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About the Author

Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennesee.

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"Is there anything more fab than summer vacation?" Raina St. James's question sounded more like a declaration. "No classes, no homework, nothing to look forward to except weeks and weeks of sunshine."

Raina and her friends were spending the day at Carson Kiefer's house, lounging by the pool, under a clear blue sunny sky. Burgers sizzled inside the mammoth grill on the patio, and the aroma mingled with the scents of sunscreen and chlorine.

"I heard the school board wants to have year-round classes," Holly Harrison said. She was sitting on a towel at the side of the pool painting her toenails a flamboyant shade of hot pink.

"Forget it," Carson said. "We need a break." He took a running leap off the diving board and cut like a knife through the water. He swam the length of the pool underwater, coming up beside Kathleen McKensie's float.

She opened one eye. "If you splash me, I'll shoot you."

"Crabby."

"I've just covered myself with sunscreen and I don't want it washed off." She lifted her sunglasses to look at him treading water next to her. His brown eyes danced and droplets of water clung to his buttery tanned shoulders. "If I didn't burn to a crisp without it, I wouldn't mind," she said. "But que sera, sera." She resettled the dark glasses on her nose and rested her head again on the cushioned pillow of the float.

He tossed his head and slung beads of water over her body. "Did I get you wet?"

She ignored him.

"Want me to lick the water off?"

Instantly, her face flushed bright red. "Go away."

He laughed. "Maybe you'd taste like coconut."

"Pervert." She wasn't even mildly annoyed. It felt so good to be back with him, to be a part of his life again, she would have tolerated any amount of his teasing. The weeks she'd spent apart from him the past winter after she'd hung up on him over a spat about Stephanie Marlow had seemed like an eternity.

"I'm, like, so disrespected," he announced. He put his elbows on the float, leaned over her and ran his cool, wet tongue across her mouth.

Shivers shot up her spine. "Scram!" she hissed.

He laughed, arched backward like a dolphin and dove under the water.

Raina watched, amused, from the circle of Hunter's arms. They were sitting on a lounge chair together, Raina in front, and Hunter was smoothing lotion on her back. The stroke of his fingers was lulling her into drowsiness. He bent forward and nibbled on her earlobe. "He's right about the coconut taste," he whispered.

"I'll buy you an Almond Joy," she mumbled.

"You taste better."

"I'm flattered." Waves of contentment washed over Raina, mimicking the water lapping against the colorful tiled sides of the pool. Hunter would be home for the entire summer and she'd be with him every minute possible, between his job at the fast-food restaurant and her volunteer work with the Pink Angels program at Tampa's Parker-Sloan Hospital. Every minute.

"What do you hear from Emma?" Hunter asked, leaning back in the chair and pulling Raina against him.

"I talked to Jon-Paul last night. Emma's finally home. She was asleep when I called." Raina closed her eyes, conjuring up the faces of her sister and her husband, a sister she had never known existed until February.

"But she's doing all right?"

"She is now." It had been touch and go as Emma's doctors fought to stave off infections that threatened her new bone marrow, but after a hundred and ten days, she had been sent home to complete her recovery and begin her married life, cancer free.

"And you?" Hunter touched her hip in the area where bone marrow had been extracted to save Emma's life.

"You asked me the same thing yesterday. The answer's the same today. I'm fine. Just a small scar."

"Can I see?" He nuzzled her neck.

"I'm shocked you would ask. I mean with all these people looking on."

He laughed. One thing she could trust about Hunter was that he wouldn't look even if she stripped on the spot. "I'm not a prude."

"Yes you are." She twisted around and kissed him lightly. "That's what makes it work between us. I keep trying to jump your bones and you keep pushing me away."

"This will change when we get married."

Her heart did its usual stutter step. They talked about sex and marriage, but truthfully, huge hurdles lay in front of them. For starters, Hunter wanted to be a minister and had taken early admission to a small Christian college in Indiana the previous winter. She wasn't sure she even believed in God. Only Holly, Hunter's sister, realized the depth of their dilemma. Raina was worried about their having a future when they were such polar opposites in this area. Yet whenever she was with him, all she thought about was how much she loved him and about being with him forever.

"What if I get a better offer?" she asked playfully.

"Then I'll just have to take the guy out."

"That sounds pretty hostile--for a minister."

"Think of Samson. Hey, I'm tough. I'm the guy who got into a fistfight over you, remember?"

How could she forget? Tony Stoddard's bad mouth had almost destroyed her relationship with Hunter. "Don't joke about that, Hunter," she said quietly. "I don't think I'll ever be able to joke about it."

His arms tightened around her. "I was the idiot, not you."

