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Pajama Party: The Story
By E. C. Jackson
YA Christian Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
August 26th 2017 by E. C. Jackson
Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.
Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.
Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.
Karen left the room and plodded up the stairs. She stopped outside her parents’ bedroom at the far end of the hall. Quickly knocking on the double door, she entered the room without an invitation.
“I’m home, Mom. Diane is changing clothes in the guest bedroom.”
Annette Duncan replaced the telephone receiver on the hook before looking up. “Good. I just talked to your grandmother. She sends her love and good wishes for your party tonight.”
“I miss Grandma. Can’t wait to visit Chicago next spring.” Karen rubbed her hands together. “Let’s take her and Grandpa to Florida during the summer. I think they’ll love it.”
Faint lines crinkled around Annette’s eyes as she smiled. “That sounds like a dream vacation for you, my dear.” She strolled across the room, opened the curtains and sat in a chair by the window. “Are all of the girls you invited coming over? What’s the itinerary for tonight?”
Karen beamed. “Nothing’s written in concrete, but, I bought a noisy interaction game for us to play. We’ll use the karaoke machine too. This will be a spontaneous night for us. My thoughts are to just let things happen.”
“Then our thoughts are far apart. Your friends are a tad dramatic. Reign them in so I won’t have to.”
“Mom, you just destroyed my happy list. I want spontaneity to rule tonight.”
“If it does I’m sending everyone home early. You’re too old to pout. Put that lip back in before I ground you.”
“It’s my party night. Let me have my own way for once.”
“That happened when I agreed to house nine teenagers under my roof tonight.”
Karen laughed. “Nine teenagers? You included me in your list.”
The war of wills ended when her mother answered the ringing telephone.
While she talked Karen’s mind sought ways to sidestep these latest restrictions. She wanted to follow her original plans, and yet still obey.
About the Author
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
A note from E. C. Jackson: “The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.
One 1st Prize winner will receive:
– A Living Hope Paperback (the companion book to Pajama Party: The Story)
– 1 Key chain for Pajama Party: The Story
– 1 Key chain for A Living Hope
One 2nd Prize winner will receive:
– A $25 Amazon eGift Card