We Have a Decision | Steph Marie
Mrs. Shaw’s Club #2
High school freshman, Danny Burns, loves life, art, and boys. From the outside, he looks like a happy-go-lucky guy with no concerns. He blows off the bullies and he’s an amazing friend. What people don’t know is that he’s had a boyfriend since the summer, and when Danny decides being a secret isn’t enough for him and tries to end it, it’s not as easy as he expects.
High school freshman, Noah Glass, thinks he knows exactly who he is, what he wants, and where he’s going. Unfortunately, when the strict religious rules he’s grown-up with don’t line up with him being able to have friendships with people he cares about, he begins to question his own beliefs.
Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Shaw, formed a special club forty years ago. Each year, she handpicks twelve students to participate, but no one knows what they talk about, and former students never tell.
Danny and Noah are two of the chosen this year. When Mrs. Shaw partners them up, their lives begin to alter in ways that they couldn’t have imagined. While Danny is confronted with a stalking ex, Noah begins to question his values. As their friendship grows within the nurturing circle of Club Shaw, will that foundation be enough to get them through the troubles ahead? Will Noah be strong enough to set aside his preconceived notions and be there for Danny? Will Danny trust in Noah’s friendship and strength to help him move on from his ex to give the new guy Noah introduces him to a chance?
This is book two in the Mrs. Shaw’s Club series. We’ll continue to get glimpses into the lives of the students, and with each book, we’ll see a romance bloom.
This is a standalone, but more fun if you watch them all grow together through the year.
*This guy… I don’t even know what to think of Danny. He’s too much, but he’s not. He’s too excited, too loud, too happy, too… just too everything. But yet, that’s exactly why I’m finding myself wanting to spend more and more time with him.
He makes life feel fun. I allow myself a little smile over how excited Danny is about suspenders, of all things, before glancing at Josh. Hmmm…apparently, he also likes how excited Danny is about suspenders.
*Josh shakes his head from side to side with a scowl on his face. “No, we’re not doing that Danny. I’m not gonna lie to you and say I’m not scared to tell my parents, but Noah is my best friend, and he has my back.
“At some point we all have a decision to make, and this is mine. Doug mistreated you, and I’m not gonna be that guy. You deserve to have someone take you out, and I’d be proud if you let that someone be me.”
~ And the angels sing. ~
*But, no, Doug’s pissed. Grabbing my sleeve, he keeps me from moving any farther and he’s back in my face.
“Where the hell do you think you’re going, church boy? You come in here threatening me. Then you trick me into thinking you’re into me and exposing my secret. And now you think you’re just gonna run out of here? And do what? Tell someone? I don’t think so.”
Without thinking— obviously—I spit in his face and scream, “Screw you!”
About The Author
Steph Marie is a proud mom of two teenage daughters and her pup. She’s always had a love for words and what they can do, their ability to create and transform life.
She’s shared her words and stories with people in her immediate life, but never considered writing and publishing Young Adult until her oldest daughter said she wished all teens had the ability to sit around her kitchen table and talk.
That night a series was born, and characters haven’t stopped popping up in her head wanting their story told yet. Her favorite things in life outside of her family are a huge cup of coffee, a blanket to snuggle under, and a delicious piece of cake—if you’re nice, she’ll even share.