Jeri is a native Californian that found her storytelling voice while walking home from elementary school. Long walks with a hyper imagination led to all sorts of wild ideas. Her debut novel, Wildflower, finally came to fruition after she was laid off from her full time job as Human Resources Manager.
She now works part time as a substitute High School teacher, which is a constant source of fabulous material. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband of 28 years, her teenage son, their dog Sam, and cats Sparky and Lilly. The whole time missing her daughter who’s away at college. Jeri does her best writing still while walking, but now Sam goes as well.
When not writing she is an avid reader, of course. She also is an equally avid tennis fan and can be found watching the Tennis Channel most nights. Definitely, do not bother her during Grand Slam tournaments. She is currently working on several Romantic Suspense novels, plus another Young Adult book is brewing. Stay tuned – she’s just getting started.
For more information on Jeri and her writing you can visit her WEBSITE or other social media.
I wrote this book because teenagers have to deal with so many heavy issues in life. I wanted them to read this and know that they do have control over there own lives even if their home life is chaotic. I wanted them to have hope and understand that they are not responsible for their parents actions. They can be successful if they stay focused on the good things like doing good in school and by doing good I don’t mean having to get A’s. Instead its just being present and trying by connecting and reaching out to teachers, counselors whoever is present in their lives. People want to help you just have to be brave and reach out.
Jesse learned early not to trust a soul, but what if he was her soul mate?
Senior year of high school should be about friendship, boyfriends and graduation, but for seventeen-year-old, Jesse Barnes, it’s about escaping the shame of life with an alcoholic mother.
Jesse’s goals are clear, keep a roof over her head, avoid the revolving door of leering men her mother brings home, graduate from high school, and do everything possible to keep her home life secret. Friends, boyfriends, not an option. Who would understand?
Then, perfect, popular Derek Aames, sits with Jesse at lunch. How can she discourage him? How can she keep him from intruding on her life and discovering her secret? And most of all how can she keep him out of her heart?
Will his persistence finally break down her walls, or just break her?