Opus Book Review

I am flattered to have been recently recognized on Opus Book Review’s Facebook page.

We are such a fan of author L.M. Nelson and her book series titled “Scrubs”. Thought we might share the outstanding cover art of her 4th book in the series, Center Stage, because it is outstanding, right? We are also very excited to hear about a new project she is working on and look forward to sharing it with you!

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As a matter of fact, why not share ALL of the fantastic new cover art for all of the books in author L.M. Nelson’s Scrubs series? We love her and think you will, too. Take a little time to get to know a little bit more about her and her work by checking out her website, https://lmnelsonscorner.wordpress.com/. The second book in the Scrubs series, Sand & Sutures and the one that I have had the great opportunity to read and review, was recently voted 2017 Texas Authors Best Medical Fiction book of the year and well deserved! If you have a few minutes, take a look at our review of Sand & Sutures on our website, https://opusbookreview.wixsite.com/opus. We are looking forward to reading and reviewing all the books in L.M. Nelson’s book series, Scrubs! Opus has also added a new Featured Indie Author series and L.M. Nelson has so graciously agreed to be our first Indie Author feature, so please keep a look out for that as well. I hope everyone is having a GREAT Saturday!

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Enter for your chance to win a free signed copy of Beyond the Hardwood, the latest book in the Scrubs books series.

 

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Beyond the Hardwood by L.M. Nelson

Beyond the Hardwood

by L.M. Nelson

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Meet the Characters – Part 12

The next character is Nathan’s other sister, and Lauren’s twin, Lacy.

Full name:  Lacy Nicole Hanson

Age: 15

Physical Description: chestnut brown hair, deep green eyes

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Has a twin sister named Lauren. Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson. Mother is Jane Hanson. Older brother, Nathan.

Education:  Currently attends Lake Washington High School.  Has had extensive dance training, including ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Performs with her high school dance team and at local dance festivals.

Career Goals: Wants to study choreography at the Barnard Dance School at Columbia University and be a choreographer

Hobbies:  water skiing, snow skiing

Favorite things:  dancing, shopping, sunbathing, snorkeling, listening to music, watching Dancing With the Stars, dance festivals, hanging out with her twin

Favorite Places: dance halls, the beach

Music Preference: dance/ club music

Relationship Status:  Single

Character traits:  Rebellious, strong-willed, and opinionated. Challenges authority and questions rules. Openly speaks her mind and tends to be argumentative. Often dresses in tight-fitting clothes. Flirtatious. Protective and has a “sixth sense” as far as her twin is concerned.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Nathan    Lauren    Roger    Max

Meet the Characters – Part 11

With the  release of book 3 in my series, Beyond the Hardwood, I would like to introduce you to two more characters you will meet in this book. The first is one of Nathan’s younger sisters, Lauren.

Full name:  Lauren Marie Hanson

Age: 15

Physical Description: brown hair, emerald green eyes

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Has a twin sister named Lacy. Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson. Mother is Jane Hanson. Older brother, Nathan.

Education:  Currently attending Lake Washington High School. Extensive vocal training, dance classes, and acting workshops. Performs in school plays, musicals, and local theatre productions.

Career Goals: Study acting at the Juilliard School in New York City and perform on Broadway.

Hobbies:  water skiing, snow skiing, swimming

Favorite things:  performing on stage, show tunes, musicals, poetry, classic literature, film noir movies, shopping, smoothies, sleepovers, singing in the shower, Shakespeare Festivals

Favorite Places: the theatre, the beach, art museums, shopping malls

Music Preference: show tunes

Relationship Status:  Single

Weaknesses: Panics and develops severe anxiety if feeling rushed or pressured

Character traits:  Modest, independent young woman with expensive taste. Confident on stage, but shy around unfamiliar people. Kindhearted and helpful toward others. Goal-oriented, determined, supportive of friends and family. Has a “sixth sense” as far as her twin is concerned.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Nathan    Lacy   Roger    Max

New Book Look

I am currently in the process of reformatting the interior of my books and revamping my book covers to make them look more like a series. Not only that, I’m also about to ditch my publisher and go solo, so I wanted a fresh start with a  new designer.  Love the direction we are going.

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New Release!

Beyond the Hardwood

bth-final-paperback-cover-5x8Beyond the Hardwood, the third book in the Scrubs series, follows the next generation of the Hanson family, focusing specifically on  Randy‘s son, Nathan.

