About the Book
Book: Stormy Encounters
Author: BJ Howe
Genre: Teen/YA Action Adventure
Release date: March 14, 2023
When the biggest bully in town has you in his crosshairs, you can run, or you can dig deep inside and discover who you really are. Steven Carlson finds himself saddled with an unexpected debt he cannot afford, changing his plans for a summer of fun to one that forces him to places he never wanted to go.
There are storms on the horizon and equally daunting storms of the heart. With a father he doesn’t understand and a mother he can’t remember, Steven’s sixteenth year launches him on a journey that will forever alter his world.
In one unforgettable season, Steven Carlson is pushed to the edge of disaster and forced to confront his prison of self-doubt.
Stormy Encounters Excerpt 5
She already thinks I’m a problem because I don’t have a mom. As if it’s my fault Mom died. He peered through the windshield to see if any lights were on at home. None.
“I’m sorry about getting you into this mess,” said Jackson. “But when you told me how much fun this baby is to drive, I just had to try it.”
“Dad only let me drive when he was with me, and only on farm roads during the day,” said Steven. “I hope this doesn’t cost too much, because he’s definitely going to make me pay for it. Plus, what if we go to jail?”
Jackson grabbed Steven’s arm and shook it. “They couldn’t put us in jail, could they?” He looked like he was going to pass out.
Steven gave Jackson a sideways look. This was a lot different than skipping school to go to the lake. This time, there might be serious consequences beyond losing a few privileges. That’s all I need. Steven propped his elbow on the door frame and dropped his head into his hand. “Dad’s gonna have a cow.”
The squad door slammed, shattering the quiet. Both boys sat deathly still until the cop was back by the driver’s window.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barb (B J) Howe has enjoyed entertaining others with stories since she was a child. As an adult, she used storytelling techniques to communicate in various workplace settings before exploring the art of memoir writing and fiction.
Stormy Encounters is her first significant work of fiction. Writing about teenage boys and lightning fast cars was inspired by her grandson, who at age four attempted to drive her car, and at age ten reminded her that he was a mere five years away from a driving permit. He is now entering his teen years.
Howe resides in Chanhassen MN with husband, Dave Howe, author of Live Pure and Free: The 90-Day Game Changer. She is on staff with Christian Grandparenting Network, and has contributed to several publications including: Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and Guideposts. Her desire in writing this book is to encourage young adults to mature in their integrity and pursue a personal relationship with Christ.