The Fulfillment Series

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Worth the Effort--By Kai Strand

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting my friend, fellow MuseItUp author, and fellow Oregonian--Kai Strand. She's here to talk to you today about her latest novella! Check it!  ;) 
Hi! Kai here. Are you in need of summer reading? I’d like to introduce you to my new young adult romance novella. Perfect to load on your Kindle for an afternoon at the beach. Don’t worry, the sea breeze will dry your tears.

About the book:

Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.

Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.

But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?



He looks up and smiles. “Hi, Ella.”

Somehow, his raspy voice warms me, like a barrier from the biting wind.

“What are you doing here?” I ask, not able to identify what’s wrong with what I see in front of me.

His smile broadens, flashing straight, white teeth. He shrugs. “Basically, I kind of live here.”

His eyes sweep from left to right, and I understand he means all of downtown. That intriguing smile crooks a little in a teasing way, and without consideration, I step forward and plop onto the sidewalk next to him.

The scent coming off his clothes makes my eyes water, and I have to shift away, which makes me sad. If he notices, he doesn’t react. He continues to look surprised that I sat down in the first place.

“What are you reading?” I ask.

He flips the book closed, and I scan the cover. I don’t recognize it, but it looks like a horror novel, which makes me chuckle. That’s when I realize what’s wrong.

“That’s a library book.”

“Yes,” he says, frowning at it, then lifting his eyebrows to me.

“Did you…steal it?”

Now he’s frowning at me. “Why would you think that?”

My embarrassment won’t let my tongue move. He studies me as my cheeks flush and my lips press closed.

His sad sort of smile tells me there are so many thoughts he can’t or won’t share with me. “I’m homeless, not a criminal.”

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About Kai Strand
When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strandgathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,



06/16/2014 11:37am
Thank you so much, Erin, for hosting me and Ella today :)

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