From the time he was old enough to hold a basketball, Nathan Hanson dreamed of playing in the NCAA. Now a senior at Lake Washington High School, Nathan is a top-notch athlete with aspirations of attending medical school. Well known for his skills on the court, Nathan’s name and face are plastered across every sports page in Seattle. When a college recruiter catches wind of his stats, Nathan receives a visit from the head coach of the University of Washington, bringing him one step closer to making his lifelong dream a reality.

But sometimes pursuing your dreams comes with a hefty price.

You can learn more about the characters of Beyond the Hardwood or read the first chapter here.

Purchase Information:

Beyond the Hardwood is currently available for purchase through Smashwords, Kobo, and Amazon. Paperback is in progress.  Links coming soon. Beyond the Hardwood can also be found on  iAuthor, Bookbub, and Goodreads. It will soon be featured on Circle of Books, Author Pilot, and Texas Authors.

Other books in the series include Scrubs (Book 1), and Sand & Sutures (Book 2)

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Center Stage (Book 4 in the series) is currently in revision.

Beyond the Hardwood- Chapter 1

I completed the third book in my series this week, Beyond the Hardwood.  This book carries the story of Scrubs and Sand & Sutures into the next generation, focusing specifically on Randy’s son, Nathan.

bth-final-paperback-cover-5x8-1Synopsis is as follow:

From the time he was old enough to hold a basketball, Nathan Hanson dreamed of playing in the NCAA. Now a senior at Lake Washington High School, Nathan is a top-notch athlete with aspirations of attending medical school. Well known for his skills on the court, Nathan’s name and face are plastered across every sports page in Seattle. When a college recruiter catches wind of his stats, Nathan receives a visit from the head coach of the University of Washington, bringing him one step closer to making his lifelong dream a reality.

But sometimes pursuing your dreams comes with a hefty price.

 

I now present you with Chapter One of Beyond the Hardwood.

 Chapter One

Surrounded by family and friends, Nathan Hanson eyed eighteen candles flickering on the cake in front of him.

“Happy birthday, Nathan,” his mother said. “Make a wish.”

Nathan thought about this for a minute before he blew out the flames.

His father pulled a set of car keys from his pocket and handed them to Nathan.

Bemused, Nathan stared at his father. “What are these for?”

“Go look out front.”

Nathan gripped the keys in his hand and dashed out the door. A cherry red 1969 Ford Mustang Mach One was parked in the driveway out front. Nathan’s jaw hit the ground.  “Are you serious?”

“Happy birthday, Son.”

“Oh, sweet! Thanks, Dad.”

“Why don’t you take it for a spin?”

Nathan gazed at his girlfriend with an enticing smile. “Wanna go for a ride?”

She nodded, full of anticipation.

He unlocked the car and presented his hand to her, helping her ease into the passenger seat.

Once she was secured, Nathan walked around to the opposite side of the car. He sat in the driver’s seat and revved up the engine, letting the car idle for a minute so he could hear it purr. “Listen to that engine, Gab.”

“I can’t believe your dad bought you a car.”

“My dad is awesome.” He gripped the steering wheel with one hand and held Gabriella’s hand with the other. Then he glanced over his shoulder, backed out of the driveway, and drove down the street.

“You’re so lucky your dad is a doctor,” Gabby remarked.

“Why do you say that?”

“Because you and your family go on cool vacations, you live in a nice house, and your parents bought you a car for your birthday. They do all kinds of things for you.”

“Your mom does things for you too.”

Gabby shook her head and snorted. “Not like your parents do.”

He signaled to turn right, checked the rearview mirror, and switched lanes. “She sends you to cheer camp. That counts.”

“I guess.”

Gabby’s despondency led Nathan to believe something was bothering her. “What’s the matter?”

Not wanting to burden him with her problems, she stared at her hands with a dejected expression on her face.

Nathan pulled into the closest parking lot and put the car in park. He turned to face her, insistent that she talk to him. “What’s wrong?”

Gabby sighed. “My mom lost her job, and she pretty much told me she won’t be able to pay for any of my college expenses. Either I live off loans and work my way through school or I don’t go.”

“When did she lose her job?”

“Last week. And she refuses to let me work. Aside from my college problem, I don’t have any money to get a dress for the winter dance, so I won’t be able to go.”

Offering support, he took both of her hands in his. “We will get you a dress. That is not a big deal.”

“Really?”

“Of course. There is no way I’m going without you.”

