Mystery Novel Unravels a Story of Murder, Romance and Revenge

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Jamie Harris tells the story of a 17-year old girl and the truth behind the death of his younger brother

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Marlena Burks is a 17 year old girl who hopes to start a new life after her brothers' death three months ago. Elijah Carlston is a 17 year old boy who also hopes to start a new life in a new town and forget his past. Sam Burks, a15 year old boy and Marlena’s younger brother is Elijah’s biggest secret.

The Fear of Love, Lost and Friendship, a fictional novel written by Jamie Harris tells the moving story of Marlena Burks’ life that was turned upside down after her brother’s death.Three months later, she has started to move on with her life, but when she meets Elijah Carlston, everything is brought back to the surface. He’s a reminder of everything she has lost but he also takes her away from reality, something she’d longed for since her brother passed away.

Elijah is the new guy in town. He was originally from Brisbane who also wanted to begin a new life. But for Marlena, he is a mystery that excites her. He made some sketches of him even if she haven’t meet him yet. He appears in her dreams and was surprised to finally meet him in school but curiosity brings something bigger than a new found relationship with the man of her dreams. What will happen when Elijah finally reveals a secret to Marlena regarding his brother ‘s death? Will it be the beginning of a love story or the start of a tragedy?

The Fear of Love, Loss and Friendship is a deep, emotionally-charged read that will sure to entertain readers both young and old. Harris has written a brilliantly conceived plot that involves an interesting mix of murder, romance, secrets and mysteries everyone will sure to follow from beginning to end.

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About the Author
Jamie Harris was born in Whangarei, North Island of New Zealand in 1997, in 1999 moving with her family to Australia, and after a number of years of moving around to finally settle in Mackay since 2003. Being a part of a large family, with two older sisters and two younger brothers, Jamie has always had a passion for books. Even at a very young age she could be found hiding in cupboards, under beds and self-made cubbies to find solitude with her books and imagination At fourteen, she started to talk about a book she’d started writing, she introduces characters and story line with excitement that danced in her eyes. Her hours of homework was integrated with story lines and frantic writing. She would run out of the kitchen while in the middle of doing the dishes, or even in the middle of conversation to jot down ideas that had popped into her head.

The Fear of Love, Loss, and Friendships * by Jamie Harris
Publication Date: October 25, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$ 29.99; 207 pages; 978-1-4797-3472-6
Trade Hardback; AU$ 49.99; 207 pages; 978-1-4797-3473-3

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