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Ashleigh's YA Reads
Thank you everyone who participated in my newsletter naming competition and congratulations to Jill for picking the winning name and earning a one-year subscription to the Hammerhead Gold Club.

I would also like to congratulate our two runners up. Nikki nominated Forever Young and the person who nominated both Ashleigh's YA News and Ashleigh's Reading Club would like to remain anonymous. They have each received a one-year subscription to the Hammerhead Silver Club.

I had a lot of fun with this contest and have a few ideas for having more events like this in the future.
Looking for Beta Readers!

Guess what! Season one of the Hartfield Chronicles is getting ready for publication as a paperback and ebook. It's been polished, given a new look, and some of the issues addressed by early readers have been addressed.

It is now ready for beta readers.

What's a beta reader?
After converting the story from webserial format, I sent the book to a group of alpha readers who gave me some feedback regarding some changes they would like to see and areas where they were confused. Now, I'm looking for some beta readers who can read through the manuscript and let me know if those changes work. While I don't expect you to find every little mistake, I do welcome feedback on how things are worded. However, for the most part, I'm just looking to see how you, as a reader, enjoyed it.

Am I qualified to be a beta reader?
Of course. I just want to know what readers think of it. Since you are part of my target audience, you are extremely qualified. I'll even provide you with a checklist to help you with your feedback.

What's the book?
At the moment, I'm hoping to make a flip book, although those plans may change.

Here's a quick blurb:

Melinda knew adjusting to high school would be difficult.
But will she flunk out before she even has a chance?
Two hours away from home, Melinda quickly learns that her boarding school is much more challenging than her public middle school. Her new friends and teacher must become her family.

But Melinda never expected the assignments to be this difficult. How will she have time to make new friends if she’s constantly studying?

And then there’s the boys. For the first time in her life, she has a boyfriend.

When an old friend re-enters her life, she must learn how to balance school with her social life if she wants to succeed at Hartfield.

When you finish reading Melinda’s story,
flip the book over to read Pat’s story.

Patrick McGregor is one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood.
But sometimes, he just wants to be a normal sixteen-year-old.
Pat thought missing the beginning of the school year to film a new movie on location in Hawaii sounded ideal. But, for the first time in his life, his family isn’t around to keep him company. A demanding film schedule and lackadaisical tutor don’t help combat the homesickness.

When a family member falls ill, Pat must examine the true meaning of family.
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Hartfield Chronicles

With his movie finally finished filming, Pat can't wait to return to Hartfield to spend some time with his brother. But, Walter would rather pretend they are complete strangers. At least Walter's friend doesn't seem to mind him hanging around.

Melinda has just about figured out how to balance her schoolwork with her new dance class and time with her friends. She's even managed to spend some time with her boyfriend, Eliot. Life should be perfect, right?
Except for the fact that Eliot doesn't like the fact that Melinda's best friend is a boy. Or that Melinda happens to be friends with a famous actor.

And just when Melinda thinks her life can't get any more complicated, an unexpected kiss forces her to reexamine the way she thinks about one of her friends.
Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Tuesday and Friday.
Here's what you've missed
  • Episode 33: Pat returns to campus as Melinda prepares for Parents' Weekend
  • Episode 34: Melinda shows her family her new home
  • Episode 35: Eliot visits and Walter continues to avoid Pat as Parents' Weekend winds down
  • Episode 36: Melinda joins Walter and Pat for movie night at the MAC
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