NC Literary Hall of Fame



Tough Mauve by Ashley Atkins

aea Media
$12.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0986290824
September, 2016
Fiction: YA/Contemporary
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If there was one thing she'd learned, it was to act like she knew exactly what she was doing. Lulu never expected to lose her mom and Joe, but at least she still has a father. Except... he doesn't want anything to do with her. When she finds an unlikely home with her stepfather's sister, Lulu creates a simple, if transitory, existence for herself. Soon she is falling for Shane Devine, who may or may not have a thing for Madison Everly. But then local reporter Miranda Brooks goes missing, setting off a sequence of events that brings Lulu's father to town--whether she likes it or not.

Ashley Atkins is a native North Carolinian, world traveler, and mother of three. She has been, among other things, a fast food drive-thru worker, middle school teacher, and wine accessories salesperson. She currently earns a living in the construction industry.

Atkins holds a bachelor's degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Creative Writing. She has more than a dozen years’ experience writing and editing professionally, mostly as a weekly columnist/contributor/editor with newspapers in North and South Carolina, but also as a book and magazine editor.

She writes fiction for both adults and young adults and doesn't think she should have to choose one or the other.

She's a rebel like that.

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