Ashla Cameron can do no wrong until the day she makes a devastating mistake. Instantly, she lands in the crosshairs of angry students. Classmates and friends shun her. School bullies hone in on her, and she is targeted by the nefarious Mako Zelter. Her three friends stand strong to protect her, but things spiral out of control. The mysterious Delta recognizes her torment and reaches out to her, but even he can’t stop this.
Ashla loses herself. Her old reality is gone. Her new one is unbearable. Riddled with shame and guilt, she must find away out of her wretched situation to be able to go on. She realizes she must make things right. Ashla devises a unique way to do this, and in the weeks that follow, she inadvertently falls in love.
He has seen this green-eyed beauty in his dreams for months but must come to terms with a perplexing reality before he can tell Ashla his true feelings.
Meanwhile, Mako is relentless and when it is least expected, he makes his final move.
Soul Fire is an emotionally charged story of one girl’s fight to overcome the horrors of bullying, her endeavor to right a wrong, and how her exuberance for life along with tender young love, loyal friendships, and a good family help her survive.
Targeted Age Group:: 12 to 16
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My heart aches for teens who fall victim to any form of bullying. SOUL FIRE was written to provide inspiration, hope, and possibly a few ideas as to how to rise above this malicious plunder of our youth by our youth.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
No one is immune from bullying…not even a popular teen who appears to have it all. Ashla Cameron is a 16 year old with a zest for life, a competitive nature, and a fiery personality who makes a devastating mistake. Nothing can protect her from landing in the crosshairs of school bullies, but it’s what she does next that makes the difference.
Dizzy, I pulled back and looked at him. His face was contorted with pain. I could feel it, worse than my own. Our eyes met, and in that instant, I knew I had to get help. “I won’t be long,” I promised him.
His hand clamped onto my wrist. “Someone. . .will. . .come,” he said. “Don’t leave. Please.”
The run was empty, the mountainside eerily hushed. How long since we collided? Minutes? An hour? Surely, another rogue skier would take on the West Face before the mountain closed for the night. I looked down and saw desperation in his eyes, his face like chalk. “My legs,” he whispered, “can’t feel them.”
I glanced over my shoulder. Blood was pooling around his left leg. Lots of blood! But why? I realized the broken leg bone must have torn something. A vein? An artery? The pool of crimson seeped across the white snow at an alarming rate.
My heart filled with dread and I wanted to cry out, No! Don’t let this happen. Pure raw panic flooded my lungs, suffocating me. “Please . . . somebody, help us!” I whispered, glancing back up the slope. But there was no one. I was all he had. He needed help and he needed it now. I couldn’t wait.
Nancy Allan lives in the Pacific Northwest. With a formal education in television broadcasting and communications and a background in television production, she comes from a media where seconds count, where scripts are analyzed for power and word choices, and where these compilations create living memories.
No matter what the media, Nancy never fails to be amazed at how words change lives and bring pleasure, tears, or laughter to so many.
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