A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
The first novel
in the Rowan Slone Series
A Young Adult Novel
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.
When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?
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Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.
A Letter to my Teenage Self:
Dear fifteen-year-old Tracy,
I write this as thirty-something-year-old Tracy and I would like to tell you a few things that I have learned about life so far.
Life is a journey. If you let yourself, you can too easily fall into the scramble for finality-to get the boyfriend, to get to the mall, to graduate high school and move out. But it’s the steps you take along the way to your destination that make life worth living. Pay attention to the small things and relish in them. The big events are often not as amazing as you may want them to be. But a walk in the garden with your mom, sharing an ice cream and a good laugh with your best friend, or feeling summer’s first warmth kiss your face are what make life worth living.
People think of you far less than you think they do. This was a real eye-opener for me as I got older. When I was younger, I was so consumed with what I thought other people thought of me that I rarely felt a moment’s peace. But what I realized-and with great relief-was that people were so caught up in their own lives that they rarely spent time worrying about me and mine. I found this incredibly liberating and freeing. I realized I could be the real me. If someone had a problem, they’d soon forget about it and life would go on.
Kindness really is all that matters (and doesn’t make you a dork). I don’t know if teens use the word ‘dork’ now, but we did back in the old days. Dork, scrub, nerd, whatever word that someone could think of to call someone not cool. I did several things when I was a teenager that I now regret, all because I was trying to be cooler than I felt and wanted people to like me. Well, I was voted most popular in the senior class but I did so many things leading up to that point I’m not proud of that I’m not sure the title was well-earned. Kindness matters. Respect yourself and respect others. Meanness breeds bad karma and you know what they say, right? Karma is a bitch. Be kind-to yourself, to others, to the earth and your life will be richer than you ever dreamed.
These are the three greatest lessons that I learned in the years between your fifteen and my current thirty-something. Life is beautiful and worth living. Get out of your head and get into living your life. Take the good. Take the bad. And enjoy the ride. It’s quite a journey.
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