battle worn from unsuccessful foster care, four women on the cusp of adulthood
find passion and their paths in life through the help of an anonymous fairy
godmother type who calls herself the Benefactrix.
healing and emotionally fragile girl unknowing falls for the nephew of the man
who killed her family.
to let her act out all her dirty fantasies.
Unfortunately, Keith’s not telling her the truth about who he really is
and the secret past that binds them together. When his Uncle breaks out of
prison to search for the “girl who got away,” Keith risks losing the
best thing in his life by admitting to Phoebe that his Uncle killed her parents.
Jones lost her family during a home invasion when she was only thirteen. She’s
the only one of the four girls who remembers a loving family. The Benefactrix
has given her a full boat scholarship to the local college, where Phoebe meets
a graduate student who wants to do a story about her family. But Keith Parker
isn’t without his own demons. His Uncle, now on death row, was one of the men
who broke into Phoebe’s house eight years ago. What started out as a project
for understanding and healing is complicated when Phoebe & Keith act on the
explosive desire between them.
craves to be in control sexually and Keith is more than willing to let her have
her way with him. What started out as a hot fling rapidly becomes something
deeper. Keith knows he’ll lose her if he reveals who he really is, but the lie
has taken on a life of its own and threatens to destroy not only their
relationship but Phoebe’s fragile self confidence and freshly won self esteem.
Turning back around, she stood up on her tiptoes until she thought she saw the back of Larissa’s head. Larissa had been a door stop baby, dropped off at a hospital. She never knew her family. She didn’t even come with a note pinned to her blanket. Larissa had been Phoebe’s first friend at the home. She loved hearing about Phoebe’s parents and the little details of a “normal” life. For some reason Meatless Monday and Taco Tuesday were the best things Larissa ever heard of and would never get tired of hearing Phoebe talk about how it used to be.
Kelly, Maryanne, and Larissa. That was the sum total of the people who would cheer for her when she walked up on the rickety stage to accept her diploma from Principal Barnes. And at the ripe old age of eighteen, Phoebe was about to be aged out of the system and those people would be lost to her as well.
She was not going to cry. If she started, she wouldn’t stop and that would ruin the ceremony for her friends.
“Just another day,” Kelly murmured.
Phoebe nodded and pulled herself together. Nothing new here. She forced her chin up and willed this endless ceremony to end. It wasn’t as if they would never see each other again. None of them had any money to go very far, except maybe Kelly. Her boyfriend Chad was loaded and liked giving her expensive treats. He was taking her away on vacation tomorrow to Belize to celebrate. But that was only for a week because Kelly had a job to get back to at the camera shop. She’d been working there since she was sixteen. It didn’t pay anything, but she was able to work on her own projects in between transferring people’s pictures from film to digital.
After Kelly got back from Belize, Phoebe and the other girls would start their transition into adult housing, leaving the group home that had housed them since they were ten-years-old.
Graduation was supposed to be a day of hope and of new beginnings. She should have been looking forward to a fun summer and then off to college in the fall, somewhere far away from Connecticut and the memories. Except her grades hadn’t been that good. So she’d take night classes at her safety school, and maybe next year get accepted into one of the larger universities. Paying for that would be another thing to worry about. Just not today.
who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a
variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House
has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has
a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the
Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.
New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of
saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan
out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal,
and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an
active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie
relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl