Published by Kids Can Press
Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?
But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she’s ever known.
Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.
Heartbroken and afraid, Julia looks to the stars for some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers some helpful advice. Too bad this handsome stranger is the developer’s son, Nick Constantine.
As plans for a resort move forward, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn’t mean leaving the lake. Nick, in turn, is desperate to separate himself from his father’s aggressive business tactics. He promises that, together, they can thwart the sale.
But can Julia trust him to conspire against his own father? And could she ever she trust him with her heart?
SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is a story of lost summers, hidden treasure and love written in the stars. It is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to love — and leave — one’s childhood home.
Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Professional Writing and Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and hot yoga lover.
A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog and was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, KISSING FROGS.
Her second book, SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS is about a young woman fighting to save her family campground while trying not to fall in love, comes out May 1, 2018 with KCP Loft.
Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.
- What is on your nightstand?
A glass of water, a lamp to read by, a candle, cream for cracked heels (TMI?), The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (6th or 7th time reading it) and John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story (haven’t read yet) and about 16 or 17 other books underneath all of that. There is also a cute frog prince holding up my glasses on his nose. I got him when my first book, KISSING FROGS, came out. (Picture attached).
- What author would you totally fan?
Aside from Diana Gabaldon, I’d probably fan over Natalie Goldberg (she writes great non-fiction books about writing). I also really admire the empire Nora Roberts has built. That woman is a MACHINE.
- What makes you cringe?
When people roll their eyes at romance novels or love. Our relationships are the most important things in our lives and reading books that help us learn how to navigate them, or that we can relate to or learn from in some way is nothing to ever be ashamed of.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I am more of a go-with-the-flow kinda gal, in my writing and in my life. I think if I was a better plotter than I could probably write a little faster. I’m working on improving, but generally I have a vague idea of where I want to go, two or three major plot points that I want to happen, and that’s about it.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Hmm. Good question I’m really loving the word “manifest,” in my latest project which involves tarot readers, crystals and real-life magic. And I just discovered amaranthine, which means “undying”. It’s one of those ones you have to use sparingly, though. I used it in the acknowledgments for SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, when thanking my husband. It was invented by Greek poets who imagined a flower that never faded and named it amaranth, combining amarantos (Greek) which means “immortal” or “unfading” and anthos which means flower. (Yup, huge nerd. J)
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS, US Only.
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4/30/2017- Wonder Struck– Review
5/1/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post
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5/3/2017- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review
5/4/2017- Pretty Little Library– Excerpt