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February 11, 2013

Local woman publishes young adult novel

‘Ultimate Betrayals’ set in Kokomo, follows tragic life of 17-year-old girl

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Then, David Edwards comes along and sets his sights on the girl.

Samantha lets him into her life, and he starts changing her.

Then she finds out David isn’t who he says he is. Her life is turned upside down, the author said.

Cournoyer gives her hometown some publicity in the novel.

The story is set in Kokomo and makes mention of local landmarks like Old Ben the steer and the giant tree stump in Highland Park.

Cournoyer said she writes what she knows, so it was only natural to set the story in the place she grew up.

But she also thought it would be fun to see Kokomo mentioned in a story.

She laughed and said she wanted to give it some notoriety for “something other than UFO hunters and hoarders.”

She didn’t always know it would be published. In fact, she says she didn’t even consider it until she was done writing.

“When I finished, I thought, ‘Why not give it a try and see what happens,’” she said. “I liked it, so I thought others might like it, too.”

Cournoyer spent a year contacting literary agents and publishing companies. She received more than one rejection letter. It was easy to get frustrated and discouraged, she said.

Finally, though, Tate Publishing and Enterprises in Oklahoma picked up the book.

The company says it’s a Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization that specializes in discovering unknown authors.

It receives “tens of thousands” of submissions each year and publishes less than 10 percent, its website states.

Cournoyer said she was excited that her book was among those.

Part of her contract, however, stipulated that she had to cut her book in half — from 550 pages to 225.

So she turned the one book into two, and gave the first one a cliffhanger ending.

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