Becoming Phoebe by J. Michael Neal ~Spotlight~


Eighteen-year-old Phoebe Rose spent her childhood in one foster household after another, never having a place she could feel safe or group of friends she belonged to. What kept her going was hockey. The rink was the only place she felt at home.

Now what she wants more than anything is to play on her college hockey team—to leave her past behind and start building a new life. But she knows things are never that simple. Becoming Phoebe is about painful secrets, unexpected friendships, and joining a team so you can become your true self.

Published by Melancholy Donkey Press, February 2016
Genre: New Adult, for readers 16 and up
Print: 422 pp, 6×9 softcover, $17, ISBN 978-0-9970258-0-4
Ebook: $7.49, ISBN 978-0-9970258-1-1
Website: Melancholy Donkey Press
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About the Author

J. Michael Neal lives in Minneapolis where he owns a house and in turn is owned by three cats. His passions are history, fantasy and science fiction, role playing, prog rock, sports, good liquor and especially the Gopher women’s hockey team. Unproductive at home he works primarily from various restaurants around the Twin Cities. His favorite authors include Guy Gavriel Kay, Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Alistair Reynolds. He has been published in By Polaris Bright, an anthology from the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. His story “Living After Noon” won the Open Division of the 2013 Minnesota Geek Partnership Society Writer’s Contest, and his story “The Love of His Life” will be published in an upcoming issue of Tales of the Unanticipated.

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