A cynical teenager. A magical forest. A chance to find hope.
When a bitter teenaged boy discovers an impenetrable magic portal, he must get help from the girl he once bullied.
Abused by his father and mistreated by his teachers, teenager Shane is growing more resentful about his life. But Shane’s cynical worldview is challenged when he stumbles upon a hidden portal. On the other side, he finds a forest that transcends time, the very same forest he used to bully his fifth-grade classmate, Amanda, for believing it was real.
Transported back into his own childhood, Shane discovers a talking pebble that is willing to guide him. However, the forest is reluctant to give up its secrets, and Shane finds he must turn to Amanda for help. The forest offers Shane his only chance to escape from his miserable life, if only he can overcome the pang of the past to embrace this new future.
Continue the magic in Book #1 The Gold!
Targeted Age Group:: YA
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
To see how a bully can be transformed against all odds.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted to show how those who are bullied can be set free, that those who experience loss can have hope.
School dragged painfully on all day for him. He regretted ever coming. He thought about his Honda. He’d had new brakes installed and a fresh oil change done. Even though it had high miles from the previous owner, it proved itself to be reliable. He would often take drives alongside the lake, reminiscing about times with his mom, the last person to love him.
Aside from Jake, no one really cared about him. Teachers practically spit at him. His dad hated him. Classmates stayed out of his way. Some even ran. Even though he basically kept to himself lately, he still couldn’t shake the bully image he had successfully embraced in previous years.
Around the classroom during last period, Chemistry, small groups bent over tables, students concentrating on their lab work. His group consisted of some timid girl and some jock. He didn’t know their names nor did he care. They definitely didn’t care for him and they made sure to show that by sticking tightly together on the other side of the table, as far away from him as they could possibly get.
Mr. Reed was busy with one of the other groups. Everyone was preoccupied with the activity. Shane was certain that no one would even notice if he disappeared. So, that’s what he did.
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