The Next Right Step

Emms, Megan

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Synopsis: Set against the seedy urban backdrop of Southeast Portland, Calla’s story begins with her struggle to maintain sobriety, resolve her career crisis, and raise a toddler and troubled teen on her own. Having survived an impoverished, dysfunctional childhood herself, Calla had worked hard to rise above her inauspicious beginnings. She went to college, became a high school English teacher, and bought her own home. But after her professional reputation was tarnished by an ill-fated affair, the mortification was too much for her. She promptly quit and dedicated herself to the odd combination of sobering up and cocktail waitressing in a local bar. Just as she seemed to be hitting her stride in this newly crafted life, a car accident killed her only sibling, Jemma. With no one else reliable to take Jemma’s children, they came to live with Calla. Max, age 2 ½, and Samantha, age 16, have different fathers, both of which are absent. The children have lived with Calla almost a year when strange occurrences begin to point towards the frightening truth of Max’s mysterious parentage. Aided by the emotionally reserved Officer Tyler Burns, and a quirky subset of characters, Calla unravels a story that ends in violence and retribution. With a compelling tone located somewhere between Janet Evanovich’s spunky humor and Patricia Cornwell’s bleak intrigue, this novel features a likable female protagonist that will win many a reader’s heart. Calla Travis is smart, tough, sassy, and wounded. She has a sharp tongue and a warm heart. Along with the motley assembly of vibrant characters, and a setting in the current “hot spot” of Portland, Oregon, the book moves at a brisk pace and keeps the reader guessing along with Calla.

About the Author: Megan Emms, maiden name Megan Hurt, was born in Naperville, Illinois in 1973. Aside from her birthplace, and brief stints of residence in Belgium, Ecuador, and Australia, she is a "native" Oregonian. She currently resides in Northwest Portland, on a dead end street surrounded by protected parklands, trees, hummingbirds, coyotes, and kids on bikes. She graduated from Tigard High School, received her Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University, and her Master's in Teaching from Pacific University. She has been teaching high school English in the Beaverton School District for the last 12 years. She is the mother to three sons (Kylan, Caden, and Calvin) and wife to Eric Emms. "The Next Right Step" is Megan's first novel, after years of overwrought poetry, myriad short stories, and a small pile of unfinished books.

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Title: The Next Right Step
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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