|Cover by Tugboat Design|
I'm so excited to announce the official release of my latest novel SUMMER OF THE LOON. SUMMER OF THE LOON is a heartwarming story of family and first love all with the beautiful backdrop of a northern Minnesota summer. In celebration of its release, SUMMER OF THE LOON in both Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook will be on sale for only $1.99 for a limited time.
Summer of the Loon is also available in paperback!
Paperback on Amazon: $11.99
In SUMMER OF THE LOON, sixteen-year-old Alison (Ali) Jenson leaves her life in California after the unexpected death of her mother to live with her estranged grandfather, Ben, in northern Minnesota. She is anxious and doesn't know what to expect.
The plane landed smoothly on the tarmac, and Ali reached down under the seat in front of her to retrieve her laptop backpack. Looking out the window once more, she was surprised to see how small the airport was. She wondered if he was in the terminal, waiting for her. She wondered what he looked like, and how she'd recognize him. And she wondered if he was as nervous as she was.
Ben Jenson isn't excited about the prospect of his teenage granddaughter who he has never met coming to live with him. After the loss of his daughter and his beloved wife, Lizzie, he's built up an emotional wall around himself to ward off the pain of losing any more people in his life. Having Ali come live with him was the last thing he'd ever planned on - or wanted.
Ben wasn't happy at the prospect of having a teenage girl he didn't even know moving in with him. The news of his daughter's untimely death had jolted him severely and brought back a range of emotions that he thought he'd buried deep down inside long ago. Pain, heartbreak, anger, resentment, and guilt had all filtered through the crevices of the locked door to his heart, feelings he thought he'd never have to deal with again. But then, the realization that he was his granddaughter's only living relative, and he was responsible for her, helped to push those feelings aside, at least all of them except for resentment. Why should he be responsible for this girl he didn't know, he'd grumbled to himself several times over the past few weeks since he'd found out about Jennifer's death. The last thing he needed was some spoiled city girl from California to come and muck up his life, the life he'd so carefully put back together since the death of his wife, Lizzie.
Because Lizzie would want me to, was the answer he'd hear in his head every time he grumbled.
For better or for worse, Ali and Ben are stuck with each other. Ali tries to make the best of it despite how different her life is now. The bright spot in Ali's life is meeting Jo and her son, Chase, who own the resort.
SUMMER OF THE LOON will touch your heart as Ben and Ali try to find a connection with each other. It's a story of family, love, hope and redemption.
As one reviewer on Amazon put it:
"As Ben & Ali go on a journey, that is not always easy, they discover things about themselves. They both have so much pain from their pasts that they need to learn to work though in order to move forward. The relationship between the grouchy old man and young teenager will tug at the reader’s heartstrings. I found myself very invested in the characters and the story. Summer of the Loon will for sure be in my mind for a very long time."
I hope you will try SUMMER OF THE LOON. I loved writing Ali's story and I hope you enjoy it too.