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Spiraling Out of Control
Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal … Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression.
When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows.
Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path.
Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most?
Note: This novel contains adult themes. Recommended reading audiences 17+
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An Excerpt from Chapter 1
A week later, her award-winning performance may as well have been a lifetime ago. She was sure their torturous drive from Sydney to Toowoomba would inflict post traumatic stress disorder.
Stephanie’s sister, April, spoke after everyone in the car fell silent. “You nailed the solo last week.”
“Yeah,” Stephanie said in a low voice, chewing a fingernail as she looked out the window. “But as if this stupid country town will have any good dance schools.”
“I bet they’ll have a dance class at school.” April scratched a piece of cracked upholstery.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.” Her mother faced the windscreen as she spoke. “We might have to check the cost first.”
Her mother’s tone screwed with her heart. Dancing in competitions and being discovered now seemed as likely as getting hit by a meteorite.
They arrived at the hotel after ten that night. Stephanie unclipped her seatbelt anticipating her escape from the confines of the family car. Her father stood at the locked office door talking on his mobile. A minute later he returned, shoving the phone into his pocket.
“Blast!” He thrust open the car door and started the engine with a rev. The spinning tires sent a shower of loose gravel against the motel wall. Ping. Pang. The clatter alone would have woken the deepest sleeper.
“What? John, what’s going on? Where are we going?” asked Stephanie’s mum.
Her father drove off, red-faced and with his mouth clamped shut. “Diane, girls, this is it,” he said as he pulled into a driveway.
“Our new home?” Diane said.
John nodded as he climbed out of the car.
“You’re not even sure of what our new home looks like?” Stephanie stared at her mother.
“I’ve only seen pictures, you know that.” Her mother shook her head.
“We don’t pick up the key until tomorrow.” Her father drew in a deep breath. “And it appears the whole of Toowoomba is booked up, including our room which they gave to someone else because we didn’t get here before closing hours. It’s rodeo season.”
While writing for the general market, I want my novels to be as realistic as possible without compromising who I am.
Twenty years ago, I heard a motivational speaker talk about language and how many colourful and interesting words we have and he questioned why so many people are reduced to using mainly four lettered swear words. It made me think. I had become one of those who used way too many words that weren’t nice. I had become a potty mouth. From that moment on I decided not to use them anymore. And as my faith grew so did my resolve.
Recently a friend said to me, ‘They are only words.’ … which is true and I wouldn’t be offended if you used those words in my presence but I would prefer you didn’t use them around my kids because they are still working it all out.
So as I began to write Spiralling Out of Control, the main character was bullied. In the heat of the moment, ‘silly cow,’ or ‘female dog’ wouldn’t really work. Those phrases aren’t used by bullies in schools and it would have made my story seem a little unrealistic. So for a while I put the swear words in – but every time I revised the novel, I’d cringe, because I felt like I was saying the words I didn’t say anymore – even though there were said by one of my characters.
See, even though they are just words, words do affect us and it was the words that affected the main character, Stephanie, words that she’d never been called before.
In Spiralling out of Control, you will find a couple of **** words spelled exactly like that with asterisks as my way of keeping the heat of the realistic moment but not compromising who I am. I have been challenged by this because many people would still hear the word in their mind as they see the gap or asterisks – so in your opinion, is there any difference in using asterisks to actually putting the word in?
Personally I’d rather hear it than say it – if that makes sense.
I’d love to hear you opinion on this. How do you feel when you read a swear word in a novel? Do you feel the same way with both Christian novels and general market novels? Please comment below this post.