Knee Deep

A broken heart. A best friend. A first love.

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.


At one point a reader wrote me and asked about Shawn. I’d gotten quite a few letters asking about Ronnie, but none about him. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head, so I ended up with SUNK, which I fell in love with.



Shawn has spent the last year in juvenile detention putting walls around his heart to make sure he’s never crushed again. His best friend and his girlfriend did a pretty thorough job by making statements that helped put him behind bars. Now that he’s out, Shawn has no idea how to even start his new life.
When a long motorcycle ride takes him to a small town in Nevada, he decides to stay. The family that runs the motorcycle shop in town has a job for him and a small apartment over the garage. It feels like the perfect way to simplify his life.
And then Maci, the female mechanic with more straight talk than he’s ever gotten, starts to break down his carefully built walls.
Now Shawn has two choices: Run back home to California, or allow the protection he’s fought for to slip away.