All Haddie wants is her Dad’s undivided attention. Not an easy feat in a family of nine, when all her siblings are geniuses and prodigies and she’s—well—not. But when she unexpectedly wins a spot at speech nationals in Denver, she’ll do anything to raise the money for a cross-country road trip with Dad.
Even sell prom dresses at the local mall with high school dropout Corinth McIntyre.
Corinth’s the kind of girl Haddie’s parents told her to avoid. She’s been suspended from school and won’t say why. She’s got dyed hair, piercings, and an obsession with murder mysteries. She’s also the first person to treat Haddie as anything more than a sheltered church girl.
As the two work together, Corinth begins to get good girl Haddie into trouble. She takes her to parties, makes her wear dresses, even teaches her how to flirt. In light of Haddie’s new life (not to mention her new romance with the geek-next-door, Isaiah) speech Nationals doesn’t seem so important anymore. Still, Haddie knows that when Dad finds out, she’s going to get more attention than she ever wanted.
And Corinth’s about to turn out every bit as dangerous as her parents feared.
Teen environmentalist Beth Keepe loves her job as a sea turtle rescue worker in her small Florida town, but she’d rather kill a turtle than tell her Dad she’s pregnant. If she goes through with her plans for an abortion, however, he’ll never have to know.
But when, on a boat ride, she hits a sea turtle, cracking its shell in two, she puts guilt about the pregnancy on hold and vows to save the animal.
All she has to do is reopen the town’s old turtle hospital. Simple. Until her estranged sister, Anna, arrives on the scene, determined to change Beth’s mind about the pregnancy. Too bad Beth stopped counting on Anna to save her a long time ago.
In learning to care for the animal, Beth reconsiders what having the baby would mean. But between guilt over the turtle and the fear of hurting her father, she’ll face decisions that could sting worse than a jellyfish, and could leave permanent scars.
YA Magic Realism
One-armed rock climber Luke Morgan may not believe in miracles, but he could use one right about now. His Mom just died. He’s climbing a mountain in Peru—alone—toward the purportedly “miraculous” waters of Phantom Springs in an attempt to fulfill her dying wish. Tired and disheartened, he realizes too late he’ll need a partner to complete this journey.
So when self-proclaimed evangelist Tara Nickols mysteriously appears, literally surfing down the mountainside to rescue him, forgive him if he has a hard time believing his eyes.
Luke knows Tara. She was the one who convinced Mom—sick, delusional Mom—the waters of Phantom Springs were miraculous. Now she’s here as if—dare he say it?—by a miracle, to be the partner he so desperately needs.
Too bad Luke stopped believing in partners a long time ago. Trusting just doesn’t come so easy when your last partner cost you your arm.