Our stories: Balancing Act & Seeing Better

Balancing Act by K.T. Stephens

With the help of his older brothers, Joey ran away from abusive parents and joined the circus, becoming part of a successful tightrope act. Ten years later, he scorns anyone who doesn’t live up to his standards—especially the new acrobat who consistently fails. It’s in Joey’s nature to pick on Lewis, even though his actions garner negative but much-desired attention from the circus strongman. He can’t trade his pride for acceptance. Or can he?

Seeing Better by Eliza Archer

A girl finds that sometimes the world as isn’t the way you’ve been seeing it all your life. It just takes looking at it with clearer vision.


Excerpt from the character interview Jena Baxter did with Balancing Act’s Joey.

It’s great to have you, Joey. Would you tell us a little bit about your story?
“Ohh, that kind of interview. I thought I was going to get chewed out. Again.” He brightens, sitting a bit straighter. “Sure. See, my brothers and I are tightrope walkers. That’s why we joined the circus. I’m really good.” His brows draw in. “At least, that’s what my brothers and everyone else tell me.”
“It sounds like you having really protective brothers. I hope they aren’t as bad as Selene’s,” he says glancing toward the door. “Are you all pretty close?”
Joey shrugs. “I guess. We take care of each other. The twins are eleven years older than me and like to boss me around. Things are good when they don’t drink our pay away, but I’d still rather be with them than anywhere else.”
Tolor nods. “I agree, there’s nothing like spending time with family. Juliette, Selene and Colovere are my family now.”
He frowns. “The notes I have suggest your parents were abusive. What was it like being separated from them? Were you glad to go with your brothers?”
To read the entire interview visit Jena Baxter Books
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