So enough about me!
One of my secrets is to be friends with really talented people. And one of my all time faves is my bestie from childhood, YA Author Ash Parsons.
A few weeks ago, I went to Florida to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. We drove to the Florida coast and rented a condo on the beach. Where I spent a lovely few days reading Ash’s newest book THE FALLING BETWEEN US.
Here’s the synopsis:
Just eight months ago, fifteen-year-old Roxanne Stewart was stuck in her tiny, middle-of-nowhere hometown with no prospects of leaving. But after her boyfriend, Joshua Blackbird, posts a performance of an original song on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation, catapulting to the dizzying heights of celebrity, and Rox joins him on the whirlwind ride of a massive national tour.
But it’s not long before the never-blinking eye of fame begins weighing them both down–the constant hunger of managers, diehard fans who call themselves “Birdies,” record execs, paparazzi, and even family, all leeching onto Joshua.
Then one day, Joshua Blackbird disappears. Was it a suicide? An accident? Rox will stop at nothing to find out the truth. The Falling Between Us is a haunting love story and a piercing look at the costs of fame.
It’s a fantastic read and well worth your time. And while you’re at it, check out her first book STILL WATERS, which is also amazing.
Among other things, Ash is a 2016 PEN Literary Award Winner AND a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. Check out her Circus Crush entries on her twitter feed, where she shines a well deserved spotlight on circus legends. (her Twitter feed is hilarious in general)
You can read more about Ash at these links.