Title: Welcome to Hickville High
Author: Mary Karlik
Series: Hickville High
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: October 15th 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 292 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Senior Kelsey Quinn loses it all when her dad relocates the family to Hillside Texas, population Hick. She’ll do whatever it takes to return to the good life, even if it’s just for one night of dancing at a gala with the boyfriend she left behind. She trades her designer dresses for an apron to work as a dishwasher in a redneck diner. But she doesn’t plan on six feet of pure Texan, Austin McCoy entering her life. He teaches her to love the farm life she’s been forced into, but will he convince her that it’s the farm boy that goes with that life that she really wants?
She looked at her reflection in the mirror. Mascara puddled at the corners of her eyes and beneath her lower lashes. She jerked a tissue from a half-smashed box and dabbed at the black stains. No way was she going to let anybody know she’d cried, but the makeup was not cooperating.
Tossing the tissue aside, Kelsey padded across the hall to the bathroom and scrubbed her face clean. She held the bottle of foundation in her hand and regarded her reflection again. She’d never let Drew see her without the benefit of even skin tones and lightly dusted cheeks and eyes. It was a time-consuming ritual. What about now, what about here? Who cared if she didn’t wear makeup?
The last thing she wanted was to look as though she belonged to this place, and she’d bet her forty-dollar bottle of foundation that the local girls didn’t know the first thing about creating the natural look.
She brushed foundation across her skin, covering the imperfections. By the time she’d constructed the perfect face, she felt better. She was still angry with her parents, but at least now she could get through the rest of the day feeling good about herself. She fluffed her hair and noticed curls had begun to sneak back into her über-straight style. She shouldn’t have missed the flatiron step this morning. She shook her head and looked in the mirror again. She kind of liked the way her hair bounced with the curl.
“Kelsey! Come on, it’s time to load up for the feed store,” Dad yelled from downstairs.
She flicked the bathroom light off and moved toward the stairs. “Seriously, Dad—load up?” When she turned the corner of the landing she stopped.
Austin stood on the threshold of the front door, staring up at her. The screen banged his back, but he didn’t seem to notice.
She wanted to look aloof to the Texan hulking in the doorway, but a tiny smile forced itself to the surface anyway.
Dad said, “Can I help you, son?”
About Mary Karlik:
Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author, Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, country music, and small town diners. Although she has recently relocated in northern New Mexico, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.