NEVER FORGOTTEN by Kelly Risser
NEVER FORGOTTEN by Kelly Risser is an upcoming New Adult Paranormal Romance published by Clean Teen Publishing. This paranormal love story is scheduled to release in June 2014!
How can one day go so very wrong? One minute Meara Quinn is making plans for how she will spend the Summer before her senior year and the next she's finding out that her mother's cancer has returned and they are moving away from the only home she's ever known.
Now every day is a struggle as Meara is trying to cope with her mother's illness, being forced to move to another country to live with grandparents—whom she thought disowned her mother—and having weird visions of a father who was absent her entire life. Top it all off with one whopping secret that everyone seems bent on keeping from her, and Meara has the perfect ingredients for a major melt down.
The only things keeping her from coming unglued are some new friends and Evan—the son of her mother's childhood friend—who seems to know Meara almost better than she knows herself.
Together with Evan and her friends, Meara embarks on a new journey to unlock the secrets that will not only tell Meara who she is, but whatshe is.
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(Please note that the below first chapter is being revealed prior to edits. Please ignore any editing errors.)
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. - Anatole France
What’s the big secret?
My book, Never Forgotten, touches on many themes. Some of them are positive, like friendship and family. Some of them are not, like coming to terms with your mother’s illness. One of the themes that greatly affects Meara is secrets.
Secrets are not innately bad. Surprises can be fun. Meara knows this. She even throws her mom a surprise birthday party. However, when it feels like the whole world is in on a big secret and you’re not a part of it, secrets hurt. When you find out your loved ones are keeping secrets from you, it’s devastating.
From a young age, her mother is the only family Meara knows. No other relatives live nearby. Her mom never talks about Meara’s father or her grandparents. Although Meara tries many times to ask her about it, her mom avoids the questions or just refuses to answer. It isn’t until her mom’s cancer comes back in full force that Meara begins to uncover how deep the secrets go.
She feels betrayed and wracked with guilt, too. Is it right to be angry with her mother while her mother suffers? Her mom is physically in pain, whereas Meara’s pain is emotional. She tries to forgive and forget, but it’s not easy. As time passes and she learns more, it gets even harder for her.
The real irony is that if Meara’s mother had not gotten sick, Meara may never have learned the truth. Once buried, secrets can be hard to uncover. Meara is well aware that she has only learned the truth through unforeseen circumstances, and this fuels her anger, too. When the veil lifts, she realizes how much she might have missed, and how large the sacrifice has been for her to find out.
ABOUT KELLY RISSER:
Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies.
She's often found lamenting, "It's hard to write when there's so many good books to read!" So, when she's not immersed in the middle of someone else's fantasy world, she's busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten. Never Forgotten, a YA/NA Fantasy, will be released by Clean Teen Publishing in the Summer of 2014.
Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish.
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