About the Author: Having been born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, E. Marie Sanders claims to be a mixture of southern hospitality with northern know-how. She taught in the public school system for 12 years and has served as a youth pastor for the past 10 years, observing the habits of the age group she hoped to write for one day. The stories she told in classroom grabbed her reluctant readers’ attention and guided her toward putting the stories on paper. Her story lines and ideas develop by combining a dash of urban real life with great storytelling fiction and imagination. E. Marie seeks to grab the reader, youth and adults alike, in the very beginning and continues to build momentum throughout the story in order to make the reading experience a joy for those who frown upon the pastime. E. Marie is a National Board Certified Teacher and a member of the National Education Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and National Council of Teachers of English. She and her husband Eric reside in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Her newest release: “To Know Avail”
About the Book: To K(no)w Avail is a fictional tale of two young people, both Christians, who struggle with a mutual attraction to one another while striving to do their best in all areas during their freshmen college year. Avail’s experience with the opposite sex never proved to be what she felt she needed in life, but it never stopped her from hoping for better. Shortly before she begins college, she starts dating Donovan, a high school senior who possesses every endearing quality that she desired in a suitor; he even agrees to wait to engage in sexual activities until they married. Not realizing the power of attraction and the difficulty with long distance relationships, Avail goes to Whitaker with wide eyes full of hope, eventually seeing the breathtaking Kyle. Also from Pittsburgh, Kyle attended a private boarding high school out of state. With all that freedom, he took advantage of it with the ladies even though he had Celeste, his long-term girlfriend waiting for him at home. He always questioned his shaky dedication to her and wanted to break up with her, but Kyle never did. Once he experiences the culture of Avail, he decides it’s finally time to break up with Celeste and move on to a greater quest.
Eventually, Avail and Kyle acknowledge their feelings, both privately and to one another, and attempt to deal with significant others waiting at home. Interference in various forms serves Avail and Kyle problems that they may not be able to face together.
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I’m in Awe at the size of this book. Initially when I got the book in the mail I didn’t think I would read it in time. But I did and the story was great!
The author writes a little different than most authors. We get a point of view from both main characters in the same chapter. After reading it, I noticed this is what makes the book so long. But we have a love triangle/affair that comes from each characters point of view.
The concept in this book is based off the number one Christian rule between man and woman, no sex before marriage. The two are faced with a love they can’t resist and a past that just won’t let them go.
A classic love story with a cliff hanger that leaves you ready for part two!