by Linda Joy Singleton
When Ashlee’s stepdad completely forgets her birthday she takes matters into her own hands to get the one thing she really wants: her own cell phone. But text messages start rolling in from a broken-hearted boy, and though Ashlee knows not all stories end happily, she’s determined to make hers the best it can be.
Did I just tell a hot guy that I like him too much? Seriously! How pathetic is that? I want to yank out my tongue and grind it through a garbage disposal so I’ll never say another stupid thing. Why didn’t I think before I spoke? Of course he’s going to defend the girl he’s loved his whole life. I blew my only chance to be his friend.
He jumps to his feet without even looking at me. Clutching the doggie pirate hat in his hand, he walks away.
I want to run after him so badly my muscles ache from holding back. But I’m just a random girl he’ll never see again, and it’s stupid to hope for more. Beatrice broke his heart, and only she can mend it.
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When she was 8, she wrote animal stories and by age 14 she was writing mystery novels. In 1986, she had the unique experience of co-writing a mystery, THE TALKING SNOWMAN, with her favorite childhood author, Margaret Sutton (Judy Bolton mysteries). Her goal was to have a mystery series of her own that that happened in 1994: MY SISTER THE GHOST series/Avon Camelot Books. Recently she’s crossed genres to publish her first picture book, SNOW DOG, SAND DOG (Albert Whitman 2014).
When Linda isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling and reality shows (she’s never missed a season of Survivor, Amazing Race or Big Brother). She also collects vintage girl series mysteries like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden and in 2014 spoke at a Nancy Drew convention. She’s a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and SCBWI, and enjoys speaking at school, libraries and writing conferences.