Title: Wash Me Away
Author: Wendy Owens
Publisher by: Four Bean Soup LLC
Published on: April 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult Romance
Monsters have a way of following you.
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she's not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family's past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.
When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.
“Do you ever feel like you don’t even know the people in your life?” I say from complete impulse.
Leo moves between me and the edge of the cliffside. “Are we talking family or friends?”
“Family, I suppose.”
He doesn’t answer me right away. He shifts his weight, even though there isn’t much of it to shift, from foot to foot. Finally, he lets out an exasperated breath.
“I’m sorry. I don’t know why I’m even talking about this, it really is nothing.” I take a couple steps back, waving my hands in the air. “I should probably just get back to class.”
“Life is a burden to me. Nothing gives me pleasure. I find only sadness in everything around me. It is very difficult because of the ways of those with whom I live, and probably always shall live, are as different from mine as moonlight is from sunlight.”
I looked down at my muddy shoes. If this is a movie quote, it is absolutely not from one I have ever seen. I can feel my throat tighten as I think about his statement.
Leo continues, “Napoleon Bonaparte said that at the age of seventeen. My father named me after him because he was a brilliant strategist. He understood the behaviors of men, and what kinds of actions would elicit what responses. As I learned about Napoleon, I came to realize we had more in common than just our names.”
“You’re a good general?” I snort a laugh through the snot.
“No, dork.” He smiles. “He couldn’t relate to his father, and, after being moved to France, he had trouble relating to his classmates as well. Burton is France.”
“I didn’t realize you hated it so much here.”
He shakes his head. “You don’t have to hate something to know it isn’t right.
Interview with Napoleon Blake, featured character in Wash Me Away.
Interviewer: I’m sure a lot of our readers would love to know how a day in the life of Napoleon Blake looks. Are you an early riser?
NB: *laughs. You know what they say, early to bed, early to rise makes people suspicious.
Interviewer: Okay, so not an early bird. How do you like to spend your free time?
NB: Well there’s how I like spending my free time and how I actually do.
NB: Like most red blooded american teenage boys I’d like to spend all my time having sex.
NB: Again, like most, any willing participant would be considered. But of course when I am not thinking about the obvious, I’m out riding my skateboard or hiking. Oh, and then of course movies, I’m always consuming quality films.
Interviewer: Speaking of films, I hear you’re a bit of a movie buff.
NB: Some might say that.
Interviewer: What are some of your favorite films?
NB: I really hate that question. It’s like asking someone which kid is their favorite.
Interviewer: Isn’t that usually what people say about something they’ve created.
NB: Well it remains true for this to. How can you compare the comedic genius of Airplane to the emotional toll of E.T.
Interviewer: Do you only watch older movies?
NB: Of course not, it’s just … something resonates with me in their scripts. A lot of people think they’re cheesy in the way that everyone works together to reach a common goal or happy ending, I find it admirable and something we should embrace.
Interviewer: Is there one incident that shaped your life?
NB: *swallows hard. My brother’s death. It made me realize what happens to the people who are left behind after you’re gone. I made the decision I would live the truest and fullest life I could.
Interviewer: Is there one person who always makes you smile?
NB: Well I’m a pretty funny looking guy so whenever I look in the mirror, I tend to laugh.
Interviewer: I doubt much of our female audience would agree with that statement.
NB: Seriously though? I surround myself with friends who make me smile. I can always count on Miyagi for a laugh. I never know what will come out of Julia’s mouth. But if there is one person I had to pick that I would drop everything to hang out with, it would have to be Addy. My head is always spinning with thoughts and ideas, but somehow, when I’m with her it brings me a calm.
Interviewer: Thanks for spending a few minutes with us to answer some questions.
NB: Thanks for getting me out of class for it.