First Award Presentation "Best Kept Secret"

Excerpts from Camie's Role in the Book
A Better Pair of Shoes, a novel

"...This shameful secret was one I had considered many times, but continued to keep.  I also learned it was especially easier when dealing with men. ...Every now and then, I’d start to feel the emptiness."  

"I just needed a little bit of reality.  Not the one I had created and now knew, but the one that waited for me in Tampa where Camie was simply a fictional character.  As I left Miami behind, I felt more and more like a fraud."  

"Desperate and furious, I pulled my cellphone from the holder on my waist and speed-dialed Kayla’s number.  I just needed someone to talk to; someone who had some dirt too, and wouldn’t judge me."