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At seventeen years old Amanda Moore has given up on life. With her father's desertion and her mother's depression, it's difficult to get through each day. She turns to drugs and adventurous friends, yet is still unable to find happiness. While she is high a neighbor takes her to a nonjudgmental, elderly, Christian woman named Mae. Mae welcomes her into her home and into her life. She quotes scripture, bakes fried pies and points out the miracles of everyday life. For the first time in many months, Amanda sees the world with new hope. She desperately wants to redeem herself, and she longs to know the Lord as Mae does. She rediscovers her joy of dancing.  With an open heart and clearer mind, Amanda struggles to undo all the damage she has caused and to rectify as many of her mistakes as she possibly can. But change is never easy, and with a school full of drama and peer pressure it’s a page-turning challenge.

Every mother would want her daughter to read this fictional story about rising above mistakes, doing the right thing and in the end, helping others as well. The teenage years are the most confusing and good decisions are never obvious. My story is poignant for all women from age thirteen to one-hundred and thirteen.

ISBN# 978-1-60290-282-4 


"So, just help goody-goody wash his car. That kid is always out doing chores. He’ll appreciate the help. I’ll be back before you know it."

 "And you think he’s not going to notice that I’m trippin’?"

 "I’ll tell him we smoked a joint and that you’re a little buzzed."

 Amanda hung her head, and Derek gathered her into his arms. "It’ll be okay. He’s not going to change your life or anything." A voice in her unconscious or maybe the voice of the wind seemed to whisper, Go to Jered. Chills crept down her spine and goose bumps rose on her arms. Now she was really losing it. She was actually hearing voices. Nothing in her life was ever easy. Why should this day be any different? Then the voice said softly, Trust me.

 Her lower lip puckered and her hands trembled. "You go ask him if it’s all right," she barked and crossed her arms.

 "Awesome," he began. "Now chill out." He hurried across the street and struck up a conversation with Jered.

 She tucked her messy, chin-length brown hair behind her ears. How humiliating. She reached underneath the lounge chair and grabbed her designer purse. As she straightened up, her head spun and she plummeted back into the rickety chair. Why? Why was summer almost over? Where had the time gone?

 She hadn’t seen any of her old girlfriends. She really hadn’t had any good times either: no picnics, no trips to the lake, no watermelon, no rollercoasters. Each day just seemed like a burden. And her dad was still gone, and her mother was still devastated. She had no clue where to find happiness or how to make things right. She was ashamed of the lethargy that had settled in her heart. Summer—what a joke. Nothing had changed. Her junior year looked bleak at best.

 Derek dashed to her. "He’s cool with it. I gave him twenty bucks too, if you feel like eating."

 "Babysitting money. Ugh," Amanda groaned. "My stomach is so tight it’s almost painful. I can’t seem to unclench it."

 He took her hand and helped her stand. "I’ll call you on your cell in a few."

 Amanda looked across the street at Jered, who was holding a wet rag, his eyes compassionate as he watched her. "We were friends in elementary school," she commented. "He brought me a sunflower one Valentine’s Day in third or maybe fourth grade. He played the guitar in the elementary school talent show. But I haven’t had a class with him since I started Spring Hill High. It’s been forever since I’ve even spoken to him."

"Perfect. Now go catch up," Derek encouraged.

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In Mae's Open Arms you'll get to know Amanda, Lou Ann, Mrs. Karen, Jered, Derek and all the troubled teens at Spring Hill High.  There's also Freckles, Sugar, Maggie Doodle and the one and only Mae, a non-judgemental friend to everyone. Watch as the characters grow.  See them find their joy!   


 The real Maggie Doodle  and Mr. Duke

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR--In Mae’s Open Arms, my main character, Amanda, and all of her friends, struggle with teenage life and all of its pressures and demands.  Doing the right thing is never clear.  Amanda found someone to talk to and I suggest you do the same.  However, if you are looking for immediate help and advice, I wanted to provide you with several hotlines and online sites that can possibly assist in your unique situation!  Start your healing right now!     Shelly Gail

 Teen Hotlines

 General Teen Help (any subject/crisis)

Community Outreach, Orlando, FL
424 E. Central Blvd. #636
Addiction Center 1-800-586-9670

24-Hour National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

 Covenant House Nineline: 1-800-999-9999

 Abuse / Violence Child Protective Services: 1-810-412-6109

 Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228

 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or website

 National Referral Network for Kids and Adolescents In Crisis: 1-800-543-7283

 Alcohol / Drugs

 Alateen/Al-Anon for the friends/family of alcoholics: 1-800-813-3105 or 1-800-356-9996

 Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 1-800-821-4357

 National Council on Alcoholism amp;& Drug Dependancy Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255

 Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779

 American Council for Drug Education: 1-800-488-3784

 Anorexia / Bulimia / Eating Disorders

 Eating Disorders Information and Referral Line: 1-800-931-2237

 National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357

 Overeaters Abuse Hotline: 1-800-888-4680

 National Eating Disorder Hotline: 1-800-248-3285

 Food Addiction Hotline: 1-800-872-0088


 American Cancer Society: 1-800-ACS-2345

 American Lung Association: 1-800-586-4872

 Cutting / Self-Harm

 Hotline for Teens who Cut: 1-800-366-8288

 Depression / Grief / Loss of a Loved One

 National Depression Association: 1-800-826-3632

 Divorce - Dealing with Your Parents' Divorce

 Boys Town Hotline (for Girls AND Boys): 1-800-448-3000

 Gay / Lesbian

 Gay and Lesbian Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

 National Hotline for Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgendered Youth: 1-800-347-8336

 PRIDE Institute for Lesbian and Gay Mental Health: 1-800-547-7433)

 Mental Illness

 National Alliance for Mentally Ill: 1-800-950-6264

 Pregnancy / Birth Control / STDs

 Planned Parenthood (connects you with your local clinic): 1-800-230-7526

 Emergency Birth Control: 1-800-584-9911

 National STD Hotline: 1-800-1-227-8922

 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic: 1-810-573-2090

 AIDS Hotline: 1-800-872-2497

 Rape / Sexual Assault

 NO MEANS NO: 1-877-666-3267

 RAINN - The Rape Abuse & Incest National Network: 1-800-656-4673

 Runaway Services / Shelter

 Family Youth Interventions: 1-810-758-7040

 Runaway RAP Line: 1-800-292-4517

 Suicide Prevention

 National Youth Crisis Helpline: 1-800-999-9999

 National Adolescent Suicide Hotline: 1-800-621-4000

 Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-949-0057



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