“No guy in his right mind would ever want to date a girl who plays around with those creepy things. It’s abnormal.”
This curse has been pronounced on Marcy Hankins by her twin sister referring to Marcy’s insect collection
Marcy Hankin’s world has been turned upside down ever since Spence Caldwell arrived in her hometown of Andonburg, Oklahoma. Why the state football champ would want to come to an out-of-the-way little town like Andonburg for his senior year is anyone’s guess. Spence and his aunt and uncle have taken up residence in the old Kendallwood mansion and have plans to restore the place.
That means the estate is no longer her private haven for insect collecting. Losing her special getaway place is just the beginning. Soon she’s caught up in her twin sister, Cissy’s, scheme to claim Spence Caldwell as her own. Cissy’s plans include convincing Marcy to try out for cheerleader – something Marcy has neither the time nor the desire to do.
Cissy detests every bug in Marcy’s many collections. According to Cissy: “No guy in his right mind would ever want to date a girl who plays around with those creepy things. It’s abnormal.”
Spence’s presence changes everything in Marcy’s world. Caving to pressure and trying to fit in, Marcy finds she’s denying the very things she loves. She loses sight of who she truly is and she’s miserable.
But then she learns that Spence Caldwell has a few secrets of his own. What actually did bring Spence to Andonburg? And what could it possibly have to do with Marcy and her love of bugs?
Whisk Back to a Simpler Time
This young adult romance whisks readers back to a simpler time, before Internet and cell phones. A sweet story that will hold the reader captive to the very last page!
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Norma Jean Lutz’s writing career began professionally in the 1970s, when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 250 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. The full-time writer is also the author of over 50 published books under her own name and many ghostwritten books. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Affair de Coeur, Coffee Time Romance, Romance Reader at Heart, and The Romance Studio magazines, and her short fiction has garnered a number of first prizes in local writing contests.
Norma Jean is the founder of the Professionalism In Writing School, which was held annually in Tulsa for fourteen years. This writers’ conference, which closed its doors in 1996, gave many writers their start in the publishing world.
A gifted teacher, Norma Jean has taught a variety of writing courses at local colleges and community schools, and is a frequent speaker at writers’ seminars around the country. For eight years, she taught on staff for the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has served as artist-in-residence at grade schools, and for two years taught a staff development workshop for language arts teachers in schools in Northeastern Oklahoma.
As co-host for the Tulsa KNYD Road Show, she shared the microphone with Kim Spence to present the Road Show Book Club, a feature presented by the station for more than a year. She has also appeared in numerous interviews on KDOR-TV.
As a writer who loves writing for teens, and hanging out with teens, Norma Jean has launched the Clean Teen Reads website and blog. Lots of fun stuff for teens!