This heartfelt digital original short story by Lurlene McDaniel features many of the same characters connected to her poignant contemporary novels The Year of Luminous Love and The Year of Chasing Dreams.When Ciana Beauchamp awakens from a dream about Jon Mercer, her initial happy thoughts are muddied by the reality that they haven’t talked in months. Indeed, Ciana has no idea where Jon is. Her emotions are confused as she both longs for him and is infuriated with him.Jon has put distance between them. He’s off riding broncos on the rodeo circuit. But the miles don’t stop thoughts of Ciana from swirling in his head. He knows he must come to a decision about what to do with his life if he is to reconnect with her.Lurlene McDaniel offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of two people who are deeply in love but must overcome their pride to come together again.
"e;Readers will swoon over this story of love despite impossible odds."e;—Romantic TimesFrom the author of Don’t Die, My Love comes this young adult novel that intertwines a family sagawith a grand love story.This novel stands alone or can be read asthe companionto The Year of Luminous Love andWishes and Dreams. For fans of Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More and Ann Brashares’s Forever in Blue. Ciana Beauchamp hasn’t seen or heard from Jon Mercer in months. Until now. He’s back in Windemere to see her. Deep down Ciana is filled with joy and relief. She has never stopped loving him. It’s proof of Jon’s love that he has returned, but what will their future be?When tragedy strikes, almost no one in town is left unscathed. Tragedy has a way of bringing people together, but it can also tear them apart. Ciana can hardly face her choices, but she knows she must, and there are now people who she can turn to if only she is willing.From the Hardcover edition.
In the vein of Eat, Pray, Love, but for teens, this inspirational novel is set against the backdrop of Tennessee horse country as well as the historic cities of Italy and the Italian countryside. The story unfolds as three teenage girls, recently graduated from high school, plan the next phase of their lives while dealing with immediate life issues. McDaniel subtly explores the many types of love the girls experience—including love for one’s family, one’s friends, and intimate love—and the sacrifices they choose to make (or not) for each of them.
Remember the true meaning of the holidays with three touching novellas from best-selling author Lurlene McDaniel.In the opening novella, Christmas Child, 15-year-old Melanie is just getting used to the idea of having a sister when she learns that the child will only live for a few hours.But Melanie learns much about love during her sister’s brief but poignant life.In The Last Dance, Brenda is faced with the difficult choice between good intentions and what she really wants when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying boy.In Kathy’s Life, two 16-years-olds seem to have everything on the surface, but not everything is as perfect as it appears.
From Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of young adult inspirational fiction, comes Heart to Heart. This emotionally charged novel explores loss, love, renewal, and the ways in which these complex bonds within families and between friends are tested at life’s most challenging moments.Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver’s license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating waywhen Elowyn’s life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she’s led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their livesbut they don’t know to whom they should be forever grateful.When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.From the Hardcover edition.
If no one meant for it to happen, should someone be guilty?Analise: She knows the roads and feels secure riding her bike.Laurie: When asked out by Quin, Laurie is happy. Then his car hits something. Later, Laurie realizes there is a way to get Quin to date her.Quin: Because Quin is athletically gifted, his father expects him to get a scholarship. Nothing is to get in his way of college, athletics, money, and success. When he realizes what has happened, he decides he must not let it ruin his future.Jeremy: It’s been the perfect relationship with Analise. Little does Jeremy realize that the beautiful wood he carves will be used for something for Analise.As the lives of people who never wanted to hurt others intersect, harsh realities of choices that cannot be changed are explored.
What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Traviss life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed. Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he cant carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request? Lurlene McDaniel tackles a controversial subject, probing the issues of personal choice and quality of life.From the Hardcover edition.
Thirteen-year-old Casey’s mother always said that Casey’s sixteen-year-old sister marched to the beat of a different drummer. But it isn’t until Briana runs away with an older boy that Casey begins to understand what her mother meant. When Briana returns home alone and pregnant, Casey and her mother try to help Briana come to terms with her options.It was already complicated to think about Briana’s choices and then things change suddenly again. When Briana is in a serious accident, Casey’s mother sees things one way. Although Casey understands her mother’s reaction, she feels she must try to convince her mother to make a different decision. Casey needs to grow up fast and do what she can to maintain Briana’s legacy. Will she be able to make her mother understand that there is only one way to accept Briana’s gift?From the Hardcover edition.
At 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High. Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded. Those who survive, struggle to cope with the loss and destruction. All must find new meaning for their lives as a result of something they may never understand.Lurlene McDaniel’s signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heartrending.
In this sequel to Till Death Do Us Part, a grief-stricken April Lancaster flees to St. Croix island to cope with the loss of her fiancee. There on the beach, she meets a dark and broody Brandon Benedict who is still dealing with the pain of his mother’s recent suicide. Though the two quickly become close through their shared grief, April does not reveal that she is battling an incurable brain tumor. When April’s health condition worsens, she is forced to fly back home without telling Brandon. April is dying. Can she bring herself to tell Brandon that he’ll soon lose another person he loves?