I am thrilled to announce that Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed has officially launched! Both digital and paperback versions are now live and available for purchase. Publishing a novel has been a dream of mine since childhood so this weekend has already felt surreal. As of today, the book is already ranked #3 in Amazon's bestsellers list for YA Sexual Abuse Fiction and #42 in YA Dating & Sex Fiction. This is truly incredible. It is my sincerest wish that this novel will help those affected by dating violence to know that they are not alone and that, ultimately, there is hope, so I want to share this story with as many people as possible.
Andrea's journey throughout Forgiven is raw, intense, gritty, emotional, and all too common at high schools across the country. Teen dating violence is not discriminate; it affects all gender identities, races, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, etc. and a new study shows that 60% of adolescents in the U.S. have been a victim of abuse from a dating partner. It's time we start talking about this very real issue and I so truly hope that Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed can play some part in this dialogue. Please show your support for this movement by sharing the book with teens, high school teachers, counselors, and anyone else you think could benefit from gaining more awareness of this issue or, perhaps, a survivor who just needs to feel solidarity and validation. We are stronger together, especially when we break the silence and give a voice to something that's so often misunderstood and shrouded in shame and secrecy.
Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed is available for purchase on the following websites: