Title: STITCHES OF TRUTH
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 67,000 words
Being confronted by her three boyfriends is the last thing Dena
Krester expects on her seventeenth birthday.
Truth is, she used to be friendless. Uprooted almost yearly by
career-obsessed parents, she was shy and introverted, and she spent
all of her time making art quilts, dreaming of the Art of the Nation
Scholarship, and hanging out with her nanny. So when three boys from
different cities befriend her, Dena is over the moon with all of the
attention, until the boys want more.
Dena can’t bear the thought of anyone being upset with her, so she
doesn't say no. Fearing rejection, she weaves a web of lies to keep
these relationships secret, but her tireless effort of keeping
everyone happy eclipses all her priorities, including her artistic
dreams. When her parents decide to split, and she falls in love with
one of the boys, her guilty conscience rips her carefully crafted
plans apart at the seams. And when the boys finally discover the
truth, she realizes that this time, her penchant for stitching things
back together might not fix the mess she’s made. She risks losing
everything—her only friends, her first love, and her art—unless she
finds a way to thread the strands of her life back together.
“Ready for your surprise?” Keith asks from across the table, his
grey-blue eyes expressionless.
I hesitate, searching his poker face for the right answer. I force a
smile as the anxiety brewing in my belly slithers up and squeezes my
vocal chords. I clear my throat and will a steady voice. “Aw, you
didn’t have to get me anything.”
His lips press into a thin line and he goes mute once again. He palms
his coffee cup with both hands, and in his silence, I reach for
another napkin from the dispenser and tear it into pieces. I add it to
my growing pile, almost a mountain from our half hour of not talking.
Today is supposed to be my day, my seventeenth birthday. I’m in the
most beautiful café in the City with my gorgeous boyfriend waiting for
some epic present to come through the door.