Thursday, February 9, 2023

Epic Book Launch: Stormy Encounters by BJ Howe


Book: Stormy Encounters

Author: BJ Howe

Genre: Teen/YA Action Adventure

Release date: March 14, 2023

When the biggest bully in town has you in his crosshairs, you can run, or you can dig deep inside and discover who you really are. Steven Carlson finds himself saddled with an unexpected debt he cannot afford, changing his plans for a summer of fun to one that forces him to places he never wanted to go.

There are storms on the horizon and equally daunting storms of the heart. With a father he doesn’t understand and a mother he can’t remember, Steven’s sixteenth year launches him on a journey that will forever alter his world.

In one unforgettable season, Steven Carlson is pushed to the edge of disaster and forced to confront his prison of self-doubt.


Steven punched Jackson in the arm. “Stop it. This is serious. Dad’s been going off alone for long drives in this car for the past two months, every day since he bought it.” He leaned his head back and throated a dull moan. “What a rotten way to start summer.”

“Hey, at least we had some fun tonight,” said Jackson.

Steven’s stomach churned. “This isn’t good. Clean up all those burger wrappers and stuff. Dad’s gonna be furious if we leave it like this.”

“He’s pretty weird about this car.” Jackson jammed ketchup packets into a fast-food bag. “You’d think it was a girl, or something.”

“Maybe he doesn’t need to know the part about Drew.” Steven sighed. “But, we have to keep our stories straight, not like last week when we ditched school – along with half the sophomore class.”

Jackson plastered a frown onto his face. “Drew needed to be taught that lesson. He’s been hammering me for being adopted ever since, I don’t know, forever.”

Steven squinted into the rearview mirror. The circus lights were still blasting from the squad. The neighbors must be getting a good show tonight. None of the houses had lights on except Mrs. Broderick’s, the neighborhood busybody.


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Barb (B J) Howe has enjoyed entertaining others with stories since she was a child. As an adult, she used storytelling techniques to communicate in various workplace settings before exploring the art of memoir writing and fiction.

Stormy Encounters
is her first significant work of fiction. Writing about teenage boys and lightning fast cars was inspired by her grandson, who at age four attempted to drive her car, and at age ten reminded her that he was a mere five years away from a driving permit. He is now entering his teen years.

Howe resides in Chanhassen MN with husband, Dave Howe, author of Live Pure and Free: The 90-Day Game Changer. She is on staff with Christian Grandparenting Network, and has contributed to several publications including: Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and Guideposts. Her desire in writing this book is to encourage young adults to mature in their integrity and pursue a personal relationship with Christ.

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