix the broken kids who come through the home.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
My worst quality can also be my best quality. I tend to be very perceptive. I notice everything which means my kids had trouble getting away with anything. So it’s a good trait in that I am aware of people being dishonest and when people are feeling down but I also tend to be a bit to upfront and call people out when I know they are giving me a line of crud.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish people knew about in general. That they would know my writing is entertaining and thought provoking and they would like to read what I write to get to know my characters more.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
I write under a pen name and no one I know knows it! Only my immediate family.
What are you most afraid of?
Heights! I am terrified of roller coasters. I am also afraid of mean people.
What do you want more than anything?
To have my boys grow up and be productive, healthy, and happy adults and if I could help them financially in the future that would be great.
What is your relationship status?
I am in one J
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Casual preppy. But just like my writing where I write all genres…I dress in a variety of styles depending on my mood.
How much of a rebel are you?
None at all but I wish I was one!
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Publishing a book was pretty great and getting it up in the top 100 on Amazon for a day or two was cool.
What is your idea of happiness?
Being outside in nature without a worry about financial burdens or what mischief my kids might be in.
What is your current state of mind?
Stressed. I recently suffered a concussion and have been only able to work part time and have trouble focusing so I am stressed as I try to keep it together.
What is your most treasured possession?
I am not a materialistic person so I tend to lose stuff because I hold onto memories more than anything.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I think people think I am funny.
What is it that you, most dislike?
I dislike that fact I am unorganized.
Which living person do you, most despise?
I despise all people who are spiteful and mean.
What is your greatest regret?
Don’t have one.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I love the HULK
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire anyone who does what they dream without letting others negativity stop them.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My anxiety when I get overwhelmed, due to my lack of organization. Ha Ha
I love all things outdoors and can be found hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, or doing anything that will work up a good sweat. I love to interact with my readers and meet them at signings.