Still smarting from the fact that her father was sent overseas, Rylee Everley has promised herself that she’ll make the most of the situation. Granted, she’s not exactly sure how she’ll do that when she has so much lying on her shoulders. Her mother is always sad, and her sisters are forever a handful. Not to mention that she also has to juggle school and her friend, Brock, in the process.

Determined to do the best she can, Rylee soon comes to the realization that not everything is as it seems. Her life and that of her friends have taken unexpected turns. She’s now hearing voices in her head, and Brock seems to have become someone she doesn’t quite recognize. As if that’s not enough, her dreams have become a tad too turbulent, full of meanings and sights she can’t quite explain.

The further she delves into the situation at hand, the crazier things seem to get. When it becomes apparent that someone or something is manipulating the world around, Rylee becomes aware of the fact that there are things she can’t quite explain cropping up around her. The voices aren’t a coincidence. Nor are the dreams that plague her at every turn. If she’s to set all wrongs to right, she’ll need to open herself up to unexpected possibilities. Even if it means tapping into things she never knew were possible.

A delightful start to this series, we’re quickly immersed within Rylee’s heart-wrenching plights. She’s had to make do with the fact that her father is never there, as well as always caring for a family that doesn’t quite seem to appreciate her. Her life is hectic, at best, though she’s doing her best to juggle everything that comes her way. S. M. has certainly built a world where anything is possible. One that makes you question whether there are truly different planes within our own existences. Looking forward to what’s to come for the series itself.

Unusual Awakening ( Book #1 )

With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.

Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.

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While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies. At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again. When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.