Monday, November 5, 2012

This Week on A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book Radio Program: Greg Interviews Deanna Proach, Author of To Be Maria

Seventeen-year-old Anya Preschnikov dreams of one day becoming a famous actor, but she's faced with two problems: her one-parent, dysfunctional family neglects her and has no money to support her, and at school, she's the target of her peers' contempt. Anya believes that in order to secure her stepping stone to stardom, she must dress like the rich girls and be surrounded by a large network of friends. All of this changes, though, when Maria Hernandez comes to Peach Valley Senior High. Rebellious and headstrong, Maria instantly gains the acceptance of her peers - yet she sees in Anya what everyone else does not: her physical beauty and immense talent. So when Maria extends her hand of friendship, Anya is elated. Her lifelong dream seems like it's about to become a reality - until it falls short one Saturday night at a party when a boy's rude comment sends her into a rage.

Desperate to belong somewhere, Anya and Maria set out to find new friends outside of school. They soon meet Alex and Marissa, a young couple who eagerly welcomes them into their world of parties and drugs. Anya and Maria soon learn that Alex is a drug dealer, but they're so lured by his wealth and aggressive confidence that they can't resist his friendship. What they don't know is that Alex's gang is at war with a rival gang - one run by Anya's older brother, Adrik - until a deadly incident puts their lives in danger's path. To make matters worse, Alex refuses to let Anya and Maria out of his sight.

The two young women soon find themselves forced into a situation that could have very tragic consequences if they don't escape it soon...

If you are interested in picking up her book before the show, it is currently available in a Kindle edition at Amazon. And be sure to visit check out her witty and wise weblog at Goodreads!

Be sure to join us for a fun and informative afternoon with Deanna Proach on BlogTalkRadio on Wednesday, November 7, from 3:30 to 4:00 Pacific Time. And join us each week at the same time to meet exciting new authors and hear about their latest books and their creative processes.

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