Imagine my surprise when I checked my schedule and discovered I didn’t have a guest scheduled for today! So, today I’m spotlighting my YA novel, Crash Course.
“Angie, you have to go.”
I loved my Southern California life. Parties, dirt bikes, boyfriends—I had it all. Then with one sentence, I lost it all.
My dad made me move out and live with my mother. She’s strict and conservative, and now I’ve got a stepfather I barely know. Yeah, I’m angry! So I broke the rules and started hanging out with freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Stokes. But he wants to go farther than I do.
He’s got this rival, Brady Scott—a hottie who’s straitlaced, but he doesn’t judge me for having a different idea of fun. He sees me as a person, not just a female body. No matter how hard I try to push him away, he’s always there waiting for me to come back.
I’ve been trying to live in two worlds, but now I’ve got to choose.
“Angie, you have to go.”
I dragged my attention from the supercross race to see my father standing in the hall with his bleach-blonde girlfriend hanging on him. The woman’s skimpy shorts and deeply scooped tank top looked as if they’d been painted on. So trashy. I clicked off the TV and tossed the remote on the coffee table, shooting my father a disgusted look as I rose from the couch. It figured he would want some privacy when I was trying to relax. “Fine. I’ll be back in a couple of hours.”
“Howard!” the blonde whined, tugging on his arm.
He glanced at her then returned his cold gaze to me. “No, I mean you have to leave. Get out of here and don’t come back.”
My jaw dropped. “You’re kicking me out?”
“I thought you’d be happy.” Dad shrugged fleshy shoulders covered in a stretched out T-shirt. “You don’t like me, I don’t like you, and Lainey can’t stand you. If you leave, everyone’s happy.”
“Dad!” This couldn’t be happening. Where did he expect me to stay? I didn’t have a job, and most of my friends didn’t fall under the reliable category.
He let out an exasperated sigh. “Just go pack and get out of here.”
I glared at him and the blonde as I stormed past. Slamming the door of my room only sort of shut out Lainey’s whining. The one good thing about getting kicked out was never having to listen to her annoying voice again. I grabbed the black cordless phone from my desk and dialed my mother’s number. While I listened to it ring, I pulled a suitcase out from under my bed and set it on the twisted sheets and blankets. So much for being more important than my father’s revolving live-in girlfriends. I should have known they would come first eventually.
“Hello?” My mother’s familiar voice sounded as sweet and friendly as ever.
“Mom, it’s me.” I threw a couple of shirts in my suitcase. “Dad just kicked me out. Can you send me some money so I can get by until I find a job?”
Her gasp traveled clearly across the phone line from Virginia. “Did you say your father kicked you out of the house? You’re sixteen years old! What is he thinking?”
“I doubt he’s thinking much of anything other than how fast he can get rid of me. His latest girlfriend hates me, and I have to leave as soon as I’m packed.” I added a stack of blue jeans to the suitcase. “So, can you send me some money?”
“I’ll do better than that. If you can get to the airport, I’ll make sure there’s a ticket waiting for you.”
Crash Course is available in print and ebook from Amazon. Read it for free with Kindle Unlimited!
About the Author
E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn’t laid it down yet. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting. She lives in Indiana with her family and a small zoo of pets.