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Pajama Party: The Story
By E. C. Jackson
YA Christian Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
August 26th 2017 by E. C. Jackson
Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.
Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.
Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.
After her sister left, Karen carried four bowls filled with snacks into the family room. She placed her load on the only table left. She walked into the hall, chewing on a potato chip. Then headlights flashed through the foyer window. Karen saw three girls step out of the car parked in the driveway. She rushed forward and switched on the intercom attached to the wall. Guilt struck her while she peeked outside. Eavesdropping was wrong. Her mother would be angry if she caught her at it. The intercom had been installed for another purpose. She almost turned it off, but then the conversation began.
Oh well. Too late to tune out now. I might as well listen. Karen watched the girls lug their sleepover gear to the steps. For once, their nonstop chatter had been abandoned. But having their hands filled with stuff failed to explain their subdued behavior. Unless …
Joann broke the silence after she reached the steps. The five-six, raven-haired, blue-eyed beauty towered over the other girls. “I don’t see Angela’s or Linda’s cars. Good. I’m glad we’re the first ones here.”
“Too bad, we’re not. Diane Meredith went home with Karen after school today,” said Lisa.
Her pouty speech concerned Karen. She pressed her forehead onto the glass as she remembered her promise to Diane. Lisa was still upset about seeing Diane and Karen walking home together after school. She acted awful whenever she became angry.
I’m holding you to your promise. You better be nice to Diane. If you renege … well, I’ll think of something.
“Diane Meredith,” Kathy mocked in a singsong voice. “Why do you always use her entire name?”
The shortest girl in the group was the spunkiest person Karen knew. Big or small, Kathy challenged everyone she met.
Joann trudged up the steps. “Stop finding fault. We’re not even inside the house yet.”
Karen moved to the door. She reached for the lock but lowered her hand once the talking resumed. She went back to the window.
“I was speaking to Lisa, not you.” Kathy jerked her head toward Joann before she faced Lisa. “It’s a serious question, so answer it.”
About the Author
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
A note from E. C. Jackson: “The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.
One 1st Prize winner will receive:
- A Living Hope Paperback (the companion book to Pajama Party: The Story)
- 1 Key chain for Pajama Party: The Story
- 1 Key chain for A Living Hope
One 2nd Prize winner will receive:
- A $25 Amazon eGift Card
Ends March 6, 2019