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(Arthur Academy, #1)
Publication date: April 26th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
It’s funny the things you notice as a child.
Like the way people uneasily glance away from me whenever I catch their eye.
Or the way a stranger seems to smile happily at other children, but when I say hello, their smile looks more uneasy than warm.
But as I approach the steel gates to the elite Arthur Academy, I can’t help but take a long-awaited breath towards my freedom. Finally, I have the chance to build the life I want. A future. Something that gives me more to live for than the daily beatings my childhood only knew. The girl I used to be doesn’t exist here. But even as the confidence grows about a life I now have control over, I can’t help but feel there could be something else waiting for me here. Something I’ve never faced before.
And it isn’t something I could prepare for.
And preparation is what got me out. It got me here.
I can’t afford to lose this opportunity, because if I lose this hand, it’s more than just a loss.
It’s like not being able to breathe. Not being able to fly.
It’s like, having a broken wing.
And without it, I lose my control. My freedom.
I grip the leather ball in my hand, finally feeling the weight of the year pressing down on me. If it was just football, I could deal, but with my last name – it’s everything else that suffocates me. The Arthur Elite is what they call us, and we each have our roles to play. But my fathers given me the next two years to do what the hell I want without his interference, before he’ll own me to be his pawn.
Two years. After that, when college is done, I dread the life I’ll have to lead. The role I’ll have to play.
It should be simple. Just stroll through the steel gates and be the crown they all see; but I can’t help but feel there is something lurking beneath the surface. There is something different about this year that I sense inside my dark soul.
And it isn’t something I am prepared for; even when staying ahead is the one thing that ensures my next breath.
Because when I lose a hand, it’s more than just a loss.
It’s like losing a limb. A bird breaking its wing.
And without that – I can’t fly toward freedom.
And my freedom right now, is all I have to hold onto.
The hero in the first two novels of my Arthur Academy series (Broken Wing and Golden Crown), is Paxton Reed – or Pax as he is affectionately known by those closest to him. Pax is a complicated guy. He has the weight of his father’s forceful ‘leadership’ in his elite world, along with the expectations of being a ‘Reed’ to deal with, all whilst wanting to protect his mother and be free to live the life he chooses without consequence. His exterior is a mask of indifference (built from a young age of non-affection and beatings) to not show weakness, but his insides are fierce as f* and loyal to those he cares for. He’s cocky, and confident, but the most intelligent and determined guy as well.
Like I said, he’s complicated.
So, what better way to kick off his playlist than with some fierce, yet soul-wrenching songs that will make you swoon that much harder for Broken Wings hero – Paxton Reed.
Without You – The Kid Laroi (for when he knows he messed up and wants so bad to fix it).
Creep – Radiohead (for when he’s doubting whether he’s good enough for anyone)
In My Blood – Shawn Mendes (for when he’s alone, feeling helpless with the weight of his world against him, but he knows it’s not in him to give up).
River – Eminem (feat. Ed Sheeran) (for when he’s dealing with everything going on in his world, struggling to stay that step ahead).
Smile – Juice World (for that one girl he wants to make smile because she’s been through so much).
From Yesterday – Thirty Seconds to Mars (for when he thinks about his current life, and is feeling helpless).
Anyone – Justin Bieber (for that one girl he knows doesn’t compare to anyone else because she is his always).
Kathleen grew up in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, where family holidays by the beach and tormenting her two younger brothers, was how she spent her early years. But at the young age of 11, when she submitted a short story to a talented writing competition through the NSW schools program, not only did she win it, but she quickly found a love for it as well.
Throughout her schooling, writing was a hobby, along with sketching and various sports. But fast forward to her adult years when she moved to Europe to follow her husbands field hockey dream, and her love for writing surged to the surface.
Her debut story, Cut, was penned over two years where her hobby seemed to lead to the completion of Pennys’ world. The rest of the series came the following year.
Kathleen enjoys writing stories full of self-discovery, emotional journeys and of course, love.
Something else she loves is hearing from her readers, so feel free to follow her blog or drop her an email.
For signed copies of her novels, more information about upcoming stories, or to follow her blog, please visit her website www.kathleenmaree.weebly.com
Dream often. Believe always.
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