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Sneak Peek!! Read The First 2 Chapters of The Dare

Read the first two chapters of The Dare Now: The Dare – Sample

Last year I surveyed my readers and asked what you all want to read next, and in second place, with almost 50% of the votes, was ‘A series like the Beauty for Ashes Series (Lexi & Jace)’. You can read that post here.

So, I bring you The Dare series. I totally set out to write something like my Beauty for Ashes series, but it soon became its own thing. But there are still some similarities.

Similarities/differences to the Beauty for Ashes series

Lexi, in Beauty for Ashes, was really troubled, as is Sloane, the heroine in The Dare. And Sloane is a pageant girl, which is pretty similar to Lexi being a model. Sloane is really ambitious like Lexi was.But I think that’s where the similarities end. There’s a whole lot of family drama and coming of age stuff in The Dare. Sloane has to grow up in the series. She realizes that life is not all that straightforward and that bad things happen but it’s your response to those bad things that count. Justice can’t be forced. Sometimes we have to just let God deal with us rather than focusing on the things other people are doing wrong. This is all very

But I think that’s where the similarities end. There’s a whole lot of family drama and coming of age stuff in The Dare. Sloane has to grow up in the series. She realizes that life is not all that straightforward and that bad things happen but it’s your response to those bad things that count. Justice can’t be forced. Sometimes we have to just let God deal with us rather than focusing on the things other people are doing wrong. This is all very crptic, ha ha. I’m trying not to give too much away.

Also, she thinks Marshal is her worst nightmare as far as guys go. But he’s actually the one who shows her how to heal in the very last book after so much has happened. I’m currently writing the last book, tentatively called ‘The Gamble’, and I’m having a total ball.

A little more about the main characters:

Sloane Golding

Sloane has been competing in pageants since her early teens. She dreams of competing at Miss World someday. She sees pageants as a launching pad into public office and wants to work in politics. At the beginning of The Dare, she is dating Lawrence but has a secret crush on Marshal Aaronson, the campus bad boy.

Marshal Aaronson

Marshal’s dad is a billionaire playboy, and although Marshal has followed in his footsteps, he doesn’t like the playboy life. He’s had a crush on Sloane since freshman year but he knows she’d never date a guy with a reputation like his.

And yes, it’s an interracial romance as you can see from the book cover. I don’t think I’ve written an interracial romance before. Lexi and Carl don’t count because that went horribly wrong.

Family Drama

I dedicated The Dare to every young person who has ever been discouraged by a moral failing in a parent or authority figure. I’ve been a youth worker and mentor for ten years now and it’s something that I’ve constantly come up against, young people disheartened by things their parents have done. The effect can be terrible.

In The Dare, Sloane makes a discovery about her mother that shatters her faith. She begins to question everything her mother has ever taught her and begins to use her mother’s mistake as an excuse to do the things her mother has always told her not to do.

Does her mother’s hypocrisy give Sloane the right to go off the rails? That’s something that Sloane needs to work out for herself.

Betrayal

Sloane can’t handle deception. Her mother’s betrayal turns her world upside down. So what’s going to happen if Marshal ever hurts her in any way? Or if she discovers that he had a reason for getting close to her in the first place?

Pre-order The Dare

The Dare is available for pre-order at: Amazon UK, AMAZON US, BARNES & NobleiBooksKobo & Smashwords.

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Read the first two chapters of The Dare Now: The Dare – Sample

God bless.

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Bible in a Year?/The Dare

I’ve been working on my goals for this year. My writing goals, as usual, are pretty unrealistic. I don’t know why I do this to myself but let’s see how close I can get to achieving them 🙂 I won’t bore you with exactly what they are, but they’re all about how many books I want to write and how many words a day I need to be writing in order to achieve that.

Bible in a Year

One of my personal goals is to read through the Bible. The last time I read it through, it took me much longer than a year. I really don’t like the idea of reading through the Bible in a year and have always been pretty resistant to it, but I’ve decided to give it a go. I don’t know if I’m actually going to make it, and it feels like an unrealistic goal for me but I know lots of people do it every year. To be honest, I think that reading the Bible in a year is one of those things that some people decided to do and now it’s become almost like a ‘must do’ for everybody (at least among the Christians that I know).

One of the main reasons I don’t like the idea is because I feel like I’m just rushing. It’s hard to ‘meditate’ on four or five whole chapters. There are just too many lessons to draw from such a large chunk. I’m one of those people who meditate on one verse and write a page of notes on it. Okay, that’s really slow and painstaking, but we’re all different. Anyhow, I’ve decided to give it a try. I’m already three chapters behind, and I’m making a conscious effort not to write notes on every verse, but I am still making notes of things that I just can’t ignore, ha ha.

The Dare

I finished writing The Dare early last year, but put it aside. I should have released it in December, since a significant portion of the book takes place in December, but I decided to release The Runaway instead. I’ve had emails from people who want books without any supernatural stuff in them so this book is for those of my readers who don’t like supernatural thrillers. It’s book one in a trilogy. Here’s the back cover blurb:

A good girl with an edge, a bad boy with a heart, and a devastating secret.

Sloane:
“I dare you to kiss Marshal.”
If I knew what was good for me I would have run a mile when I heard those words. But I didn’t, and now Marshal, the campus bad boy, is stalking me—his version of courting.

Marshal:
I’ll admit to nobody that I’m a sheep in wolf’s clothing. My reputation served me well until Sloane got close enough to peel away the façade.
But our parents have a crazy secret that is tearing Sloane apart. And it might spell doom for our relationship—just when I’ve lost my heart.

Is love enough for Marshal and Sloane, or are there too many obstacles?

The Dare is already available for pre-order, but as usual I’ll send an email alert on release day. Release day is 26 January 🙂

So…what are your new year’s resolutions/2017 goals?