Ontario by Heidi Nicole Bird
“Don’t worry, Ontario, I’ll never leave you. You will always have me here to protect you and your brother.”
Those words from a childhood memory would haunt Ontario Stratton for the rest of her life. Losing her father had been difficult enough, but her life would change even more drastically at the beginning of her senior year of high school. Only weeks into the school year Mrs. Stratton abandons her two children for a more carefree way of living. Suddenly thrown into a very different life, Ontario clings to her brother Eddy, her new legal guardian, and to no one else. Could she trust anyone anymore? Even her best friend isn’t there for her. . .
In order to feel like less of a burden on her brother, Ontario gets a job at the local fifties-style diner. It is there that she meets her new “family,” including the oh-so-intriguing Austin, the only one who can help her truly heal. In time, Ontario discovers that Austin has his own demons, and that he needs her just as much as she needs him. Some things in Ontario’s life begin to come together again, but others continue to fall apart. Though her world seems to be breaking, she is introduced to a kind of happiness she has never known before, and her new found friends show her that maybe, just maybe, she can learn to love again.
I originally wanted to use a photo of a girl holding an umbrella for my cover art. Like, I wanted it so bad, for one huge reason. When I was looking for cover art ideas I found one picture and it took my breath away. Just by staring at the picture an entire scene popped into my head, and it was the scene that would bring everything in the story together. I needed something for the climax, the glue, and that picture provided for me the inspiration I needed. While I didn’t end up using the image, I will forever love it, and whoever created it, because it really made the story happen.
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