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Alyssa has it all figured out. She has a job she loves working as Cinderella at her local theme park, a fantastic group of friends, and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance since he's agreed to work as an EMT at the park with her for the summer. Everything is going to be perfect.
But as the summer progresses and Jake becomes more distant, Alyssa finds support and comfort in her friend Miller. Does being happy mean staying the course or will she rewrite her happily ever after?
I sleep with all my bedroom windows open as habit, so I’m roused from my sleep by the repetitive shrieking of a great blue heron that must be nesting near the manmade lake in the center of the apartment complex. Where are my soft spoken finches and friendly bluebirds? I wonder with a dreamy smile. Not in Tallahassee, apparently.
The heron is loud and insistent, refusing to be ignored. I need to get out of bed anyway—a long, busy day awaits. I picture Jake’s face—that bemused close-lipped smile, those gentle blue eyes—and memories of last summer flood my mind and my heart. I throw back my covers in a burst of anticipation. A long, busy, fabulous day awaits.
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall:
"I have read a lot of good books lately and I am not easy to please, but this book was simply fantastic. If you want a cute, emotional, romantic read with some great character development, you’ve found it." —Kookie Krysp Reads
"Five stars, easily. This is how a Young Adult novel is done. From the writing to the characterization to the plot to the pacing to the message—I recommend it to any teen or anyone with a teen daughter. Just excellent." —Teamskelley, Goodreads Reviewer
How to Say I Love You Out Loud:
"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal
"A book of acceptance, bravery, and most of all, love. It’s a book that will touch everyone’s hearts.” —Bibliophile Soprano
"Powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before . . . It’s an impactful story about love, compassion, and the power of your voice.” —Snuggly Oranges
Coincidentally, it seems my weekly August blog posts have been alternating between serious and deep… and a bit lighter. Which means—yay!—it’s time for a fun post! My books always have a mental soundtrack. And my books always have a mental aesthetic. Sometimes I even bring these images/concepts to life because 1.) us creative types are usually ...read moremusic, writing, books, Swoon Reads, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, The Truth About Happily Ever After, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, Karole Cozzo, soundtrack, author
Hey Swoon Reads community! I want to share with you a very personal narrative I penned back in January 2016… For me, one of the most important aspects of a story, something I like to pride myself on focusing on as a writer, is emotional honesty. My characters experience emotions honestly, even when said emotions aren’t pretty. That being ...read morepersonal, writing, writer, rejection, no, experience, Swoon Reads, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, The Truth About Happily Ever After, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, Karole Cozzo, author
As a proud and prolific planner, I’m a huge fan of character development worksheets. I dare say one of my favorite aspects of the writing process is sitting down with a freshly printed blank sheet and getting to know my characters. However, the questions that really get me going are those that force me to think about my characters ...read morewriting, wisdom, character, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, Swoon Reads, process, The Truth About Happily Ever After, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, Karole Cozzo, writer, development, author
2016 thus far has been a great year at Swoon Reads. The online community continues to grow and thrive, bringing new readers and writers together. New staff members have been added to bring their expertise to the team. And there are now 34 books either published or on their way to publication. 2016 thus far for the world outside of ...read moreescape, author, place, hope, reading, Karole Cozzo, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, world, The Truth About Happily Ever After, young adult, Swoon Reads, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, books, fiction, YA, writing
It was love at first sight.I was nearly blinded by its dazzling beauty; I immediately fell head over (literal) heel. It felt like... the One.And so I am tremendously happy to announce Eileen S.'s shoe design as the winning cover concept for The Truth About Happily Ever After!The cover voting process is among the more thrilling ...read morewinning, YA, announcement, love, The Truth About Happily Ever After, princess, story, book, Swoon Reads, young adult, contemporary, Cover Creation, news, Karole Cozzo, cover, romance, design, art