Wendy Newcomb and Kathleen Belongia!
And this week, you're entering for this beautiful set, as well as the daily drawing for Ring of Secrets.
Story Time Tuesday . . . Jasmine by April McGowan
Occasionally I like to talk to y'all about books I've edited, and today seemed like a fine time chat about our most recent fiction title, Jasmine. April McGowan is a talented writer who tells a story of a girl who ran away from a life that could have killed her, landed on the streets, but picked herself up. The book begins when Jazz gets the news that her mother has passed away, and she needs to return to her hometown for the first time in 15 years for the reading of the will.
She survived her past there--but can she face it now?
Let me tell you a bit about what drew me to this book to begin with. I was the acquiring editor for it at WhiteFire, and I was pulled in right away by April's smooth, simple style of writing. The pages turn quickly in this book, so fluid and graceful is the voice. But the story--the story packs a punch. Jasmine is tough, hardened, jaded about some things in life...but she's also a hero. She's turned her life into something beautiful and useful, having earned her doctorate so she could counsel at-risk young women who are in situations much like the one she escaped. Abused, used, and neglected, these women all need to learn the same lessons Jazz did--that it won't get better until they get out.
But Jasmine still has lessons to learn too, and traveling through them with her is poignant and real. When faced with the family she'd turned her back on--and the best (guy) friend who would give anything to be more than that to her--memories long suppressed come flooding back, and with them the weakness she hates in herself. But only in weakness can she see the strength of One greater than she.
This is a book that will touch you, move you, make you cheer. And maybe, just maybe, make you wonder what stories around you you've never seen...and what you can do to help them change.
April's also partnering with her local women's mission, directing readers and in-need women to them--I just love it when my authors put action to their passions!
And this being a WhiteFire book, that means that digital copies are cheap!! =) Check it out at Amazon or B&N, or pre-order your paperbacks now (Amazon). ;-)
Now, an interesting quirk of Jasmine's family is that her mom names all three kids after flowers. The brother is Sweet William (he goes by Bill now--I can't understand why, LOL), Lily is her older sister, and then Jasmine herself.
So my question comes from that.
If you had to pick a new name based on a plant,
what would it be?