Published by Albert Whitman Company on April 3rd 2018
COLD HARD TRUTH
Emmie O’Brien is a former good girl now on the fringe. She spent a crazy year involved with Nick, her mom’s drug dealer; after her arrest she was lucky to go back to her old life. But she’s haunted by the choices she made—first, to be with Nick, and then later, to testify against him. Max Shepherd is a senior varsity hockey player with serious anger issues. His grief over the death of his girlfriend causes him to see injustice wherever he looks. When they meet in community service, Max is drawn to Emmie’s calm energy, but Emmie knows better than to get too close to anyone. When friends of Nick show up seeking revenge, Emmie is forced to come to terms with her past, while Max has to control his protective instincts. They must trust one another, especially when Emmie’s situation takes a dangerous turn.
Anne Greenwood Brown lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children.
She is the author of the following Young Adult novels:
COLD HARD TRUTH (contemporary/romance);
GIRL LAST SEEN (contemporary/suspense);
and the paranormal mermaid trilogy: LIES BENEATH, DEEP BETRAYAL, PROMISE BOUND.
She also writes adult romance under the name A.S. Green.
- What is on your nightstand?
Lotion, essential oils, a lamp, too much dust, and my E-reader, which is mostly loaded with hundreds of romance novels. There’s also a copy of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton on my nightstand. I am slowly working my way through. The print is so dang tiny, my eyes can’t take it by the end of the day!
- What author would you totally fan?
Maggie Stiefvater. I love her lyrical style of writing, plus we share an interest in Celtic history, music, etc.. (And it’s “do I totally fan” not “would I.” It’s a done deal.)
- What makes you cringe? Eggplant, the misuse of the word “literally,” and tofu masquerading as meat.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
This is a huge topic for me. I’ve written and lectured about it. I am a huge proponent for outlining. I wouldn’t say “obsessively” so, but pacing is important and there is a reader expectation of how a plot structure should go. You instinctively know when something should be happening at a certain point, and it’s annoying when it isn’t. So I plot to a cultural norm for storytelling. HOWEVER, my original plan for what happens within that structure is not fixed. As things evolve, as the characters get more fully developed, plans change.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I just love it. It just pops up in just about every sentence, so I have to go and do a separate edit just to get rid of as many “justs” as I can. I call this my writer’s “tic.”
As for what word I love: It’s heliotrope. But I haven’t found much use for it.
3 winners will receive an ARC of COLD HARD TRUTH, US Only.
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