I want to thank you all so much for the support you’ve not only shown this blog but the time you took out of your schedule to read about the last couple books I featured–An Unexpected Escapade and All My Tears. I don’t generally feature books. I’m not a professional reviewer by any means, but if my support means a little exposure for a couple of authors who make the world a better place, then I’m happy to do it.
As some of you know, I write and illustrate with my daughter, Mel Ayers. I do the writing, and she illustrates. We plot together. But occasionally, we do solo work, and one of those projects for me has been No Longer Alone, a YA romance novella with elements of light fantasy. I wouldn’t call it YA except the protagonist is 16. She’s dealing some hefty issues in way that makes this story more appropriate for a 14+ audience.
I first wrote No Longer Alone as a short story back in high school and placed third in a county-wide writing competition. It was published in a county literary journal. Not because my writing was stellar. The message talks about the value found in all people no matter who we are or where we come from. No matter our mental state or developmental level, we are equal, special, and created with purpose. That’s why I went on to become a Social Worker—so I’d have the opportunity to show people the how and why of what makes them significant to this world (advocating is fun, too).
While I brought certain elements of this story up-to-date and added a romance and a fairy, the story at its core is still about a young woman who shifts perspective in her thinking to not only find value in her life circumstances but in the person she is meant to be.
It is my hope, dear reader, that you understand your worth. If you weren’t valuable, then you wouldn’t be here.
Here is the story blurb:
Five years ago, sixteen-year-old Lola gave up trying to fit in after her best-friend, Chase, told the world she talked to an imaginary friend. She tried to explain the fairy was real, but everyone called her crazy. Now, Chase wants to be her friend again.
But forgiving isn’t easy, and no way does she trust him. Even if he has changed.
When her Mom suffers complications giving birth and the fairy disappears, Lola desperately needs to confide in someone, but can she open up and risk possible humiliation? Can she risk losing Chase again?
Important topics in this story are regret, loss, disabilities, and Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s when Lola turns her weakness into a strength that she begins to understands her value and self-worth.
My favorite thing about No Longer Alone is the way Chase encourages Lola to rise above her disability. The world may have convinced her she is incompetent, but that doesn’t make it true. She has a voice, and because of Chase’s determination to seek her forgiveness and be her friend, she impacts the lives of others. These two teens are perfect for each other.
One recurrent theme is: “Believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable.” Lola and Chase finally get there but not before Lola faces her greatest fear (of course).
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<Lifting cup of coffee> Here’s to a great day and rest of your week! I hope it productive and full of good things.