Title: Unusual Awakening
Author: S.M. Knowles
Genre: Young Adult
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With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army
Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly
fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together.
While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of
Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore
some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother
is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is
seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort out her own feelings about Brock
Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain,
and that darkness is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.
S.M. Knowles was born in Elmira, New York where she was swept away in a
whirlwind to the Land of Oz—Independence, Kansas. Her parents were relocating for
working opportunities and decided that this would be the perfect place to start new
roots. Little did she know that this place would contribute to the inspiration for the first
book she wrote in her Rylee Everley Series.
While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining
she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long
hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies.
At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog,
she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to
show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to
her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor,
and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears,
picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no
numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick
When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that
time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After
coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a
Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrOQwyLPeMM&feature=em-
Getting up, I walk over to the tree line. I don’t see anything around, so I grab
a rock and throw it to scare off any animals. Walking in further, I call out, “Hello?”
Everything is quiet. I wait a few more seconds. Something feels off. Walking in a
little further, I hear a branch break. I know I didn’t step on anything, so something’s
unquestionably out there. “Who’s out here?” I yell. A big oak tree stands directly in front
of me, right next to him. “No, no, no, no,” I beg.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0KZuZF01FA : Andrew Belle - In My Veins
http://www.youtube.com/embed/5y_KJAg8bHI : Avicii, Wake me up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IigRv6B763k : Eric Clapton, My
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLbUIa7exE : John Mayor, Daughters