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Kicking Eternity (New Smyrna Beach Series) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Lee Miller
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stuck in sleepy New Smyrna Beach one last summer, Raine socks away her camp pay checks, worries about her druggy brother, and ignores trouble: Cal Koomer. She’s a plane ticket away from teaching orphans in Africa, and not even Cal’s surfer six-pack and the chinks she spies in his rebel armor will derail her.

The artist in Cal begs to paint Raine’s ivory skin, high cheek bones, and internal sparklers behind her eyes, but falling for her would caterwaul him into his parents’ life. No thanks. The girl was self-righteous waiting to happen. Mom served sanctimony like vegetables, three servings a day, and he had a gut full.

Rec Director Drew taunts her with “Rainey” and calls her an enabler. He is so infernally there like a horsefly—till he buzzes back to his ex.

Raine’s brother tweaks. Her dream of Africa dies small deaths. Will she figure out what to fight for and what to free before it’s too late?

For anyone who’s ever wrestled with her dreams.


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About the Author

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn’t writing or muddling through some crisis—real or imagined—you’ll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband or meddling in her kids’ lives.

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  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Flawed People Press (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082GF8CE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,435 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choices of the heart... June 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller
This book follows the lives of four young adults. There is Raine who has always dreamed of going to Africa. Her heart is for the orphans there but is her motive to escape from under her dad's thumb or her brother's dependency upon her? She is teaching Bible at the Triple S Christian Camp for the summer. When her new friends tell her she hasn't experienced life being home schooled and not out in the world, her faith is challenged. Will she wait to hear what God desires for her or will her physical desires rule her decisions?

Drew has been living the past years in a blur. He has lived waiting for the love of his life to walk back into it. Drew is the Rec Leader at the camp. He remembers the younger Raine who has now become a beautiful young woman. Drew struggles with dealing with the past and deciding on the future. Will the Lord give him a wife and family? Will his old flame return and if so, is it what he still wants?

Cal is from the family where dad is a preacher and brother runs the camp. He is rebelling against giving into God. When he sees the beautiful Raine, something inside him wants to become a better person for her. But is he being led back to God or only trying to meet human expectations?

Aly has been a lost little girl for some time. Her goody two shoes roommate wants to be friends but what does Raine know about life? Aly's dad has been out of the picture for years so she's replaces her dad with other guys to fill her need to be loved, yet she always ends up feeling empty. When she realizes there is one guy that 's always been there for her....and has cared for her....it's too late. He is in love with someone else. And the big question she asks herself is, "Can God forgive someone as sinful as me?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Love triangle August 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
Very clean romance with a unique love triangle that kept me wondering far into the story who Rainey would choose. This story is set in a bible camp in Florida where Rainey is a bible teacher as she waits to go to Africa to be a missionary. Drew, the activities director and a childhood friend, teases her; Cal, the art teacher and a rebel to the Christian values his parents espoused, draws Rainey in with his handsome looks and charm. Issues brought up in this book are Christian values, meth use and addiction, and hard family relationships when dealing with a user. I enjoyed this story a lot. It was well written, fast paced and I learned a lot from it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, great message August 27, 2012
By Elle
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was well written and very engaging. It's a Christian book (although not preachy!) with a clear moral message made very believable. The main characters were well defined and easy to relate to. I enjoyed this story and think it would be especially meaningful for teenage readers. Adult readership may like to see more intense background detail in future books featuring different age ranges. The author has a gift for making the characters come to life and leaves you wanting more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't buy it for a second March 9, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm really surprised by the ratings on this book. I was ready to quit by the end of the 1st chapter. Totally unbelievable dialogue between people who have just met. Christian fiction shouldn't have a lower bar, but I think that's obviously the case. This may have won a Christian fiction award, but I seriously doubt it could make it outside of that arena. Glad I didn't pay for this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer at a Christian Camp September 25, 2012
By Leah
Format:Kindle Edition
Set at a Christian summer camp, Kicking Eternity is the story of four young adult counselors, Raine, Drew, Cal, and Aly.

Raine is the main main character. It's really her story we read. Her mission has always been to go to Africa. Obstacles stand in her way. She needs to find God's true path for her and go where He wants her.

Drew, her closest friend, is still in love with his old girlfriend. He believes it's God's will for the two to be together. It's his mission to find out the truth about Sam and where his friendship with Raine fits in all this.

Cal is a brother to Jesse the camp director, which is how he got the job since he does not identify himself as Christian. An artist, he falls for Raine and wants to be what she wants in a man. Can he be true to himself and be what Raine wants?

Aly is good friends with Cal, but how far does this friendship go? She's also roommates with Raine during summer camp, but finds the two are different. Is Raine annoying or is there something deeper? Does Aly want to find something deeper or keep to her boyfriend bouncing ways?

This is the summer for all four. They are tempted and tested, growing to find who they really are and what really matters in life.

It's undoubtly Christian, but I felt it was too in-your-face. It didn't feel quite as genuine as other Christian novels I've read. Maybe I'm just being cynical. I am too cynical for my own good sometimes. Christians are to pray, I know, but it just felt they did it too much, like a "get out of jail free" card. But, overall, it was a good young adult story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Not my cup of tea. I found the writing too predictable without, as a christian presentation making me want to find out more about the faith shown. Too emotional and to my mind the conclusions irrational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming & Sentimental
I thoroughly enjoyed this author's style and found the storyline to be believable. The dynamics between the main characters reminded me of a migrant camp (in Homestead FL) where a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mystery lover.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good Book. I bought the rest of the series. I thought this was the best of all her books .
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters I could relate to
I really enjoyed this inspirational romance. Ann does a great job of including the character's relationship with God with out it being overbearing or pushy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cclblue
4.0 out of 5 stars unique love story
To be honest, I didn't know there would be religion in this book. So at first I was kind of thrown off and didn't know what to do with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this book that dealt with the troubles of a young woman during the summer following her graduation from college, as she struggled with young love and her future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Kicking eternity
Wasn't that great. Had a hard time staying with the book. Liked that it had some Christianity to it. Wouldn't recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen M. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
This is another thought-provoking book that young adults on up would benefit from reading. Every well-written book means something different to different people, and, to me, this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read!
I enjoyed this book although at some times it did get a little hokey! But overall I would recommend it!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed getting to the anticipated ending!
This is a story that kept me "turning pages" even as I sometimes wished the author would move a bit more quickly toward the happy ending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I wanted to like this book. My summers were spent going to a camp just like this, but I couldn't get past the first chapter. I found the main characters boring and awkward. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LIsa Bilbrey
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Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn't writing or muddling through some crisis--real or imagined--you'll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband, meddling in her kids' lives or at AnnLeeMiller.com.

Tattered Innocence debuts in February, 2013.

Ann says: Every year in elementary school the teachers wrote, "daydreams too much," on my report card. Like Ty Pennington, no doubt, put his, "can't sit still," to good use on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, I cashed in my bad behavior writing novels.

However, sometimes the daydreaming didn't work out so well in real life. When I was twelve, my job was checking the depth when we sailed near shallows. I jabbed a pole at the bay floor and yelled out how many feet of water we had by reading the notches on the stick. One day the pole stuck in bottom, and the next thing I knew, I clung to the pole, suspended a couple feet above the water, and my family sailed away.

Of course, I didn't waste all my hollering about mud and barracuda and cold water as I sunk into the seaweed waiting for Dad to lumber the motor-less, forty-foot hulk back around to fetch me--I wrote it into one of my books.

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