Those were the exact words she wanted to hear. “Thank you.”

“We’ll figure it out. We always do.” He drew her closer and tenderly kissed her on the lips.

 

Nathan came home a little after 10:00 P.M. that night.  He removed his letter jacket and slipped his car keys in the pocket of his jeans. “It’s cold out tonight,” he said to his father as he draped his jacket over the back of a chair.

Dr. Randy Hanson looked up from the medical article he was reading. “Is it?”

“Yeah.”

He set the medical journal on the coffee table and focused his attention on his son. “Did you have a good day?”

“I had an awesome day. That car is amazing. Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome. I had a Mustang when I was your age. It’s a nice ride.”

“It is,” Nathan agreed, taking a seat on the couch next to his father.

“How was the movie?”

“It was good. A few parts scared Gabby. She jumped and spilled popcorn all over herself then wouldn’t let go of my hand for the rest of the night.”

“Scary movies are good for that.” With a more serious tone, Dr. Hanson looked his son in the eye.  “Nate?”

“Yes, Sir?”

“You’re a senior now. You have important decisions to make about college and career choices.”

“I know. We’ve already discussed this.”

“Yes, but you haven’t told me what you’ve decided,” he insisted on knowing.

“Gabby and I are going to UW together.”

“And have you made any other decisions?”

Nathan knew exactly what his father meant. “Biology I think, with emphasis on pre-med.”

Dr. Hanson grinned, thrilled that his son showed an interest in pursuing a medical career. “Have you filled out scholarship applications?”

“Yup. Found a few I qualified for.” Nathan had something else on his mind that he wanted to discuss with his father, but since it was a sensitive subject, he wasn’t sure how to bring it up. “Dad, I need to talk to you.”

“About what?”

“Gabby and I have been talking.”

Dr. Hanson bobbed his head. “Talking is good.”

“You know, we’ve been together for over a year now.”

“I know. I like Gabby. She’s a nice girl, and I think she’s good for you.”

Nathan sat up to instill more confidence. “Gabriella and I…we…” He breathed in deeply before he said, “We want to have sex.”

Dr. Hanson knew his son was old enough to think about this, but wasn’t expecting Nathan to be quite this open about it. Seeking clarification, he asked, “She wants to or you want to?”

“We both do,” Nathan affirmed.

Dr. Hanson wasn’t convinced. “You’re not pressuring her, are you?”

“No, I’m not. She’s actually the one who brought it up.”

He snorted under his breath, not believing Nathan’s claim for one second. “Oh really?”

“Dad, I know what you’re thinking.”

“No you don’t,” he scoffed. “You have no idea what I’m thinking.”

“Then what are you thinking?”

Nathan’s father was an obstetrician who saw young pregnant girls in his office on a weekly basis. Nathan was convinced his father was about to lecture him about teenage pregnancy, or even worse, give him the abstinence speech. But his father did neither of those things. Instead, he simply said, “I understand. I was eighteen once.”

That was not the response Nathan expected.

Hoping his son had considered every aspect of this decision, Dr. Hanson threw him a thought-provoking question. “Have you considered what that means for Gabby?”

“What do you mean?”

“Son, once a girl loses her virginity, that’s not something she can ever take back. It’s done. And have you thought about contraception?”

Nathan knew the whole pregnancy issue would pop up sooner or later. “You mean condoms?”

“Yes, condoms. Be smart about this, Nate. Protect yourself, protect her. And for god’s sake don’t get her pregnant.”

“Dad.”

“I’m serious, Nathan. Use a condom, all the time, every time,” Dr. Hanson insisted.  “Is she on the pill?”

“No.”

“If you two are going to have a sexual relationship, she should be. I’ll be more than happy to get her a scrip for birth control pills, but I’m not going to do it without her mother’s consent,” he sternly stated. “Has Gabby talked to her mother about this?”

If Gabby’s mother knew they were even considering having sex, she would throw a conniption. Panic-stricken, Nathan replied, “Dad, she can’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because. Her mom isn’t the most understanding person in the world, especially with sensitive issues like this.”

“Gabby should discuss this with her mother.” Dr. Hanson reached for a cup of coffee. “We’re going to get you a box of condoms. I want both of you to be safe.”

Nathan could see the seriousness in his father’s eyes. Dr. Hanson wasn’t about to let his son be the reason for another teenage girl having a baby. With a nod of understanding, Nathan replied, “Yes, Sir.”