According to the dictionary, Normal means conforming to a standard, expectation or typical. Who wants to be NORMAL? I certainly am not! I like to do things in my own way and at my own pace. I like to stand out.
Today we celebrate the unique. Instead of teaching to the standard, we teach to the student's abilities and needs. Why would anyone want to be NORMAL?
Ms. Ashlee's book explores that idea as she tells the tale of two people who grew up together. Their life was anything but normal. They deal with some pretty rough things as kids and find that when it comes to normal.... they are perfect the way they are.
Sort of Normal is an emotional read which grabs you and makes you keep reading past your bedtime! Be sure to grab a copy for yourself and the people you love!
Falling in love isn’t as easy as staying in love.
Carter Hart and Boone Fell’s lives are tangle of perfect and imperfect memories. In a world of drugs, alcoholism and neglectful parents, their love for each other kept them strong. But all it takes is one kiss and a lie to tear them apart.
When Carter’s brother, Declan, dies of an overdose, Boone decides he can’t let another day of secrets and mistaken circumstances keep them apart. His only problem? Now that he’s ready to move forward with Carter, she’s ready to leave him where she thinks he belongs: in the past.
"None of this is what I wanted to talk about," Boone says, sounding frustrated, as we come to a halt at the intersection for my street.
"What did you want to talk about?"
"You." He takes a step into my space and looks down at me. He brings his hands up as if he were going to touch me, but then he doesn't. If there's one thing overly-flirtatious, charming, talkative Boone is good at, it's putting up barriers. He's the king of keeping you at a distance, even when he's right in front of you. He manages to do it in a way that makes you look as though you were the one putting them up. "I miss you, Carter. So goddamn much. Not having you in my life is hell. I meant it when I said I miss you."
"Boone," I say softly. "I'm not sure I can do this with you."
"I know I don't deserve it."
"It's not that."
"Well, it sort of is."
I can't hold back a smile. He's just so blunt. "It's just, I can't go through losing someone again," I continue.
"What if you don't lose me this time?"
"I think that every time, and I somehow still do."
"This time is going to be different. I'm going to prove I'm not leaving again." "It's not really something you can prove." I bite my tongue as I carefully construct my words. "There's always someday. Today you might not leave, but someday you could. I haven't been able to trust in the always sense."
"Let me give you that, then."
"I don't know if you can."
"I can, and I will."
About the Author:
Liz Ashlee is a romance novelist known for Step Toward You and "Wishing on Water" in the Once Upon a Summer anthology. Liz is currently working toward her M.A. in English at Northern Kentucky University, where she also earned her undergraduate degrees. Liz lives in Kentucky, where she loves spending time with her parents, boyfriend, friends and dog-daughter, Hero.