Book Spotlight: “Home is Where You Are”

“Home is Where You Are” by Tessa Marie

YA Contemporary

Available – September 2014

Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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About Tessa Marie

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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The “Dinner with God” Project

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The Project

Martin Gijzemijter wrote Dinner with God to help his father cope with the loss of his mother who died in 2004.  Martin’s goal for the project is to share his father’s story, in hopes that it would give others strength and comfort as well. He is writing Dinner with God online in 1000 words a day.  Once the novel is completed, he will make it available online for a week and will then take it offline to have it edited and published in English.

“I wrote this novel for my father, to send him on one last adventure with my mother… before they say goodbye forever.”


The Novel

“John would give up everything to see Mary, the love of his life one more time. Years after her tragic death, his wish becomes reality when she is back in his life. But how…and why? When John meets a mysterious man, he makes a painful discovery: Mary is in trouble and only he can help. Can he actually help her? Is this really happening? In a quest to find himself and the truth, John embarks on an amazing adventure, in which love and sacrifice are given new meaning. With his Mary. For good. Or not?”

266px-Martin_GijzemijterMartin Gijzemijter is a Dutch journalist and author. His debut novel, Dancing with Memories was released on 15 May 2014. He is also an accomplished songwriter who has written songs for Olivia Lewis, Re-Play and Dana Winner, among other artists. He has collaborated with Tjeerd Oosterhuis for the song Never Without You, which was an entry to the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.

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