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27 March 2014

Worth the Wait--A Win Worth Waiting for!

All the best things in life are worth striving for,
such as Christmas, babies,
 and winning at Clash of the Titles
Our latest winner is a YA novel that, according to one of our voters, is the "perfect high school drama." 
The readers have spoken!
Hats off to you, Laura, for your smashing win!

To celebrate Worth the Wait's win, the e-book will be on sale for $1.99 now through April 1st!

Worth the Wait
by Laura Jackson
--March's Clash Champ!--

About the Book:
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.


What COTT Voters Had to Say:
* Loved Worth the Wait!! It was such an inspiring story....looking forward to your next novel!
* Laura Jackson Perfect high school drama and I can't wait to see what God has in store for Ellie and all her other friends.
* Keep up the great work, Laura. Loved your book, Worth the Wait.
* All of the books sound great. The one I've been most excited about though was Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson.
* Follow your dream, Laura Jackson! It's worth the wait.
A Note from the Author:
I love books. Back in third grade, my cousins teased me because I was reading a very thick book about the Battle of New Orleans. I don't remember anything about that battle now, but I remember wondering why they didn't want to read it.

After graduating with a BA in English and history (where I didn't learn anything about that Battle of New
Orleans), I taught 7th grade language arts for eight years. That's where I fell in love with YA books.

Wanting to share my passion for books with more kids, I earned a Master of Library Science degree and switched to an elementary school. I loved sharing great books with kids, but I missed writing with my students.

So, I started writing on my own. My first book was a flop, and I didn't even finish it. Then, Ellie kept popping up in my head, and I had to write her story.

Now, I have the best of both worlds--reading all day with kids and writing YA at night.

A Glowing Review:
"I would buy a hundred books like this! As someone who has worked with a lot of young people navigating the extremely tough world of high school and young adult culture I was so impressed by how accurate the culture was and how open and honest the main character (Ellie) was about her internal struggle. This is definitely a book I would recommend to any of the girls in my classes or youth group because it tackles tough questions head on but doesn't linger on graphic or questionable material.... This book has it all--raw truth, messy struggles, family issues, peer pressure, huge life issues,true love, finding an authentic relationship with God and an unshakable element of hope that will inspire you to see God in a new way. I can't wait to read whatever else this author puts on a page!" --jmoliver Read the rest of the review here.

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Item Reviewed: Worth the Wait--A Win Worth Waiting for! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: April Gardner