by Ava Wood
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: October 28th 2016
Missy Shaw thought she had her life planned out perfectly; do well in school, take her basketball team to state, and get a free ride to college. Her life wasn't perfect, but it was constant. With her best friend Karley at her side, she could handle anything.
After the death of her mother, however, her dad had other plans. Moving Missy from everything she knew in Kansas to the great unknown created a new set of problems. Attending a new school, all she really wanted was to be invisible, but that simple feat proved difficult when she had a run-in with the school's basketball star, Adam Miller, on her very first day.
Adam is every girl's dream; charming, sweet, and gorgeous. And for some reason, he's very interested in Missy. His attentiveness is unnerving as Missy does everything in her power to evade his interest. Living with secrets she's not willing to share, Missy works to push Adam away in order to keep her family safe. But will keeping secrets really keep her safe?
To my surprise, I looked up to find Adam waltzing in. It was rather unexpected to find him there, but I was overjoyed nonetheless. His turquoise eyes looked across the room and found mine. I had almost convinced myself that they sparkled when he looked at me.
“What are you doing here?” I mouthed to him.
One eyebrow raised as he tried to make out what I said. Before I could repeat myself, the instructor snatched his attention.
I got back to my project, trying to get the shadows and light just right. I was smudging the pencil in the darks of my face when I felt a tingling down my spine.
“That’s really good,” Adam’s rich voice spoke in my ear.
I turned to look at him and we were practically nose to nose. He was so close, I could smell the mint on his breath. “Thank you.” I sat frozen, staring at him, waiting for him to make the next move, but he sat completely still, looking back at me. I could feel knots forming in my chest and had to break the silence. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m in charge of the displays in the hall and I needed some new artwork from Miss Kaplan.” He paused to look back at my piece. “How long ‘til this is finished?”
“I should have it done by the end of class. Why?”
“I’d like to put it up on the display. It’s one of the best I’ve seen.”
All of the blood rushed to my cheeks. “Thank you.” I was so afraid of what the student body would think of my work, but I couldn’t tell Adam no.
Ava Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed.
Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show.
She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing.
When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.