Chasing Happy

Chasing Happy

by Ann Lee Miller

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Chasing Happy by Ann Lee Miller

After an epic fail in the hetero world, Ash Jackson heads cross country to Arizona to figure out his bisexuality and make peace with himself and God.

Nashville Star Samma Templeton's music career bankrolls her future husband's political campaigns. But she throws up before every concert and feels relegated to an item on the senator's calendar.

When Ash moves into Samma's apartment building their childhood friendship resurrects, and Samma must choose between promoting a political agenda that will benefit millions or following her heart. Ash must face his inner demons for the girl who was his past and feels like his future.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151151467
Publisher: Flawed People Press
Publication date: 08/26/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn't writing or muddling through some crisis—real or imagined—you'll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband, meddling in her kids' lives, or blogging memoir @ Over 100,000 copies of Ann’s debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from Amazon.

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Chasing Happy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Tracykrausswrtr More than 1 year ago
If I could only choose one word to describe Ann Lee Miller’s Chasing Happy, I would have to say ‘Monumental’. Homosexuality, especially within the context of the Christian community, is confronted head on. Instead of judgment or pat answers, readers come away with a deeper understanding of the inner struggles faced by real people – even Christians – who are struggling to make peace with God. I appreciated the sensitivity with which she writes from the point of view of someone who wants to please God but also feels like he is gay. I was also impressed with the insights into the LDS (Mormon church), which was done in a very non-judgmental way. There are so many layers to this story. Miller creates a rich world with her attention to detail and digs deep into characters that are real flesh and blood. What I admire about this author in general is that she doesn’t shy away from potential controversy. This is Christian fiction at its finest. It’s edgy, gritty, and believable with absolutely no sugar coating, yet sensitive, romantic, and deeply moving. I love this book and I plan to read it again. Don’t dismiss it because of the ‘hot button’ topic. It just may be the best thing I’ve read this year.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I finished Chasing Happy, and I have to say it is a very powerful book. I didn't look to see if it was categorize as Christian or Inspirational, but I’m one of “those” with the opinion that curse words have no place in either of those genres. I was stunned by the number included in this book. Do I think Chance would speak like that? Probably. Did it have to be written out so I had to read it? No. I think the one intimate scene close to the beginning was well done though he goes over it so many times in his head we would have gotten the picture without it. At the end, more information was given (“he went off too soon”) than we needed. I think that whole paragraph could have been skipped and we, the readers, would have understood things hadn’t gone well. I am adamant about the foul language mostly because I grew up in a home where these types of words were spoken on a regular basis and I choose not to use them now, but if I read them (which to me is more powerful than hearing them on a random TV show), it keeps them in my mind far longer, and they tend to want to slip out my mouth. I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
knew when I began this book that it would be something to test my faith and beliefs, but among my faith and beliefs is in regard to those whose writings I've read and trusted before, growing in faith and belief in God's love as I read. Ann Lee Miller is one of the authors who tackle difficult subjects and use them to teach us how much God loves even me. Chasing Happy has a couple of difficult subjects in it. You might be tempted to toss it out at the close of the first chapter--but I encourage you to follow the story to its conclusion. You'll find a piece of laughter or two and maybe need a box or two of tissues. It's the story of a young man (Zack) struggling with who he is and a young woman (Samma) who isn't sure if she wants to run to or away from the future that owns her. Both want to know better the Lord of Lords and what He wants of them. Zack and Samma had been best friends as children, but both of them had grown up. Zack has sought her out, but she doesn't recognize him, at least not at first. It isn't long, though, before they're remembering their childhood games of truth or dare, the baseball games they loved to attend, and the long hikes. And maybe while they're remembering, they'll learn of something old and something new. I received a copy of this book free in return for an honest review.