The Latest Romance From The Original Publisher of "Fifty Shades of Grey" Explores The Devastating Effects of Intolerance On A Small American Town

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The release of “Lessons Learned” by Sydney Logan on September 6, 2012 [The Writer's Coffee Shop ] comes at a time when our nation is reflecting on the tragic events that occurred last week at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore. It’s times like these that remind us of the importance of teaching tolerance and acceptance. Lessons Learned is a love story that is intertwined with the journey a small town takes toward learning to accept what they don’t understand. “It’s not my wish to simply write a romantic story,” says Logan. “I want my stories to have a message.”


Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan

It’s not my wish to simply write a romantic story.” says Logan. “I want my stories to have a message.

High school teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of her childhood home. Orphaned as a teenager and raised by her grandmother, she had severed all ties with the people of her hometown—including her best friend, Aubrey—in hopes of leaving everything behind her. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

While visiting the local hardware store, Sarah meets Lucas Miller, a history teacher who has recently transferred from New York City. She discovers a kindred spirit in him and learns that he is battling demons of his own. As the newest faculty members of Sycamore High School, they form a friendship—bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives in the secluded town. When they begin to open their wounded hearts and share their secrets, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance, giving each of them hope that maybe they aren’t so wounded, after all.

Their newfound love is put to the test when Matt Stuart, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. Fearing the painful incident that drove her from the city has followed her to Sycamore Falls, Sarah grows fiercely protective of her student. Determined that history will not repeat itself, Sarah stands by Matt’s side as he faces the ridicule of his church, his teammates, and the school administration. When the conservative community finally learns his secret, Sarah and Lucas—along with the town of Sycamore Falls—are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

“For my debut novel, Lessons Learned, I wanted to write a love story with a powerful message,” says Logan. “I wanted to show Sarah's journey as she struggled to come to terms with her past, and I wanted to write a hero who was willing to help the woman he loves deal with her pain. I also needed a timely social issue that would send shock waves through a conservative town. Matt Stuart is a fictional character, but the world is full of teenagers (and adults) just like him who are struggling to find peace in a world which isn’t always welcoming or accepting. For those people, I hope they have a 'Sarah' and 'Lucas' in their lives.”

A deeply moving story that will satisfy your romantic spirit, but push you toward self-examination, Lessons Learned looks at:

*The necessity of kindness and tolerance, even if you don’t agree with a person’s opinions or lifestyle.

*It is possible to hold true to your own personal convictions and still treat someone with respect.

*There comes a time when you have to face your ghosts head-on in order to move on with your life.

About the Author:

Sydney Logan lives in the hills of East Tennessee. She has spent her life educating children and has recently made the transition from bookworm to author. She has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

“Lessons Learned” will be available for purchase in both paperback and e-book formats on September 6, 2012. It will be available on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo and on The Writer’s Coffee Shop’s website

Website: Sydney Logan on The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House website.

About the Publisher:

The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing (TWCS) House is an up and coming independent publisher based in New South Wales, Australia. They recently gained a great deal of attention with Fifty Shades of Grey, the international literary sensation they released in June 2011 and is now represented by Random House.

Launched in October 2010 with the vision of working alongside talented authors while providing quality e-books to the growing marketplace, TWCS publishes a wide rage of fiction titles and is sure to have something for any appetite.


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