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About Zachary Ryan
Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status—and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.
After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.
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You should already know my name since it was on everyone’s lips once they found me with my throat ripped out. People thought they should have only feared me, but the Liberty Lion’s cheer squad knew one thing, hunt or be hunted.
No one’s hands were truly clean from all the dirt and blood on them. Be safe, watch your back and always remember, Happy Hunting.
Meeting kindred souls like himself, Gus began to heal at Camp Afterlife. All thanks to his friends and blossoming relationship with Luis. This makes him pause, were Gus’s best days actually the ones after he took his final breath? Or will the guilt of his mistakes during his life going to cause him to self-destruct once more?
They were just six-years old when they became inseparable—best friends, brothers, thick as thieves. But during senior year of high school, everything changed. Caleb was gay, a fact that Colin just couldn’t accept. So the pair went their separate ways for four long years. And now, standing at the pulpit at Caleb’s funeral, Colin couldn’t possibly regret it more.
Still, not everything of Caleb’s is lost. He has left behind diary entries, personal reflections and insights, where he shares his struggles with rejection and loss. On these candid pages, there could be clues to his untimely demise. But more importantly, they tell a part of Caleb’s story that Colin never got to hear for himself—from his longing for acceptance, to a steamy romance with a creative writing professor named Jonathan.
In the vein of Rainbow Rowell and John Green, Lost Friend Found serves as a contemporary coming-of-age tale embracing life’s imperfections—with important messages about friendship, acceptance, and the influence, good and bad, we make on one another’s lives.
Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they'll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principal, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag. What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity.
Sex, Lies, and High School Queens explores the major theme of self-acceptance. Can they learn to accept all their flaws or pray victim to The Marked Queen? Each chapter continues to fill your sweet tooth until the climactic moment at the prom where you get to have that final bite of the bitch cake you’ve been dying to consume.
He moved from Maryland to Chicago to find himself. But Chase never expected to fall in love with someone who would change his life. A twentysomething lost in a haze of booze and tattoos, Chase had always questioned his sexuality—but in Brady he finally found someone he could truly care about.
After a passionate night of exploration, Chase begins to envision a relationship and a future with Brady—who can’t admit his true feelings to his girlfriend and family and would rather pretend it never happened.
While Brady struggles with his own identity, Chase must learn to accept that the man he loves may not be able to love him in return—a realization that sends him down a spiral of drinking, drugs, and self-destructive behavior. But when it comes to winning someone over, is enough ever truly enough?
As Letters twists and turns toward its inevitable conclusion, this complex modern love story explores issues of sexuality, self-acceptance, and coming-of-age through an intimate series of notes written by Chase to the man who would alter his life forever, for better or for worse.
In the aftermath of a tragic school shooting, the group must find their own form of justice and a way to begin healing from a wound that just won’t stop hurting.
For them, the lines were drawn.
Right and wrong became blurred.
Friends became enemies.
Told from the perspective of four friends, we learn how one student’s revenge reigned terror over a school and a community-- causing secrets to unfold and relationships to be tested.
A compelling and powerful story about a school shooting. A must read.
With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friends problems instead of his own. Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past?
Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful
During the amazing summer of 2012, Van and Jordan make a deal. The two aren’t ready for long-term commitments. They just want to have one perfect season in the sunshine.
For Van, who is mourning the death of her beloved sister, Jordan provides a welcome distraction.
The deal is that Van and Jordan will continue their relationship until Van uses up all five of her pizza coupons. Once the fifth is used, the two will split up and amicably go their separate ways.
If only life and love were so simple…
Five years later, Van has returned to her hometown to find inspiration for her debut novel. She is following her dreams and is engaged to an amazing man. Van knows that she has spent too many nights in the past five years comparing that wonderful summer with Jordan to her relatively normal and stable life with Tristan. Is there a second chance for two souls who understood each other perfectly, or will Jordan end up getting left behind?
This charming, gentle romance tells you that the only thing you can rely on is that life will always change around you.
Teenage lovers Theo and Dylan take off together on a road trip to San Francisco, but the journey is anything but a lark. For starters, Theo tried to commit suicide two months earlier. He is tortured by his alienation from his family, and the relationship between the two lovers is strained to the breaking point.
Interspersed with the action are flashbacks to Theo’s past, as well as intense excerpts from his therapy sessions. His therapist, Dr. Melissa, always ends the hour by asking, “How are you feeling today, Theo Cody?” It’s an excellent question, because the young man’s moods and emotional states are mercurial and unpredictable.
Theo’s emotional anguish is directly traceable to his family background: He was conceived while his mother was having an affair. As a result, he has always felt like an outsider, and those feelings were magnified when his mother abandoned him to help forget the infidelity. His only ally is his brother Jeff, who rescued him from the suicide attempt.
Zachary Ryan has woven all these elements into a story that will appeal to young adult readers, their parents, and all those close to them: a powerful tale of a young man’s journey toward self-acceptance and forgiveness.
After the gossip-worthy events of graduation and the shocking death of one of their classmates, it seems The Queen of Queens wants to give Danielle, Bethany, Calvin, Tucker, and Aman one last hurrah.
Will everything have a happy ending, or will one of our favorites end up 6 feet under? How will the war end with the salacious arrival of returning students, Andrew and Jasmine? They all had one lesson left to learn: Just because high school is over, doesn’t mean the high school drama ends. They’re all about to take their curtain call, but will it end as a comedy or a tragedy?
Discover this sultry and thrilling end to the High School Queens Series.
As we say goodbye to the Johnson Prep Seniors, the scandals and lies that exposed them in the beginning are back with a vengeance.
The Marked Queen thought she had the last laugh at prom. Now, it seems a new girl is coming for her crown. With a new title, The Revenged Queen, she was out for blood and her prime targets—the ones exposing everyone’s dark and dirty little secrets. As we dive deeper into this scandalous and humorous world of prep school teens, we learn that everyone is a hustler with a secret and a Hollywood sob story.
Can Danielle keep her new illegal activities to make money under wraps? Was Calvin going to have a warm welcome as he outs himself as gay? Was Delilah going to take the knife from Danielle out of her back and stab her with it? Was Bethany going to enjoy her rule as queen bee or fail spectacularly? And was there more to Jordan than being just a slutty, party girl?
As the scandals pile up in front of them, their secrets will be exposed… And each secret is even more delicious than the last.