She knew he wanted to make it up to her for the way he'd treated her after Tony's "revelation," but he didn't need to. She loved him and wanted to be with him forever--yet the hurdles remained.

Carson hoisted himself out of the pool. "I'd better turn the burgers." He padded over to the grill, raised the lid and stared down. "Um--I think they're burned."

Holly went over and confirmed his suspicion. "Hopelessly burned."

"Dad's never burn."

"He stands over them full-time," Kathleen called. She had straddled the float and paddled to the shallow end of the water, where she used the steps to exit the pool. She walked over to the grill.

The three of them stared in dismay at the charred remains of their lunch.

"Too bad. I'm starved," Kathleen said.

Carson turned off the grill. "So how does everybody feel about pizza?" The agreement was unanimous, so he picked up his cell phone and hit a single button.

Incredulous, Kathleen asked, "You have the pizza parlor on speed dial?"

Carson grinned. "A guy's got to eat." He slipped his arm around her.

Holly hung back, feeling as left out as she always did. She'd turned sixteen in May and now had her driver's license, not that it did her a whole lot of good. Her parents only allowed her to drive Hunter's beat-up car solo and only if and when he wasn't using it, which wasn't often. Her emancipation wouldn't go into full effect until he returned to college in September--if then. But it wasn't the car issue that bothered her the most. It was the lack of a boyfriend, a guy of her own, a boy who took her out on dates or came with her when she hung out with Raina and Hunter, Kathleen and Carson.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lurlene McDaniel (Mass Market)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Helmer on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was wonderful!! I laughed but mostly cryed....it is soo soo soo sad!! I had no idea!! Lurlene McDaniel has written another good book and I recommend it!!

Kathleen's story, Raina's story, Don't Die My Love,

This Lullably, A time for Dancing, Animal Attraction, Sticky Fingers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April on November 29, 2005
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this book was so great! the twists hepled this book seem more like Lurlene McDaniel and not someone else! i almost choked when i found out the 1st twist!!Before i read this book i thought that it would be boring, mostly because holly's life isnt that interesting( no offense to those who like holly~!!!) but this book really surprised me!!THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!! READ IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Estep on May 10, 2011
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WOW! The last book in the Angels in Pink series is indescribable. Never has a story touched my heart in so many ways. Seeing the struggles that each character goes through individually as well as with their families is Heart wrenching. The tragedy that strikes Hope's family was literally heartbreaking to read. Ms. McDaniels storytelling technique was superb. I have not read a book that feels so real life in a very long time. I had to actually take a break halfway through because I was such a blubbering mess! A great ending to a captivating series.. Even with hurt and despair portrayed through the book, The ending left me feeling joy and hope for the characters and where their life's journey would take them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shay Hardman on June 29, 2012
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Out of all three Angels in Pink novels, Holly's Story is my favorite, because I can relate to this novel on a personal basis. I had a brother die at a time that seemed much too soon also, causing this story to really touch my heart.

Holly, Raina, and Kathleen have been through a lot over the past year in their lives, and have all grown up a lot in that time. The love and compassion that each of them gives to those around them is wonderful and touching. They always seem to pull through, no matter how hard life seems to get for them- and they do it with such kindness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 12, 2014
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I first read this book when I was in 7th grade. I'm a senior now and I still think about this book. I fell in love with the character Hunter and if I ever have a son I'm naming him Hunter because of this book. I tell people this all the time & I'm sure they think I'm silly for wanting to name my son after a book but this book means so much to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pianoteacher on December 12, 2014
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I am an adult reader but I really enjoy these stories about young people. This book has a shock in the middle of the story that actually took my breath away. it is well worth reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 5, 2006
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The book Angles in Pink " Holly's Story" by Luclrene McDaniel has lot of drama, fun times with friends, Sturgles with times of your friendship and a lot about REAL life. This book shows you how life goes on whatever might happen. It also shows you that you must never blame God for what happened. A death or anything it may beyou must always believe in him. This book also shows you that there will be a lot of hard times in your life that you will have to go through in life but yet there will be a lot of positive things that would go with them too. Like in the book Holly has lost her brother Hunter but she found Chad a really nice boy and to her it seems like Hunter and her had never been closer than ever. I really liked this book because it was a book that I can relate to. My dad's mom just died on April 17th so I now how he feels through this book. Although my dad acted like Holly's dad he still had times that he wanted to cry. Ms. McDaniel wrote the book with such descriptive detail that in every word you read out of the book you can picture it on your mind. I would give this book five stars. I would also recommend it to young readers who have experienced death in the family before. This will show that you aren't the only one going through these things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2015
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I love these books. Ive read and reread these books. Its just a very clean wholesome book. I like the broad variations in the main characters.
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