Barking Rain Press
“Teens who love to read about animals should truly enjoy Starting Over.” — Lisa Williams Kline, author.”
Trina Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. Before long, Trina butts heads with Morgan Hart, an ill-tempered but skilled rider with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight.
Adding to the list of frustrations is the difficulty in maintaining a long-distance relationship with Chase, her first boyfriend from last summer, while trying to deal with unwanted attention from a new boy in her puppy training class. At least best friend Sarah still has her back, but as Trina wearies of Morgan’s constant insults and her heartless treatment of Knight, she decides to use her dog training skills to look underneath Morgan’s hostile attitude and develop a sense of trust.
Slowly, Morgan’s angry shield cracks enough to where she’s able to share a troubling family secret. Can Trina help Morgan confront her family problems and make a fresh start?
Sheri S. Levy is the award-winning author of the Trina Ryan Young Adult series. The debut book in the series Seven Days to Goodbye won a 2015 Special Interest Category: Service Dogs award from the Dog Writers Association of America. Sheri is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. After a twenty-five-year teaching career in special needs, she has remained active with tutoring teens in reading and writing. Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services helped with her research on writing about service dogs and how they change lives. She, in turn, shares her book proceeds to support PAALS. It is a special pleasure for Sheri to do author visits and teach writing workshops. When she’s not writing, she reads, plays with her two dogs, listens to music, and hangs out with her husband and family. You can find more information on her website, on her Facebook page, and on Twitter.