Published by Self-Published on April 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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"As long as you continue to travel through life in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light truly shines when you let yourself love and be loved. Trust me when I say, it's a breathtaking sight to see. You burn as bright as the sun."
When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she's no longer even Aubrey Miller.
Overcome with guilt and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved family, she has long since buried eight-year old Aubrey along with them and transformed herself into Raven Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she's veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.
But when faced with the possibility of yet another death, one from which she may never recover, Aubrey finds herself lost again, burying herself deeper than ever before beneath the familiar abyss of her fears.
Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman's plight to finally reemerge, finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . .
Into the Light.
“My name is Aubrey Miller, or Raven Miller, depending on what part of my life I’m referencing, and this is my story.
“I’m not going to bore you with every single detail, not yet anyway. All you need to know at this point is that my life had been a dark, endless abyss of death. It followed me around like I was some sort of knockoff, subpar Grim Reaper. My overwhelming guilt in each death reigned over my life; many of those days consisted of just trying to keep my head above my consuming grief.
“But that is neither here nor there. What is relevant for you to understand is that this is my story—my fight to emerge from underneath the shroud of death that I was fearfully hiding behind for so many years. And it happened over the course of four years, my college years.
“Those years, while for most are defined by constant partying and keg stands, with an occasional random hookup—more than occasional for some people—for me were just pitiful reminders of my lack of social skills and personal grace. In the beginning. By the end, I had acquired lifelong friends who helped guide me through some of the darkest parts of my life. In them I found the strength to lay to rest the person who walked onto campus that very first day, the one cloaked in death and darkness, and become the person speaking to you today.
“I am here to finally share my story.
“A story of discovering not only myself but the meaning of true friendship and unconditional love. A story of some of the most challenging, yet most beautiful and awe-inspiring years of my life, in hopes that you will take something away from my journey.
“After all, when life gives you lemons, aren’t you supposed to make lemonade or some shit like that?
“Wait. What? I can’t say that?
“Oops. Sorry about that, folks.
“Anyway, back to why we’re here.
“So without further ado, here is my journey from darkness into the light . . . the story of my resurrection.”