Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Excerpt from Beautiful Boy

Last week I read Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. This is a tough book, a memoire of his son's addiction too meth. If you have a family member with an addiction, you'll find a friend in Sheff. He puts it all out there, the guilt, the worry and anxiety, imagining what might have happened to him every time he disappeared. He goes through the stages of not knowing, telling himself it wasn't so bad, and then Nic's rapid downward spiral and cycles of recovery and relapse. ...
June, Into the Light, Between the Cracks #6

June, Into the Light, Between the Cracks #6

(Book #5) Ronnie was the one child in the Simpson family to escape from the abuse and grow up in a normal home without being bounced from place to place or ending up on the street. That was what the others all thought. That was what Ronnie told herself. When Ronnie could remember. ...
A Single Soul

A Single Soul

Get three stand-alone novels by award-winning author P.D. Workman. Three boys fight to escape violence and abuse. Thought-provoking and eye-opening stories of poverty, gang violence, mental illness, and domestic abuse will inspire readers of all ages and remind them of the power of family and friendship ...
Tattooed Teardrops wins Top Fiction Book for Teens

Tattooed Teardrops wins Top Fiction Book for Teens

A year ago, I was announcing to you that Ruby, Between the Cracks had won one of the 2015 Top Ten Best Books for Teens award put out by Library Services for Youth in Custody. Wow, how time flies! During the ensuing year, the committee requested copies of three of my books  for the 2016 award:
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Dark is Deepest

Dark is Deepest

Get four of my stand-alone books with a female main character together in one ebook package. This set, titled Dark is Deepest, includes Tattooed Teardrops, which won the Top Fiction Prize in the 2016 In the Margins Top Ten Books for Teens literary award. Buying them all together and save ...
Excerpt from White Heat

Excerpt from White Heat

One week in on the first draft of EDS. 32,000 words so far. Still waiting on making my special announcement, but it's coming... Be sure to watch here or subscribe to my mailing list so that you don't miss it. I am very excited ...
Excerpt from Between Families

Excerpt from Between Families

Take a look at an interview of the main character of my book, Looking Over Your Shoulder! It was a lot of fun to do.
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Michelle, Between the Cracks #3

Michelle, Between the Cracks #3

(Book #3) “Daddy… can’t we come with you when you leave this time?” When Michelle asked to be taken away from her abusive mother, she never expected to lose everyone she loved in the process. They said they would keep her and Kenny together. Her daddy said he would be back. And she never even got to say good-bye to Marcie ...
Questing for a Dream

Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a bright, caring teen growing up Manitoba Cree growing up in abject poverty. She tries to balance school attendance, caring for her younger cousin Luyu, and spending time with handsome, impish Mouse, her best friend and confidante. Together, they strive to find the path to happiness on the reservation ...
Reading List: Addiction Fiction

Reading List: Addiction Fiction

This is the fourth blog in my series on reading lists about mental illness. Previously published:
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El mal camino de Ruby

El mal camino de Ruby

Ella es fuerte e independiente y no necesita a nadie más. El camino que la ha llevado hasta aquí no ha sido fácil y ha bloqueado muchas cosas de su mente. Pero las cosas no son color de rosa como todos creen y el camino que le espera está lleno no solo de pandillas, drogas y depresión, sino que también de otros desafíos que Ruby ni se había imaginado ...
June & Justin, Between the Cracks #2

June & Justin, Between the Cracks #2

(Book #2) Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake. He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again ...
Breaking the Pattern 1-3

Breaking the Pattern 1-3

Get books 1-3 of the Breaking the Pattern series all in one ebook package, and save! Here's what you get:
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By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern #3

By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern #3

(Book #3) It's better when she's happy. Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for. His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble ...
Excerpt from "Diversion"

Excerpt from “Diversion”

While Diversion is the second book in the "Breaking the Pattern" series, you can read it as a stand alone novel (readers have confirmed that they had no problem understanding what was going on). I will warn you, though, that it is a spoiler for the first book!
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Ruby nominated for In the Margins Best Books for Teens List

Ruby nominated for In the Margins Best Books for Teens List

Earlier this year, I was advised that Ruby, Between the Cracks was "being considered for the In the Margins: Best Books for Teens list." I bundled up copies to send off to the committee members. Yesterday, I got another e-mail which indicated Ruby had made it to the next stage:
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Tattooed Teardrops

Tattooed Teardrops

(Book 1) Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos. If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against her, she’s going back to prison, and Tamara just can’t let that happen ...
Good-bye Robin Williams

Good-bye Robin Williams

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
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Diversion, Breaking the Pattern #2

Diversion, Breaking the Pattern #2

(Book #2) Raised to a life of crime, Sandy is a teenage prostitute, junkie, and con artist. She always joked that her Da taught her a trade, that it hadn’t hurt her to be brought up like she was. But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn't want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life ...
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