CJ's illness hits so close to home. I don't have cancer, but like countless others, cancer has certainly affected my life. My grandmother had a double mastectomy when she was in her thirties and I can still remember catching glimpses of the pits in her chest, and how horrified I was by them. She told us that she went in for the doctors just to see how bad the cancer was. Once they got in, they told my grandfather it was really bad and he needed to make the call. He told them to take them both. Grandma woke up very different than how she went under, but she was always thankful Grandpa made that call for her, as it saved her life.
When my mother got breast cancer she took chemo and radiation successfully. Then two years later she came down with pneumonia. Except within a few weeks, they realized it wasn't pneumonia, but rather cancer in her lungs. I'll never forget sitting in our living room and hearing the news and thinking-- not again. She died within a few months, at the age of forty-two.
I've recently made a doctor's appointment-- as now I'm in my thirties-- to talk about what I need to do for early prevention, just in case the genes in my family come 'round visitin'. I live in fear of leaving my child without a mother. When mine passed, she left behind an 18 yo, a 15 yo (me), and a 4 yo. I was the only one of my siblings up that morning, and I remember wondering: How do I wake up my brothers and tell them this? And how do you make a four-year-old understand his mother won't be there with a hug and a smile like every other morning of his life?
So, please, can you share the news of CJ's book? I can't imagine the joy of having a new book coming out being overshadowed by a terrible illness like this. So once again, anything you can do to share would be amazing. Through your own blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc. And, please, feel free to use this flyer. And in closing, I wish CJ nothing but good thoughts, strength, a full recovery, and that THE THIRD TWIN goes out and makes its mark in the literary world.
The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.
Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.
As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.