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YA Romance Author Brenda Maxfield


Hi! I'm YA Author Brenda Maxfield. My passion is writing! What could be more delicious than inventing new characters and seeing where they take you?
I'm a teacher so I spend most of my waking hours with young people. I love chatting with them and hearing their views on love and life. My students are magical, and I am honored to be part of their lives.
I've lived in Honduras, Grand Cayman, and Costa Rica. Presently, I live in Indiana with my husband, Paul. We have two grown children and three precious grandchildren, special delivery from Africa.
When not teaching, I love to hole up in our lake cabin and write -- often with a batch of popcorn nearby. (Oh, and did I mention dark chocolate?)
Now I'd like so much to tell you about my latest YA novel and give you an excerpt to read.
BRENDA MAXFIELD
Cornered
(Ocean Mist Book Two)
 
Seventeen-year-old Courtney Phillips is striving to earn an internship to escape from her unhappy home. But when her mother becomes ill, Courtney is stuck caring for her rebellious sister, Tiffany, and her little brother—until Tiffany runs off to live with their dead-beat dad.
Track star Keegan Hank’s current girlfriend is cheating on him, but having fallen for him herself, Courtney is afraid to tell her best friend the truth. When Keegan discovers that Courtney withheld the facts about his girlfriend, he rejects her apologies.
Courtney finally lands an interview for her dream internship, but mysterious calls from Tiffany spell trouble. Courtney must now find a way to win Keegan’s love and rescue her sister without jeopardizing her own future.

Excerpt from Cornered:
The phone rang in Mrs. Johnson’s calculus class, and I sank into my chair with dread. She scuffled to answer it, clucked a few times into the receiver, and pressed it to her chest. Peering at us over her glasses, she zoned in on me.
“Courtney, please report to the office.”
A few of the kids snickered, probably with relief. I stood to leave and glanced over at Keegan.
He brushed a few strands of hair away from his deep brown eyes and offered me his sympathy face. I grimaced, shrugged, and pushed through the door into the empty hallway. My flats clacked out my progress with a hollow echo.
The secretary, Mrs. Pellan, waited for me in the office, perched behind the counter like a judgmental owl. “Courtney Phillips, this is getting to be a habit.”
“My mom again?” I asked, already knowing her answer.
“Yes, and we simply can’t have you interrupted at all hours with these calls. Mr. Anderson is not a happy camper, young lady.”
I sighed and held out my hand for the phone.
“Court? Are you there?” Mom’s whiny voice trembled through the line.
“I’m here, Mom. What’d she do this time?”
“The middle school just called, and Tiffy didn’t show up for school again. You know I count on you to get the kids off in the morning.” She paused for a huge gasping breath. “Didn’t you take her to school? She didn’t walk, did she? You and I both know…”
I held the phone away from my ear, letting her ramble into the air. Nosy Mrs. Pellan left her chair and inched closer, her eyebrows raised in a thin V across her forehead. I knew from experience Mrs. Pellan loved any hint of gossip. I pressed the phone back to my ear.
“…since she can’t do it alone.” Mom had finished her tirade.
“Yes, Mother,” I said.
“So you’ll do it then?”
“Give me a replay.”
Mom’s voice quacked an octave higher. “Courtney Phillips, have you listened to one word I’ve said? Now get over there to the middle school and find your sister.”
I handed the phone to Mrs. Pellan. “I have to go. Mom will explain. I’ll sign out, but I’m not sure I’ll be back.”
I scribbled my name and the time on the clipboard lying on the counter. I dashed out before Mrs. Pellan could return to lecture mode.
It wasn’t my fault.
But then it never was.

I enjoy getting to know my readers, so feel free to write me at: contact@brendamaxfield.com. Join my Newsletter Gang and get the latest news, contests, releases: http://mad.ly/signups/85744/join.  Visit me to learn about all my books and some smart and sassy, clean teen reads: www.brendamaxfield.com  Happy Reading! 
~ Brenda Maxfield

7 comments:

brendamaxfield said...

Thank you for hosting me today! I'm delighted to be here!

Katyrose said...

Sounds like a good read, and unfortunately, there are probably many of our young people dealing with the same circumstances.

Judith Ashley said...

Welcome Brenda! This last spring I asked my granddaughter (17) and her friend (18) if they thought being teens in this day and age was hard. I was surprised at the rush of words as they verbally tripped over each other telling me what they face.

Decades ago, when I was their age, we did have our own set of issues. After listening to them, I realized that they really do have more to deal with.

Of course back then, there wasn't constant communication of all that is wrong in the world, all the dangers out there. I can't help believe that makes/made a difference. It isn't that incest didn't exist, we just weren't as aware of it. I'm sure there were pedophiles, child porn, sex trafficking - but it wasn't so visible, especially not to teens.

While I'm glad teens today are more familiar with the dangers they face, it saddens my heart that, as a society, we can't seem to clean up our act so they don't have to.

I'm grateful they have books such as yours to help them find their way through the challenging and often dark places.

brendamaxfield said...

Thank you, Judith, for your comments. And you're so right. It is definitely a different world out there. I'm often shocked at what my teen friends are worried about -- things that would have never occurred to me at that age.

Thank you for being an adult who cares deeply about teens. We need more just like you.

brendamaxfield said...

Thanks, Katyrose! :-D And yes, from my experience there are a lot of teens dealing with such things.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Love that last line in your excerpt, Brenda. Sounds like a great book! :-)

brendamaxfield said...

Thank you so much, Lynn! I appreciate it! :-D