Everybody Reads YA

It’s Sunday again so welcome to ‘Everybody Reads YA’ Sunday blog share!

Today I’m going to share an excerpt from my first YA novel, the Amazon best seller And Alex Still Has Acne. Set in the West Midlands, UK, this is a contemporary adventure story involving Alex, his best friend Sam, and his sister Nicky.


And Alex -cover        Alex sat silently for several minutes. He had never knowingly broken the law before, apart from cycling on the pavement – but then his mother preferred him to do that than run risks on the road. He didn’t like the idea at all. But Sam was his friend, and he didn’t like to abandon him either. Moreover, despite himself, he felt a tingling of excitement at what Sam was proposing. Anyway, he could never knowingly give up an opportunity for more food these days.                                                                       “Where?” Sam knew his friend was not enquiring where his house was, and felt a glow of pleasure that Alex was in on this with him. He too felt a tingle of excitement, plus a mixture of guilt and fear – but not enough of either to stop him. “The One-Stop. It’s big enough to have blind corners and small enough to not have any security.”  “You’ve done this before.” It was a statement rather than a question.


Life for 14 year old Alex is OK most of the time. He enjoys school, has a best friend, Sam, and a pretty and only mildly irritating younger sister, Nicky. But then Sam starts acting strangely, and so does Nicky – and both insist on sharing secrets with him and then making him promise not to tell anyone. Then Nicky goes missing and only Alex feels he knows where to find her. But is Sam anywhere around to help?

Links: You can  find And Alex Still has Acne, my latest YA novel – Girl Friends – and other stories on my Amazon Author page:



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