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Discovering New Books - Jailbait Novella by Barbara Kasey Smith

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content sharing websites. She's an author of 10 books and helps other authors publish their books.

I am always looking for new interesting books to read. When a writer by the name of Barbara Kasey Smith approached me to help her publish her novella I ended up reading something new and immensely enjoyed every bit of it. I was transported into the world of the main character and lived her story with her from beginning to end. There were times in the story where I smiled and times where I almost started crying. Never once did I get bored or want to put the book down. I highly recommend this book! Not only is it an interesting and enjoyable read but it also sheds light on what can happen to a younger person when he/she chooses to run away from home.

Jailbait novella by Barbara Kasey Smith
Jailbait novella by Barbara Kasey Smith | Source

Jailbait by Barbara Kasey Smith - Book Summary

Jailbait is a novella written by Barbara Kasey Smith. This books tells a story of Emily, a 15-year-old girl living in a coal mining town in West Virginia. Emily's family is poor and she is ashamed of it. She doesn't want this kind of life and wishes she could escape it.

One day after getting into a fight with her mother Emily decides to run away from home. This rash decision ends up changing her life and not for the better as she becomes someone's "jailbait." When this happens she finds herself in a world filled with constant physical and emotional cruelty and torture that greatly affects her life.

Emily wants nothing more than to go back to the comfort of her own family, her own home. The only way for that to happen is to escape but it doesn't seem possible. Will she find a way to set herself free and see her family again?

Jailbait will leave you on the edge of your seat. The story is full of suspense and thrills and is filled with emotional moments that will tear at your heartstrings. Once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down.

Jailbait is currently available in paperback on lulu.com, on Amazon, online at Barnes and Noble. It is also available as an e-book on lulu.com, kindle, nook, ibookstore, and kobo. Be sure to check it out as this book is a must-read, especially for teens.

Barbara Kasey Smith
Barbara Kasey Smith | Source

About the Author

Barbara Kasey Smith was born in the hills of West Virginia in a coal mining town. She currently lives in Manassas, Virginia. She is a writer for groundreport.com and an author of 3 books, her latest being her novella Jailbait.

When she is not writing Barbara enjoys fishing, flower decorating, reading, traveling and arts and crafts.

Q&A with Barbara Kasey Smith

1. What inspired you to write Jailbait?

I was inspired to write Jailbait after reports of several teenagers missing in our area. I felt teen girls/boys needed to read/hear the things that can happen to a run-away person. Many times the innocent are not aware that when they have nowhere to go they become owned by
another person and horrendous things happen to them.

2. How did you go about writing your novella? What was the process? Did you face any challenges along the way?

I wrote my book during my relaxed times. I'm blessed to be able to begin writing and pick up immediately where I stopped writing the book. I have a fantastic imagination and I build a story while I'm writing it. I didn't face any challenges writing the book since actually I live
in the story as I write it.

3. What do you want readers to get out of this book?

I hope there will be teenage readers who will read the book and realize what can happen
to them when they're out on the street without a home.

4. Is any part of this book inspired by your own personal experiences or something you've witnessed happen to someone you know?

This book was not written from any experience I've ever had in my life but I have had
knowledge of several friends whose teens left home and the terrible experiences that happened
to their children.

5. What else have you written besides Jailbait?

I've written three other books - No Goodbyes (Romance), A Stranger's Visit (Mystery), and
Whispers of Faith (Thrill, Suspense).

6. Are there any new books you are currently writing and if so what are they about?

I've got several books on the back-burner - a thriller and a murder mystery.


© 2015 Lena Kovadlo

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      Nikaroo483 

      3 years ago

      I just finished reading this very moving and gripping book. It really does lay out straight up what can happen when a teen decides to run away from home. I feel it should also be taken as a life lesson for adults as well, that the grass isn't always greener, and rash decisions can be the worst decisions. It certainly opened my eyes. The story itself was also told with such feeling and emotion that I felt I lived the story along with Emily. Defintely worth a read and hopefully a sequel in the future!

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      Lena Kovadlo 

      3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Thank you Barbara for the kind words. It makes me happy to help others get their books published. I wish you much success with your book now that it is out there for the world to read and enjoy.

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      Lena Kovadlo 

      3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Kasman, I wouldn't necessarily call this book "chic-lit" as it's not a romance but I can see why you can deem it as such. The book is exciting indeed but it may not be for everyone as people's tastes vary.

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      Kasman 

      3 years ago

      Sounds like quite an exciting book but not really my preferred type of read - more 'chic-lit' than I like.

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      Barbara Kasey Smith 

      3 years ago

      My New Book "Jailbait" was published by Lena Kovaldo through lulu.com and her professionalism and knowledge are outstanding! If your considering releasing a book contact Lena Kovaldo and let her give you a price. I'm pleased with my book and wouldn't hesitate to have her do another book for me. Her prices are good and the end product is fantastic. BKSmith

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