Well, I didn’t expect to get Portrait of a Girl Running up and out for another few days, but Amazon tells me it is now available … so, I may as well share that news! It has been a long time in coming—’tis probably my favorite, perhaps based solely on it being with me for so long. And yeah, the protagonist is a young artist, so naturally, there is a bit more of ‘me’ in this novel—the artist, not the ‘young,’ hehe.
It's sort of a Young Adult, coming-of-age story but fits just as well in the Adult Fiction category with some romance. Just to whet your appetite, here’s what it’s about:
All Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention. Not that she has any big secret to protect, but her unconventional upbringing has made her very private. At seventeen, she realizes just how odd it was that two men raised her—one black, one white—and no mother. Not to mention they were blues musicians, always on the move. When her father died, he left her with a fear of foster care and a plan that would help her fall between the cracks of the system. Three teachers make that impossible—the handsome track coach, her math teacher from hell, and a jealous gym instructor. Compromising situations, accusations of misconduct, and judicial hearings put Leila’s autonomy and even her dignity at risk, unless she learns to trust an unlikely ally.
If anyone would like a review copy , just e-mail me (bridget at jbchicoine dot com) and let me know which format you prefer.
So, here’s where it’s at so far: Amazon (trade paperback); Kindle; Smashwords (all other eReader devices)
As it becomes available on iTunes and other avenues, I will keep you posted.