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Saving Summer

Coming May 23rd, 2023 to Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible formats!


There are no secrets in a small Kansas town. Everyone knows everything about everyone, and Summer Steven’s life is no exception.

Six-year-old Summer isn’t sure about her new stepfather, who whistles when sober and swears when drunk. Her mom isn't much help. Ever since she can remember, her mother’s words have been a corset of wasps, leaving invisible scars Summer doesn't even know she has. Just when she thinks she can’t take any more, her mom gives Summer enough attention to keep her wanting more.

No amount of trouble in sixteen-year-old Summer's life prepares her for the shock of her stepfather arriving unannounced at her part-time job to kick her out of the house. Instantly, Summer is homeless, with nowhere to go and a math test the next day.

Summer only overcomes the narcissistic adults in her life by relying on her younger brother, older sister, and other surprising characters to survive her upbringing in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Image by Mona Eendra

Meet the Author

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Suzy Ryan is an author, educator, Ironman athlete, and SCAD survivor. After twenty-plus years of teaching bright-eyed, enthusiastic pupils and tired-eyed, apathetic ones, and everything in between, Suzy realized each and every student had a story to tell—some even traumatic as her own. Her debut novel, Saving Summer, was born out of a desire to offer a bridge of hope for students, encouraging them to see themselves as victors rather than victims. Awarded Valley Middle School’s teacher of the year in 2020, Suzy now teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Carlsbad Seaside Academy. A Kansas native turned California girl, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children.


If you liked Saving Summer, please leave a review on Amazon and other platforms and continue to visit Suzy's website for updates and special giveaways. Thanks for having a heart for Summer—if you’d like to share your own story of resilience, Suzy would love to hear it. Founder of Warrior Publishing, Suzy is available for speaking engagements and can be reached at

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