Today I’m ecstatic to share with you the (new) title and cover for my new book! If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I signed a contract with Central Avenue Publishing several months ago for my young adult novel about a homeless teen and her family in Rochester, MN. Since that time, the publisher and I have decided on a new title and have settled on a cover. So without further ado, please allow me to introduce to you the title and cover of my newest novel, due February 5, 2019…
Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.
Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family.
As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?
As the date for publication comes closer, I’ll be posting more about this novel, the book trailer, what inspired the story, information about the evolution of the cover, contests, information about the book release party, and the dates for my 2019 Roam Book Tour! (Hint: The tentative plan right now is to visit Oklahoma, Minnesota, the DC-area, and possibly Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa). You can also follow the hashtag #Roam on Twitter as I will be using this hashtag as I update readers on the progress of this novel.
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