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"Mesmerizing ... this story will make a great movie, kind of like a darker Juno."
--Amazon Best-Selling Author E.L. Farris

"Told in lyrical prose that's almost poetry in places, Little 15 is an engrossing page turner."
--Award-winning Author Paul Hollis

"A wonderfully tragic and often painful coming of age story ... a modern day Scarlet Letter."
--Jeannie Palmer, Author of
 "A tough little book that  was banned from a literary event once the powers that be actually read it and realized what it was about. Cowards."
--Award-Winning Author Patricia Burroughs, Scandalous

"Reading LITTLE 15 is equal to watching a massive train wreck, you know it's going to be a disaster where everything is going to be destroyed but you can't look away ... 5 stars without question."
--Author/Playwright Thomas Amo, An Apple for Zoë

The story is so real, so frightening real, you feel the emotion in the words as they are spoken ... absolutely loved it."
--Book Critic Mandy Anderson, I Read Indie

From the Back Cover

Like Little 15's Lauren Muchmore, Stephanie played varsity basketball for an all-girls Catholic high school--and she really did get policed by nuns on the way to class. Stephanie has since traded in her Nike high-tops for Brooks running shoes (and her corporate career for the life of a novelist and screenwriter). She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons. Connect with her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989748332
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bad Doggy Productions; Second edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My name is Saye, as in the English word "to speak or tell," first name Stephanie. Don't bother with the "say what" jokes, because I've heard 'em all, and then some. The name Saye is so easy it's hard. But once you get it, you'll never forget it.

I'm a Texan, born and raised. I grew up in Big D watching a whole 'lotta Cowboys football, but spent a good amount of time at my grandparents' farm just southwest of Houston. For the first 10 years of my life, I wanted nothing more than to be a farmer and even begged my dad to let me bring home a pet chicken for our suburban backyard. He said no. I cried; then decided I'd become a writer instead.

Well, not exactly, but it makes for a good story. The truth is I hated sitting still long enough to write but had a helluva imagination, which got me in plenty of trouble as a kid. The bit on trouble's neither here nor there, except for me, trouble and writing seem to go together. As far as the career that chose me: it would take several more years and the influence of a Catholic nun, a couple of college professors and a grueling Corporate Communications career to convince me that storytelling was indeed my lot in life.

As I mentioned, I tend to get in trouble with my writing. My critically acclaimed debut novel, Little 15, was banned from a high-profile literary event for it's controversial content, yet continues to be a popular book club pick. Because readers have connected so well with it, I've written a screenplay adaption with hopes of taking the story to the big screen. I'm a fan of following your dreams and even a bigger fan of believing in yourself.

Perhaps that's why I like to create stories of love, loss, healing, and redemption, because let's face it: we've all been there at one time or another. My next novel, Sawtooth, is due out later this year, and explores the broken lives of two women, generations apart. Set against the rich backdrop of a small farming town in Central Texas, it's a story of how both women let go of guilt and overcome addiction. Sawtooth shows how you can face your mistakes, and then, with grace, God's grace, find peace, hope, and a better life.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E.L. Phoenix on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first edition of Little 15, I found the second edition, with its extensive revamping and revisions, mesmerizing. With its likable narrator, timeless themes of love, betrayal and coming of age, and its sensitive treatment of sexual abuse, Little 15 bears all the hallmarks of a modern classic. I recommend this novel to all mothers and fathers with daughters; to school counselors; and to therapists and psychologists treating survivors of PTSD, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Little 15 is told in first person narrative. The narrator, Lauren Muchmore, is a middle-aged woman looking backwards in time at a period of great upheaval in her life--her 15th year (it's actually her 16th year, but Lauren, in one of her many charming asides, always gets that mixed up). With an elegiac, indeed, tragic tone that nonetheless somehow remains upbeat and not depressed, Lauren traces a relationship that "starts with a look, and then a touch, and then becomes a whole lot more," which is a gentle way of describing how Lauren's coach sexually abuses her.

Something I want to stress for all survivors: as a survivor myself, I found that the author handles this subject with great sensitivity. Sure it made me sad at times, but Little 15 neither triggered me nor made me feel as if the author were sensationalizing a difficult subject for commercial gain or shock value. In fact, I wondered if the author is a survivor of abuse, because there's such an authentic feel to everything I read.

I could visualize the characters very easily; in fact, many times, I could hear `80s music playing as if a soundtrack was running beside Lauren as she navigated the august halls of St. Agnes High School.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent J. Meske on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The definition of terror is when you are absolutely certain that, despite all the wonderful hopes you have, despite the good things you see happening about you, things are going to go wrong. In that regard, Little15's greatest triumph in the book is the thin illusion that everything might work out for Lauren, yet the certainty that she is actually headed for a massive disaster.

And it was at about the 75% mark of the book that I realized a lot of really important things had happened while I wasn't watching for them. Characters had been introduced flawlessly, and had enough quirks and personality to make every single one of them real. The plot had gotten moving with such smoothness and speed that I never stopped to think about the possibility of existent flaws. It read so well and transitioned from scene to scene with such fluid ease (except in one important place) that I was wholly sucked into this riveting tale. Scenes had been described, and conflicts had been drawn up and out with the beguiling simplicity of a master storyteller.

And I will admit to rooting for Lauren to live happily ever after, knowing deep in my gut that she wouldn't. Knowing what was happening was wrong on a number of levels. Knowing I shouldn't. Feeling a sickness in my stomach for wanting her happily ever after.

There's an underpainting of so many hues of grey in this book that I could see it being studied and debated in various universities or colleges throughout the country.

This is an important book. It merits a read. It requires discussion on the subjects of love and innocence and fidelity and abuse, and others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. on December 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Yesterday I was introduced to the world of 15 year old Lauren Muchmore. A good girl, who only wanted to please her father, play the piano, and enjoy a normal family life. Life--however had other plans for her. Little 15, is an extremely well written novel that provides the cautionary tale that all teen and parents should heed. Not only does this story speak to the events that have become far too common in todays news, but it also serves as a sounding board that I imagine so many young girls could easily identify with.

I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't stop reading. Actually here's how it went. I saw a few tweets on it, so I looked it up, downloaded the sample chapters...and I was hooked. I had to know how this story unfolded. I clicked buy and was on my way. I won't give away too many details as it's much too good a book to have any of it spoiled for you in advance. I will say without a doubt, reading Little 15 is equal to watching a massive train wreck, you know it's going to be a disaster where everything is going to be destroyed but you can't look away. You cringe and prepare for the absolute worst as part of you can't wait to watch it all unfold and the other part of you is screaming, stop!

The story is so well developed and I honestly felt like every single character was someone you knew in real life. Stephanie Saye's writing style is to be applauded, because she manages to use Lauren in a way that takes you by the hand and leads you through the darkness that is her world. I really cared about the characters in the book. I was able to identify with all of them, some I loathed and others I felt pity for them. Never though was I not in Lauren's corner.

The question: is this a book you would recommend to a 15 year old girl? I'm still undecided on that one.
But the answer: is every parent should without a doubt read Little 15.

5 Stars without question.
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