I've just read Ginger Simpson's SHORTCOMINGS and it made me think back about my own life as a teenager. Ginger did a super job of portraying a girl's exaggerated angst over a minor deformity. Good job, Ginger, and I hope all who read this will go to Muse It Up Publishing and pick up a copy of your book.
First, for any who don't know, I'm a man. For reasons not related to gender, I picked my pen name, and have unintentionally misled some readers. After writing a couple of mainstream stories and a psych thriller, I decided to attempt a romance to see if a man could successfully write one. When  I got responses to submissions addressing me as a woman, I realized that I had done it.
Now, back to teens and their individual 'mine-fields' of social acceptance and mating rituals. It is hard to imagine a young woman or man as still a child in development, but that's just what is happening. In an age when physical maturity seems to be peaking ever earlier.  It is sometimes difficult to remember that these kids have nothing from which to judge interaction with their peers. Add to that, the built-in inclination to find and bond with someone, an inclination that also has no past to judge from. Is it any wonder that so many kids are insecure in the modern jungles we label as schools?
I recommend Ginger's book to any parent with a teen child. Reading it won't solve your paranting problems, but it will help you guide your youngsters through the swamp. JMHO. And for writers who tackle this genre, I urge you to give your young readers some characters they can identify with, and hopefully they will be better prepared for their own lives as they blossom into adults.
Thanks for dropping by, and leave a comment if you are so inclined. Hap
Welcome to my new website. Because I write in several genres, I thought it best to provide separate sites for my readers. In the near future, I'll  add another site for my mystery/suspense and saga works. 
For someone who grew up dreaming about Dick Tracy's wrist radio and wondering if anyone would ever have such a thing, this modern world of technology is startling. Yes, I've been around for awhile. But, you know, one thing that hasn't changed that much is romance. Oh, there are mores now that didn't exist back then, and you can read sexy stuff that never would have seen the light of day at that time. All in all, though, in my humble opinion, love is about two people who discover each other, and go through the stages of bonding. Sometimes it's funny; sometimes, it's poignant. But always, if it's love, it ends well. A happy ending. Uh, not quite... But always resolved, now that we can say for certain. I'll have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. For now, thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment if you wish, and let me know what you think about romance. Cheers,
Pat Dale
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