We plan. We dream. We imagine and say, 'what if.' Then one day something—or maybe everything—changed. How did you get where you are now? What happened that you never saw coming and how did that change your life?
This rich anthology explores the "life unexpected” . . . its surprises—welcome or unwelcome—unplanned adventures, twists and turns that lead to new discoveries and personal revelations in changing and challenging times.
Short stories and poems from female writers and authors.
Nearing her thirtieth birthday, yo-yo dieter Rachel Stevenson knew she needed help when she stepped on the scale at nearly 280 pounds. A movie—and a lack of clothes that fit— finally provided both the inspiration and motivation Rachel needed. With the support of her friends, family, and wife Fay, and fearless in her resolve and commitment, Rachel took her experience public by starting a blog for the entire world to read.
For 18 months, Rachel’s followers track her 115-pound weight loss and her very personal stories of love, health scares, frustrations, and day-to-day successes. Along the way, Rachel reveals emotions felt only by someone in her shoes, and speaks candidly about them. She also discovers food in a different light, and develops her talent at transforming fat- and calorie-laden recipes into healthy and delicious meals. Rachel’s personal transformation is stunning—from physical change to emotional growth to finding a new career—and she hopes her story inspires others to reshape their own lives.
Create a bucket list for your books with this portable journal for readers, booklovers, book clubs, or book bloggers.
Record and organize thoughts and reviews on fiction and non-fiction books in e-book, paperback, or audiobook format.
Included in the journal:
• Pages to record details, thoughts and favorite quotes for 100 books.
• A way to easily flag “bookmarkable” reads.
• A blank, 12-month calendar/planner to organize reading activities.
• Pages to document favorite authors and book-ish things.
• Motivational and inspirational quotes from authors and famous celebrities about reading and books.
• The Bookometer: track which genres you read the most.
• What’s your Book Mood?: A fun table that suggests genres based on your mood.
• Something Borrowed, Something Booked: A place to record books loaned to or borrowed from friends.
Encourage others to read by giving the journal as a gift, or use it for yourself and make this the year you cross your dream literary adventures off your Booket List.
Available in multiple colors and designs. Every cover has a different quote.
Black: Let reading fill your mind with the power of imagination.
Red: Read your heart out.
Yellow: Opening a book is like letting in the sunshine.
Pink: Live. Dream. Read.
Teal: Read. Everyday.
Blue: May every read you travel lead you to another book.
Purple: Reading Can Do a World of Good.
White with butterflies: Find magic in books.
White with Pencil: May you love every book you ever read.
Quick witted, sharp-tongued, eighteen-year-old Righteous Andrews is a troubled teen. At the start of her senior year of high school she doesn’t have any friends, she lives in a trailer park with her emotionally deranged mother, and the only person she can confide in is a seventy-five-year old woman with dementia who can’t remember a thing she says. And because of her mediocre grades, Righteous’ future is just as bleak; she is pretty much guaranteed to get into the University of Nowhere.
Through it all she maintains a strong demeanor, but inside she struggles to get over her past - a father who deserted her before she was even born and the friends who turned their backs on her when she needed them most. Everything that has happened has left her with questions, it’s made her guarded, untrusting, and it’s ruined every new relationship she has.
Just when she thinks her life cannot possibly get any worse, on the first day of her senior year, she gets in trouble and lands in the principal’s office… again. There she meets Colt Jackson, the new kid. He seems to start showing up everywhere she doesn’t want him to be. Soon her crazy life is no longer just crazy… it’s perpetually doomed. At least, that’s what she thinks.
CHARLOTTE Hubbard dreams about falling in love on a daily basis, but she's long rejected the idea that someone would ever be interested in an overweight, unappealing girl like her; an opinion that is shared by her way more popular and attractive sister who seems to enjoy pointing out Charlotte's flaws as much as possible.
AND . . .
Then there's MILES Fiester, who thinks that making the basketball team is as impossible as getting the girl he's liked since grade school to notice him. He'd have more luck getting his deadbeat dad to visit him for a day. But, in the first few weeks of high school, Charlotte and Miles come to discover that life is unpredictable, love happens when you least expect it, and there's always a first for everything.
First, Last, and Always is the story of two best friends dealing with the complexities of being a teenager--it's about FIRSTloves, LASTing friendships, and remembering that family will ALWAYS be there, whether you realize it or not.