NEW FAVORITE WRITER AND ANOTHER DAY OF NEW AUTHOR BLOG HOP

Just finished a couple of YAs (Flat Out Love and Relatively Famous) by Jessica Park.

Jessica has written two fabulous coming of age novels  about 16-18 year old girls in unusual situations. I’m her new biggest fan.

 

 Flat Out Love

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.
And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.
To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.
Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

and

Relatively Famous.

High school freshman Dani McKinley’s world is rocked when she finds out that she is the daughter of B-list actor and notorious womanizer Mark Ocean. Mark is all too eager to get his acting career back on track, so he follows his agent’s advice about cleaning up his image and invites his “new” daughter to spend the summer with him. Armed with credit cards, club memberships, and a new wardrobe, Dani spends the summer navigating the foreign culture of Hollywood. Her new friends school Dani in everything from attaching hair extensions to managing the paparazzi. She meets Jason, a gorgeous young personal trainer who is easy on the eyes and wildly flirtatious . . . But is this smug hottie the one for Dani? Or will she ignore her friends’ eye rolling and go for Nate, the goofy but sweet surfer? Even tougher than all the new social pressures, is the challenge of trying to deal with her father. What Mark Ocean has in wealth, he sorely lacks in parenting skills. The fatherly interest Mark feigns has everything to do with charming the public and virtually nothing to do with connecting with his daughter. Dani desperately tries to teach her father that being a dad is not just about supplying her with Prada bags and trips to movie premieres, and the result of the clueless actor’s attempts at fatherhood is both funny and heart-wrenching. Follow Dani and Mark while they struggle to figure out what it means to be father and daughter, and as they navigate their own complicated love lives. Humor, tears, heartache, and teen angst will leave you aching to see how their dilemmas are resolved.

Jessica  has a five book mystery Gourmet Girls series, co-written with her mother Susan Conant, under the name Jessica Conant-Park. The series is set in Boston restaurant area with 20 something protag Chloe Carter solving mysteries—recipes included. They are next on my to-read list.
She also has some E-shorts (Facebooking Rick Springfield etc) developed in her blog and two volumes based on conversations with her young son (What the Kid Says, V 1 and 2). Her blogs are: http://flatoutlove.blogspot.com, http://yaauthorjessicapark.blogspot.com http://whatthekidsays.blogspot.com, http://www.facebook.com/jumby2, and twitter jessicapark24.
Check her out.
Also, don’t forget the New Author Blog Hop

Click here to meet new Authors and Book Lovers!

Recently published a book? Know a first time author who recently published? Whether Indie or Tradional published, let’s support one another!

In this blog hop giveaway to be held November 23 through November 30, there will be plenty of giveaways and freebies.

I will be giving away free gift certificates for my new e-book Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series)To be eligible for a free Gift Certificate, just ‘Follow’ my blog, ‘Follow’ me on Twitter or ‘Like’ my page of FaceBook.

Then leave a comment with your email address where you want your Gift Certificate to be sent.

I look forward to meeting all the New Authors and New Readers!

Brands Crossing Series Book One

As a child, KATE O’DONNELL spends summers at her grandparents’ estate in Brands Crossing where she and her girl cousins battle make-believe monsters, rescue endangered victims and a save a mythical kingdom.

At twenty-five Kate is a singer/songwriter living in Nashville and pursuing a promising relationship with computer game designer PHILLIP NORWOOD. There, her only battles are fought in Aidenne’s Revenge, Phillip’s online fantasy game based on her childhood adventures. With her grandfather’s sudden death from injuries he sustained in a suspicious car crash, Kate is forced to make a choice.

Will she remain in Nashville to focus on Phillip and her music career?

Or will she move back to Brands Crossing and honor the promise she made to her grandfather that she would investigate the mystery surrounding his death?

Family trumps career and romance and Kate heads back to Texas where the monsters, victims and endangered kingdoms are all too real. In an attempt to protect Kate from danger, Phillip joins her quest and helps her search for incriminating documents, investigate a centuries-old family feud and confront an anonymous rose-bearing admirer who stalks Kate in both real and virtual universes.

Thicker Than Water is the first in a series of novels set in Brands Crossing, Texas. It chronicles the lives of the Kincaids, a prominent family in this mythical town, and focuses on a mystery that extends back to the mid-eighteenth century and the young Texas Republic.

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About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on November 27, 2011, in Book Recommendations, Writers, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thicker Than Water sounds like a great read & I love the fact that it’s the start of a series, since I’m a series junkie.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  2. Thanks for the comment. If you will email me at sharonkatherine@sharonkowen.com I will send you a certificate for a free copy of the ebook.

    Sharon

  3. Those new finds sound interesting Sharon. I really fell in love with the discription of your story last week and added it to my wish list. We will see what Santa brings me. 🙂

    • Debra, thanks for the comment. If you would like a certificate for a free ebook of Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series), just follow my blog, follow me on twitter and/or like my facebook page. Then, send me an email at sharonkatherine@sharonkowen.com and ask for the certificate.

      Sharon

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