A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle.
When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there’s something he’s hiding – something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn’t prepared for… and the consequences could be deadly.
For every choice, there is a consequence.
Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.
It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.
As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made.
An Interview with the Author
cncbooks: Do you write to please yourself or Jane Q. Public?
Sam: I am happiest when I’m writing. I really don’t think I would ever stop even if everyone hated what I wrote. However, it is an unbelievably great feeling to have someone read your story and love it. If it moves readers the way some books have moved me I am over the moon.
cncbooks: Do you make deals with yourself when you’re writing, i.e., if you finish X number of pages you get to eat ice cream?
Sam: Haha, no, but I might start that now!
cncbooks: Do you carry on conversations with Ronnie or Kalen while you’re working on the story?
Sam: Yeah, actually I think about them so much it often gets to the point where I have to correct myself. Like, I’ll be in a bar with my girlfriends and I’ll be wondering what Kalen and Ronnie would be doing if they were in the same bar. I have to tell myself to focus on real life sometimes.
cncbooks: Who did you pretend to be when you were a kid?
Sam: At some point or another, probably every Disney character ever.
cncbooks: What five things must you have with you on a deserted island?
Sam: My laptop, an endless battery, a usb full of movies… that’s pretty much it.
cncbooks: Same question for Ronnie?
Sam: Her pendant, hot chocolate, a Lonely Planet guide, her Converse and Kalen 😉
cncbooks: Is there one author (mystery or otherwise) who has really influenced your writing career?
Sam: I’m not sure about influencing my writing specifically, but my passion for reading and writing is down to a few great authors who lit up my childhood… Stephen King springs to mind first.
cncbooks: What do you read for pleasure when you’re writing?
Sam: I don’t tend to read much when I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll take a break from writing for a couple of days and read a book, usually something paranormal and fun.
cncbooks: Do you think social networking, blogging, tweeting, etc., are worthwhile promotional tools for authors or do they steal too much time away from career writing?
Sam: I think if you want to get your book widely read you have to use whatever promotional tools are available to you. You have to market your book because there are thousands of very talented writers out there doing exactly that. It would be nice if we could all sit back and do whatever makes us happy in life and just hope for success to come, but it doesn’t work that way. Like anything important, you have to work at it. You have to push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to achieve your goals.
cncbooks: What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
Sam: I only published my first book a year ago and in that time I’ve had some good and some negative comments. I try to take it all on board as it’s a great way to learn, but I guess the toughest criticism I’ve had so far was someone saying my writing wasn’t mature enough.
cncbooks: What has been the best compliment?
Sam: I’ve had some great feedback and it all really makes me smile, but a blogger once said First Light was a book they would read over and over again – that was an awesome compliment.
cncbooks: What’s next for you?
Sam: I’m currently writing book 3 in the Project Five Fifteen series. It’s called Becoming and is the final installment of Ronnie and Kalen’s adventure.
About the Author
Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn’t long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you’ll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere – writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.
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