Title: Seven Hours Challenge Accepted
Author: Angelina Kerner
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 31st, 2016
Tour Dates: July 31st – August 6th, 2017
One pill every 7 hours. That could be all it takes to give Chanel the chance to finally see the world around her.
Chanel is an independent 19-year-old, despite what her overprotective mother and senator father may think. Being the daughter of a Senator comes with its own problems, one simple afternoon out with friends becomes overwhelming when they’re swarmed by reporters.
Keeping the secret of the experimental treatment close to her chest, she is able to fool everyone but her hawkeyed bodyguard, Leon, that has now been assigned to protect her.
Chanel doesn’t want a bodyguard, but will she get more than she bargained for?
Say Hello to author Angelina Kerner!
Angelina Kerner, a Pisces, was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Snake, which she absolutely adores. Angelina loves snakes and was once allowed to feed one a rat. That was an experience of a lifetime.
She moved around during her young years from Novosibirsk to Kaluga in Russia. Finally settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, her teenage years were spent dancing in troupes and performing on stage. The dances ranged from waltz to tango, from Jewish to Russian, and finally belly dance. She was accepted into six out of seven universities and decided to stay close to her family. Angelina pursued a psychology degree until she saw graduates working for Starbucks and then decided to pursue another career path in the Department of Social Sciences. The difficult coursework, her job, and finding her life partner inspired her to turn to writing which, at the time, wasn’t so much a hobby as a way to escape daily routine.
She worked on countless stories, never really finishing them, but came to understand that flash fiction wasn’t for her. After finding an online community where she met her best friend, her writing flourished, making publication a possible next step. She is now the author of Deity’s Soulmate, a fantasy novel for 18 and over, and of Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted, a chick-lit novella where the main character is disabled. She aspires to publish her other fantasy and crime fiction works soon. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful Phoenix. That novel will, hopefully, make its debut in 2018. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, and a lot of cats. She is super excited because her son was born in February 2017.
“Perfect, ladies. Please, choose your color on the wall behind me,” Janet said and I senses a bright and cheery smile behind her words.
“Chanel, do you want me to choose the color for you?” Brigitte asked as I listened to her high-heeled shoes clicking away across the floor.
“Sure,” I replied as I felt for the chair that Brigitte was nice enough to lead me to.
I pulled out the chair, walked around it, and sat down. I heard someone new enter from a different room and walk just past me, up to Janet. Then they started whispering, not knowing that I could still hear everything that they were saying.
“She is blind,” I heard Janet whisper with deep concern.
“Don’t worry. You help the girl by the wall. I will help the blind girl,” the new lady whispered back.
“How does one help a blind person? Do you just pull her hands into bowls yourself, or do you wait for them to find the bowls? Is it disrespectful to do it yourself?” Janet whispered.
“They had to send me a newbie to my salon,” the lady whispered back angrily. “Go check on that girl, and I’ll take over for you.”
Janet stalked away as the other lady sat down across from me.
“My name is Maria. I will be helping you today. What’s your name?” Maria’s voice softened.
“Chanel,” I replied. I was used to people not knowing how to act around me. I was used to ignoring their stupidity.
“Chanel, can I have your hands? Your fingers need to rest in the bowl so that the nails will soften,” Maria explained politely.
I folded my cane, put it on the table and then gave her my hands.
She took my hands and gently drew them into a bowl.
“Hold it there for a bit,” Maria ordered me.
“Okay,” I conceded.
“Chanel, I found you a color. Orange! It goes with your skirt,” Brigitte informed me in excitement.
“All right,” I responded. Honestly, though, I had no idea what the color orange looked like.
“It matches perfectly,” Brigitte assured me and I heard her tapping on her cell phone.
“Maria, what time is it?” I inquired, worried that the time was drawing near for me to take my next pill.
“Nearly 4 p.m.,” she replied.
“Please, can you have my nails done before 5 p.m.? I have medication that must be taken by then,” I expressed to her.
“Sure thing, sweetie,” Maria replied then she proceeded to work away quickly at my nails in the allotted time.
During the nail experience, I mainly talked with Maria because Brigitte was busy talking Janet’s head off about her nails, boys, and the movie that we all watched yesterday.
At first, Maria tried to describe the color orange to me but I was not too receptive. I just couldn’t care about a color that I in no way could fathom. So she changed the subject to the nice breeze outside. I just listened to her prattle on, at that point. No matter what she had told Janet, she too was a newbie at talking to a blind person.
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