Deep Secrets and Hope

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Nail Polish and Feathers

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book One

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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book One

Sixteen-year-old Evan Granger has no problems with being gay. Despite his mother’s objections, he wears nail polish and makeup to school and pursues his goal of becoming a professional drag queen.

TV drag star Taffy Sweet gives encouragement and Evan’s cousin Holly tries to protect him, but school bullies abuse him so badly because of his sexuality and the girly way he dresses that he ends up at the hospital emergency room. After that, even his new crush, a closeted football jock named Moe Garcia, is unhappy about Evan's choice to live his life openly gay. But even in girly clothes and nail polish, Evan is a force to be reckoned with, and he soon shows the bullies—and everyone else—that beating a drag queen up does not mean the queen is beaten down.

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Shoulder Pads and Flannel

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book Two

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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book Two

High school football star Guillermo Garcia can count himself among the popular kids—for now. Although he secretly dates Evan Granger, who is openly gay and badly bullied for it, Guillermo doesn’t dare let his teammates, classmates, or close-knit family learn about his sexuality.

But Guillermo witnessed an attack on Evan, and now the school bullies plan to out Guillermo in retaliation. In their small town, word spreads rapidly, so Guillermo must make a quick choice—come out now on his own or risk having someone else do it for him.

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High Heels and Lipstick

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book Three

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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book Three

Chastaine Rollo follows her own rules, even starting rumors about herself before others have the chance. Others’ opinions don’t matter. Her life is fun, and she likes being a rebel, until now. When she comes forward as a date-rape victim, pinning a popular former student as her attacker, the entire school turns against her.

Two months ago, Chastaine admitted to her friend Guillermo that Jim Frankel date-raped her, and Guillermo coaxed her to report it. When word spread about what had happened to Chastaine, a freshman girl, Maryellen, reported that she had also been raped by Jim. Since then Chastaine and Maryellen have endured nasty messages, cyberbullying, and threats in school.

Chastaine has lost many of her so-called friends and now leans on Guillermo, his boyfriend Evan Granger, and Evan’s cousin, Holly McCormack, for support. Especially Holly.

When Jim pleads guilty to the charges against him, Chastaine’s happiness is short-lived when she realizes the truth won’t change the way her peers view her. Unable to take the news and the way people are treating her, Maryellen attempts suicide, and Chastaine blames herself for not being more supportive. However, Chastaine needs support too, and Holly is one of the only people she can now trust, but Chastaine isn’t sure whether her attraction to Holly is only because of that or if it’s something more.

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Blue Jeans and Sweatshirts

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book Four
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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book Four

Holly McCormack has a lot to hide, like that she’s dating a girl, even though as far as everyone else is concerned, she’s not a lesbian. She also runs a support group for survivors of sexual assault at her high school, but she was never a victim. Between hearing the stories of the survivors and trying to be worthy to date the prettiest girl in school, Chastaine Rollo, Holly’s drowning in stress. She’s also dealing with her negative body image by starving herself.

When Holly’s anxiety over keeping her relationship with Chastaine from her parents reaches the breaking point, her eating disorder gets worse. She needs help, but keeping secrets for so long has left her with nowhere to turn.

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Work Boots and Tees

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book Five

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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book Five

Sixteen-year-old Jim Frankel has become the thing he loathes, and he can’t stand thinking about what he has done.

After being accused of sexual assault by two girls, Jim serves out his sentence in a juvenile detention facility. He’s shocked by the arrest for what he thought was consensual sex, and terrified his own childhood sexual abuse has twisted him into a predator—just like the man who molested him.

Upon release, Jim is no longer welcome at his family home, and with nowhere else to turn, he travels from Massachusetts to Michigan to live with his father’s cousin, Delia. Keeping his head down, Jim works hard at Delia’s art supply shop and prays no one will find out about the awful crime he committed. It’s his chance for a new beginning, but when he makes his first friend in Man-Shik Park, Jim is afraid to let him get too close. But by walling himself off from the support Manny’s offering, Jim might sabotage the opportunities in front of him.

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Ball Caps and Khakis

Deep Secrets and Hope | Book Six

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Deep Secrets and Hope: Book Six

Man-Shik “Manny” Park, grandson of strict Korean immigrants, is trying to protect his friend Jim Frankel from bullies who don’t think Jim should be allowed to live in Ludington, Michigan, let alone have any friends. Manny is determined to stand by Jim, even if Jim isn’t willing to defend himself.

But Jim’s problems aren’t the only ones facing Manny. Against his parents’ wishes, Manny yearns to be an artist. He’s also more attracted to guys than girls, and he’s asexual. Only Jim knows these secrets, and Manny knows a few of Jim’s too.

Bonded by their shared confidences, Manny supports Jim after he’s accused of sending explicit Facebook messages to middle school girls, including Manny’s sister. While Manny sets out to prove Jim’s innocence, things go from bad to worse. Soon after the incident, Manny and Jim receive intimidating messages, and Jim is put in danger. To help his friend, Manny risks everything to try to learn who’s behind the threats and why they want to destroy Jim’s life.

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Deep Secrets and Hope

Deep Secrets and Hope | Books One - Six

Growing up is never easy, and experiencing bullying and harassment can sometimes make it feel impossible. But when friendships are formed and confidence is allowed to blossom, hope is sure to follow—and not only for those who suffer mistreatment. With support, even the bullies can change and grow.

Includes:

Nail Polish and Feathers

Shoulder Pads and Flannel

High Heels and Lipstick

Blue Jeans and Sweatshirts

Work Boots and Tees

Ball Caps and Khakis

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