Meet Ashleigh Mae, a seventeen year old high school senior living in the small town of Micah, Texas. Her boyfriend Billy calls her a wild child. Her momma is always telling her she makes bad choices. No matter what, no one really understands her.
Ashleigh dreams of a life with Billy. Their love is true, she thinks. When her mother forces them to leave Micah in the middle of the night and move in with her momma’s old boyfriend Casey, on the outskirts of a town called Amos, Ashleigh’s life is torn apart.
This is her fight to get it back….
Like a flash, the discharge from the gun lit up the inside of the dimly lit, filthy trailer Ashleigh called home. Ashleigh sat curled up on the stained pink carpet next to the pull-out bed in the living area where she slept. The victim lay dead, slumped against the wall of the trailer. Ashleigh looked at the motionless body. She was petrified.
I work in Texas as a graduation coach and counselor who helps high school students get to the finish line and earn their diplomas. In this work, I see firsthand the struggles young people face in this very difficult world. They might have been abused, or come from unloving or neglectful families. They can struggle with addictions, or coming to terms with their sexual identity or self-harm as a way of coping.
Ashleigh Mae, the heroine in Between Micah and Amos, is also in a terrible struggle. Her mother is unstable and abusive toward Ashleigh. Ashleigh’s mother moves between abusive boyfriends who also hurt Ashleigh. All of this has impacted Ashleigh deeply. She wants to break free. She wants to love, but as she has witnessed her mother’s disastrous affairs, she doesn’t really know what true love is.
This time of year can be particularly lonely and difficult for young people like Ashleigh. All of the world can feel against them. If I can reach out to you and say anything – it is that you matter!! Yep, you really do! I created a little help page on the website for Between Micah and Amosthat has some awesome links for support: http://www.betweenmicahandamos.com/help-hotlines.html If you are hurting, please reach out and connect with people who care about you!
I wish you all a wonderful, joy filled new year!
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ALAN OAKES IS OFFERING A FOLLOWERS OF ALL IN ONE PLACE (ONLY!!!!!!!!) 2 COPIES OF BETWEEN MICAH AND AMOS . . . . THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO READERS 13 + AND IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!!!!!!