Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.
So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it. But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.
Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.
Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer's elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie's the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that's the illusion she's aiming for.
But Livvie's seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate.
For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach.
But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he's found someone he can finally trust.
Many people have asked me recently about the inspiration behind my Diamond Girl trilogy. It’s very true that the idea for the plot for Ex Factor came to me after I attended the Every 15 Minutes program at my daughter’s high school. However, what I haven’t talked much about is the fact that my police officer husband worked at the high school. As a school resource officer, he dealt with students on a daily basis, helping them through one crisis or another. And while he always respected each person’s identity and privacy, I spent many a night listening to general explanations of problems that were occurring at the school and with the students. Most days I don’t feel my age (nope I’m not going to divulge that nugget of info), but when I listen to my husband’s stories, I always feel like a dinosaur. The problems I dealt with as a high school kid were nothing like what our kids are dealing with today. Yeah, there were gangs at my high school. And yes, there were fights, and drugs, and teen pregnancy, which are all problems that seem to never go away. What we didn’t have back in my day, though, are things like internet bullying, and sextortion. Yes, sadly, sextortion is a real thing. While I love the paranormal genre (I wrote a trilogy), I’ve always been drawn to contemporary, and particularly YA and NA. I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover and Rebecca Donovan, and their ability to tackle heavy issues while writing beautiful stories and felt a deep need to try and do the same. While I’m definitely no CoHo, I’m proud of my Diamond Girl trilogy and the message each story tackles. The series focuses on a group of All-Star cheerleaders who deal with issues like drinking and driving, abusive relationships, texting and driving, and loss of loved ones. I’m lucky enough to have a member of my target audience living in my house, and relied on my oldest daughter heavily while writing in an effort to make sure my stories were believable. Yes, my characters and stories are fictional, but the issues they face are very real. If my stories can help a reader who’s facing difficult times, then I know I’ve done my job and can sit back and feel satisfied.
Author Bio - Elisa Dane
I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot!
I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.