Today, Iris St. Claire has popped in to show off her new book. Louder Than Words.
I found her book so intriguing that I’ve “pre” bought it. Thank you Amazon. Scroll down for a little extra. A TENS list!!
Louder Than Words
by Iris St. Clair
Release Date: 09/16/14
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.
Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.
Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.
But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.
With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.
Ten Most Annoying and Most Loveable Things About Boys (according to Ellen Grayson)
Poor Ellen. If you’ve read Louder Than Words, you know she’s weathered a few rough patches in her relationships. As much as she adores the opposite sex, one boy in particular, there are a few things she finds annoying about them. Here, in no particular order, are the top ten things that bug her:
1. They don’t always smell so nice, especially at the end of a warm day.
2. They are rendered idiots by a pretty girl.
3. They spend too much time playing video games.
4. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re teasing or serious.
5. They can’t they read your mind and do a pretty poor job reading between the lines too.
6. They are too quick to violence and aggressive confrontation.
7. They are more attracted to beauty than brains or wit.
8. They can be very bossy.
9. Sometimes they leave the toilet seat up and whiskers in the sink (talking about YOU, Robbie, oh brother of mine).
10. They think they know everything and need to educate you.
On the other hand, boys are pretty stellar at a few things too, which makes them pretty nice to have around. According to Ellen, she especially loves that:
1. They sure can smell yummy. Not sure if it’s the soap or the aftershave, or if it’s just the fact that they are male.
2. They are frank in their appreciation of the oddest things, stuff you never would have thought they even noticed.
3. They are playful and funny.
4. They tend to tease you when they are falling for you. Might take you a while to “get” it but when you do, it’s like being told the best secret in the world.
5. They like to surprise you with something you never realized you needed … but they did.
6. They are protective and make a girl feel safe.
7. Smart boys love and aren’t threatened or annoyed by a girl’s brains or sense of whimsy.
8. They put up with you bossiness and rare bouts of bad temper and peevishness.
9. They rarely complain when you leave the toilet seat down.
10. They hate it when you’re upset and would give their right arm to make you smile again
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside. In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.
$10 Amazon gift card + ebook of Louder Than Words (INT)