FLEUR S. LEWIS
I can’t recall exactly when I became a writer. I was young, but just old enough to know that someday I would write books. And in third grade, my first official novel was published—at least in the sense that it was put in the Spring Creek Elementary School library in Rockford, Illinois for the enjoyment of any student who wished to read it. Misty’s Adventure won first prize in an all-school writing contest, and my journey as an author began—with the story of a happy cat on a mission to explore the world outside her warm and comfy home, only to realize life inside was much more appealing than life on the streets.
Since then, I've written too many books to count and published three, all of which have earned some level of recognition. My debut novel, I Am Lucky Bird, was selected as a General Fiction Finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews. Crumble was named Young Adult Winner from the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival and was selected as a Young Adult Fiction Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards. It was also awarded the Silver Medal in the Young Adult, Mature Issues category in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and was a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2013 Best Book Awards from USA Book News. Additionally, Working Mother named it a Top Summer Read for Teens and Tweens. And Beautiful Girl was a YA Fiction Finalist in the 2015 Best Book Awards.
In 2018, I finished Dalila and with it, a refocus. New website, fresh image, different genre. And with all the wonderful tools authors now have at their fingertips, I've decided on a different route to sharing this book. I've learned over the years to appreciate my space in the world as a storyteller, but I've also realized that if I'm not sharing my stories with that world, what's the point of writing them.
You can download Dalila onto your phone, laptop or e-reader. I hope you enjoy her story!
In a small bar in Studio City, Joe meets the woman of his dreams. Allison is beautiful and sweet, charming. He knows without a doubt, from the moment their eyes meet, that she’s it. The one.
When his friends take him to Las Vegas for his bachelor party, however, Joe meets Dalila, and he forgets the meaning of commitment, loyalty, honesty. Dalila is an exotic dancer with a broken past. Lonely and isolated, she shies away from everything—drugs, booze, men. But then she sees Joe in her audience, and something strange happens.
One night. Hot and passionate, unexpected. Unspeakable. Joe leaves behind a single lasting memory of love felt, a coat, and a gift.
Eleven years later, Dalila is facing death at the hands of stage 4 ovarian cancer, and in the chaos of dealing with her fate, her son discovers a card in the front pocket of a man’s coat she’d kept hidden. In a letter he writes to Joe, the truth of his existence is revealed, and with it, the unraveling of a secret that could destroy Joe’s family.