Amanda Summerbell is a native Northern Virginian (Fairfax). She received a Smith Corona for her ninth birthday and would write stories to sell to her neighbors. At the age of 10, she got her first rejection from Bantam Doubleday. She now has a BA from George Mason University, is a West Virginia wife and mother of four daughters. Amanda enjoys gardening, and she's a total foodie, so if you have a favorite recipe, she's sure to want it. Music and old movies are something she enjoys (Dean Martin is her favorite!) and if there's a crime show on, she wants to watch it. Both interests help her with her writing, which is still what she loves doing most. She primarily writes thriller, suspense, and paranormal stories. Her favorite writers are Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Higgins Clark, and Heather Graham.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Family Sins

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Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group (November 17, 2016)

You wouldn’t think a kid who was kidnapped and sold for drug money could have her life turned around when she tried to steal a can of survival supper from a convenience store, but this one did. Sixteen-year-old Kat Menninger’s mother died when she was seven, leaving her in the care of an abusive, drunk father in a shack in Longview, West Virginia. When Kat is busted shoplifting dinner at a convenience store, local cop Ed Stein gives her a choice: do time, or enter a program for troubled youth, assisting the elderly. She chooses the latter and is paired up with Delilah Grand, a former Vegas showgirl with crippling arthritis. Kat begins to feel safe in Delilah’s home. She changes her dark, grunge look back to the original bright, blond girl she was, and stops skipping school. She also lands a part-time job at a local bookstore and befriends a co-worker who eventually asks her out. Her newfound confidence is lost, though, when a routine locker search at school yields a copious amount of marijuana. Will running away land her in more trouble than Delilah or even Ed can help get her out of this time?

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