Guest post itme! Today we’re hosting a guest post for the tour for “Waiting on Justin”, a new adult book by author Lucy H. Delaney.
“Waiting on Justin” was inspired by the work I did with the JAG students of the Wenatchee Valley Tech Center. JAG participants are specially selected from a high-risk pool of students and deal with extraordinary life circumstances that challenge their success in school. Some of my students were loud and abrasive fighters and others were so beaten down by life’s hard knocks they gave up and passively let life happen to them, hopeless that it would change for the better.
While the story is a fictional tale of love between two abused and neglected kids, the theme of parental abuse and neglect, poverty, addiction and judgement is a real issue that needs to be addressed in our society. There are real life Justin, Haylee and Lizzie’s in America. There are families where children are growing up abused and neglected. There are parents struggling with addiction and harming their children even while they are themselves suffering. There is hope for their lives to be better. I wanted to give kids like them a “happily ever after.”
It was my hope that a love story like “Waiting on Justin,” could be more than entertaining. I want it to be a catalyst to inspire people to get involved with organizations like CASA or JAG. I want the good people to be there for the lost and hurting kids. We can’t change the world but we can make a dramatic difference in the lives of hurting kids with our time, money or social networking.
About The Book
Author: Lucy H. Delaney
Genre: New Adult
Can everlasting love grow amidst never-ending despair? Best friends Justin and Haylee learn early on that the answer is yes. Their parents would rather spend time drinking and partying than raising children, so the two rely on each other for the care and emotional support they need. Over time, Justin and Haylee become lovers despite the age difference between them.
Theirs is a forbidden romance that would destroy them both if discovered.
The older of the two, Justin is more than a little rough around the edges. He does everything he can to protect Haylee from as much abuse as possible, but when tragedy strikes there is nothing he can to do keep her from being taken into the foster system.
The system meant to save kids threatens to pull the two of them apart.
Haylee begs Justin to run away with her, but the powers-that-be force him into an inescapable corner.
Blaming Justin for the distance that separates them, Haylee shuts out everything and everyone from her past – including Justin. She tries to forget him. She tries to replace him. But he is always there. So is her own addiction. When it finally gets the best of her, she finds herself utterly alone.
She soon discovers what Justin has always known: Their love was worth waiting for.
About the Author
Lucy H. Delaney lives with her blended family in the Pacific Northwest town of Leavenworth, Washington, nestled at the feet of the Cascade Mountains. When not tucked away in her writing room making up stories or standing in her cubicle in one of the offices of corporate America, Lucy spends her time with family and friends.
Along with her husband and four children, Lucy loves to be in nature: She can often be found on her homemade backyard swing, curled up with a good book, hiking the surrounding mountains or running country roads and game trails. A fitness enthusiast who regularly practices crossfit, yoga, and distance running, Lucy also volunteers for the Chelan-Douglas CASA organization and her church’s AWANA program to help keep kids safe and smiling.
Connect with Lucy online
Facebook: Lucy H. Delaney