Title: Becoming JolieAuthor: Monique O'Connor James
Format: ebook, 128 pages
Published January 9th 2012 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
Blurb: Jolie Bourque wanders into the small town of Folette, Louisiana hoping to wrap up her thesis. The place has suffered a rash of missing children and is now plagued with ghost sightings. Jolie, the spoiled child of adoptive parents, goes into the town believing the residents suffer from mass hysteria, and she wants to finish her paper and get back to Baton Rouge before the place rubs off on her.
The town's people turn out to be none to ready to spill their stories to an outsider, except one Hutch Landry. Through stories from Hutch and his brother Tucker, Jolie learns the horror that has befallen the town and begins to feel attached to its people. Not only does she realize that she may have personal strings that tie her to the place, but she finds herself smack in the middle of a love triangle with the two brothers.
Will she be able to find the monster who is preying on the young teens and still stay sane as she pieces together her own past? Will she be able to sort through the nightmares she's begun to have during her time in Follette? Will she choose between the two brothers she never thought she could have feelings for in the first place?
All of these questions are just part of the road she has to take while she's becoming Jolie.
About the Author: Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author. On her ninth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said, "Write whatever you want. Just write". And so, a love affair with words was born.
She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her mother's death in 1998, deep in depression, she found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasion did she attempt to write. Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic.
The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts. At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a truly southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.
In June of 2011 her first book, The Keepers, was published by Astraea Press and it has been a world wind of excitement ever since. Please check out her website and feel free to contact her at any time via her email, facebook, or twitter.
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