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It takes five simple words to change your life...

It Started with a Whisper
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Five simple words: That's all it takes to change the course of 18-year-old Josie Graham's life in the summer of 1989.

Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she's made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie's inn, in Ambler's Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she's worked so hard to get into?

Her aunt's inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.

Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler's Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic's got a secret. It's a secret he's keeping from Josie, and he's worried if it gets out, it'll ruin everything, and she'll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.

Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler's Fork - away from her family and everything she's ever known.

Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?
10 Questions for Shannon McCrimmon

Question: Guilty Pleasure

Answer: Vintage disaster movies, binge watching TV shows on Netflix, and listening to love songs from the late 1970s and early 1980s. (These are what people would call AM radio songs).

Question: Favorite snack

Answer: Popcorn, kettle corn, Chicago mix popcorn. You see a pattern here?

Question: Favorite quote

Answer: “Leave the guns. Take the cannoli.” And, “Do or do not. There is no try.” I love The Godfather and Star Wars.

Question: Speaking of movies... what's your favorite?

Answer: Dirty Dancing

Question: What irks you?

Answer: Liars and sitting in traffic.

Question: What profession would you be in if you weren't writing?

Answer: Librarian

Question: Favorite time of day

Answer: Early morning even though I'm not a morning person. I have a long commute to work and enjoy zoning out, creating stories, and listening to music.

Question: Tea or coffee?

Answer: Tea. Always tea.

Question: People would be surprised to learn...

Answer: That my husband and I go roller skating every week.

Question: Can you do any cool tricks on your skates?

Answer: Of course!
About the Author

Shannon McCrimmon was born and raised in Central Florida. She attended Rollins College and earned a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2008, she moved to the upstate of South Carolina. It was the move that inspired her to write her first novel. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and toy poodle. She'd love to hear from you! Connect with her at shannonmccrimmon.com

Ayanami Faerudo

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