Miranda Preston’s life has always been a whirlwind of emotions and painful memories. She’s experienced things no child should ever have experienced. Things she wishes she could forget, once and for all. Granted, for awhile, she was doing just that. Until the moment her childhood best friend made his way back into her life. It’s then everything changes in the blink of an eye.

Determined to make sense of the past, Miranda promises herself that she’ll treat Troy with the respect he so deserves. Though she battles with telling him about everything she went through back then, she’s reluctant to do so for fear that he’ll stop liking her. Unwilling to lose him yet again, she holds everything inside, knowing that he’ll need to know about the past some day soon. For the moment, however, she’ll set it aside so that she can bask in the glory of having him within her arms.

Though Troy has an inkling of something happening her so long ago, he can’t quite understand why Miranda keeps him at arm’s lengths. Torn between what is right and wrong, she knows things will catch up with her eventually. Her mind refuses to grasp the consequences of what she’s allowing to happen now between herself and Troy, yet she can’t seem to stop things from taking place. Somehow, she must free herself of all past restraints. The question is, can she do that without destroying the fragile balance that exists between her world and Troy’s?

A bittersweet love story, A New Life gives us a glimpse into what’s it like trying to overcame pain and heartache caused by someone else’s actions against you. A child doesn’t know the ins and outs of what is right or wrong. This is a lesson Miranda learns along the way. Though she blames herself for what’s happened to her, she can’t really be faulted for it. That’s a theme Sydney incorporates throughout the story. Most especially the fact that forgiveness can be found no matter what comes our way. A truly emotional story, this is one that will definitely get under your skin and stay there.




Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.

When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**



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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who

Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.