August 1, 2014

Happy Release Day to Ayden's Story

I'm so excited for the official release of WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN'S STORY, the novella duet to ELLA'S STORY.

Seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth shouldn’t have to seek peace of mind in the streets. But as family pressures mount, his anxieties increase, and he turns his back on comfort for a life in homeless camps and back alleys.

Then one fateful day he runs into the only person he ever wanted to know better. Ella Jones. His memories paint her as kind and undemanding, and it seems the years haven’t changed her. Her simple expectations draw him to her. Against all odds, a relationship buds and grows.

Yet, as Ayden repairs his life, Ella suggests he help others who also struggle. Will Ella turn out to be just like his dad, expecting more from him than he can give? Or will he prove that he is worth the effort?

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What do I mean by novella duet? Each story is told in the main character's point of view. Ella kicked it off by explaining to us what it was like to meet a homeless kid. We found out that she hadn't even known there were homeless teenagers and it scared her - a lot.

Well, just like in a well crafted love song, there has to be a harmony of voices. So Ayden gets his chance to let his voice shine by telling us his version of things. Now we get to spend some time on the streets. We learn what touches him the most - things like kindness.

Individually, the stories are complete. Together they are more complete. They fit like a puzzle. They harmonize like a duet.
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What are people saying about AYDEN'S STORY? Some clips from a few of the first reviews:

"These are two wonderful, uplifting stories. The telling of the same events from both sides is truly unique. This pair of books illustates the axiom: "Never give-up". Because, in the end, it is always "Worth the effort"." -Amazon Review

"I love how Kai Strand makes real characters tackle real problems without all the fluff you find in most romance novellas. She writes about them as if they were really people." Goodreads review

"Ayden himself has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters. He's so...real. He has issues and insecurities and deals with them in such a real way that makes you think that he could just walk off the pages of the book (I wish! He sounds so handsome!). I really love how this story tackles harder issues of life, even in a numbered of pages. The reader goes through so many emotions with Ayden that you can't help but feel for him the entire time." Read more of this review on The Paige-Turner Blog.

I'd be honored if you add your own review for AYDEN'S STORY.

You can purchase your copy here: WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN'S STORY

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