Publication date: February 25th, 2013
Publisher: Ellen Harger
Starting over is hard.
And sometimes, you have to burn a few bridges to do it.
Whitney Brown is average–average intelligence, average height, average weight–but she wants to be someone new. To kick-start her rebirth, she wears formal mourning, a black veil and vintage dress, to a wedding in her hometown, Woods Cross, a community that treasures family values. Is it an attack on marriage or has she just gone bonkers?
Emboldened but lacking a plan, she forces her foot in the door of a radio station in Sundown. A small metropolis of nearly 150,000, Sundown is a notch of urban flair along the Midwest’s Bible Belt.
Getting in proves to be the easy part and the anonymity of being a DJ suits her well. But off air (and in person), Whitney must stand up to Sadi, an angry feminist and the bane of her college years while an old friendship with her former roommate, Leah, devolves around a guy.
It’s 2002 and the Midwest radio scene is changing. Just as Whitney hits her groove, the radio station undergoes its own identity crisis. But what rocks Whitney to her core is the moment the condom breaks. Her abstinence only background leaves her embarrassed and facing a difficult choice.
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For those of you who love it when an author answers a few questions, we have a This or That segment with author Ellen Harger and it goes a something like this…
1. Coffee or Hot Chocolate?
HOT CHOCOLATE!!!!!! Best version of this question, ever. I will forever answer hot chocolate.
2. TV or Music?
3. Early Bird or Night Owl?
4. Ebooks or Paperbacks?
Both, but ebooks take up a lot less room and don’t get dusty.
5. Reading or Writing?
Reading is consistently fun but when writing is going really well, it’s hard to beat.
6. Cake or Pie?
Cake!!! Chocolate, specifically. In high school, my favorite recipe was “Fool Proof Fudge Cake.” My best friend and I made it at least once a month for about 2 years.
7. Outdoors or Indoors?
My computer or laptop work better indoors. Walking with my dogs is definitely better outdoors. So I guess it depends on what I’m doing!
8. Dogs or Cats?
Okay, first of all, I’ve had kitties and very much loved them; however, I am without a doubt a MAJOR dog person.
9. Summer or Winter?
Hmmm, they each have their merits. I’ll say winter, though and give my explanation from childhood: I can put another layer of clothes on to keep warm. But when it’s hot, I can only take off so much!
10. Night or Day?
Despite being a night owl, I’ll say day. I love a warm (not hot) sunshiny day–it just makes me happy. And I love a grey, stormy day for reading or watching movies.
11. Desktop or Laptop?
Desktop: iMac with BIG screen. LOVE LOVE LOVE
12. Books or Movies?
Both. Definitely both. Totally both. I read every night before bed and watch several movies a week. Yup, both.
About the author:
Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood–something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, “Strong Enough.”
At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish “Strong Enough.” She has published a poem, “Guidelines,” and released her novel as an e-book.