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  • Always HEre ~ Five Star Review

    Best Books for Teens, Books for High Schoolers, Young Adult Fiction, Teen Reads,

    Readers' Favorite Review

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    Always Here receives a literary welcome.

    Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Young Adult - Social Issues book "Always Here" by S.L. Mauldin, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075GYL22X.



    Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

    Always Here is a young adult/new adult coming of age novel written by S.L. Mauldin. They were best friends, and always had been, ever since Miranda and Christian first met in grade school. The two had always sworn that they’d eternally be together and that nothing could part them, not even death, and they wore a shared friendship locket. Miranda sometimes wondered why her best friend had never become more than that, but then she’d ruefully laugh to herself and consider that Christian’s fire engine red muscle car would always be his main romantic interest. Christian was not without his quirks, particularly his obsessive care of his hot rod and his perfectly coiffed and groomed hair. Still, when waiting for him to come pick her up, she’d listen by the window for the rumbling engine sounds that would precede his arrival minutes later. Miranda had her own private obsession and dream -- she wanted to sing and perform in musical theater, but so far, her only audience would be her collection of stuffed animals that still adorned her room. Christian had better things in mind for her, however; he was determined that she try out for the school’s musical. Miranda knew she’d have no chance with Pam going for the lead. Pam was rich, blonde, had the best things and a football champ boyfriend to boot. And she could sing.
     

    S.L. Mauldin’s coming of age novel for young and new adults, Always Here, is a beautifully written and compelling story about love, friendship and expectations. Miranda and Christian’s friendship is one of the most moving and profound relationships I’ve encountered in a fictional work, but theirs is not the only relationship worth exploring in this perceptive and intelligent work on growing up. There are family issues, from the marvelous pranks played by Miranda, her brother, Greer, and grandmother, Nana, to the darker and deadly abuse issues faced by Trent and Pam. Trent, especially, is both victim and abuser, perpetuating the tragic chain of abuse in his treatment of his girlfriend. I had already read the author’s previous work, Life Sliding, and wondered how Mauldin could top that stunning coming of age tale, but Always Here ranks right up there with Life Sliding. They both have important stories to tell, and the plots and characters will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page. Always Here is a must-read, and it’s most highly recommended."

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    Beautifully written and compelling story

    Miranda's Story

    MIRANDA IS AN AWKWARD teen, who dreams of musical theater stardom and following some encouragement from her eccentric best friend Christian, she decides to audition for their school's upcoming performance. It comes as no surprise when she is beat out by the most popular girl in school. 

    All is not lost however since Miranda is selected to understudy the girl whom everyone views as perfect. Perfect looks, perfect money, and the perfect boyfriend. Even her younger brother's goofy best friend falls prey to allure of Pam who Miranda jokingly speculates might be a vampire. 


    Soon after the leap of faith, Miranda and Christian uncover that someone in a seemingly perfect high school romance is hiding something. The bruises and the public displays that aren't so affectionate initiate the discovery. The secrets are well hidden behind the walls of popularity and gated communities where proper fork placement takes priority over the frivolous dreams of a teenager. 

    Lives Will Change

    Rushing to save someone dramatically alters to the lives of six young adults when late one night on a two lane road a flickering brake light leads to the revealing of truths and the fulfillment of promises. One of those promises Miranda and Christian made in the third grade. With an auditorium fully seated on opening night, it becomes necessary for Christian to remind Miranda of a pact they made at a very young age. It came with two words "Always Here."

    Friendship

    "Always Here, is a beautifully written and compelling story about love, friendship and expectations. Miranda and Christian’s friendship is one of the most moving and profound relationships I’ve encountered in a fictional work, but theirs is not the only relationship worth exploring in this perceptive and intelligent work on growing up." 

    Family

    "There are family issues, from the marvelous pranks played by Miranda, her brother, Greer, and grandmother, Nana, to the darker and deadly abuse issues faced by Trent and Pam. Trent, especially, is both victim and abuser, perpetuating the tragic chain of abuse in his treatment of his girlfriend."

    Relationships

    "I had already read the author’s previous work, Life Sliding, and wondered how Mauldin could top that stunning coming of age tale, but Always Here ranks right up there with Life Sliding. They both have important stories to tell, and the plots and characters will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page. Always Here is a must-read, and it’s most highly recommended."

    Book Trailer - Always Here

    It came with two words, "Always Here."

    Short Film Based on Always Here

    Always Here

    A teen who dreams of musical theater stardom is beaten out by the popular girl in school, who is hiding the abuse in a seemingly perfect high school romance. Rushing to save a girl from violence, a life is lost and it takes a spirit to return and expose the truth about what happened late one night on a two-lane road.
     

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    Cast Interview

    Atlanta Film Chat Podcast

    With director Hagen Mattingly, Jonathan Matthews, Cate Petteway & Javy Barahona.    Listen Here 



    BOOK COVER BIOGRAPHIES 

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    CATE PETTEWAY—Cate's love and passion for acting has been part of her life since she was very little. From school plays to musicals and theatre to now film and TV, her talent to play a variety of characters, her professionalism, and her love for her fellow actors is what makes her stand out. Cate portrays Miranda in the short film "Always Here." 

     

    GABBI FAIREY—At a young age Gabbi discovered her passion for acting and has enjoyed theatre since the age of ten. She won 1st place a state competition for her role as Banshee in the musical, "Starmites." Gabbi enjoys challenging roles such as Charlotte in the film "Always," a period piece filmed in July of 2016. Gabbi portrays the character Pam in "Always Here." 

     

    JAVY BARAHONA—With a background in TV/Film, Javy has played roles from the annoying younger brother, the witty class clown, a mythological Greek being, to an average high school skater boy, adding a little dose of comedy any chance he gets in various films, web series, and soap operas. In "Always Here," Javy serves as the character Nathan. 

     

    JONATHAN MATTHEWS—As the character Christian, Jonathan  is making his onscreen debut in the short film "Always Here". Jonathan has performed in 9 different live shows spanning over a 4 year career. He is active with his high school theater troupe and has performed with the Holly Theatre Company. Some of his previous roles include an introverted high school nerd, an overactive attention seeking cat, and a Scrooge-like angry businessman. Jonathan also enjoys singing, photography, and writing in his spare time. 

     

    TONY VELLER—An Ohio native, Tony started his acting journey in 2016. After co-teaching acting classes with his mentor, he decided to pursue acting full time. His love for his craft has landed him a few roles in short films and a webseries. For him acting has become a way of life and he is excited to take on more opportunities. In "Always Here," Tony takes on the role of Trent. 

     

    TY REDNER—If Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell had a child it would be Ty Redner. Ty not only aspires to play a complex leading character like Pitt as Billy Beane in Moneyball, but also enjoys summoning his inner Will Ferrell which usually leaves an audience needing Depends. Ty loves being outside and riding his longboard. He also loves working with kids and volunteers at his church bringing laughter and Christ to the younger generation. Ty started his acting career at the tender age of five and has done numerous commercials and short films and plans to make a career out of bringing laughter and entertainment to the world by either being in front of or behind the camera. Ty humorously covers the role of Greer in Always Here.