Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 2013 by Createspace
Age Group: YA
Series: Starstruck #1
Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!
“You’re making yourself look plenty stupid without anybody’s help.” Again, the words were out before I could stop them.
Now he looked really, really pissed. “You little— nobody talks to me that way. Especially a nobody like you. How about I give you a stronger message to take to your boyfriend?” He stepped toward me, an ugly smile twisting his face.
Suddenly Rigel was there, stepping between us. “Go home, Farmer. Any beef you have, take it up with me—or the coach. But leave M out of it.”
“Yeah? Or what?” Bryce sneered. “Your dorky girlfriend needs to learn some respect. If you won’t teach her, maybe I’ll just—”
He reached for me and then several things happened at once. I grabbed Rigel’s hand just as he moved to block Bryce again, and out of nowhere—or rather, out of us—a blue arc of what looked almost like lightning hit Bryce in the chest, knocking him to his knees. His eyes went super wide for a second, then he slumped down onto the bleachers and passed out.
Author of sixteen novels to date, primarily Regencies and historicals from Harlequin and HarperCollins, Brenda Hiatt is now indie publishing her historical backlist and continuing to write and publish new books, her most recent a mystery, OUT OF HER DEPTH, from Bell Bridge Books. Her first original indie book, STARSTRUCK, launches in September 2013, a YA science fiction romance. For the past dozen years, Brenda has collected data on writers’ earnings, which she shares at her website, http://brendahiatt.com.Places to find Brenda: