Thank you for having me again, Ceci. I wish you the best with the release of Highland Courage.
I never put thought into how much courage I needed to become a published writer. It takes courage to ride the Kingda Ka at 128mph. It takes courage to change direction in life. Sometimes, it even takes courage to reach out and shake hands with a stranger. But looking back, my leap into the publishing world took a whole different kind of courage. Publishing is not for the faint of heart. Neither are roller coasters. I never rode the Kingda Ka, but I did test the waters of publishing after I wrote my first young adult novel. I quickly learned that the road to publication is not a road. It’s a windy coaster track with few sensational peaks and plenty of valleys abundant with dissuasion and rejection.
It turned out courage fueled me through each step into publication. Hitting send in the email program and launching my manuscripts into the hands of literary agents took a lot of nerve. Sharing my words with complete strangers took courage, let alone sharing books with the critical masses. Each time an email arrived with a response, I needed more courage to open it. A few years later, I have three book contracts and a series in the making. The story goes on, but the message is simple—courage emboldened me to follow my dreams, achieve my goals and grasp what I thought was out of our reach.
With a train ticket, a bad attitude, and an unfortunate scribbling of obscenities across her forehead, seventeen-year-old Avery Ross is tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire when she’s sent from New York to the vast oil field region of North Dakota. When a green-eyed boy with a sultry Texan accent comes to her defense, Avery has no clue that his actions will lead her into a passion-charged summer, full of temptation and loss.
Defiant and relegated to work at her aunt’s boarding house, Avery discovers a connection between her aunt and the striking boy. He and his brothers are seeking revenge for the wrongful death of their sibling, and Avery becomes entangled in their battle over oil rights, loyalty, and love. Avery falls for the brooding, younger brother, Gabriel Halden, against her aunt’s forewarnings and creates more tribulations than any of them could anticipate.
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My Review of Stubborn:
Stubborn is a great read, I had trouble putting it down. This well-written story is filled with nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat suspense and action not to mention an intense romance. The character development is particularly good and that is sometimes difficult when a story is written in the first person. The author captures the character’s angst extremely well. I am older but many of Avery’s internal thoughts took me right back to those years. Well done Ms. Arnold. If you enjoy YA romance, this is a must read!