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Senior Tag: The Underwear Games


In Reagan Parker’s wildest dreams, she never could’ve imagined where she finds herself one April afternoon after school…in a public park, hiding behind a tree with a water pistol in her hands, and clad only in her undies.  How could she possibly have let five girls she hardly knew talk her into this craziness?  As a quiet, mostly invisible newcomer to Middlefield, Ohio, Regan had only been at Tecumseh High for a few months and had never even heard of Senior Tag before that day.  But somehow, at Kate Young and her friends’ urgent and desperate appeals to fill their team due to a last-minute opening, Reagan agrees–without knowing the hugely important rule about stripping to your skivvies before attempting to track down and douse your opponents!  As if that in itself wasn’t bad enough, she then accidentally runs face-first into none other than Alex Sutherland, knocking down the hottest boy in school and the one guy she’s secretly been crushing on since her first day at Tecumseh. 

Humiliation doesn’t even begin to describe what Reagan is feeling at that moment, but remarkably, after the most awkward conversation in the history of ever, Alex actually appears to be interested in her.  Unfortunately, her teammates insist he’s most likely just playing her, hoping to gain a later advantage in the game.  Reagan’s not sure who or what to believe–being home-schooled for the past three years because of her mom’s illness hasn’t exactly prepared her to be an expert on all things social.  Thank goodness she’s made one good friend since moving to Ohio, though…her neighbor, Ian Cooper, who graduated last year and can give her advice about Tag and Alex.   

But Ian has his own issues to deal with.  Known as “the” partier and clown of his own senior class, he’s spent a year trying to clean up while navigating community college with no study skills.  Even more difficult is his unshakable, devastating crush on Kate Young, who has good reason to hate him.  He hopes that by being the mentor for Alex’s team during this year’s Senior Tag, perhaps he can get closer to Kate again and make her see he’s changed.  Too bad her misplaced devotion to her ex, a loser by everyone’s standards except Kate’s, keeps getting in the way.  But when Ian realizes Reagan has landed a spot on Kate’s team during Tag, he can’t help feeling a little more optimism.  Reagan knows the new, improved version of Ian better than anyone–in fact, he’s diligently kept his past high school reputation a secret from her.  But sometimes secrets have a way of being revealed in the most unexpected ways…

 As Tag heats up, so too does Reagan and Alex’s growing relationship.  Although still a tiny unsure of Alex’s true motives, Reagan starts to lose her heart to this complex boy who sees parts of her soul that no one else ever has.  But just when she’s the most confident about everything in her unexpectedly quirky life, it all suddenly falls apart.  She discovers Ian isn’t the person she knew him to be, which is a shocking blow.  Then a seemingly undeniable betrayal by Alex ruins an emotional memorial service on the anniversary of her mom’s death when another team ambushes her–causing her bitterly angry dad to ground her for life.  But was Alex really the person behind it?  As the final battle round of Tag begins and her team needs her more than ever, will Reagan use her new inner strength to help them find a way to win it all, even if she has to defy her dad in the process?  Can she forgive Ian and help ensure he and Kate get together, at last?  Can she still find love with Alex, after everything they’ve been through?  Will she end up with true happiness…all initiated by a game she played in her undies?

 

Miranda Perry’s Imported Prom Date


2013 Golden Heart® Finalist

When “perfect,” over-achieving Miranda Perry is publicly dumped on Facebook by her super popular, all-around-god-of-the-school boyfriend, Tyler, a week before prom, Miranda is heartbroken and humiliated.  But when he shows up in the school library (where she works at the counter during her free periods) with his arm around his new girlfriend, looking smug and offering pity, Miranda loses it…and tells the biggest lie of her life.  She announces—within earshot of several other students—that she already has another date for prom; in fact, one way better than Tyler.  Trouble is, there’s not a better date than Tyler to be found in the entire high school, and no one knows that better than Tyler.

Through an impulsive scheme with Baxter, her socially-independent, slacker best friend since fourth grade, Miranda concocts a last-minute way to get a gorgeous, muscular, swoon-worthy date for prom all the way from Italy—Baxter’s former foreign exchange family friend, Marco.  But on a day when she needs everything to go perfectly on schedule in order to pull off her plan, she’s confronted with obstacle after mishap.  Throughout the course of this crazy day (with Baxter always at her side, just as he has been for years), Miranda will: nearly hit a zebra on the highway, damage her dad’s most prized possession (his classic Austin Martin car that she has to steal to pick up Marco from the airport), become friend and savior to a band of misfit traveling circus performers, find out Marco has a girlfriend of his own at a nearby college who he’s determined to see prior to prom, have her carefully-selected ideal prom setting at a B&B mansion fall through due to technical difficulties, experience a hair-styling disaster, and…most confusing and disturbing of all…watch Marco’s free-spirited, beautiful “girlfriend” fall all over Baxter (and become his prom date) while he turns on the charm.

As Baxter saves the day yet again by not only rescuing prom and turning it into the coolest, most magical high school event ever, Miranda discovers that there just might be more to her geeky best friend than she ever realized.  Her ultimate plan is succeeding: Tyler is jealous watching Marco pretend to be her boyfriend and wants her back (something she doesn’t want, but it’s a nice boost to her pride), all the girls envy her instead of pity her, prom is perfect, and everyone seems happy.  Everyone except her, that is.  Now that Miranda is seeing Baxter in a new special way (how could she not have recognized sooner how perfect he was for her?), it may just be too late.  But it turns out that she’s not the only one who has more-than-best-friend feelings in this twosome…and despite having everything go wrong that day, the most important thing of all finally ends up completely right.

The Dead Guy Downstairs


2011 Golden Heart® Finalist

Nothing kills your social life like having dead people in your basement.  Nearly sixteen, Emily Harrington knows this fact firsthand.  Her parents own and run a funeral home, which wouldn’t be quite so bad if they didn’t actually live above the place too.  She’s learned to cope, though, with the taunting from other kids who consider her a freak, even if she had to “become” goth to do it.  But she never fully figured out how to deal with the hurt of betrayal from her old best friend, Nathan Grey. Nathan deserted her in middle school, back when all the teasing started, for reasons he never explained.  Now a hot football star with a snarky, popular girlfriend, he never even looks Emily’s way.  Until, that is, Nathan’s beloved Uncle Mike apparently commits suicide and ends up in the Harrington funeral home.  When Emily accidentally overhears two men talking at the viewing about how Mike had been murdered instead, she’s torn.  Does she swallow her pain and pride by going to Nathan with the information?  Will he listen?  Want her help?  Finally reveal why he gave up their friendship four years ago?  Hurt her again?  Knowing she has to do the right thing, Emily soon finds herself in over her head…working side by side with Nathan to solve a complex mystery that ultimately involves the safety of the entire town…and trying to ignore the fluttering of feelings for Nathan that go way beyond their new tentative friendship.  Can she learn to trust Nathan again?  And more importantly, can she learn to trust in herself enough to shed her Goth shell and outwardly become the person she’s really been all along?