Hey everyone! I have a special treat for you.
The lovely and talented Iris St. Clair has agreed to take over the blog today.
She’s promoting her new book, Louder Than Words.
I love this story, and if you haven’t read it yet, all I can say is DO EEET!!!
Do it now. *Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200 (*Monopoly silliness)
And so without further fanfare and ridiculousness … I give you, Ms. St. Clair!
I have high school aged kids. When my oldest was an entering Freshman, one of his teachers was arrested:
The news definitely affected me:
I needed to do something.
I empathized with the girl, who was never named. I mean, look at this guy. Really? And he was married with three children. He also went to jail for a few months.
There’s a law that raises the age of consent between authority figures and minors for a reason. She was just a girl. Maybe one with her own issues who was searching in the wrong places.
And digging herself in deeper.
That got me wondering more and more about the girl. What was her story? Why was she susceptible to this older man, her teacher?
Maybe she had issues with her parents … neglect … or death …
I wanted to give her hope. I wanted to give her romance and love.
She’d have to work for what she wanted, overcome her fears and doubts.
Without giving too much away, there is a happy ending!
I would definitely recommend you read the book to really experience all the feels. Pictures are cute and nice, but I’ll bet your marvelous reader’s brain can do a much, much better job.
Louder Than Words
Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.
Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.
Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.
But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.
With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.
About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.