On this stop of the Emerge Tour we have a spotlight, excerpt and character bio.
We hope you enjoy.
No sooner than Laney Walker and her long-time best friend Evan Allen finally delve into romantic feelings for each other, college sends them packing, miles apart. Never the social butterfly, Laney is slow to adjust to life with a new softball team, crazy roommate and co-ed dorm. Without the support system of her Dad and her Evan, she's left to cope with diving into the real world on her own.
Just when she thinks nothing could tear her apart from her old life any further, she meets the mysterious, debonair Dane Kendrick and her heart is left divided.
The familiar love she shares with Evan has always been easy and sweet, but she can't help wondering what would happen if she let go and took a leap of faith into what she never knew she wanted? A jump that Dane seems more than happy to help her through.
I simply cannot hang out with the girls at recess. No one should expect me to, right? At the ripe old age of 10, I’ve already figured out one should be interested in far more than boys and gossip; the only two things they ever seemed to talk about. Besides, they don’t want anything to do with me anymore. Michelle, the loud one, has made it clear that her mother thinks “it’s a shame I have no female influence,” so surely my dad will completely understand the call from Principal Mills…again.
Principal Mills doesn’t really ever get mad at me. He’s a lot like my dad, easygoing and a bit of a softie, so it’s easy to sit with him in his small, cramped office until Dad gets here. I’m not too concerned about getting in trouble; I never get in any real trouble. I’ve heard them talk many times after sending me out to the hall. They think I’m “angry and acting out.”
I’m not angry and I don’t need their pity. They should pity her. She’s the one who gave up. Well, she gave us up, anyway. Who knows what her greener grass was exactly.
Soon enough my dad strides in, casual as always, and all too comfortably takes a seat. He’s here at least once a month, after all. They shake hands like they’re poker buddies or something. I’m not even sure Dad calls him Principal Mills, or even Mr. Mills, anymore. I think he just calls him Paul. They talk for the first ten minutes about this year’s high school hopefuls. This town lives for high school football and baseball, depending on the season. Hopefully they forget my dilemma altogether.
No such luck.
“Wanna tell me what happened, slugger?”
I put on my best puppy dog face, “Daddy, ‘member what you said about not starting a fight, but I could damn sure finish one? “
The fine Principal tries to hide a chuckle and my dad reminds me to watch my mouth.
“Well…Andy Collins shoved me first, cause he’s a sore loser, so…I finished it. I whooped him in Horse and then I whooped him for shoving me.” That should clear all this up, right?
“Now, Laney, one shove only warrants one shove back. If I got a call, you musta tore the boy up. Why didn’t you just go tell a teacher?”
Is he serious right now? I’m not a snitch.
“Daddy, please. I didn’t tear him up that bad…I didn’t have to.”
“And why is that?” He cocks one eyebrow curiously.
Principal Mills answers for me. “Cause Evan Allen did it for her.”
We asked S.E. Hall to share a short history/ bio background on the main characters with us.
Laney Jo Walker- Laney lives in GA, with just her father, her mother left when she was young. She’s 18 when Emerge starts and has her 19th birthday during. She is a daddy’s girl, tomboy who has played fastpitch softball her whole life. She’s blonde, brown eyes and trusts few. She loves to fish and her favorite thing of all, basically her guide to every lesson or comparison in life, is DISNEY.
Evan Mitchell Allen- Evan is a brown haired, blue eyed, football playing country boy. He loves to fish, hunt and take care of Laney. He has both his parents, to which he is very close, drives a big pickup truck and was raised with southern gentleman manners and charms.
Michael “Dane” Kendrick- Dane keeps his cards close to the vest, having suffered major personal loss and the chance to experience young adulthood normally, i.e. he missed the college experience being thrown straight into responsibility. Dane is a protector, he literally takes care of those around him and would give the shirt off his back. He has brown hair, dark brown eyes and his cross necklace never leaves his neck. Dane plays three instruments and music is the center of his soul.
Bennett Cole- A bubbly, carefree redhead who brightens any room. Bennett is Laney’s roommate in college, a drama major and a great friend.
Sawyer Beckett- What to say about Sawyer...his pierced, muscled body takes up a room just like his bigger than life, rude crude and socially unacceptable personality, but he’s fiercely loyal and lovable, but nothing before his love for his friends.
Zach Reece- This 6’4 blondie with green eyes plays football for Southern and dishes out tough love advice with a level head.
Tate Kendrick- Dane’s older brother, Tate rooms with Sawyer and falls fast and hard for the lovely Bennett.
S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 17 years and 3 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading YA and NA romance.