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(My So Called Afterlife #3)
Published: January 27th 2015
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Published: January 27th 2015
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Olga Gay Worontzoff left the Underworld for her final year of high school anxious for things to return to normal, but fate has other plans.
The new hottie at school reads her thoughts but nobody else’s. Her best friend wakes up from his coma acting like a completely different person. Caught in a world that’s a mix of familiar and supernatural, she must confront what she will—or won’t—do to bring him back and stare down her own perceived inadequacies to face a couple of tenacious demons, figurative and literal.
Everything she thought she knew about reality will change as she walks the line between past and present, fear and faith, love and loyalty.
And by the end of a heartbreaking year, she might be forced to realize “normal” in the conventional sense of the word is the one thing she may never achieve.
Riel looked at the three of us. “Now that we’ve said our goodbyes, it’s time to get going. I have an appointment at the Throne after this.”
Conner turned to Nate, a struggle to remain civil clear on his face. “I’d say it was nice to meet you, but—”
“Oh, save it.” Riel scowled at him. “Your paths will cross again soon.”
Nate nodded. “And FYI, I’m not giving up. May the best man win.”
And right then, I knew I had problems. My best friend was in love with me and counted my boyfriend as his enemy. Sam would still be on the loose somewhere on Earth, and I had a feeling he’d move close to Grand Haven so he could torture me for getting him kicked out of the Underworld. Plus, Nate would have some sort of side effect that made even Riel chuckle with delight.
Problems for sure. If being a spirit guide didn’t almost kill me, the drama that lay ahead for my senior year of high school just might. But the thought that I even had a senior year of high school to look forward to made any possible drama seem so beyond worth it.
Riel gathered us in his arms and prayed in a tongue I didn’t recognize.
I decided I should end my journey the same way I started, with a prayer. Except this time, I wasn’t ready to die, I was ready to live.
God, thank you for being my companion through everything. So many emotions pulled me in all directions this past year, but even though I strayed off course, You never left me. Help me find my safe harbor in Your grace. Help me to awaken to a bright new day in the comfort of Your love, no matter what lies ahead with the two guys standing next to me. There are so many thoughts running through my head about what I want to do with my life now that I have a second chance, but help me to know everything will turn out okay if You have other plans. After all, You are the protector of my heart and my soul, the One I can always count on for a perfect ending.
Character Profile: Olga Gay Worontzoff (named after her grandmothers)
Age in trilogy: 17-18 years old
Hair: long, red curls
BFF(s): The Jedi Order, which includes Conner, Nicole, Tammy, Sean, Kyle, and Nate (a new addition)
Compelling Traits: smart, snarky, relatable, peacemaker, & a Star Wars fan (thanks to Conner, her best friend and secret crush since the age of five)
External Conflicts in 18 Thoughts: Can’t remember bits of her past due to a supernatural event that took place in the previous books, 18 Things and 18 Truths. She faces a very uncertain future and is stuck between loyalty to her best friend, Conner, even though he’s acting like a total jerkface FOR NO EXPLAINABLE REASON after he wakes up from an eight day coma . . . and the love she feels for Nate. But Nate can also read her thoughts in this book (hence the title), so that complicates things, too.
Internal Conflicts: Terrified of failing (which is why she’s the class valedictorian!), a feeling of vulnerability as she tries to figure out the missing pieces of her past (the weird freaky visions she keeps having has her in a FULL DOWNWARD SPIRAL MODE!), and she’s too sentimental sometimes . . . has a hard time letting go of things (or people) even long after she should have.
Loves: Reading (works at the local bookstore), hanging out at Jumpin’ Java Coffee House with her friends, devouring sweets like there’s no tomorrow (because yeah, she’s been there, done that), checking things off her life list, writing
Love Interest: Conner and Nate . . . You have to pick! But they’re both so great! This isn’t fair! But my head tells me one thing and my heart says another! But you have to decide NOW! This whole paranormal side effect stuff makes it even more confusing! SELF DESTRUCT SELF DESTRUCT SELF DESTRUCT!!! ~ Olga conversing with herself once a day
Hates: Demons (especially Sam *shudders*), chunks of memory missing, people not telling the whole truth (*coughs Dr. Judy)
Life Dreams: Get into Harvard and become a writer
Celebrity that would play her: Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter films)
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Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she's thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.
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