Today I’d like to Welcome my fellow Rebel Author Katie Gallagher to my place.
Blurb: Two lines. That’s what Cyn Clark saw when she took a pregnancy test after her period was two weeks late. At first, she chalked it up to the stress of midterms since the end of the semester was right around the corner. But when she started to feel tired and queasy, she decided to take the test and that’s when her life changed forever. Although, already engaged to her boyfriend, now fiancee, James Lucas, this new revelation has Cyn questioning her decision. Would she be able to handle motherhood alone after James deployed in May? Or had they rushed into their entire relationship? James surprises Cyn by proposing all over again when he hears the news about their coming surprise and things seem to be better between them, but for how long? Will Cyn get her happily ever after or be disappointed in the end?
Excerpt: “Cyn?” “What?” I groaned. “We’re on the same cycle, and I don’t think that I’ve seen you grab a pad in weeks.” I got up and started rummaging around in my desk for my calendar. I counted and looked up at Alison, stone faced. “The last time I had a period was right before Homecoming. I’m pregnant.” Alison glanced over. “How do you know?” “My cycle is like clockwork. I’m never late, and I’ve been exhausted lately and queasy.” “Let’s go to the store and buy you a test.” She grabbed my hand, pulling me towards the door. I stood there. “No. I don’t need a test. I just need to call the doctor and see how far along I am.” “They sell those kind of tests at the store. Now stop arguing with me. Let’s go.”
**** “There are too many different kinds to choose from,” I grumbled. “Here, try this one.” Alison threw one in my hand. I didn’t even bother to look at it. I was just glad to get out of there. I held the bag close to my chest the whole walk back to the dorm. My hands shook as I struggled to open the box. “Let me help you with that.” Alison yanked the box out of my hands and ripped it open. “Here you go.” “Thanks,” I said, staring at the test. I can’t believe I’m getting ready to do this. I hid the test under my shirt and walked down towards the bathroom. The door squeaked loudly as it opened. I slipped into the nearest stall and sat down, legs shaking. Here goes nothing. I walked out of the stall holding the test in my shaking hands and sat it on the edge of the sink. Now I just had to wait three minutes. The longest three minutes of my life. There was a knock on the bathroom door, and Alison walked in. “Any news yet?” I shook my head. “No, I just took it. I’m just waiting. I still can’t believe I’m doing this. How could I be so stupid?” I chided myself. “Didn’t you guys use protection?” I nodded. “That’s why I’m surprised. I knew I should have just waited until marriage. My father is going to kill me!” “You don’t know that yet. It could be negative.” “Let’s hope so, for my sake.” I stared at the stick. One line had shown up and there was a smidge of a second line. “Is that two lines?” I asked, panicked. Alison glanced over. “It looks like it might be. If you want, we can make you a doctor’s appointment to make sure,” she said. I was glad to see she could stay calm. I was freaking out. “So what’s next?” I glanced up. “What do you mean?” “Do you know what you’re going to do next? There are a lot of things to consider, keeping the pregnancy a secret, telling James, getting an abortion…” “I could never get an abortion. I need to tell James,” I said, starting to panic.
Katie Gallagher is the author of the young adult novels; Catching You, Stealing Cynderella and the upcoming Forever Love. She lives in Western PA with her husband and young daughter who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and lack of cooking skills. She loves coffee, flip flops and hates cold weather. You can find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/Katie_Gallgher or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatieGallagher