Featured on Pivot TV's Secret Lives of Americans Wattpad reading list, Personal Transformations.
If you asked Ruby, she'd tell you she's happy with her life. She's tough and independent and doesn't depend on anyone else. The road that has led her here has not been easy, and she's blocked a lot of it from her memory.
But things aren't as rosy as she would have everyone believe, and the road ahead of her is filled not only with gangs, drugs, and depression, but other challenges that Ruby hasn't even imagined.
—You know it’s a great book when you have to keep reminding yourself that the characters are not real people. I really cared about Ruby, and she gave me some bad moments. I desperately hoped her story would have a happy ending.
— "Ruby" exposes the complex and brutal relationship between mental illness, poverty and abuse … a page turner I had to finish
— “Ruby" really put me through the wringer and I actually had to put it down a few times because I needed to return to reality … There was no chance I was going to stop reading until I knew how the story ended! … I seriously can't wait for book two!
Keywords: ya novel, teen books, young adult, gangs, drug addiction, mental health, homelessness in america, personal transformations, pivot tv, secret lives of americans, friendship, suicide, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, depression, foster care, social issues, family live, self-esteem, independence, troubled teens, law and crime, pregnancy, abortion
He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again.
But it seems they are always falling behind, barely keeping one step ahead of the nightmares.
There is always one more hazard, just around the corner.
-A heartbreaking and intense story of the journey of two children to find themselves and happiness.
-Is it possible to rise above your circumstances when you already have two strikes against you? That is the question facing June and Justin, children thrust into circumstances that would defeat many adults. Can they ever hope to live happy, normal lives?
Young adult books, Between the Cracks series, teen books, juvenile delinquent, parole, drugs, choices, depression, anxiety, addiction, gangs, violence, mental health literature, mental illness, middle school, high school, foster care, homelessness, suicide, in the margins, marginalized, diverse, poverty, streets, custody, friendship, substance abuse, incest, sexual abuse, murder
“I don’t plan on getting in any trouble.”
Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos.
If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against her, she’s going back to prison, and Tamara just can’t let that happen.
—For me, a sign of a good book is that it is a quick read, holds my interest front to back and I like the characters. This book met the mark on all three of those characteristics.
—A slimy villain, an eager-to-please side-kick and a heroine who simply wants to move on from her past make for an intriguing tale, indeed! A realistic and beautiful story filled with suspense, heartbreaking friendship and loyalty that will keep you reading until the very end.
Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse.
But just when he thought things couldn't get much worse, they did.
Steven is accused of murder. But that isn't the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.
— I couldn't stop reading
— The chilling tale of domestic violence and Steven's struggle to overcome his traumatic experiences, "Don’t Forget Steven" is a fast-paced, compelling read that keeps the reader on the edge from beginning to end
— An interesting and insightful peek into Steven's life and what it is like to be abused... I really loved this book and would read it again.
Things were going well for Abe. Despite all of his past struggles with mental illness, he was happily married, had three wonderful children, a nice home, and a fantastic consulting business that satisfied his creativity and brought in a good income.
But you can never get too comfortable. When Abe becomes a prime suspect in a jewel heist - one of the largest successful jewel heists in history - his schizophrenia becomes unmanageable and everything begins to spiral out of control. Abe's own investigation into the heist has the jewel thieves hot on his tail... but are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?
"I was drawn in from the first page and couldn't put Looking Over Your Shoulder down . . . [it] kept me guessing and on my toes."
"An exciting ride that keeps you guessing right to the end."
". . . a sensitive and uplifting look at one family's efforts to triumph over the adversity of mental illness.”
mystery, jewel heist, schizophrenia, mental illness, bipolar, paranoia, family drama, ocd, allergies, foodie, addiction, substance abuse, depression, divorce
Neil Crowther is the investigator on the Knight case. He knows that he has to unravel the web of deceit and track Carmina down quickly, or there will be no one left to save.
Praise for Cynthia has a Secret
—Cynthia has a Secret hooked me at the beginning and kept me interested right to the last page. Filled with intriguing characters you won't soon forget.
—PD Workman weaves a fascinating tale... Alone and scared, Carmina would rather take to the streets than trust the police her father has warned her against. This is a page-turning novel that will leave you anxious to find out how it all ends.
Praise for P.D. Workman
—Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I've read."
—"The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book."
Leo has always been driven to rescue others, and Elizabeth becomes the newest project to help him forget his own troubles.
Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past? Or is he messing around with something beyond his ability to manage?
[Warning - contains disturbing scenes of abuse]
—A riveting page-turner that deals with mental health, physical abuse, and the lasting effects the two can leave upon a person, touching many lives in the process. It’s hard to think we all have a little bit of the lion inside us, and PD Workman deals with that in a captivating manner.
—I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was a page turner that I didn't want to put down.
—A very intense story line... Lion Within, hooked me in the first few pages… it opened my eyes to the awareness needed to see beyond the outer shell of a person’s situation.
—This is a book that I will be thinking about for some time.
Praise for P.D. Workman:
“Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I've read."
"The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book."
Keywords: psychology, mental illness, depression, pregnancy, domestic violence, boxing, foster care, multiple personalities, child abuse, childhood, family life, friendship
But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn't want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life.
Even when she tries to change, things don’t go smoothly. Sandy’s past keeps interfering with her new relationships. In the end, if she and her family don’t pull together, Sandy will not be able to escape yet another ghost of her past. Do they have what it takes for her to change her life completely?
—I am very impressed with P.D. Workman’s writing. Sandy is a druggie and a hooker, but you really like and pull for her. She is a character you can really get behind and cheer on! Diversion is well-edited and an enjoyable read—fast-paced and intense, with a great climax and conclusion!
—I absolutely loved the flow of this book. It worked as a stand alone too, if you haven't read the series. The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in the book.
—I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for.
His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble.
The crazy thing is, Bobby doesn’t want to leave her, and new revelations from Bobby’s own forgotten past throw his quest for a real family into further turmoil.
—Absolutely intriguing story! I loved it! The story line was amazing it kept me wanting to read, and wondering what was going to happen
—By-Pass is a book that will make you think, laugh at times and cry a lot. It was a very good story, emotional and sensitive... I loved the Breaking the Pattern Series from the first book to the last page of the third book
—An inspiring theme about changing direction in life
On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town.
Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? His life could depend on the answer.
"...engaging, keeps you guessing, a little creepy at times, good ending"
"It was a great story and I enjoyed reading it. It may end up being one of many books I go back to in reading"
"I have struggled with some of the same things as Nathan did, and it was like I was reading my own story"