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Desert Rice (The Desert Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Scott
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Evolved Publishing presents "Desert Rice" by Angela Scott, a tale of 2 young people's desperate struggle to survive in the modern world, as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl. Young Adult/Contemporary 16+ (some mild adult situations).
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Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl, but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. 15-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place--their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”--who smells an awful lot like a horse--in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.


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"I seriously still have chills on my arms!! Angela Scott has some of the best first chapters and mid book twists that I have ever read." --Booklover

"To see the love of a big brother, Jacob, for his little sister, Sam, unfold as they try to survive after a horrible ordeal was mesmerizing. This is a mystery, a thriller, but above all, for me, a story of love and how far someone will go to protect that love. Scott's characterization and pacing is sensational"--Michaelreviews

"I'm a VERY difficult reader to please and this isn't a book I would typically read, but I read it and boy was I blown away. This novel captivated me, not from the first page but from the very first sentence, where we are brought smack in the middle of the action."--Moslimah

*FIRST PLACE in the Absolutely Write annual 1st Page Contest 2010; First Runner up in the Writers Type First Chapter Competition, July 2012*

About the Author

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She's not crazy. She's an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West--and loving it. Her zombies don't sparkle, and they definitely don't cuddle. At least, she wouldn't suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn't require math. She can't spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1622538544
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC (August 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008U04YU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Angela October 18, 2012
By A.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
First, a disclosure: I was Angela's literary agent back in 2010/2011 and I was in love with this book.

I knew it would be an almost impossible sell to publishers who were looking for the next big vampire or zombie book (which, as it turns out, Angela appears to have followed this one with). We got turned down for all the wrong reasons...and now, a smaller publisher has picked it up for all the right ones: #1 of which is, it's a damned good book.

I won't repeat what reviewers have said about this book. I just want to say that, if this had been ten years ago, major publishers would have been fighting to publish it.

May Desert Rice bring both Angela and her publisher some very well-deserved success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Rice: compulsive reading alert! August 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I began reading Desert Rice at bedtime. I thought "Ah... I'll just relax and crack open a chapter to see why everybody's talking about Desert Rice." Wow. 11:30 PM went by and I was still sitting bolt upright in bed, eyes wide.

Novelists love a "hook" - something to grab their readers right from the word go. Or in this case, "Grab'er feet!" Scott didn't just find a hook - she found a claw. I was lifted from my bed and transported to a trailer park where Samantha Jean Haggert and her brother Jacob stood over their mother's dead body, put to the task of trying to move her. Jacob's love for his twelve-year-old sister is matched only by his fear for her safety. He shields her, provides for her, and simultaneously pushes her away with the force of his protection. This incredible bond drives their story to unbelievable places, and causes Jacob to make drastic decisions that have permanent and wide-reaching consequences.

Starting in West Virginia, winding all the way to Arizona, these two survive on stolen food and stark fear. Along the way, they meet kind souls like Boone and Laura, who help them stitch their lives back up. When Jacob is finally forced to reveal the secrets he's been keeping, his heartbreaking revelations ignite a series of unstoppable events. The only way out of hell for this brother/sister duo is straight through the flames.

A gripping tale of two young people on a frightening road trip, trying to survive in an adult world, this is a must-read for anyone who loves strong pacing, dramatic storytelling, and a shocking end.

Two thumbs up to Angela Scott!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw, emotional, realistic read. August 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
3.5 Stars

Thank you to author, Angela Scott for this e-book which was provided in exchange for an honest review. Desert Rice is a well written story about love, sacrifice and what it really means to be a family. It's raw and gritty in places but not without it's heartwarming moments of grace and redemption. Jacob is the epitome of what a brother should be and even though he harbors extreme guilt, he's willing to do whatever is necessary to protect Sam.

There were parts of this story that I found difficult to read due to the subject matter but they were balanced out by the humorous coming-of-age awkward ones. This story isn't one that could be finished off with a, "And they lived happily ever after" ending and I was glad to see that it wasn't. This one ended in a realistic way but was also left open for the story to continue if the author decides to go that route.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! And this is not something I'd normally read! August 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
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*Spoiler-free review*
by Moslimah

Immediately after their mother's death, fifteen year-old Jacob takes his twelve year-old sister, Samantha (Sam) away from their past in their battered family car, fearing being separated by social services- or at least that's all he tells her. Samantha is stuck to obeying her brother's plan to keep her safe and that means dressing up and being Sam, the boy and doing everything he asks of her. As they hit the road, things get tough and what follows is a series of events that end with the revelation of what really happened to the children's mother! Jacob knows, Samantha doesn't remember and Jacob isn't sharing!

I'm a VERY difficult reader to please and this isn't a book I would typically read but I read it and boy was I blown away. This novel captivated me, not from the first page but from the very first sentence, where we are brought smack in the middle of the action. The voice of the innocent and mostly naïve narrator, Samantha, is honest and real as she navigates through two journeys; an inner journey of the issues surrounding becoming a teenager (nicely addresses some tween topics), and a journey of dealing with the world around her. There was a few times where I thought, a twelve-year old couldn't possibly think like this, but this, in no way ruined awesomeness of the book for me. By the end, we see such wonderful character growth, it's worth a tear or two.

What I REALLY loved was the relationship between brother and sister. It was REAL! Like, so, so real! I loved that we saw Jacob as a strong character who would do anything to protect his little sister from both the world they have been forced to face as well as from their past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
I seriously still have chills on my arms!! Angela Scott has some of the best first chapters and mid book twists that I have ever read. This is my second book of hers to read and right from the start I was captivated by both. She packs a huge punch in just a few sentences and I can definitely say that I will be on the lookout for her next book.

This story is very different from her zombie novel WANTED. This one is about survival and the love between brothers and sisters. Samantha and Jacob do not have the ideal life. They live with their mother who is abusive and their days consist of just trying to survive. Well when their mother dies, Jacob takes Sam on the run so that they can stay together and not be split up in foster care. My goodness, what these two go through is beyond heartbreaking. Jacob at only fifteen takes his sister who is twelve across many states, finds a job by lying about his age, and basically takes care of her the best way he can. That right there is love. Is their journey perfect, no not by a long shot. Pressure builds and Jacob shows that he is only a child several times and Sam goes through the same thing. My heart really broke for these two characters. The turning point in the story is when Sam meets Boone. Things take a very intense turn when Sam and Jacobs true story comes out and let me tell you, you will need tissues for that part. I was in shock and I am still in shock over what happened to these two kids.

Again this story is not perfect and I think if the author had made it a perfect ending with a bow then it would not have been real. Jacob did what he did for the love of his sister and he will forever hold a place in my heart. I did not know that this was going to be a series so I am very intrigued to see where Ms.Scott takes this story. There are a few loose ends that I know need to be tied up and I am very curious how those will play out. Another brilliant story from Angela Scott!
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More About the Author

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I'm not crazy. I'm an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West--and loving it. My zombies don't sparkle, and they definitely don't cuddle. At least, I wouldn't suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn't require math. I can't spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I've been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I've pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can find me at my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I'm also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

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