by P.G Shriver
My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college
somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.
Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?
"You want that? We could have that now, if we had some bread," she teased.
I couldn’t help myself, running over to her I grabbed her around the waist and swung her playfully in a circle until she broke free, running a few paces before my arms found her again and we fell over on the ground, rolling downhill the opposite direction from the lake and out of view of the passersby.
She squealed as we rolled. I laughed, my deep voice contrasting her high
She couldn't believe I tackled her, the surprise evident in her eyes, her
I couldn't believe I had either. But there we lay, side by side on our backs, our
hands barely touching, laughing and huffing, trying to catch our breath, staring at
the blue sky through the branches of trees above us.
"Where did you come from?" she joked.
"I could ask the same of you," I rolled onto one elbow, bracing my head with
my hand so I could see her perfectly flushed cheeks.
About the Author:
Born in California, and raised in Minnesota and Texas, P.G. spent her early years
writing poetry and winning poetry contests, while escaping the drama in her own
childhood by reading great books for children. Ever since her earliest days, she loved
story telling. She wrote numerous short stories in High School and her early college
years, continually trying to relive that first experience at the age of seven of seeing her
name in print in the local newspaper.
P.G. sought her education at the University of Texas, where she studied English,
literature, and Education. During the entire process of earning her BA and M.Ed, she
never stopped writing and trying to be published. It was during this time that her first
children's book No More Stinkbugs! was accepted for publication by Castle Keep
Press. Many of her stories develop from nature.
P.G. graduated college and began her career in education, another great world that
offered real experiences to humor and delight through children's books. She watched
children interact, bringing to surface her own experiences as a child and yet more
events to write about. While teaching, she discovered many great books for young
people, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Maniac Magee, So. B. It and
many more. She is a fan of Dean Koontz novels, too, and loves reading fantasy and
P.G. was married 20 years in March 2012 and has a bright, young daughter who has
begun her own college career. She lives on a small farm in Texas with her family and
animals. P.G. has experienced great love and loss throughout her life. Those her family
has lost have dedications in her books.
P.G. has two young adult books published, Dead Perfect and The Gifted Ones: The
Fairytale the first book in The Gifted Ones Trilogy. She also has several children's
books written under Gean Penny, her pseudonym. P. G. has since dissolved her
contract for her first book with Castle Keep Press and moved the title to her own imprint,
Gean Penny Books.
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