My debut novel, BIRDY’S SONG, is a 2017 Golden Heart® Winner in the Young Adult category. The Sky is Everywhere meets If I Stay.
Life for seventeen-year-old Emmaline is as unpredictable as weather in the San Francisco Bay area. One second foggy and dismal, the next full of sunshine and possibility. Singing is Emmaline’s one constant. She sings to entertain and comfort her young half-sister, Birdy, and during the happier times, she sings with her stepfather, Hank, at his coffee shop gig. But when their family is tragically torn apart, music and singing becomes permanently entwined with Emmaline’s sense of guilt. Could she have done something to keep Hank from driving straight off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean with her and Birdy still in the car?
With Birdy in a coma, and their mother abandoning them in the hospital, Emmaline is forced to accept her step-grandmother, Wilma’s offer of a home. At first, Wilma’s grandson, Asher, is wary of Emmaline, observing her with a mixture of distrust that gradually gives way to admiration and maybe more. And Emmaline can’t help the millions of butterfly wings in her heart whenever Asher is around. When Birdy wakes up from her coma with a mountain of medical bills and long-term outpatient care, Emmaline latches on to the idea of entering a singing competition to help pay the bills. Except her plan won’t work if she can’t learn to control the heart-wrenching panic attacks she’s started to have every time she sings. Added to that is the sweet anguish of first love. For Emmaline, giving into her feelings for Asher and accepting his love is nearly as scary as singing in front of thousands. Only by trusting that she’s worthy of love will Emmaline be able to find her voice and sing for Birdy…and herself.