Guest & Contest: Amy Durham

What if you lost the most important person in your life and never got to say goodbye? Worse still, what if you lost them without giving – and asking for – the forgiveness necessary to mend your relationship? Seventeen year-old Zoe Gray comes face to face with this dilemma in DUSK, my newest young adult paranormal romance.

In the spring of her junior year of high school, tragedy strikes her family not once, but twice, and her life will never be the same. What she doesn’t realize is that she has the power to choose whether she’s changed for worse… or for better.  Adrian Shaw arrives on the scene, intent on helping Zoe work through her problems. He has the uncanny ability of showing up at just the right moment, and it’s not long before Zoe realizes that there’s more to Adrian than meets the eye. Much more.

DUSK is a story of forgiveness, grace, and second chances… something I think everyone can relate to. I hope you’ll come along with Zoe as she learns that the road to forgiveness is filled with heartache… and love.


Zoe Gray lost her father… in more ways than one. Angry and bitter, Zoe spends the summer before her senior year of high school doing everything she can to forget, legal or not. But a close call triggers a reality check, and Zoe decides to put her life back together, a task that proves a lot harder than she thought.

Adrian Shaw shows up on the first day of school, creating quite a stir with his striking good looks and gleaming black motorcycle. But Adrian is much more than a “biker boy”, and as Zoe discovers, he may just hold the key she needs to put her life back on the right path.

But as they do battle with evil forces that want nothing more than to destroy Zoe’s chance at a normal life, will their feelings for one another make them stronger, or be the reason Zoe’s happiness slips away forever?

And will Zoe learn to forgive before it’s too late?



“Why are you paying so much attention to me?” There, I said it. Just put it all out there.

“Is it that hard to believe that I’m interested?” He reached for my hand, pulled me closer to him. “That I want to get to know you?”

Inside my chest my heart hammered and I could hear the blood rushing through my veins. The nearness of him and the sincerity in his voice made it difficult to breathe.

He took my free hand and threaded our fingers together, using both hands to pull closer, until I was almost flush against him. Tilting my head, I found his baby blues locked on me. The sun had begun its descent behind the trees as dusk settled, the sky glowing a warm orange.

“I’ve got a lot of baggage,” I whispered. “I’m practically a basket case.”

He raised one shoulder in a casual shrug.

“Why me?” I hated that I still needed reassurance.

“I found what I was looking for when I saw you.”

And just like that my world shifted, tilted on its axis. My chest tightened with emotions so foreign, so intense, their beauty almost painful. The cool water swirled around my ankles as I shifted, trying to rebalance myself and not crumple at his feet.

Adrian was a man of few words, and his few words had slain me.

“I can’t claim to understand how you feel,” he said, squeezing my hands. “And I won’t always have the answers. But I can listen. And I can care. All the time.”

Staring up at him, I could not find the words to express the feelings bubbling inside. He didn’t seem to mind my silence. His eyes stayed glued on mine, a sweet smile playing across his face.

“Okay,” I whispered. It was the best I could come up with.


AmyDAbout Amy:

After spending every work day with classrooms full of tweens and teens, then going home to three boys of her own, two of whom fall into the tween/teen category, you’d think that Amy Durham might like to leave the world of teenagers behind. Not so!
Instead, she spends her spare moments – which sometimes consist of waiting twenty minutes for her oldest kiddo to get out of band practice – with her laptop and a multitude of teenage characters trying to navigate their way through the twisted, difficult road of adolescence.
You might ask… “Why Young Adult Fiction”? Well, because it’s what she knows. As a teacher and a parent, Amy is around tweens and teens on an almost constant basis. And while it’s true they can be – ahem – challenging, they are also full of life, vision, and dreams. And that’s a really cool place to be.
Young Adult Fiction allows young readers the opportunity to find hope for the situations they find themselves in, find determination to keep on going, and courage to pursue their dreams. It also allows adult readers the chance to revisit the exuberance of youth, remember the joy and poignancy of first love, and recall how it felt to dream with abandon.
Amy Durham is a wife and mother, an author, a teacher, an avid reader, and a musician. If she wasn’t writing books, she’d be a celebrity chef!
Amy is a member of Kentucky Independent Writers. She lives in Kentucky, where she is a middle school teacher.  She and her husband are raising three wild, intelligent, and creative boys, giving her plenty of fodder for the love and adventure she enjoys putting in her stories!

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11 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Amy Durham

  1. anne says:

    During my experience with breast cancer and the subsequent treatments I was reading less than usual due to the problems, but one novel that was meaningful and helpful which took me away from the suffering etc. was an emotional book that was captivating. The Tulip Rose. I enjoyed this excerpt and learning about the author. Many thanks.

  2. Leanna Hiner says:

    I have a chronic illness and have had it since I was a child. I am in pain everyday. Last year at the age of 36 I had a total hip replacement. Books have always been great for relaxing me and distracting me from the pain. Reading does not require a great deal of exertion I am always happy when I get a book in the mail. The people at the library are my friends, I cannot name a specific book that has helped me because I think that they have all helped me. I love reading romances because I love a happy ending..

  3. may says:

    My ex-bf cheated on me and dumped me when I found out. I read tons of romances during this period and the helped!

  4. Sure, when life gets tough books always serve as an escape, or a release from the struggles of reality. Books have helped and comforted me through romantic troubles, friend problems, family problems… they’re always there for you!

  5. You all are awesome! I love that a book can keep you company, no matter what you’re going through. And I love that books are my “go to” for times when I’m down or lonely… AND in times when I’m happy and joyful!

  6. Jess1 says:

    I read a book about personalities and some people are naturally takers and manipulators etc. Another book about setting boundaries which was helpful.

  7. Jane Squires says:

    Many books have helped me through many conflicts. It seems God puts just the right book in my hand when I need it.

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