Local teacher launches debut novel

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Baton Rouge – Local young-adult author and English teacher Sarah Guillory of Port Allen debuted her contemporary young-adult novel, RECLAIMED, on October 15.

She is planning a launch party at the Baton Rouge Books-a-Million on October 19th and will participate in the Houston BookRave November 2nd.

Guillory is a National Board Certified English teacher at Brusly High School and was named the West Baton Rouge Parish Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012. She also sponsors the yearbook and the student book club. A native of Booneville, Arkansas, Guillory moved to Louisiana in 1997 to attend Southeastern Louisiana University.

Set in Solitude, Arkansas, RECLAIMED tells the story of three teens who come together as their lives fall apart. Jenna Oliver wants to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets. Ian McAlister can’t recall a single thing from the last three months and seems to be losing more memories every day. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes he can be normal again. But the secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget. Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin, but Jenna sees past who he’s supposed to be. Jenna, Ian, and Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

Mindi Scott, young adult author of FREEFALL and LIVE THROUGH THIS, said, “Packed with atmosphere and surprises, RECLAIMED is one of those rare books that kept me guessing throughout and inspired an immediate reread.” Tiffany Schmidt, author of SEND ME A SIGN and the upcoming BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE, said, “RECLAIMED broke my heart, changed my mind, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”

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