The moment she felt her consciousness seeping back inside her, she knew where she was. She didn't have to look. Or listen. No one had to come whisper in her ear. She could smell it that far out, returning... When sixteen-year-old Connelly Pierce wakes up inside an unkwn psychiatric hospital, with both her wrists slashed, she begins the arduous task of piecing together the events of her life that led her there. Her own cognitive behavioral therapy (as she had learned so well from them). Starting with the sudden death of her mother and father when she was six, and the only world she knew disappeared, literally, overnight. That's when, with kwn or, at least, close relatives, she and her nine-year-old brother Eric find themselves cast into the nightmare quagmire of government child protection agencies, and Connelly begins her incredible, fourteen-year journey--her odyssey--into her own brave new world. A world, she realizes, she must t only quickly adapt, but fight back as well, if she hopes to survive. Book One of the BEAUTIFUL-UGLY TRILOGY.
James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and fell in love with the cadence and sound of storytelling as a child, listening to the meandering tales of his Southern grandmothers and great aunts. While still a child, his family moved to Napa Valley, California where he attended middle and high school, and began taking writing classes at the local college. He left after a year to join the military, and was a soldier with a tactical mobile operations unit in Germany. It was there, while pulling a Harz mountaintop guard duty one night during a snowstorm, he had the chance encounter with another soldier that ultimately became the genesis for his military thriller, AMERICAN WARRIOR. His second novel is the suspense thriller, DESOLATION RUN. In addition, he has just released the YA/NA trilogy, THE BEAUTIFUL-UGLY. Berlin Diaries is his blog at JamesSnyder.net where he further discusses the backgrounds of his writings. He currently lives in Texas.