A Life, Redefined, releases tomorrow, June 25, on amazon. This is a Young Adult/New Adult novel about a girl named Rowan Slone.
Who is Rowan?
She is seventeen, a junior in high school, and lives in Appalachia. Once you’ve read the book, if you can tell me where in Appalachia she lives, I’ll send you a signed copy. (Tell me the town or area, not the state).
Physically, she looks just like the cover model. Blue Harvest Creative, the incredible company that created the cover art and helped with a limitless number of other things along this publishing route, plucked her from the cover model stratosphere, and she is perfect! Rowan has long brown hair. She is petite-5’2″, and very thin. When you read the book, picture this cover model and you will see Rowan.
As for Rowan as a person, she is complex. She has had a very difficult, traumatic childhood. When she was ten, she was the only one left to take care of her two-month-old brother after her parents got into a fight. Her dad stormed out of the house. Her mother retreated to her bedroom and locked the door. So Rowan made him a bottle, changed his diaper, rocked him. Then she laid him down in his crib, covering him with a blanket.
The next morning, Aidan was dead. It was ruled SIDS as a result of the blanket and overheating.
Rowan has lived with this trauma ever since. Her parents blame her. Her younger sister, Trina, blames her. Rowan even blames herself. The next seven years of Rowan’s life are shaped by this single night. And the consequences have had a devastating impact.
Now I’m not saying any more, except that Rowan must maneuver through life with the impact of Aidan’s death shrouding her, following her, manipulating every life decision she makes.
This book is full of psychological insight into the mind of a girl who believes she killed her brother, who becomes the scapegoat for every bad thing that happens in her family, who tries to maneuver her way through life without letting the past consume and destroy her.
The content is heavy, gritty. But it is relate-able. We have all had difficult experiences that have left us changed, altered, scarred in some way. And we all do the best we can.
Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
Find out tomorrow!
Here is the blurb:
A Life, Redefined